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TONY MARTIN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Tony Martin was born on December 25th, 1913 in San Francisco, California with the birth name Alvin Morris.  At the age of ten he began playing the saxophone and was excelling as a soprano singer in his elementary school glee club.  Once he went to Oakland Technical High School, he formed a band called, "The Red Peppers" and even joined a local orchestra.    

After earning his high school diploma, he first enrolled at St. Mary's College of California and then decided to relocate to Hollywood and break into the entertainment industry.  
 
It did not take long before he began to gin the interest of Hollywood appearing in a number of feature films such as, "Follow the Fleet" (1936) starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard Nelson, Astrid Allwyn, Lucille Ball and Betty Grable, "The Farmer in the Dell" (1936), "The Poor Little Rich Girl" (1936) starring Shirley Temple, Alice Faye, Gloria Stuart and Jack Haley, "Pigskin Parade" (1936) starring Stu Erwin, Dixie Dunbar, Betty Grable, Jack Haley, Arline Judge, Johnny Downs, Patsy Kelly and 14-year-old Judy Garland in her film debut, "The Holy Terror" (1937) also starring Jane Withers, Joe E. Brown and Joan Davis, "Ali Baba Goes to Town" (1937) starring Eddie Cantor, Roland Young, Gypsy Rose Lee, John Carradine and Douglass Dumbrille, "The Big Store" (1941) starring The Marx Brothers, Virginia Grey and Virginia O'Brien, "Till the Clouds Roll By" (1946) starring alongside Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Cyd Charisse, Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Lena Horne, Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury, Robert Walker, Esther Williams and Dinah Shore, "Casbah" (1948) co-starring Yvonne De Carlo and Peter Lorre, "Clash By Night" (1952) starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe, J. Carrol Naish and Robert Ryan, "Here Comes the Girl" (1953) also starring Bob Hope, Arlene Dahl, William Demarest, Millard Mitchell and Rosemary Clooney and "Hit the Deck" (1955) starring with Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Gene Raymond, Ann Miller, Russ Tamblyn, J. Carrol Naish, Alan King and Vic Damone. 
 
He did take a brief break from acting to serve in the Navy during World War II and after a misunderstanding with the navy he switched over to the army where he finished his service and then returned back to acting.
 
In addition to his film work he also appeared on a variety of television series such as, "The Jack Benny Program", "Shower of Stars" The George Burns Show", "The Donna Reed Show" and "Death Valley Days". 

Martin also had "The Tony Martin Show" which aired on NBC from 1954 through 1956 and also recorded a number of hit records for Decca.  Later in his career he signed with Mercury Records and then was offered a contract with RCA Victor Records.  His final role was a cameo in 1982 on the film, "Dear Mr. Wonderful" starring Joe Pesci.   
 
He was so successful in the world of entertainment that he was awarded four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to Recording, Motion Pictures, Radio and Television. 
 
Tony Martin has married twice, first to actress Alice Faye in 1937 however just three years later this marriage came to an end.  He then married another actress, Cyd Charisse in 1948 and they had one child together and remained married until she passed away in 2008. 

Tony Martin, the debonair baritone whose career spanned some 80 years in films, nightclubs on radio and television, died on Friday July 27th 2012, at his home in West Los Angeles. He was 98.

 
Filmography

1982   Dear Mr. Wonderful 

1962   Death Valley Days 

1961   The Donna Reed Show 

1958   The George Burns Show 

1957   Let's Be Happy 

1956   Quincannon, Frontier Scout 

1955   Shower of Stars

1955   Hit the Deck 

1954   Deep in My Heart

1954   The Jack Benny Program 

1954   General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 

1953   Easy to Love

1953   Here Come the Girls 

1952   Clash by Night 

1951   Two Tickets to Broadway 

1948   Casbah 

1946   Till the Clouds Roll By

1941   The Big Store

1941   Ziegfeld Girl

1940   Music in My Heart 

1939   Winner Take All 

1938   Thanks for Everything 

1938   Up the River

1938   Kentucky Moonshine 

1938   Sally, Irene and Mary 

1937   Ali Baba Goes to Town 

1937   Life Begins in College 

1937   You Can't Have Everything 

1937   Sing and Be Happy

1937   The Holy Terror

1936   Banjo on My Knee

1936   Pigskin Parade 

1936   Sing, Baby, Sing

1936   Back to Nature

1936   Poor Little Rich Girl

1936   Murder on a Bridle Path 

1936   The Farmer in the Dell

1936   Follow the Fleet 

1935   Foolish Hearts





Matinee Classics - The Big Store starring The Marx Brothers, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Tony Martin, Virginia Grey, Margaret Dumont, Douglass Dumbrille, William Tannen, Marion Martin, Virginia O'Brien, Henry Armetta, Anna Demetrio, Paul Stanton, Russell Hicks and Bradley Page
Matinee Classics - The Big Store starring The Marx Brothers, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Tony Martin, Virginia Grey, Margaret Dumont, Douglass Dumbrille, William Tannen, Marion Martin, Virginia O'Brien, Henry Armetta, Anna Demetrio, Paul Stanton, Russell Hicks and Bradley Page
Matinee Classics - The Colgate Comedy Hour
Matinee Classics - The Colgate Comedy Hour starring Tony Martin


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