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Funeral Services Pending for Tony Martin

Tony Martin

Funeral services were pending today for singer/actor Tony Martin, a baritone crooner who performed on the big screen alongside greats such as Judy Garland, Lana Turner and Barbara Stanwyck during a career that earned him four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Martin died Friday at his West Los Angeles home at age 98.

A San Francisco native, Martin played saxophone in a band led by orchestra leader Tom Gerun before heading for Hollywood in the 1930s. He appeared in films including “Pigskin Parade,” “The Farmer in the Dell,” “Ali Baba Goes to Town,” “Casbah” and with Stanwyck in “Banjo on My Knee.”

He performed with the Marx Brothers in “The Big Store” and alongside Garland and Turner in “Ziegfeld Girl.”

On the set of 1936’s “Sing Baby Sing,” Martin met musical star Alice Faye, whom he married the following year. Their marriage lasted only three years, but in 1948, he married Cyd Charisse, and the couple remained together until her death in 2008.

His singing career included hits such as “There’s No Tomorrow,” “Now it Can Be Told,” “I Get Ideas” and “To Each His Own.”

Martin has four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures, recording, radio and television. Bob Hope is the only other person with four individual stars on the famed walk. Gene Autry is the only person with five.

Martin is survived by his stepson, Nico Charisse. His son, Tony Martin Jr., died last year.

Copyright © 2012 City News Service

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