Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rat Pack Residence

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rat Pack Residence

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Actor, singer and comedian Dean Martin found fame as one of Hollywood's golden-age 'crooners',' perfecting an on-screen smoothtalking persona that gained him the 'King of Cool' moniker during the 1960s. He was born in 1917 and by luck and talent had, by the late 1950s become a household name starring in string of mainly comedy films.

But he was also famously a member of the Rat Pack, a debauched club of Hollywood stars which included Frank Dean Sinatra, Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis Junior. Many of these actors, including Dean, appeared in the 1960 heist film Ocean's 11, which was revived by Brad Pitt and George Clooney in 2001.

Dean made it to the age of 78, helped by his aversion to alcohol and drugs despite his boozy stage persona, although he was a heavy smoker - a habit that eventually claimed his life. …

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