A Martinez

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A Martinez
BornAdolfo Larrue Martínez III
(1948-09-27) September 27, 1948 (age 70)
Glendale, California, U.S.
OccupationActor/Singer
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)
Mare Winningham
(m. 1981; div. 1981)

Leslie Bryans (m. 1982)
Children3

Adolfo Larrue Martínez III (born September 27, 1948), better known as A Martinez, is an American actor and singer with roles in the daytime soap operas Santa Barbara, General Hospital, One Life to Live, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Days of Our Lives, and the primetime dramas L.A. Law, Profiler, and Longmire. In movies, he played the role of Cimmeron in the Western The Cowboys (1972), with John Wayne.

Early life and education[edit]

Martinez was born Adolfo Larrue Martínez III in Glendale, California. His family referred to him as "A", "Little Adolfo", and "Little A" as a child to distinguish him from his father and grandfather. Over time, "A" became the name he would use.[1] His heritage is Mexican and Apache on his father's side, and Piegan Blackfeet and Northern European on his mother's side.[2][3][4]

Martinez attended Sunland Elementary School and Mt. Gleason Junior High School in Sunland/Tujunga, where he played Kiwanis youth softball each summer (he was a formidable pitcher) and starred in numerous school musical productions.[5][6][7][8] He graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, Los Angeles, CA. In high school, he was in a rock band and was on the track team. He furthered his education and found his passion for acting at UCLA.[9]

Early career[edit]

Martinez began his professional career at age 12, as a singer, and earned a talent competition title at the Hollywood Bowl.[citation needed] He played on a semi-pro baseball team for five seasons.[10]

Career[edit]

Martinez has starred in feature films including The Cowboys (1972), Starbird & Sweet William (1973), Once Upon a Scoundrel (1974), Joe Panther (1976), Shoot the Sun Down (1978), The Honorary Consul (1983), Walking the Edge (1985), Powwow Highway (1989), She-Devil (1989), What's Cooking? (2000), Wind River (2000), and Curse of Chucky (2013).

The majority of his acting roles have been on television. He had a recurring role on All in the Family as a helper at Archie's bar. In 1973, he appeared in the Hawaii Five-0 episode "A Bullet for El Diablo". In 1974, he appeared in an episode of the short-lived ABC police drama Nakia. In 1976, he played a novice bullfighter in the Columbo episode, "A Matter of Honor". In 1978, he appeared as the Indian Circling Hawk in the short-lived ABC series The Young Pioneers. Martinez appeared as Tranquilino Marquez in three episodes of the mini-series, Centennial in 1979.

In 1981, Martinez made an appearance on Barney Miller. He played Joseph Montoya in the episode "The Doll".

Martinez played a grape picker in 1982 on CBS's Falcon Crest, Native American 'Low Wolf' on the short-lived Born to the Wind, and a police detective in the 1983–1984 series Whiz Kids. He was introduced to daytime viewers in Santa Barbara as 'Cruz Castillo', a role he played from the show's debut in 1984 until 1992;[11] he won a Daytime Emmy in 1990. From 1999–2002, Martinez appeared on General Hospital playing mobster and FBI informant Roy DiLucca. During his time with General Hospital, he was awarded three consecutive ALMA Awards (2000, 2001, 2002). Since Martinez resembles Asher Brauner, who played the role 1978–1979, Martinez's flashbacks of his character did not need to be re-filmed. Martinez has also worked on prime time television, including starring roles in series such as Profiler and L.A. Law.[11]

In September 2008, Martinez joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live in the role of 'Ray Montez' and was written out in June 2009.

In February 2011, Martinez appeared in several episodes of the CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful as 'Dr. Ramon Montgomery'. He returned in January 2012 for a few additional episodes.

In 2012, he landed the recurring role of 'Jacob Nighthorse' in the television series Longmire.[11]

In April 2014, it was rumored he was joining The Young and the Restless. In July 2014, he appeared on the NBC television show The Night Shift as 'Dr. Landry', de la Cruz's father. In late 2014, he also appeared in Othello on stage at the Odyssey Theatre in west Los Angeles.[10]

As of September 2015, Martinez has appeared on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives as 'Eduardo "Eddie" Hernandez'.

Awards[edit]

Over the years, Martinez has been nominated for numerous awards, and received some, including a Daytime Emmy Award, a Red Nation Film Award of Excellence, an award as Best Supporting Actor at the Red Dirt International Film Festival (for his own written short film called “Four Winds),[10] and three from the Soap Opera Digest Awards.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 1981, he was married briefly to actress Mare Winningham, who was also cast on The Young Pioneers; they divorced later that year. In 1982, he married his current wife, Leslie Bryans; they have one son, Dakota Lee, and two daughters, Devon Makena and Ren Farren.[12] He moved from Malibu to Thousand Oaks, California in 2014.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Martinez". Aino's Modus Operandi: Actors. Archived from the original on October 20, 2009. Retrieved 2006-09-21.
  2. ^ Hirschfelder, Arlene B.; Molin, Paulette Fairbanks (5 December 2017). "The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists". Scarecrow Press. pp. 409, 546 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "What Makes Longmire so Good? 'Every Character Has Demons' Says A Martinez - Indian Country Media Network". indiancountrymedianetwork.com.
  4. ^ Aaker, Everett (25 May 2017). "Television Western Players, 1960-1975: A Biographical Dictionary". McFarland – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". www.rednationff.com.
  6. ^ Hirschfelder, Arlene B.; Molin, Paulette Fairbanks (5 December 2017). "The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists". Scarecrow Press. pp. 409, 546 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "What Makes Longmire so Good? 'Every Character Has Demons' Says A Martinez - Indian Country Media Network". indiancountrymedianetwork.com.
  8. ^ Aaker, Everett (25 May 2017). "Television Western Players, 1960-1975: A Biographical Dictionary". McFarland – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "NOTABLE ALUMNI ACTORS". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d Bentley, Amy (29 October 2014). "Thousand Oaks actor, who will play Othello, is a man of many parts". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b c Dongiovanni, Pierpaolo. "Exclusive and unusual interview with A MARTINEZ". 27 September 2012. pierin26santabarbara.blogspot.com. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  12. ^ Staff (22 February 2015). "A Martinez - Biography and Filmography - 1948". Hollywood.com.

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