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Dean's great run continued throughout the remainder of the 1960s. The 1970s started out big-time as well with Dean top-billed with Burt Lancaster in AIRPORT, one of the year's biggest movies.
His weekly NBC television series ended in 1974, and the recording sessions became less frequent. Dean was nearly sixty at this time and decided to take it a bit easier with his work schedule. He did, however, continue to do sporadic celebrity roast specials for NBC until 1985.
Tragedy struck the family in 1987 when Dean's son, Dean Paul (Dino of the 60's rock band Dino, Desi and Billy), was killed in a military plane crash. Folks closest to him said that Dean pretty much threw in the towel after the crash.
Many accounts say that he spent much of his final years watching western movies at home, alone.
On Christmas Day, 1995, Dean Martin, died at the age of 78. His mother had passed away on Christmas Day 29 years previously.
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Dean was paid 7 million for his services.
The man born DINO PAUL CROCETTI had worked as a prizefighter, card shark, gas station attendant and a steel mill laborer before teaming up with nineteen-year-old Joseph Levitch, performing a singing / comedy nightclub routine. The world knew them better as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. They ruled show business for a decade, then split, each striking out on their own.
Seems it worked out OK for each one of them.
Dean Martin is one of very few who have received not just one, but THREE stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One is for movies, one is for television, and one is for his recording career.
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