Monday, March 21, 2011

Dean Paul Martin, Mar.21, 1987

Hey pallies, likes was moved to find yet 'nother trib to our beloved Dino's beloved boypallie Dino Jr. at a pad tagged "Voy." Posted on this 24th anniversary of Dino Jr.'s plane crash, this remembrance shares briefly the life and times of our Dino's namesake...includin' a Dino-detail or two that I had not known before.

ilovedinomartin sez our thanks to the pallies at "Voy" for honorin' Dino Jr. and thus also his amazin' daddy-o Dino in this way. To view this in it's original format, just clicks on the tagg of this Dino-gram. Dino-rememberin', DMP

Subject: Archive: Dean Paul Martin, Mar.21, 1987

Musician, actor, pilot
Date Posted: Monday, March 21, 12:23:36pm

Dean Paul Martin (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 was born to performer Dean Martin and his second wife, Jeanne Biegger. Dean Paul was the fifth child of Dean Martin's seven children. He 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 thirteen he joined Desi Arnaz Jr. and Billy Hinsche in the pop group Dino, Desi, & Billy, which had a few minor nationwide hits 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.

He later starred in the TV series Misfits of Science which aired during the 1985-1986 television season. The series co-starred Courteney Cox.

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 National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm, killing him and his WSO (Weapons Systems Officer), Captain Ramon Ortiz.

His father, Dean Martin never recovered from the loss of his son, retiring from show business a few years later.[citation needed] His death rekindled the friendship of his father and former partner Jerry Lewis, who attended Dean Paul's funeral.

Martin is buried in the Los Angeles National Cemetery, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

Personal life
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. In 1985 Dean Jr. became the godfather of entertainer Joshua Paul Driver, who was given the middle name "Paul" from Dean Paul Martin.

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