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Tony Martin

  • Birth 25 Dec 1913 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Death 27 Jul 2012 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Court of Matriarchs, S-401
  • Memorial ID 94473175

Entertainer. Born Alvin Morris, to parents of Jewish heritage, his mother and father divorced while he was a child. After developing a fondness for music, he formed his own jazz ensemble called the Five Peppers with fellow students while attending St. Mary's College (California). Following graduation, he maintained band leadership with his group Al Morris and his Orchestra and frequented the San Francisco nightclub scene where he made a name for himself. This led to exposure on national radio programs and he eventually secured a contract with RKO Pictures changing his name to Tony Martin. Among one of his earliest film roles was an uncredited part in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers vehicle "Follow the Fleet" (1936). After a small string of forgettable films, he signed with 20th Century Fox and later MGM with whom he experienced more parts of substance (sometimes billed as Anthony Martin) in a wide variety of pictures including musicals, light romance features and comedies. On occasion, he was cast in the lead male role. Following the United States' entry into World World II, Martin enlisted in the Navy. However, when it was revealed he received a special ranking he was soon dismissed. Determined to serve, he enlisted with the Army and was stationed in the Far East where he distinguished himself as he earned a Bronze Star. It was also during this period, he joined Glenn Miller's Orchestra as a vocalist. Upon his return home, he resumed his film career with such pictures as "Casbah" (1948) and "Here Come the Girls" (1953). In 1950, what may perhaps be his best remembered song "There's No Tomorrow" charted and during that decade his popularity as a recording artist rose among the ranks with such contemporary vocalists as Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Perry Como. He achieved a Top-10 chart placing with "Walk Hand in Hand" (1956) and during the 1960s, he was a regular guest on numerous TV programs. Until her death in 2008, he paired with his second wife Cyd Charisse and they embarked upon the nightclub circuit. His first wife was actress Alice Faye whom he married in 1936 and divorced four years later. He was the recipient of a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Martin remained an active entertainer until his death from natural causes at the age of 98.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 30 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94473175
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tony Martin (25 Dec 1913–27 Jul 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94473175, citing Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .