12 quirky facts you may not know about Dean Martin Music 13/06/2016 1/10 He was a Boy Scout. 2/10 He was once an amateur boxer. Fighting under the name “Kid Crotchet,” Dean was reputedly a very good welterweight boxer. 3/10 He hated the Martin and Lewis movies. 4/10 He hated parties. “I was shy,” he said candidly. Another time, Dean said, “I was ashamed of the way I spoke.” 5/10 He didn't speak English until he was five. Dean Martin grew up in a very Italian family and never spoke a word of English until he was five years old. Advertisement 6/10 He loved his comics. 7/10 He changed his name twice. Dean was born Dino Paul Crocetti. Upon entering show business, he changed his name to Dino Martini. 8/10 He got $34 million for not rehearsing. A stand-in took over Dean's role at rehearsals, while Dean played golf Monday through Thursday. He'd look over his lines during the week, but mostly he'd golf. Then on Friday, he would show up and tape the show. 9/10 He always said his prayers. Surprisingly, perhaps because of his "bad boy" reputation, Dean was a devout Catholic. 10/10 He had a severe case of claustrophobia. Dean was absolutely terrified of close spaces. He almost always refused to ride in elevators (“It's a like a coffin in there,” he said). Reputedly, Dean once walked 18 flights of stairs to avoid riding the elevator. Advertisement While Dean Martin wasn't playing Mr Hollywood suave - he was a bit of an odd chap. We learnt some rather shocking facts about him such as the fact that he hated parties... Who would've known? Click here to read Dean Martin's best quotes. [Photos: Getty] Discover More Stories music news John Lennon's Imagine to celebrate 50th anniversary with special party John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s hit track ‘Imagine’ will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special global party. Music After 39 years, ABBA is back! "ABBA is releasing an album this autumn." music news Mick Fleetwood broke down in tears after Peter Green’s Loving Gesture It wasn't about the music at all, it was an act that showed Mick how much Peter truly cared about him.