William E. Martin

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Bill Martin
Born
William E. Martin

(1945-10-08)October 8, 1945
DiedJanuary 27, 2016(2016-01-27) (aged 70)
OccupationMusician, songwriter, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active1969–2006

William E. "Bill" Martin (October 8, 1945 – January 27, 2016)[1] was an American musician, songwriter, screenwriter, and voice actor.

Life and career[edit]

A friend of Monkee Michael Nesmith, Martin wrote the first song ("All of Your Toys") to be recorded with all four Monkees singing and playing. However, the song's copyright was owned by Tickson Music, for whom Martin worked; Screen Gems, who supervised music selection for the Monkees, had a rule that only Screen Gems-owned material could be released, and Tickson Music refused to sell the copyright. Martin took the setback in stride, signed a new contract with Screen Gems, and the band recorded his "The Door into Summer" (with title inspired by Robert A. Heinlein's novel).

A later teaming with singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson resulted in the song "Rainmaker", released in two different versions by Nilsson (on single and on LP) in 1969. Nilsson also covered some of Martin's songs, including "Fairfax Rag" and "City Life". Martin released a concept album in 1970, titled Bill Martin's Concerto for Head Phones and Contra-Buffoon in Asia Minor.[2] It failed to sell.

Martin also wrote the song "Evergreen (Earth Anthem)", recorded by Cyrus Faryar, The Turtles, Dan Fogelberg and others.[3]

Martin co-starred with Nesmith in his Grammy-winning Elephant Parts in 1981, and Nesmith also produced An Evening with Sir William Martin, with Martin delivering a half-hour monologue dressed in a smoking jacket and parodying Orson Welles, interspersed with different character voices.

Among Martin's screenwriting credits was the 1987 movie Harry and the Hendersons. Martin's first movie voice role came in the 1971 animated movie The Point as the Rock Man and later in the 1989 animated movie Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland as the villainous Nightmare King. He also had a cameo role in Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees, the 1997 television movie which reunited the full band. He was the model for Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons.

His voice skills also earned him roles in numerous animated series, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (taking over the character of The Shredder after James Avery's departure from the role), Transformers, Challenge of the GoBots, and several Star Wars video games.

He died on January 27, 2016,[4] aged 70.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Point Rock Man (voice) Television film
1981 Elephant Parts Writer
1987 Harry and the Hendersons Writer
1989 Asterix and the Big Fight Prolix (voice) American Dub
1992 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Nightmare King (voice) Credited as William E. Martin
1997 Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees Tour Guide Television film
1999 Dash and Lilly Croupier

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Mighty Orbots Tor / Umbra (voice) Episode: "Magnetic Menace"
1985 Amazing Stories Guard Episode: "Mummy Daddy"
1986 The Transformers Broadside (voice) 4 Episodes
The Centurions (voice) 64 Episodes
Karate Kommandos Claw (voice) 5 Episodes
1986-1990 The Real Ghostbusters Samhain (voice) 3 Episodes
1994-1996 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder (voice) 7 Episodes
1996 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Race Announcer / Commanding Voice (voice) Episode: "The Master Monster/Slumber Scare"


Videogames[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Conquest of the New World Introduction Voice Credited as Bill E. Martin
1995 Stonekeep Wahooka (voice)
1996 Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Red Group Leader (voice) Credited as Bill E. Martin
1998 Star Wars: Rebellion Red Group Leader (voice)
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Bith Merchant / Fisherman / Lizard boy / others (voice) Credited as Bill E. Martin
Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast Fake Durlag Doppelganger / Dwarwen Characters (voice)
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance Cmdr. Devers / Imperial Officer (voice)
2000 Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Korgan Bloodaxe / Bregg (voice) Credited as Bill E. Martin
Star Wars: Force Commander A-Wing Pilot #2 / Abridon Refugee #3 (voice)
2001 Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal Korgan Bloodaxe (voice)
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Torgier (voice)
2002 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter Male Civilian #3 / Smootie / Beast Handler (voice)
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Nurik Sandral / Davin Kotras / Garouk / others (voice) Credited as Bill E Martin
2004 Champions of Norrath (voice)
2005 Champions: Return to Arms (voice)
2006 SiN Episodes Garrison / Dock Workers (voice)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Lost Monkees Single: "All of Your Toys"", MonkeesLiveAlmanac.com. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Bill Martin's Concerto for Head Phones and Contra-Buffoon in Asia Minor". Discogs. Retrieved 22 Nov 2017.
  3. ^ "Liner Notes for Cyrus Faryar's "Cyrus"". Richieunterberger.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  4. ^ "Blog - The Monkees Live Almanac". Monkeesconcerts.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  5. ^ Blitzmagazine, Twitter.com

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