June 7, 1917 - December 25, 1995
"If people want to think I get drunk
and stay out all night, let 'em. That's how I got here, you know."
He was the quintessential "Cool Cat." Unfortunately for him (and us), it took him years
to die. I think the tabloids had him killed off about twenty times. I know my Dean Martin
death-watch file is bulging at the sides. A hugely sad, drawn out process. BUT - we all
know that he was a fantastic singer and an accomplished actor, blah blah
blah. He was great. No question about it. Also, no need to rehash.
In 1987, Dean's son Dino Jr.,
35, star of the fabulous film Players (what, no Oscar?), was killed in a
National Guard jet crash. It is common knowledge that this incident was the beginning of
the end for Dean Sr. The young Mr. Martin is buried in the Los Angeles Veteran's
Skip ahead a few years, and on September 16th of 1993, Dean Martin went into
Cedars Sinai Medical
courtesy of Terri Rios) for tests.
Doctors found that his lungs
were "riddled with tumors." Supposedly, the doctors gave him only a few months
to live. Dean walked out, and continued drinking and partying for over 2 more years. His
agent, Mort Viner made a statement, "It's obvious that Dean has resigned himself to
facing death with a beer in one hand and a bottle of pills in the other." Atta boy.
You da man. Don't you hate it when white people say that?
Dean continued to live in his home at 511 N. Maple Drive in Beverly Hills.
Here's another view of his house.
They've trimmed the hedges back considerably. When Dean was alive, you could barely see
There are two conflicting reports about his death. One says that he spent his last
evening alone, sipping red wine, and watching television until 2 a.m. The "help"
heard him hacking, and knew he was restless, and in the morning, they checked on him, and
found him dead. The other report came from his ex-wife Jeanne, who was still close with
Dean. She stated that she was with him when he died, and then she crawled into bed with
him, and just hugged him. Whatever the truth, on Christmas morning 1995, at 3:30
He was 78 years old.
Merry friggin' Christmas.
The memorial service was held in the
chapel at Westwood Memorial Park on December 28th.
wasn't there, just an Italian flag and a photograph of the star. Along with Dean's family
and various ex-wives, others who attended included Jerry Lewis, Rosemary Clooney, Shirley
MacLaine (who cracked a joke, "I talked to Dean an hour ago."
Danza, Bob Newhart, Charlie Sheen (why?), Charles Nelson Reilly (why? why?) Dorothy Hamill
(okay, this is getting ridiculous), Don Rickles, and Robert Stack. Sinatra skipped it. He
sent his wife. Here's Clooney, as
she rounded off (as only she could) the evening by singing "Everybody
Loves Somebody Sometime."
Just found out (Sept '99) from Findadeath.com
friend "Bob and Eight Avenue" that Dorothy Hamill was married to
Dino's son for a while, before (obviously) he was killed. Thanks for the info,
September 2001 - Findadeath.com friend Robert
P sends this info about Charles Nelson Reilly: The reason C.N.R attended, C.N.R was a regular for 3 years on the old Dean
Martin Variety Show in the 60's. He was a close friend with Dean after the show ended. Also, I love your site!!!
Dean is interred in Westwood Memorial Park, near the graves of his parents.
Trivia: On March 21, 1964, Dean placed his footprints in concrete, in the forecourt of
the Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood.
Trivia: Marilyn Monroe's funeral was the very first to be held
in this chapel.
Mundane Trivia: I met Dean Martin in June of 1994, at
the Hamburger Hamlet in Beverly Hills.
He was having his ritual
Sunday afternoon bowl of pasta and a glass of plain (I checked) orange juice. At the time,
the OJ Simpson saga was in full swing, so Dino thought he was being very clever, asking
for OJ. When I say these things, it's the truth, not disrespect. He looked like hell. He
was gaunt, and could hardly walk or talk. The worst was when he started to convulse and
vomit. I honest to God thought he was going to go right then. But he didn't. He recovered,
so I strategically placed myself to block his view of the television, and it worked. Dino
asked me to move, so he could see the TV. Dean Martin spoke to ME! So I moved. A few
minutes later, the waiter comes up and says, "Mr. Martin would like to buy you a
drink." I almost died myself. The waiter brought me my Miller Genuine Draft Light
(Yes, I saved it.), and of course I had to thank him. I walked over to him,
shook his hand, and spoke to him for a minute about his old co-stars Marilyn and Sharon
Tate (I am not a hypocrite) and left, feeling pretty cocky. Though he wasn't on top form,
I got to meet Dean Martin. A moment I'll never forget.
Even More Trivia: Upon hearing the news of Dean's death, Alan King quipped, "I'm
going to have a drink right now for him." AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
January 2003, from Findadeath friend
Captain America: Just surfed and enjoyed "fact
finding" on your page....You should note that it was Dennis Wilson who wrote the words for "You are so Beautiful", according
to Jon Stebbins book "D.W.-the real Beach Boy". Dennis also wrote with Daryl Dragon, before Dragon married
Toni Tennille (Some of the songs on the Captain and Tennille's first LP were Wilson / and or Beach Boy
songs). Also, you don't mention that late Beach Boy brother Carl Wilson was the son-in-law of Dean
Martin (Carl's wife when he passed was Gina Martin Wilson). The Beach Boy/Dean Martin connection doesn't
stop there...Carl's first wife was Annie Hinsche, sister of Billy Hinsche, member of the sixties
trio...Dino, Desi and Billy!!! Billy later joined the Beach Boys touring band, and still supports the Carl Wilson walks against cancer.
Carl's son "Justyn
Wilson" (by Annie) and Dennis' son "Carl B.Wilson" (by Barbara) are members of
the L.A. power trio "In Bloom".
February 2005, from Findadeath friend
Max: Dino Martin Jr: He had also been married
to Olivia Hussey, who starred as Juliet in Franco Zefferelli's 70's version of
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (an incredible mind-warpingly sad version of
the classic). I believe they had a child, but my mind is failing me from staying
up late at night, searching your website for gore!
April 07 From Findadeath friend Lois: So I was sifting through some old papers and I found my mom's old
'Dino's Lodge' restaurant menu from the 60's. It's yellowed and crumbly
but I scanned it to show you. But thought you would like to check this