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Although his family in Iraq was wealthy, he fled the country to avoid the draft and arrived in New York City in a penniless state. In his book on the New Hollywood, Peter Biskind states that Martin had to wash dishes to pay his way through NYU, where he met fellow student Martin Scorsese in 1961. The two formed a close friendship and worked together on Scorsese's early projects such as It's Not Just You, Murray! and the semi-autobiographical Season of the Witch, which ultimately became Mean Streets. According to Biskind, "The two young men sat in Martin's Plymouth Valiant and wrote. In the winter, in the cold and snow." Martin also shared writing credits on the Scorsese films New York, New York and Raging Bull.
Martin died of undisclosed causes on September 11, 2019, five days short of his 85th birthday.
|1971||Revenge Is My Destiny||Joseph Adler|
|1973||Mean Streets||Martin Scorsese||Written with Scorsese|
|1977||New York, New York||Martin Scorsese||Written with Earl Mac Rauch|
|1977||Valentino||Ken Russell||Written with Russell|
|1980||Raging Bull||Martin Scorsese||Written with Paul Schrader|
|2014||The Cut||Fatih Akin||Written with Akin|
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- "Mardik Martin, 'Raging Bull' and 'Mean Streets' Screenwriter, Dies at 84". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
- "Mardik Martin, 'Mean Streets' and 'Raging Bull' Co-Writer, Dies at 84". TheWrap. 2019-09-12. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
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- Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (1998), by Peter Biskind (Chapter Eight: The Gospel According to St. Martin)