Song-and-dance man Tony Martin passed away from natural causes Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 98.
Martin, born Alvin Morris in 1913, had a career that spanned nearly half a century on the radio, in movies, on TV and in live performances. He performed in the golden age of movie musicals for 20th Century Fox, MGM and RKO Studios, with a long list of movie credits to his name alongside the biggest stars in the business.
Martin shared the screen with luminaries like Barbara Stanwyck in "Banjo on My Knee," Alice Faye and Gypsy Rose Lee in "Sally, Irene and Mary," and James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner in "Ziegfeld Girl." Martin went on to marry his costar Faye in 1937, but the couple divorced two years later. He married "Singin' in the Rain" star Cyd Charisse in 1948; the two were together until her death in 2008. Charisse and Martin wrote a book together, "The Two of Us," and even performed together in nightclubs.
Martin was best known for his gorgeous baritone voice and performed as recently as 2009. His renditions of "You Stepped Out of a Dream," "The Closer You Are," "Fools Rush In," "To Each His Own," "I Get Ideas" and "Stranger In Paradise" were staples in his repertoire.