These Facts About Rat Pack Member Dean Martin Will Have You Singing That’s Amore

Laura Martin | November 20, 2019 7:27 pm

For nearly 50 years, Dean Martin was the household name when it came to entertainment. He was a skilled singer, and a hysterical comedian when paired up with Jerry Lewis. Not to mention he starred in many classic films.

Many remember Martin as a member of the partying yet talented Rat Pack group, headed by Frank Sinatra. With the help of the Pack, Martin’s fame rose even higher. But while his crew was out all hours, Dean was actually at home with his children. Who would have thought? These facts will have you falling back in amore with this Rat Pack member.

He Didn’t Speak English Until He Was Five

He Didn't Speak English Until He Was Five
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Henry Gris/FPG/Getty Images

Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti, and if you couldn’t tell by his name, he grew up in a very Italian family. Because his father was an Italian immigrant and his mother was Italian-American, Martin didn’t learn how to speak English until he was five years old, speaking Italian while at home.

Unfortunately, because the young boy didn’t know how to speak the native language, he was teased very badly when he started school. He attended Grant Elementary School in Steubenville, Ohio. Even when he was learning, kids would make fun of his tongue-tied version of English.