William E. Martin
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William E. Martin
October 8, 1945
|Died||January 27, 2016(aged 70)|
|Occupation||Musician, songwriter, screenwriter, voice actor|
William E. "Bill" Martin (October 8, 1945 – January 27, 2016) was an American musician, songwriter, screenwriter, and voice actor.
Life and career
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. It failed to sell.
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.
|1971||The Point||Rock Man (voice)||Television film|
|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|
|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"|
|1993||Conquest of the New World||Introduction Voice||Credited as Bill E. Martin|
|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)|
- "The Lost Monkees Single: "All of Your Toys"", MonkeesLiveAlmanac.com. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- "Bill Martin's Concerto for Head Phones and Contra-Buffoon in Asia Minor". Discogs. Retrieved 22 Nov 2017.
- "Liner Notes for Cyrus Faryar's "Cyrus"". Richieunterberger.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
- "Blog - The Monkees Live Almanac". Monkeesconcerts.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
- Blitzmagazine, Twitter.com