A Martinez

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A Martinez
Adolfo Larrue Martínez III

(1948-09-27) September 27, 1948 (age 70)
Residence Thousand Oaks, California
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1968–present
Mare Winningham
(m. 1981;div. 1981)

Leslie Bryans(m. 1982)

Adolfo Larrue Martínez III (born September 27, 1948), better known as A Martinez, is an American actor and singer with roles in the daytime soap operas Santa Barbara , General Hospital , One Life to Live , The Bold and the Beautiful , and Days of Our Lives , and the primetime dramas L.A. Law , Profiler , and Longmire . In movies, he played the role of Cimarron in the Western The Cowboys (1972), with John Wayne. And the “dirty” Arizona sherrif in “Queen of the South.

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In 2018 he played (plays) Mayo in Queen of the South.

Early life and education

Martinez was born Adolfo Larrue Martínez III in Glendale, California. His family referred to him as "A", "Little Adolfo", and "Little A" as a child to distinguish him from his father and grandfather. Over time, "A" became the name he would use. [1] His heritage is Mexican and Apache on his father's side, and Piegan Blackfeet and Northern European on his mother's side. [2] [3] [4]

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Martinez attended Sunland Elementary School and Mt. Gleason Junior High School in Sunland/Tujunga, where he played Kiwanis youth softball each summer (he was a formidable pitcher) and starred in numerous school musical productions. [5] [6] [7] [8] He graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, Los Angeles, CA. In high school, he was in a rock band and was on the track team. He furthered his education and found his passion for acting at UCLA. [9]

Kiwanis International is an international service club founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, and is found in more than 80 nations and geographic areas. Since 1987, the organization also accepts women as members. Membership in Kiwanis and its family of clubs is more than 600,000 members. Each year, Kiwanis clubs raise more than US$100 million and report more than 18.5 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children.

Verdugo Hills High School

Verdugo Hills High School (VHHS) is a public school located in the Tujunga community of Los Angeles, California, United States within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Early career

Martinez began his professional career at age 12, as a singer, and earned a talent competition title at the Hollywood Bowl.[ citation needed ] He played on a semi-pro baseball team for five seasons. [10]

Hollywood Bowl Amphitheater in California, USA

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Baseball Sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.


Martinez has starred in feature films including The Cowboys (1972), Starbird & Sweet William (1973), Once Upon a Scoundrel (1974), Joe Panther (1976), Shoot the Sun Down (1978), The Honorary Consul (1983), Walking the Edge (1985), Powwow Highway (1989), She-Devil (1989), What's Cooking? (2000), Wind River (2000), and Curse of Chucky (2013).

<i>The Cowboys</i> 1972 film by Mark Rydell

The Cowboys is a 1972 American western film starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim Pickens, Colleen Dewhurst, and Bruce Dern. Robert Carradine made his film debut with fellow child actor Stephen Hudis as cowboys. It was filmed at various locations in New Mexico, Colorado, and at Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, California. Based on the novel by William Dale Jennings, the screenplay was written by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr., and Jennings and directed by Mark Rydell.

Once Upon a Scoundrel is a 1974 American-Mexican comedy film directed by George Schaefer and starring Zero Mostel, Katy Jurado and A Martinez.

Shoot the Sun Down is a 1978 American western film. It is directed by David Leeds, written by Leeds and Richard Rothstein, and stars Christopher Walken, Margot Kidder, Geoffrey Lewis, Bo Brundin, and A Martinez.

The majority of his acting roles have been on television. He had a recurring role on All in the Family as a helper at Archie's bar. In 1973, he appeared in the Hawaii Five-0 episode "A Bullet for El Diablo". In 1974, he appeared in an episode of the short-lived ABC police drama Nakia . In 1976, he played a novice bullfighter in the Columbo episode, "A Matter of Honor". In 1978, he appeared as the Indian Circling Hawk in the short-lived ABC series The Young Pioneers . Martinez appeared as Tranquilino Marquez in three episodes of the mini-series, Centennial in 1979. In 1979 episode of Quincy, episode " Walk Softly Through the Night".

<i>All in the Family</i> American television series

All in the Family is an American sitcom TV-series that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network for nine seasons, from January 12, 1971 to April 8, 1979. The following September, it was continued with the spin-off series Archie Bunker's Place, which picked up where All in the Family had ended and ran for four more seasons through 1983.

The fifth season of Hawaii Five-O premiered on September 12, 1972 and ended March 13, 1973. 24 episodes aired during this season. The Region 1 DVD was released on November 18, 2008.

American Broadcasting Company American broadcast television network

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In 1981, Martinez made an appearance on Barney Miller . He played Joseph Montoya in the episode "The Doll".

Martinez played a grape picker in 1982 on CBS's Falcon Crest , Native American 'Low Wolf' on the short-lived Born to the Wind , and a police detective in the 1983–1984 series Whiz Kids . He was introduced to daytime viewers in Santa Barbara as 'Cruz Castillo', a role he played from the show's debut in 1984 until 1992; [11] he won a Daytime Emmy in 1990. From 1999–2002, Martinez appeared on General Hospital playing mobster and FBI informant Roy DiLucca. During his time with General Hospital, he was awarded three consecutive ALMA Awards (2000, 2001, 2002). Since Martinez resembles Asher Brauner, who played the role 1978–1979, Martinez's flashbacks of his character did not need to be re-filmed. Martinez has also worked on prime time television, including starring roles in series such as Profiler and L.A. Law. [11]

In September 2008, Martinez joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live in the role of 'Ray Montez' and was written out in June 2009.

In February 2011, Martinez appeared in several episodes of the CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful as 'Dr. Ramon Montgomery'. He returned in January 2012 for a few additional episodes.

In 2012, he landed the recurring role of 'Jacob Nighthorse' in the television series Longmire . [11]

In April 2014, it was rumored he was joining The Young and the Restless . In July 2014, he appeared on the NBC television show The Night Shift as 'Dr. Landry', de la Cruz's father. In late 2014, he also appeared in Othello on stage at the Odyssey Theatre in west Los Angeles. [10]

As of September 2015, Martinez has appeared on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives as 'Eduardo "Eddie" Hernandez'.


Over the years, Martinez has been nominated for numerous awards, and received some, including a Daytime Emmy Award, a Red Nation Film Award of Excellence, an award as Best Supporting Actor at the Red Dirt International Film Festival (for his own written short film called “Four Winds), [10] and three from the Soap Opera Digest Awards.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

In 1981, he was married briefly to actress Mare Winningham, who was also cast on The Young Pioneers; they divorced later that year. In 1982, he married his current wife, Leslie Bryans; they have one son, Dakota Lee, and two daughters, Devon Makena and Ren Farren. [12] He moved from Malibu to Thousand Oaks, California in 2014. [10]

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