Albert Martinez

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Albert Martinez
Born Albert Rivera Martinez
(1961-04-19) April 19, 1961 (age 54)
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)[1] is a Filipino actor, director, and producer.


Martinez began as a film actor. Martinez 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 (English: "There is Still Tomorrow"), 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.

His father, Bert Martinez, was a character actor during the 1960s. Albert was married to Liezl Sumilang from 1985, until her death in 2015.[4] They had three children, including actor Alfonso Martinez.

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



  • Totoo Ba Ang Tsismis (1980)
  • Blue Jeans (1980)
  • Bata Pa si Sabel (1981)
  • Bakit Ba Ganyan? (1982)
  • Where Love Has Gone (1982) – Aldo Asuncion
  • Teenage Marriage (1984)
  • Anak ni Waray, Anak ni Biday (1984)
  • Yakapin Mo Ako Muli (1991) – Abel Lalugan
  • Pangako ng Kahapon (1994)
  • Talahib At Rosas (1994)
  • Minsan Pa: Kahit Konting Pagtingin 2 (1995) – Benny De Guzman
  • Muling Umawit ng Puso (1995)
  • Segurista (1995) – Jake
  • Dyesebel (1996 film)|Dyesebel (1996)
  • Bridesmaids (1997) – Enrique Patricio
  • Gloria, Gloria Labandera (1997)
  • Rizal sa Dapitan (1997) – Jose Rizal
  • Buhay Mo'y Buhay Ko rin (1997) – Raphael Sanchez
  • Pusong Mamon (1998) – Ron
  • Bata, Bata... Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998) – Ding
  • Tatsulok (1998) - Dave
  • Nang Iniwan Mo Ako (1998) Anton Marasigan
  • Scorpio Nights 2 (1999) – Andrew
  • Ekis: Walang Tatakas (1999) – Gene
  • Ika-13 Kapitulo (2000) – Caesar
  • Abakada Ina (2001) – Daniel
  • Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure (2001) – Emong
  • Laman – (2002) – Omar
  • Magnifico (2003) – Gerry
  • Captain Barbell 2 (2003) – Lagablab
  • Anak Ka ng Tatay Mo (2004)
  • Sandalang Bahay (2005)
  • I've Fallen For You (2007) – Jonathan
  • Born To Love You (2012) – Charles Ronquillo
  • Ang Sugo: The Last Messenger (2015) – Erano Manalo

As Director[edit]

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


Year Title Role Network
1980–1986 Anna Liza Glenn GMA Network
1999–2001 May Bukas Pa Ramon Suarez IBC/RPN 9
2001 Larawan Cast Member GMA Network
2001–2002 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Ferdinand Fuentabella
2002–2003 Habang Kapiling Ka Alejandro Javellano
2004 Twin Hearts Benjie Catindig
2005 Maynila Special Guest
2006 Sa Piling Mo Benicio Chuatoco ABS-CBN
2006–2007 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Juan Penduko
2007 Maria Flordeluna Gen. Leo Alicante
Princess Sarah Christopher Crewe
2008 Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara Fritz Martinez
Palos Salvatore
I Am KC: Yes Sir! Angelo Martinez
Kahit Isang Saglit Ronaldo Dimaandal
2009–2010 May Bukas Pa Mayor Enrique Rodrigo
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Gitara Mr. Santelices
2010 Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo Francisco "Frank" Crisanto
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Passbook Sonny Gonzales
2011 Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin Young Jaime
Green Rose Darren Lee
100 Days To Heaven Postman
2011–2012 Nasaan Ka Elisa? Mariano Altamira
2012–2013 Princess and I King Anand Wangchuk
2013 Juan dela Cruz Samuel Alejandro
My Little Juan Samuel Alejandro
2014 Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel Prinsipe Tino
Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon Leo Romero
2015 All Of Me Manuel Figueras
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Tomas Tuazon

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
1995 Metro Manila Film Festival [5] Best Supporting Actor Muling Umawit ang Puso Won
1997 Manila Film Festival[6] 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


  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 partly in 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. ^ "Albert: Liezl as normal as everybody now". Manila: ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. August 26, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:1995". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  6. ^ Daza, Jullie Yap (24 June 1997). "To kill Rizal again". Manila Standard. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 

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