The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast is a NBC television special show hosted by entertainer Dean Martin from 1974 to 1984. For a series of 54 specials and shows, Martin would periodically “roast” a celebrity. These roasts were patterned after the roasts held at the New York Friars' Club in New York City. The format would have the celebrity guest seated at a banquet table, and one by one the guest of honor was affectionately chided or insulted about his career by his fellow celebrity friends.
Roasters: Jimmy Stewart, Eve Arden, Earl Holliman, Orson Welles, Joey Bishop, Juliet Prowse, Jimmie Walker, Cindy Williams, Red Buttons, Cathy Rigby, Jackie Mason, Scatman Crothers, LaWanda Page, Ruth Buzzi, Charlie Callas, Foster Brooks, Rex Reed
Roasters: Tony Randall, Milton Berle, Katherine Helmond, Dick Martin, Red Buttons, Abbe Lane, Joey Bishop, Phyllis Diller, LaWanda Page, Ruth Buzzi, Robert Guillaume, Kay Medford, Connie Stevens, Foster Brooks, Don Rickles, Joyce Brothers
Roasters: Gene Kelly, Connie Stevens, James Stewart, Milton Berle, Jack Carter, Phyllis Diller, Ernest Borgnine, Joey Bishop, Norm Crosby, Euell Gibbons, Guy Marks, Jan Murray, Cliff Robertson, Lorne Greene, Sid Caesar, Amanda Blake, Victor Sen Yung, Don Rickles, LaWanda Page, Abe Vigoda, Dom DeLuise, Ronald Reagan, Orson Welles, Charlie Callas, Ruth Buzzi, Frank Welker
Roasters: Peter Marshall, Jimmie Walker, Bonnie Franklin, Orson Welles, Red Buttons, Charlie Callas, Abe Vigoda, LaWanda Page, Foster Brooks, Phyllis Diller, Rich Little, John Hillerman, Georgia Engel, Dan Haggerty, Milton Berle, Allen Ludden
Roasters: Ronald Reagan, Gene Kelly, Don Rickles, George Burns, Dom DeLuise, Redd Foxx, Jimmy Stewart, Flip Wilson, Telly Savalas, Jonathan Winters, LaWanda Page, Red Buttons, Milton Berle, Ernest Borgnine, Orson Welles, Rich Little, Barbara Marx, Jilly Rizzo, Ruth Buzzi, Peter Falk
Jimmy Stewart captured the hearts of Americans with his kind, warm, boy-next-door appeal. Of his 79 films, he is probably most remembered for the perennial Christmas classic, ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE, for which he received an Oscar nomination in 1946. If that movie's theme holds true, "No Man Is Poor Who Has Friends", then Jimmy Stewart was one of the richest men in Hollywood. Some of Jimmy's friends joining Dean Martin in this rare and hilarious 1978 roast include Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle and George Burns.