Dean Martin would have turned 94 on Tuesday, June 7.

Born Dino Paul Crocetti to a poor Italian immigrant family in the hardscrabble industrial town of Steubenville, Ohio, Dean Martin was arguably the most successful and popular entertainer in 20th century America.

When Dean died on Christmas day in 1995, he could look back on a spectacular five-decade career in which he excelled as a singer, comedian, nightclub performer, movie actor and TV star.