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Tony Martin, who appeared with Lucy in Follow the Fleet, Farmer in the Dell, and the short Foolish Hearts, has died at the age of 98. I believe we recently determined he was the oldest living male Lucy co-star (Dance, Girl, Dance's Mary Carlisle is the oldest overall at 100). Martin was still performing very recently. He was married to Lucy co-star Cyd Charisse for 60 years until her death in 2008. Their son, Tony Martin Jr., who died last year, was once roommates with Desi Jr. and groomsman at his wedding to Linda Purl. Tony Martin also costarred with Viv and Bill in Shower of Stars' High Pitch.



Tony Martin, a crooner best known for his roles in Hollywood musicals, has died at 98.


Martin passed away of natural causes Friday at his home in West Los Angeles, his friend Beverly Scott told the Associated Press.


During his career, Martin appeared in more than 25 films, often as the romantic lead, including Ziegfeld Girl, and Casbah.


His popularity spanned from the late 1930s through the 1950s when Martin became synonymous with songs like "Stranger in Paradise," "La Vie en Rose," "Fools Rush In" and more.


Martin was married to fellow musical star, Cyd Charisse, who danced with stars such as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, until her death in 2008. The couple met at a dinner party given by their mutual agent. They married in 1948 and later had a son, Tony Martin Jr., who died in 2011 at 60.


Martin is survived by his stepson from Charisse's first marriage and two grandchildren.


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