Today comes word of the death of singer-actor Tony Martin. Martin lived a grand life, performing into his mid 90s, before passing away last Friday at the age of 98.
Martin was briefly married to singer-actress Alice Faye before they divorced in 1940; she later found long-term happiness with musician-comedian Phil Harris, and Martin was married to the amazing Cyd Charisse for six decades before she passed away in June 2008.
He appeared sporadically in MGM musicals over the years, including singing the role of Gaylord Ravenal in the SHOW BOAT segment of TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY (1946). He also appeared in EASY TO LOVE (1953) with Esther Williams and Van Johnson, and he starred with Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell, Ann Miller, Walter Pidgeon, and Vic Damone in HIT THE DECK (1955).
Without a doubt, one of his most memorable movie scenes was singing "You Stepped Out of a Dream" in the 1941 MGM film ZIEGFELD GIRL:
Tony Martin is survived by his stepson, Nico Charisse. His son with Cyd Charisse, Tony Martin Jr., passed away last year at the age of 60. Additionally, Martin and Charisse's daughter-in-law, Sheila Charisse, died in a major American Airlines crash in Chicago in 1979.
Here's to another of the wonderful Golden Era performers whose work has enriched all our lives.
Update: The Los Angeles Times has now posted a story.