Olivier Martinez

Olivier Martinez

Birth name: Olivier Martinez
Born: January 12, 1966
Age: 52
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Biography

Olivier Martinez (born 12 January 1966) is a French film actor. He became known after roles in several French films such as Un, deux, trois, soleil (1993), which garnered him the César Award for "Most Promising Actor", The Horseman on the Roof (1995), and The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997). He has also appeared in Hollywood-produced features, including the drama Before Night Falls (2000), the erotic thriller Unfaithful (2002) and playing the role of a French drug lord in the action-crime-thriller S.W.A.T. (2003).

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Early life

Martinez was born in Paris, France, to a working-class family. His father was a Spanish professional boxer born in Spanish Morocco and his mother was a French secretary. He studied at the CNSAD and began his acting career in his native France in 1990. Martinez was raised Roman Catholic.

Career

In 1994, Martinez won a César Award as "Most Promising Actor" for his role in Un, deux, trois, soleil (1993). This was followed by a leading role in the Jean-Paul Rappeneau period film The Horseman on the Roof (Le Hussard sur le Toit) in 1995 in which he starred alongside Juliette Binoche as an Italian nobleman. The film was hailed as the most expensive French film at that time in history but failed to reach its $35 million budget. In 1996/7 he appeared in Bertrand Blier's romantic comedy My Man (Mon Homme) alongside Anouk Grinberg, Gérard Lanvin, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Later in 1997 he played a leading role in Bigas Luna's drama The Chambermaid on the Titanic (La Femme de chambre du Titanic) alongside Romane Bohringer, set during the time of the Titanic's sinking voyage in 1912. Martinez portrays a French foundry worker who wins a strongman contest and the prize of a trip to view the departing maiden voyage of the ill-fated Titanic. The film was well-received; Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle praised what he felt was a rare honest portrayal of male sexuality by Martinez.

Martinez first came to mainstream attention in Hollywood films with his performance in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls (2000) opposite Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp. The screenplay is based on the autobiography of the same name of Reinaldo Arenas, which was published in English in 1993. The film was highly critically acclaimed, although Martinez's performance was overshadowed by that of Bardem in the eyes of critics. He was later noted for his performance opposite Diane Lane in Unfaithful (2002). He has since appeared in a television adaptation of The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003), S.W.A.T. (2003) and Taking Lives (2004). He also starred as Gabriel in the 2007 movie adaptation of Blood and Chocolate, a popular book.

Personal life

Martinez dated actress Mira Sorvino from 1999 through 2002.

He began a relationship with singer Kylie Minogue after meeting her at the 2003 Grammy Awards ceremony. They ended their relationship in February 2007, but remained on friendly terms. Minogue was reported to have been "saddened by false accusations of disloyalty". She defended Martinez, and acknowledged the support he had given during her treatment for breast cancer.

Martinez began dating American actress Halle Berry in 2010 after meeting on the set of the action thriller film Dark Tide (2012). They confirmed their engagement in March 2012. On 22 November 2012, Martinez was treated at a Los Angeles hospital after being injured in a physical altercation with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, Berry's former partner and father of her daughter. Aubry and Berry had been involved in a custody battle centered on Berry's desire to move with their daughter and Martinez to his native France, a request denied by a judge less than two weeks prior to the altercation, on the grounds that it would interfere with Berry and Aubry's joint custody arrangement. The custody dispute was resolved at the end of November.

Berry and Martinez married in a private ceremony in France on 13 July 2013. Their son, Maceo, was born in October 2013 in Los Angeles. After two years of marriage, in 2015 the couple announced they were divorcing. The divorce became final in December 2016.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Navarro Rollo Episode "Barbès de l'aube à l'aurore"
1990 Plein Fer Pascal
1992 Odyssée Bidon Phil
1992 IP5: L'île aux Pachydermes Tony
1992 Les Paroles invisibles
1993 1, 2, 3, Sun Petit Paul
1995 Le Hussard sur le toit Angelo Pardi
1996 Mon Homme Jean-François
1997 La Femme de chambre du Titanic Horty
1999 La Ciudad de los prodigios Onofre Bouvila
2000 Nosotras David
2000 La Taule Le Muet
2000 Toreros Manuel
2000 Before Night Falls Lázaro Gómez Carriles
2000 Bullfighter Jack
2002 Semana santa Quemada
2002 Unfaithful Paul Martel
2003 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Paolo di Lio Television film
2003 S.W.A.T. Alexander Montel
2004 Taking Lives Paquette
2007 Blood and Chocolate Gabriel
2010 Knight and Day Beach Scene Uncredited
2011 Dark Tide Jeff Mathieson
2012 Cybergeddon Gustov Dobreff TV series (2 episodes)
2012 Cybergeddon Zips Gustov TV series (1 episode: "Gustov")
2013 The Physician Shah Ala ad-Daula
2014 Revenge Pascal LeMarchal Recurring role (5 episodes)
2015 Texas Rising President Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
2016 Mars (miniseries) Ed Grann
2016 The Godmother Filming

Awards

Year Award Category Result Notes
1993 Prix Jean Gabin Won
1993 César Awards Most Promising Actor (Meilleur jeune espoir masculin) Nominated IP5: L'île aux pachydermes
1994 César Awards Most Promising Actor (Meilleur jeune espoir masculin) Won Un, deux, trois, soleil

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