Dewey Martin (actor)

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Dewey Martin
Dewey Martin 1950s.JPG
Dewey Martin c. 1950s
Born (1923-12-08) December 8, 1923 (age 93)
Katemcy, Texas, United States
Occupation Film and television actor
Years active 1948–1978
Spouse(s) Peggy Lee
(married 1956–1958; divorced)
Relatives Ross Bass (first cousin)

Dewey Martin (born December 8, 1923) is a retired American film and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Martin was born in Katemcy, Texas.[1] For a time as a teenager, he lived in Florence, Alabama.[2]

World War II[edit]

Martin joined the U.S. Navy in 1940 and served as a Grumman F6F Hellcat pilot in the Pacific Theater of the war. He was shot down in 1945 and was held as a prisoner of war until Japan's surrender.[3]


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.[2]

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.[4]

His first cousin was Ross Bass, a former Democratic Party United States Senator from Tennessee.[5]

Partial filmography[edit]

Partial television work[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b Staff (May 22, 1952). "Dewey Martin, Florence's Own Movie Star, Visits". The Florence Times. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee. Atria Books. 2014-11-11. pp. 188–90. ISBN 1451641680. 
  4. ^ Staff (June 14, 1959). "Peggy Lee, Dewey Martin, Divorce". Associated Press (via The Florence Times). Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dewey Martin". Corsicana Daily Sun. January 12, 1955. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 

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