Dewey Martin in 1952
|Born||December 8, 1923|
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Died||March 11 or April 9, 2018 (aged 94)|
San Pedro, California, U.S.
(m. 1956; div. 1958)
|Relatives||Ross Bass (first cousin)|
Martin joined the U.S. Navy in 1940 and served as a Grumman F4F Wildcat and Grumman F6F Hellcat pilot in the Pacific Theater of the war. He fought in the Battle of Midway and had to ditch his Wildcat in the ocean because his carrier was damaged. He was shot down twice, the last time in 1945 and was held as a prisoner of war until Japan's surrender.
His film debut was an uncredited part in Knock on Any Door (1949), starring Humphrey Bogart. He also appeared in The Thing from Another World (1951), co-starred with Kirk Douglas in The Big Sky (1952), and reuniting again with Humphrey Bogart as his younger escape convict brother in The Desperate Hours. Martin also played a lead role in Land of the Pharaohs (1955), and was featured opposite Dean Martin in his first post-Martin and Lewis film – the notorious flop Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957) – but did not become a full-fledged star.
Martin worked extensively in television as well, including The Twilight Zone episode "I Shot an Arrow Into the Air" (1960) and The Outer Limits episode "The Premonition" (1965), co-written by Ib Melchior. Starting in 1960, he played Daniel Boone on four episodes of Walt Disney Presents.
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