Dick Martin – From Rowan & Martin dies 86

Dick MartinDick Martin (January 30, 1922 – May 24, 2008) was an American comedian and director.

In the 1950s Dick Martin and Dan Rowan formed the comedy team Rowan and Martin, and played in nightclubs across the United States and overseas. In 1958 they starred in a feature film, Hal Kanter’s comedy western Once Upon a Horse, which failed to catch on with moviegoers. They returned to the nightclub circuit until 1966, when they were tapped to host the summer-replacement series for The Dean Martin Show. The exposure led to an opportunity for Rowan and Martin to team up with producers Ed Friendly and George Schlatter and create Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-1973) on NBC.

Martin died May 24, 2008 of respiratory complications in Santa Monica, California at the age of 86.