Albert Martinez

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This name uses Philippine naming customs. The middle name or maternal family name is Riverta and the surname or paternal family name is Martinez.
Albert Martinez
Born Albert Rivera Martinez
(1961-04-19) April 19, 1961 (age 55)
Cebu, Philippines
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Liezl Sumilang (1985–2015, her death)
Children 3; including Alfonso Martinez

Albert Rivera Martinez (born April 19, 1961) is a Filipino actor, director, and producer.

Early life[edit]

Albert Martinez was born in Cebu City on April 19, 1961 to Bert Martinez, a Spanish Mestizo, and Margarita Pineda.[1] He is of Spanish Filipino descent.


Martinez began as a film actor. He took his first teleserye role as Glenn in the 1980 series Anna Liza. Martinez's character, Glenn was the suitor of the titular protagonist, Anna Liza which was portrayed by Julie Vega.[2]

Martinez cites actor John Travolta's acting style as his basis on his own film roles. He describes Travolta as having a tongue-in-cheek style in acting as characterized in his roles in Face/Off, Broken Arrow and Battlefield Earth. Martinez praised Travolta for making his roles "shine" on the aforementioned films despite not portraying "natural characters". He also cited Christopher de Leon as his idol since he started his career in film acting.[3]

In Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin he portrays Ferdinand Fuentebuella who marries a woman from a rich family to save the wealth of his own family. On the eve of Martinez's character's wedding, Fuentebuella had a one-night stand with a prostitute (portrayed by Gina Alajar and gets her pregnant. Fuentebuella is reunited with his daughter, Catherine (portrayed by Angelika dela Cruz) five years later but again gets separated from each other. Throughout the series Fuentebuella is determined to reunite again with his daughter as his loveless marriage deteriorates. This role of a sympathetic character was deemed a deviation from Martinez's usual portrayal of hateful characters in films. Commenting on his role after being asked how does he chooses his role, Martinez says that the audience views the characters as role models which they would like to emulate. He says that he tries to incorporate positive values in his role yet he makes sure that the character he portrays remains flawed adding that he is "always looking for a dark twist".[2]

His most recent critically acclaimed role was a downtrodden husband in Magnífico (2003). He recently starred in a TV drama series, Sa Piling Mo, together with Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual which was shown on ABS-CBN. He also worked on the teleserye Maria Flordeluna in 2007 as the role of Gen. Leo Alicante. In 2009–2010, he worked on the teleserye May Bukas Pa, in the role of the antagonist turned protagonist Mayor Enrique Rodrigo. He played the role of Frank Crisanto on the teleserye Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo alongside Kris Aquino, Kim Chiu, Gina Pareño, Coco Martin, and Gerald Anderson.

He directed his movie Rosario which was shown at the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival.

He is currently with ABS-CBN as a contract actor.



Year Title Role Network
1980 Totoo Ba Ang Tsismis
Blue Jeans
1981 Bata Pa si Sabel
1982 Bakit Ba Ganyan?
Where Love Has Gone Aldo Asuncion
1984 Teenage Marriage
Anak ni Waray, Anak ni Biday
1991 Yakapin Mo Ako Muli Abel Lalugan
1994 Pangako ng Kahapon
Talahib At Rosas
1995 Minsan Pa: Kahit Konting Pagtingin 2 Benny De Guzman
Muling Umawit ng Puso
Segurista Jake
1996 Dyesebel
1997 Bridesmaids
Gloria, Gloria Labandera
Rizal sa Dapitan José Rizal
Buhay Mo'y Buhay Ko rin Anton Marasigan
1998 Pusong Mamon Ron
Bata, Bata… Pa'no Ka Ginawa? Ding
Tatsulok Dave
Nang Iniwan Mo Ako Anton Marasigan
1999 Scorpio Nights 2 Andrew
Ekis: Walang Tatakas Gene
2000 Ika-13 Kapitulo Caesar
2001 Abakada Ina Daniel
Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure Emong RoadRunner, MAQ Productions, Regal Entertainment
2002 Laman Omar
2003 Magnifico Gerry
Captain Barbell Lagablab Viva Films
2004 Anak Ka ng Tatay Mo
2005 Sandalang Bahay
2007 I've Fallen For You Jonathan Star Cinema
2012 Born To Love You Charles Ronquillo Star Cinema, CineMedia

As Director[edit]

  • Rosario (2010) – MMFF Entry "59th Famas Best Director (winner)"


Year Title Role(s) Type of Role Network
2015-present FPJ's: Ang Probinsyano Tomas "Papa Toms" Tuazon Main role / Antagonist ABS-CBN
2015-2016 All of Me Dr. Manuel Figueras Lead role
2014 Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon Leo Romero Main role
Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel Prinsipe Tino† Special participation
2013 My Little Juan Samuel Alejandro Special participation
Juan dela Cruz Samuel Alejandro† Main role / Antagonist
2012-2013 Princess and I King Anand Wangchuk Main role
2011-2012 Nasaan Ka Elisa? Mariano Altamira Co-lead role
2011 100 Days to Heaven Tagabantay / Postman Guest appearance
Green Rose Darren Lee† Special participation
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin young General Jaime Sebastiano Special participation
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Passbook Sonny Gonzales Episode guest
Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo Francisco "Frank / Uno" Crisanto† Main role / Antagonist
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Gitara Mr. Santelices Episode guest
2009-2010 May Bukas Pa Mayor Enrique D. Rodrigo / Gonzalvo Policarpio† Co-lead role / Antagonist
2008 Kahit Isang Saglit Ronaldo Dimaandal Supporting role
I am KC: Yes Sir! Angelo Martinez Episode guest
Palos Salvatore Extended role
Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara Fritz Martinez Main role
2007 Princess Sarah Captain Christopher Crewe Co-lead role
Maria Flordeluna General Leo Alicante Main role
2006-2007 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Juan Penduko Main role
2006 Sa Piling Mo Benicio Chuatoco Main role / Antagonist
2005 Maynila Episode guest GMA Network
2003-2004 Twin Hearts Ben Katigbac Extended role
2002-2003 Habang Kapiling Ka Alejandro Javellana Main role / Antagonist
2001-2002 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Ferdinand Fuentebella Supporting role
2001 Larawan
2000-2001 May Bukas Pa Ramon Suarez Co-lead role IBC / RPN 9
1980-1986 Anna Liza Glenn Laxamana Supporting role GMA Network

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
1995 Metro Manila Film Festival [4] Best Supporting Actor Muling Umawit ang Puso Won
1997 Manila Film Festival[5] Best Actor Rizal sa Dapitan Won
2006 20th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actor Sa Piling Mo Nominated
2009 23rd PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actor May Bukas Pa Nominated
Best Single Performance by an Actor Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bisikleta Nominated

Personal life[edit]

His father, Bert Martínez, was a character actor during the 1960s. Albert was married to Liezl Sumilang from 1985, until her death in 2015.[6] They had three children, including actor Alfonso Martinez. William Martínez also an actor is his younger brother.


  1. ^ Carvajal, Dolly Anne (30 April 2002). "Albert turns 41". Dollywood (Philippine Daily Inquirer). p. A28. Retrieved 7 October 2015. Albert Martinez turned 41 last April 19... 
  2. ^ a b Bautista, Mary Ann; Gallardo, Ricky (5 May 2001). "Albert Martinez believes in the power of television" (in English and Filipino). Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Salterio, Leah (24 August 2000). "The 'devil' in Albert Martinez". Philippine Daily Inquirer. p. B11. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:1995". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  5. ^ Daza, Jullie Yap (24 June 1997). "To kill Rizal again". Manila Standard. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Albert: Liezl as normal as everybody now". Manila: ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. August 26, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 

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