singer/actor/comedian and "Rat Pack" member Dean Martin was
the father of a nepotistic brood that included five singers and/or actors.
Gail Martin, Claudia Martin and Deana Martin, Dean's daughters from his first marriage, appeared in their
father's 1956 film Hollywood or Bust. All three daughters made appearances on their father's TV show.
Singer Gail did frequent guest appearances on her father's television show and was a regular on The
Dean Martin Summer Show Starring Your Host Vic Damone in 1967 and
1971. She also sang onstage with her father in his Vegas stage show.
Claudia made several appearances in episodes of popular TV series like The Donna Reed
Show and My Three Sons, as well as in movies like 1966's Ghost in the Invisible Bikini and 1969's Ski Fever.
Deana appeared in one episode of The Monkees and had a role in 1969's Young
Billy Young. In 2006, Deana released an album of covers of her father's songs, titled Memories Are Made of This.
Actor Dean Paul Martin (Dean's son from his second marriage) first appeared as a child in his father's 1967 film Rough Night in Jericho. He was married to actress Olivia Hussey (1968's Romeo and Juliet). Their son, Alexander Martin, is an actor who has
appeared in films such as 21 (2000) and Josie and the
Pussycats (2001). In the 1960s, the younger Dean formed a band with Desi Arnaz, Jr. and session player Billy Hensche called, appropriately enough, "Dino, Desi & Billy." He appeared in 1979's Players and was a regular on the 1980s TV series Misfits of Science as "Dr. Paul Hayes," a role he was still playing when he died in 1987. An officer in the California Air National Guard, he died when his jet crashed during training.
Dean Paul's younger brother, Ricci Martin, made his sole big screen appearance in 1978's Just Tell Me You Love Me. Ricci served as
a consultant on the set of the 2002 TV movie Martin and Lewis,
based on his father's partnership with Jerry Lewis. After Dean Paul's death, Ricci took his place in the band with Desi Arnaz, Jr., and the band became, naturally, "Ricci, Desi & Billy."
Going back a
generation, Dean was the nephew of old-school stand-up comic Leonard
Barr. Barr first appeared on TV in 1950 as a comic dancer thanks
to his nephew Dino, when Martin was hosting The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) with his then-partner Jerry Lewis. Thanks
to his nephew's fame, Barr landed small TV and movie roles in the twilight of
his career, including TV shows like Little House on the Prairie and The
Odd Couple, and movies like The Sting and James Bond
flick Diamonds Are Forever.