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Martin in The Fantastic Journey in 1977.
|Born||Jared Christopher Martin
December 21, 1941
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 24, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Cause of death||Pancreatic cancer|
Jared Christopher Martin (December 21, 1941 – May 24, 2017) was an American film and television actor. He was best known for his role as Steven "Dusty" Farlow in the 1978 series Dallas and for roles on two science fiction TV shows, The Fantastic Journey and War of the Worlds.
Martin was born in Manhattan to Charles Elmer Martin, a cover artist and cartoonist for The New Yorker, and his wife, Florence Taylor, an artist and homemaker. He began acting at the age of ten in a local children's theater group. After graduating from the Putney School and Columbia University, where his roommate was Brian De Palma, he spent a summer apprenticing with Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park. After graduating, he worked for a couple of years at The New York Times as a copy boy and thumbnail book reviewer for the Sunday edition.
He quit and joined a summer stock company in Cape May, New Jersey; then spent a season with Boston Classical Repertory, and eventually rejoined Papp at his new Public Theater in Manhattan. In 1965 he co-founded Group 6 Productions, a New York film and stage production company for which he directed A Night on the Town. In 1966 he played the lead role in his former roommate DePalma's first feature film, Murder à la Mod.
During the period from the early 1970s thru the early 1990s, he was a common presence in episodic television, with guest roles in such popular fare as The Partridge Family, Dan August, The Bold Ones, Toma, Shaft, Get Christie Love, The Rookies, Switch, Logan's Run. The Six Million Dollar Man, Project UFO, The Waltons, a two-part episode of the Lynda Carter series Wonder Woman, CHiPs, Hart to Hart, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Fantasy Island, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Knight Rider, Airwolf, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., Hotel, Hunter, Silk Stalkings and L.A. Law.
Martin also was a series regular in several network television shows, including the prime-time soap Dallas as Steven "Dusty" Farlow who appeared intermittently in the series from 1979 to the end of the series run in 1991, during which Martin studied with Lee Strasberg. Before then, he appeared in the short-lived science fiction show The Fantastic Journey (1977) playing Varian opposite Roddy McDowall and a few episodes in the 1978–79 season of the reboot series How the West Was Won playing Frank Grayson opposite James Arness and Bruce Boxleitner. The last of Martin's regular lead roles was in War of the Worlds, which ran for two seasons from 1988, as Dr. Harrison Blackwood, opposite Lynda Mason Green as Suzanne McCullough.
He performed in Broadway's Torch Song Trilogy. In 1988 he relocated to Toronto to star in War of the Worlds. After that series was canceled in 1990, he spent the next 18 months traveling, writing, and working on photography.
In 1994, entrepreneur Jeffrey Seder asked Martin to direct In Deeper, a feature length docudrama that celebrated crime-fighting local citizens, as part of then-Mayor Ed Rendell's Heroes of the Streets campaign in Philadelphia. Martin 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 and hosted Philly Live, an interview talk show series. From 2004-07, he was Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he taught acting and directing.
Jared Martin was married three times and divorced twice, to:
- Nancy Fales (1963–1977);
- Carol Vogel (1979–1984); and
- Yu Wei (2000–2017).
Martin died from pancreatic cancer on May 24, 2017, at the age of 75.
- Westworld (1973)
- The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974)
- The New Gladiators (1983)
- The Lonely Lady (1983)
- Aenigma (1987)
- Karate Warrior (1988)
- Twin Sitters (1994)
- How the West Was Won (as Frank Grayson)
- The Silent Force (as Neil Becker in "The Wax Jungle"; 1970)
- Griff (episode "Death by Prescription"; 1973)
- Shaft (as Victor Perrine) (episode "The Killing"; 1973)
- Columbo (as Harry Alexander in "A Stitch in Crime"; 1973)
- Get Christie Love! (as George Lomax) (episode "Fatal Image"; 1974)
- The Fantastic Journey (1977)
- Logan's Run (episode "Fear Factor"; 1977)
- The Six Million Dollar Man (as Torg) (episode "The Long Island"; 1978)
- The Waltons (as Derek Pembroke) (episode "The Portrait"; 1978)
- Dallas (1979–1991)
- CHiPs (as Bright) (episode "Hot Wheels"; 1979)
- The Incredible Hulk (as Jack Stewart) (episode "Free Fall"; 1980)
- Hart to Hart (as Dr. Kellin) (episode "Operation Murder"; 1981)
- Tales of the Gold Monkey (as Ted Harriso) (episode "Trunk from the Past"; 1982)
- Fantasy Island (as Dr. Christopher) (episode "What's the Matter with Kids?/Island of Horrors"; 1983)
- Knight Rider (as Dr. David Halston) (episode "Knight of the Drones"; 1984)
- Airwolf (as James Graydon) (episode "Santini's Millions"; 1985)
- Magnum, P.I. (as Arthur Houston) (episode "Novel Connection"; 1986)
- Murder, She Wrote (2 episodes): as Arthur Houston in "Magnum on Ice" (1986 episode) and as Spencer Langley in "It's a Dog's Life" (1984)
- One Life to Live (1987–1988)
- War of the Worlds (1988–1990)
- Reilly, Sue (March 2, 1981). "By Popular Demand, Dallas Resurrected Dusty, and Jared Martin Is Warbling Like the Grateful Dead". people.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
- Barnes, Mike (May 25, 2017). "Jared Martin, Who Played Rodeo Cowboy Dusty Farlow on 'Dallas', Dies at 75". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2017.