Heeey, pally! While everyone in the Rat Pack was a serious boozer, Dean Martin was the man most likely to show up on stage with a glass of something strong in his hand and a joke on his lips. Born Dino Crocetti of Steubenville, Ohio, Martin was just another better-than-average East Coast crooner until he befriended manic Jewish comedian Jerry Lewis — the beginning of a legendary musical comedy team that brought the two of them to Hollywood to film a series of decent but formulaic movies.
Spending most of your time with Jerry Lewis would drive anyone to drink, but while Martin perfected a public image of a man who was always half-sloshed (his custom license plate read DRUNKY), close friends recall that he had incredible control over his drinking and rarely got as hammered as he seemed to be on stage.
Dino balanced his public performance as a hard-drinking ladies' man with a remarkable dedication to his family, usually preferring to spend his evenings at home rather than making the rounds with Sinatra and the rest. Rumors that his famous tumbler carried only apple juice or water, however, are flat wrong — Phyllis Diller once said that while Martin was never drunk on stage, he was never really sober, either.