Veteran entertainer Tony Martin dead at 98

The singer, cabaret and movie star is perhaps best known for his longtime collaboration with his wife Cyd Charisse and his role in 1948 film classic Casbah.

Martin’s career took off in the 1930s as he made a name for himself as a film star and crooner, with hits like Stranger in Paradise, Fools Rush In and Begin the Beguine. On the big screen, his hit movies included Pigskin Parade and 1941’s Ziegfeld Girl, opposite Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner.

When his film and pop career started faltering in the early 1960s, he began touring with Charisse in a cabaret act.

The couple performed together for 40 years and when Charisse died in 2008, Martin continued to hit the stage.

Born Alvin Morris on Christmas Day (25Dec), 1913, Martin is the only person who can boast four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Flowers were placed on his North Vine Street star, in front of the Capitol Records Building, on Monday afternoon (30Jul12).

The entertainer died on Friday (27Jul12).