Dewey Martin (actor)

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Dewey Martin
Dewey Martin 1950s.JPG
Dewey Martin c. 1950s
Born (1923-12-08)December 8, 1923
Katemcy, Texas, U.S.
Died April 9, 2018(2018-04-09) (aged 94)
San Pedro, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1948–1978
Peggy Lee
(m. 1956; div. 1958)
Relatives Ross Bass (first cousin)

Dewey Martin (December 8, 1923 – April 9, 2018[1]) was an American film and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Martin was born in Katemcy, Texas.[2] For a time as a teenager, he lived in Florence, Alabama.[3]

Martin joined the U.S. Navy in 1940 and served as a Grumman F6F Hellcat pilot in the Pacific Theater of the war. He fought in the Battle of Midway and had to ditch his Hellcat in the ocean because his carrier was damaged. He was shot down twice, the last time in 1945 and was held as a prisoner of war until Japan's surrender.[4]

Acting career[edit]

His film debut was an uncredited part in Knock on Any Door (1949). He also appeared in The Thing from Another World (1951), co-starred with Kirk Douglas in The Big Sky (1952), played the younger brother of Humphrey Bogart's character in The Desperate Hours, played a lead role in Land of the Pharaohs (1955), and was featured opposite Dean Martin in his first post-Martin and Lewis film – the notorious flop Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957) – but did not become a full-fledged star.[3]

Martin worked extensively in television as well, including The Twilight Zone episode "I Shot an Arrow Into the Air" (1960) and The Outer Limits episode "The Premonition" (1965), co-written by Ib Melchior.[citation needed] Starting in 1960, he played Daniel Boone on four episodes of Walt Disney Presents.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Martin was married to singer Peggy Lee for two years; the marriage ended in divorce.[5]

His first cousin was Ross Bass, a former Democratic Party United States Senator from Tennessee.[6] Martin, a Democrat himself, supported Adlai Stevenson during the 1952 presidential election.[7]

Complete filmography[edit]

Partial television work[edit]


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  2. ^ Moser, J.D.; Stevens, T.; Publishing, Q.; Pay, W.; Thompson, P. (2004). Television & Video Almanac. 49. Quigley Publishing Company. ISSN 0895-2213. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Staff (May 22, 1952). "Dewey Martin, Florence's Own Movie Star, Visits". The Florence Times. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee. Atria Books. 2014-11-11. pp. 188–90. ISBN 1451641680.
  5. ^ Staff (June 14, 1959). "Peggy Lee, Dewey Martin, Divorce". Associated Press (via The Florence Times). Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "Dewey Martin". Corsicana Daily Sun. January 12, 1955. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  7. ^ Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers

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