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At 15, he was a boxer who billed himself as "Kid Crochet". His prizefighting earned him a broken nose later straightened , a scarred lip, many broken knuckles a result of not being able to afford tape used to wrap boxers' hands , and a bruised body. Of his 12 bouts, he said that he "won all but 11". The two reportedly charged people to watch them bare-knuckle box each other in their apartment, fighting until one was knocked out. Martin knocked out King in the first round of an amateur boxing match.
At the same time, he sang with local bands, calling himself "Dino Martini" after the Metropolitan Opera tenor Nino Martini. He got his break working for the Ernie McKay Orchestra. They eventually had four children before the marriage ended in Martin worked for various bands throughout the early s, mostly on looks and personality until he developed his own singing style.
Martin attracted the attention of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures , but a Hollywood contract was not forthcoming. Martin and Lewis formed a fast friendship which led to their participation in each other's acts and the formation of a music-comedy team. Martin and Lewis's debut together occurred at Atlantic City 's Club on July 24, , and they were not well received. The owner, Skinny D'Amato, warned them that if they did not come up with a better act for their second show that night, they would be fired.
Huddling in the alley behind the club, Lewis and Martin agreed to "go for broke", they divided their act between songs, skits, and ad-libbed material. They did slapstick, reeled off old vaudeville jokes, and did whatever else popped into their heads. The audience laughed. This success led to a series of well-paying engagements on the Eastern seaboard, culminating in a run at New York's Copacabana. The act consisted of Lewis interrupting and heckling Martin while he was trying to sing, with the two ultimately chasing each other around the stage.
The secret, both said, is that they ignored the audience and played to each other. Hoping to improve their act, the two hired young comedy writers Norman Lear and Ed Simmons to write their bits. Wallis as comedy relief for the movie My Friend Irma. They also controlled their club, record, radio, and television appearances, and through these they earned millions of dollars.
They were friends, as well, with Lewis acting as best man when Martin remarried in But harsh comments from critics, as well as frustration with the similarity of Martin and Lewis movies, which producer Hal Wallis refused to change, led to Martin's dissatisfaction.
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Martin told his partner he was "nothing to me but a dollar sign". The act broke up in , ten years to the day from the first teaming. Martin's first solo film, Ten Thousand Bedrooms , was a box-office failure. He was still popular as a singer, but with rock and roll to the fore, the era of the pop crooner was waning.
Martin wanted to become a dramatic actor, known for more than slapstick comedy films. Though offered a fraction of his former salary to co-star in a war drama, The Young Lions , his part would be with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. Tony Randall already had the part, but talent agency MCA realized that with this film, Martin would become a triple threat: they could make money from his work in nightclubs, films, and records.
Martin replaced Randall and the film turned out to be the beginning of Martin's comeback. By the mids, Martin was a movie, recording, television, and nightclub star. Sinatra and he teamed up for several more movies, the crime caper Ocean's 11 , the musical Robin and the 7 Hoods , and the Western comedies Sergeants 3 and 4 for Texas , often with their Rat Pack pals such as Sammy Davis, Jr. He played a satiric variation of his own womanizing persona as Las Vegas singer "Dino" in Billy Wilder 's comedy Kiss Me, Stupid with Kim Novak , and he poked fun at his image in films such as the Matt Helm spy spoofs of the s, in which he was a co-producer.
In the third Matt Helm film The Ambushers , Helm, about to be executed, receives a last cigarette and tells the provider, "I'll remember you from the great beyond," continuing sotto voce , "somewhere around Steubenville, I hope. Like Sinatra, he could not read music, but he recorded more than albums and songs. Elvis Presley was said to have been a fan of Martin, and patterned his performance of " Love Me Tender " after Martin's style. Martin, like Elvis, was influenced by country music. The final album of his recording career was 's The Nashville Sessions.
The image of Martin as a Vegas entertainer in a tuxedo has been an enduring one. For three decades, Martin was among the most popular acts in Las Vegas. Martin sang and was one of the smoothest comics in the business, benefiting from the decade of comedy with Lewis. Daughter Deana Martin continues to perform, as did youngest son Ricci Martin until his death in August Though often thought of as a ladies' man, Martin spent a lot of time with his family; as second wife Jeanne put it, prior to the couple's divorce, "He was home every night for dinner.
As Martin's solo career grew, he and Frank Sinatra became friends. The men made films together, formed part of the Hollywood social scene, and were politically influential through Lawford's marriage to Patricia Kennedy, sister of President John F. Their appearances were valuable because the city would flood with wealthy gamblers. Their act always in tuxedo consisted of each singing individual numbers, duets and trios, along with seemingly improvised slapstick and chatter.
In the socially charged s, their jokes revolved around adult themes, such as Sinatra's womanizing and Martin's drinking, as well as Davis's race and religion. Sinatra and Martin supported the civil rights movement and refused to perform in clubs that would not allow African-American or Jewish performers. The show exploited his image as a carefree boozer.
Martin capitalized on his laid-back persona of the half-drunk crooner , hitting on women with remarks that would get anyone else slapped, and making snappy if slurred remarks about fellow celebrities during his roasts. During an interview on the British TV documentary Wine, Women and Song , aired in , he stated, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that he had someone record them on cassette tape so he could listen to them.
His TV show was a success. The show's loose format featured quick-witted improvisation from Martin and his weekly guests. This prompted a battle between Martin and NBC censors, who insisted on more scrutiny of the content. He later had trouble with NBC for his off-the-cuff use of obscene Italian phrases, which brought complaints from viewers who spoke the language.
The show was often in the Top Ten. However, the validity of that ownership is the subject of a lawsuit brought by NBCUniversal. He borrowed the lovable-drunk shtick from Joe E. Lewis , but his convincing portrayals of heavy boozers in Some Came Running and Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo led to unsubstantiated claims of alcoholism.
Martin starred in and co-produced four Matt Helm superspy comedy adventures during this time, as well as a number of Westerns. By the early s, The Dean Martin Show was still earning solid ratings, and although he was no longer a Top 40 hitmaker, his record albums continued to sell. He found a way to make his passion for golf profitable by offering a signature line golf balls and the Dean Martin Tucson Open was an event on golf's PGA Tour from — At his death, Martin was reportedly the single largest minority shareholder of RCA stock.
Now comfortable financially, Martin began reducing his schedule. The final — season of his variety show was retooled into one of celebrity roasts , requiring less involvement. In the roasts, Martin and his panel of pals made fun of a variety of popular entertainment, athletic, and political figures. For nearly a ten years, Martin had recorded as many as four albums a year for Reprise Records.
Harvard University law professor Ronald Sullivan lost his position as faculty dean of Winthrop House after student-activists complained that his decision to represent Harvey Weinstein made campus an unsafe place for women. It did not matter to them that Sullivan had previously represented scores of controversial clients—including accused murderers and terrorists—and worked tirelessly to advocate for criminal justice reform.
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He writes:. I am willing to believe that some students felt unsafe. But feelings alone should not drive university policy. Administrators must help students distinguish between feelings that have a rational basis and those that do not. In my case, Harvard missed an opportunity to help students do that. I wish I could say that Harvard's response in these matters is unique in higher education. Unfortunately, many universities have failed in this regard of late.
Unchecked emotion has replaced thoughtful reasoning on campus. Feelings are no longer subjected to evidence, analysis or empirical defense. Angry demands, rather than rigorous arguments, now appear to guide university policy.