7 surprising facts about iconic singer and actor Dean Martin
Do you remember this legendary man? He was the real King of Cool, incredibly charming, entertaining and reckless. Some facts about Dean Martin's career and personal life will definitely surprise you.
#1 Martin's real name was Dino Paul Crocetti, he was born in an Italian family and didn't speak English until he started school at the age of 5
#2 Martin dropped out of high school in the tenth grade because he thought he was smarter than his teachers
#3 At the age of 15 he was an amateur boxer nicknamed Kid Crotchet. Of his 12 bouts, Martin said that he "won all but 11"
#4 When he began his music career, Dino Crocetti changed his name to Dino Martini. Later he became Dean Martin because there was a popular singer named Nino Martini
#5 "Black Beauty" was the only book Martin read in his entire life. Instead, he loved comic books but was too embarrassed to buy them. Luckily, Martin's good friend Jerry Lewis would always help him with that
#6 Throughout his career, Martin recorded more than 100 albums and 600 songs, though he never learnt to read music
#7 Martin was extremely claustrophobic: sometimes he could climb as many as 18 flights of stairs just to avoid the elevator
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