Dean Paul Martin
|Dean Paul Martin|
|Born||Dean Paul Martin, Jr.
November 17, 1951
Santa Monica, California
|Died||March 21, 1987
San Gorgonio Mountain, California
(m. 1971-1978; divorced)
(m. 1982-1984; divorced)
|Children||Alexander Martin (born 1974)|
Dean Paul Martin, Jr (November 17, 1951 – March 21, 1987) was an American entertainer, noted as a tennis player, a singer and actor, and a military pilot.
Early life and career
Martin's parents were performer Dean Martin and his second wife, Jeanne Biegger. Dean Paul was the fifth of Dean Martin's seven children, and was Jeanne's eldest son. He attended the Urban Military Academy in Brentwood, California. As a youth Martin was encouraged toward a singing career. At age 13 he joined Desi Arnaz Jr. and Billy Hinsche in the pop group Dino, Desi, & Billy, which had a few minor hits in the US between 1965 and 1968, landing in the Top 30 twice.
Martin began to go by his given name of Dean Paul instead of the nickname "Dino" in his late teens. He became a successful tennis player (he competed in a junior competition at Wimbledon) and an actor. He co-starred with Ali MacGraw in the 1979 film Players, starring as a professional tennis player, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best New Star of the Year—Male.
Aviation career and Martin's death
Martin, an avid pilot, obtained his pilot's license at age 16 and became an officer in the California Air National Guard in 1981. He rose to the rank of Captain. He died in 1987 when his Air National Guard F-4 Phantom jet fighter departed March Air Force Base and crashed in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm, killing him and his Weapons Systems Officer, Captain Ramon Ortiz.
Dean Paul Martin married actress Olivia Hussey in 1971. They had one child, Alexander. They divorced in 1978. He married Olympic gold medalist ice skater Dorothy Hamill in 1982. They divorced in 1984.