If there had to be an image for cool, the man to fit it would be Dean Martin. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother was of Italian descent. He spoke only Italian until age five. Martin came up the hard way, with such jobs as a boxer named Kid Crochet , a steel mill worker, a gas station worker and a casino croupier and dealer.
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One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the midth century, Martin was nicknamed "The King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance. They performed in nightclubs and later had numerous appearances on radio, television and in films. Following an acrimonious ending of the partnership in , Martin pursued a solo career as a performer and actor. Martin established himself as a notable singer, recording numerous contemporary songs as well as standards from the Great American Songbook.
Martin then moved on to a successful solo career as a singer, an actor, and a television variety show host. During his younger days Martin worked locally in steel mills, delivered bootleg liquor, was a prizefighter, and had a job in a casino. After appearing in local nightspots as a pop singer, he was hired by bandleader Sammy Watkins and began to tour. This led to an immensely successful comedy partnership that featured Martin as a suave straight man and Lewis as an immature clown.