Dean Martin Crooner, Actor and Master of Cool had Abruzzo Roots

Jan 05, 2022 709

BY: Joseph “Sonny” Scafetta, Jr.

Dino Paul Crocetti was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on June 7, 1917. His father was Gaetano (Guy) Alfonso Crocetti (December 15, 1894 – August 29, 1967), a barber who had emigrated from the city of Montesilvano (population 53,738 in the 2015 Census) on the coast of the Adriatic Sea in the province of Pescara in the region of Abruzzo, Italy.

His mother was Angelina Barra (December 18, 1897-December 25, 1966). She was born in Jefferson County, Ohio. Her parents, Domenico and Maria, had emigrated from the region of Lombardia in northern Italy.

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