His romantic aura was enhanced by his marriages to two of Hollywood's most glamorous musical stars, Alice Faye and Cyd Charisse.
He was born Alvin Morris in San Francisco in 1912 to a poor but closely knit family of Russian-Jewish stock; music was his means of escape from poverty and anti-Semitic taunts at school.
He was allocated Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the Music and Dance", but it was given to Fred Astaire.
At RKO, Martin coined a new name, taking Antony from a magazine story, and Martin because Freddie Martin was his favourite band leader.
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He was the romantic lead in Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937), then starred with his wife in Sally, Irene and Mary (1938).
Faye had much more screen time, plus the best tunes, and the pair never worked on the same movie again.
Martin had a rare non-singing role (and star billing) as a boxer in the "B" movie, Winner Take All (1939).
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was given a leading role in Music in my Heart (1940) co-starring Rita Hayworth just before she graduated to superstardom.