Martin with Christina Hart in The Fantastic Journey, 1977.
December 21, 1941 |
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Years active||1968 - 2003|
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Fales (1963-1977)
Carol Vogel (1979-1984)
Yu Wei (2000-present)
Jared Martin (born December 21, 1941) is an American film and television actor.
Born in Manhattan to Charles E. Martin, a cover artist and cartoonist for the New Yorker Magazine (C.E.M.), and his wife, Florence an artist and homemaker. Jared Martin began acting at the age of ten, when his parents gave him the choice of either learning to play the piano, or acting in the local children's theater group. After graduating from the Putney School in Vermont, Jared attended Columbia University, graduating in 1965 with a B.A. degree in English Literature and a minor in Art History. His roommate at Columbia was Brian De Palma. While acting in plays and experimental films at Columbia and Sarah Lawrence College he spent a summer apprenticing with Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park. After graduating college he spent two years at the New York Times as copy boy and thumbnail book reviewer for the Sunday edition.
Missing the excitement of theater he left the Times and joined a summer stock company in Cape May, New Jersey; then spent a season with the Boston Classical Repertory, and eventually rejoined Papp at his new Public Theater in Manhattan, where he played Laertes in the modern rock-disco Hamlet with Martin Sheen and then Cleavon Little in the title role. In 1965 he co-founded Group 6 Productions, a New York City film and stage production company for which he directed “A Night on the Town” starring the young Jill Clayburgh, and in 1966 he played the lead in De Palma’s first feature film “Murder A La Mod”.
He continued acting off-Broadway and made an unreleased film that caught the eye of a casting director at Columbia Pictures, who encouraged him to seek a career in Hollywood where for the next few years he worked as bartender, truck driver, and landscaper until becoming visible in various roles; notably the cult classic 'Westworld', the martial arts thriller 'Men of the Dragon', and the short lived science-fiction series, The Fantastic Journey co-starring Roddy McDowell and Carl Franklin. He is best known for his role as Steven "Dusty" Farlow, son of Clayton Farlow and boyfriend of Sue Ellen Ewing in the mega-hit Dallas. During and after Dallas he alternated between living in Rome starring in European films most notably for Director Lucio Fulci; and New York where he studied under Lee Strasberg and performed in Broadway's 'Torch Song Trilogy'. In 1988 he relocated to Toronto to star in the TV series version of The War of the Worlds as Dr. Harrison Blackwood.
After W.O.W. was canceled in 1991 he spent the next 18 months traveling in Africa and China, writing a novel and working on his photography. The interest in photography would later lead to his career in fine art.
In 1994 entrepreneur Jeffrey Seder asked him to direct “In Deeper” a feature length docudrama that celebrated crime-fighting local citizens, as part of Mayor Ed Rendell's 'Heroes of the Streets' campaign in Philadelphia. “In Deeper” was awarded the 1996 Intercom Silver Plaque for best Direction. During location shooting he and Seder had conceived the idea of a film-production themed educational non-profit to serve Philadelphia's inner city and migrant youth populations. Jared moved to Philadelphia and became Creative Director of the Big Picture Alliance (BPA) for the next 15 years; writing program curricula and actively supervising over 3000 students and producing over 250 student films. Jared personally directed 30 films, garnering awards from Cine Eagle, Intercom, and the Chicago International Film Festival. During this time Jared co-founded the independent film production company “Lost Dog Productions” which produced films for social service and cultural nonprofits, including 'Smarty Jones - A Pennsylvania Champion" for the state of Pennsylvania; and hosted “Philly Live”, an interview talk show series. From 2004 to 2007 he was Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he taught a course in Acting and Directing for Film.
After leaving BPA he became a member of Atlanta’s Fine Arts Workshop (FAWS) where he studied under Michael David; and had a one man show at Atlanta's nationally known Lowe gallery in November and December 2012. A gallery book ‘Dazhengzhao’ and a photo art book “Little Jewel and Summer Girl” were published in conjunction with this show. In the past year he produced and directed two short personal films, “CEM - a Life in Art” and ‘Dazhengzhao – the 1000 Year Old Village’. Jared and his wife, the Chinese classical dancer Yu Wei, live in Philadelphia and have a summer home on Monhegan Island, ME.
- Westworld (1973)
- The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974)
- Men of the Dragon (1974)
- M Station: Hawaii (1980)
- The New Gladiators (1983)
- The Lonely Lady (1983)
- The Sea Serpent (1985)
- Aenigma (1987)
- Karate Warrior (1988)
- Twin Sitters (1994)
- How the West Was Won (as Frank Grayson)
- Griff (episode "Death by Prescription"; 1973)
- Columbo (as Harry Alexander in "A Stitch in Crime"; 1973)
- The Fantastic Journey (1977)
- Logan's Run (episode "Fear Factor"; 1977)
- The Waltons (as Derek Pembroke) (episode "The Portrait"; 1978)
- Dallas (1979–1991)
- Knight Rider (as Dr. David Halston) (episode Knight of The Drones)
- Airwolf (as James Graydon) (episode Santini's Millions)
- One Life to Live (1987–1988)
- War of the Worlds (1988–1990)