Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Know Your Martins

Has this ever happened to you? You're at a cocktail party or standing around the office water cooler discussing the Protestant Reformation and you accidentally refer to Martin Luther as Martin Lawrence? Imagine the stigma of making such a social faux pas! Well friends, fear not; as a public service we present this handy illustrated reference guide for the Martin-challenged among you:

Dean Martin
Italian-American singer, actor and comedian best known for his partnership with Jerry Lewis, his membership in the Rat Pack (right) and his television variety show. His 1964 hit Everybody Loves Somebody knocked the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night out of the # 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 singles chart

Dick Martin
Comedian and television director. With partner Dan Rowan, he hosted TV's ground breaking psychedelic comedy Laugh-In

Ross Martin
Actor best know for his role as Artemus Gordon in the 60's television show The Wild, Wild West. He's pictured right with series star Robert Conrad who's wearing pants that are waaay too tight.

Uncle Martin
Lovable title character of TV's My Favorite Martian.

Strother Martin
Movie and television character actor. Perhaps his most famous role is that of the Captain in Cool Hand Luke where he uttered the oft-quoted line "what we have here is failure to communicate."

Steve Martin
Comedian, actor, author, musician. Pictured during the "wild and crazy guy" phase of his career.

Quinn Martin
American television producer who holds an industry record by having at least one program in prime time for 21 years (from 1959 to 1980). His shows include The Untouchables, The Invaders, The Streets of San Francisco and Barnaby Jones

Saint Martin
Tropical Island in the northeast Caribbean.

Martin Scorsese
Academy Award-winning director, writer and producer. His awesome body of work includes Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Aviator and The Departed.

Martin Short
Award winning comedian and actor. Famous for his Ed Grimley character (pictured) and his appearances on SCTV and Saturday Night Live.

Martin Van Buren
Eight president of the United States. The first president to be born an American citizen (the previous seven were born before the American Revolution), he was also the only President who did not speak English as a first language (he grew up speaking Dutch) and the first President who wasn't of British ancestry. He was also born in Kinderhook, NY a mere stone's throw from my current place of residence. His nickname, Old Kinderhook (as opposed to Old Hickory) is a possible origin of OK. (just giving props to my peeps).

Martin Luther
German monk, theologian, church reformer and general spoil sport.

Matin Lawrence
American comedian, actor, director and producer.

Martin Prince
Nerdy (and possibly gay) classmate of Bart Simpson.

Coming soon - more Martiny Goodness!


  1. Quinn Martin reminds me of Tom Arnold.

  2. LOL - he does look like him.