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Sacks attending the 2016 TV Week Logie Awards, May 2016
Martin Colin Sacks

(1959-10-16) 16 October 1959 (age 61)
Sydney, Australia
OccupationActor, director
Years active1977-present
Spouse(s)Kate Sacks (née Allen)
Awards1998–2002: Silver Logie award for Most Popular Actor – for his role as PJ Hasham in Blue Heelers

Martin Colin Sacks (born 16 October 1959) is an Australian actor who is chiefly known for his 12-year role on Blue Heelers from 1993 to 2005.


Life and career

Sacks was born in Sydney. He got into acting after a bit part in an episode of The Love Boat when it was filming in the Pacific. His first role came about in the series The Restless Years in the early 1980s, which started him on the television circuit in Australia. He emigrated to Hollywood in the 1980s, guest starring in series such as thirtysomething , but preferred Australia, and so he returned there after a few years. Also had guest appearances in: Love in Limbo, Encounters, Irresistible Force, Fields of Fire III, All the Way, Touch the Sun: Princess Kate, Slate, Wyn & Me, Tricheuse, La, Emoh Ruo, Stock Squad and The City's Edge. Also Jake & The Fatman.

Sacks took the role of Detective P.J. Hasham in the 1993 series Blue Heelers . The show rocketed him to fame, most notably his 7-year "will-they-or-won't-they" relationship with Constable Maggie Doyle (Lisa McCune) which ended with her death in the programme's seventh season.

During the time he starred on the show, Sacks married Kate and had two children, Jack and Ned and had leading roles in two major Australian miniseries: Do or Die and My Husband My Killer (both 2001).

After playing P.J. for twelve years, and being one of only three original cast still on the show in the twelfth season, Sacks left Blue Heelers in August 2005. Sacks asked the producers not to kill his character, so that he could return for a guest spot in the future. He did not get the chance, however: the show was cancelled in early 2006.[ citation needed ]

Sacks is also a director, having directed episodes of Blue Heelers, All Saints and a short film called Crushed.

Sacks also starred in the 2008 Australian TV hit, Underbelly , portraying underworld loanshark Mario Condello. In 2010, Sacks guest starred in three different shows – City Homicide , Rescue: Special Ops and Sea Patrol . In 2013 he appeared in Wentworth .


As Actor

1977 The Restless Years Adam Lee
1982–1984 A Country Practice Craig Thompson/Philby6 episodes
1985 Stock Squad
Emoh Ruo Des. Tunkley
1987 La tricheuse Jeff
Slate, Wyn & Me Slate Jackson
1988 Touch the Sun: Princess Kate Greg Mathieson
All the Way Alan Scott
1989 Field of Fire III Rinaldo
1990 thirtysomething Assistant DirectorSeason 3, episode 22
Jake and the Fatman Halsey ReedSeason 4, episode 5
1993 Encounters Martin Carr
Irresistible Force Bomb Squad Officer
Love in Limbo Max Wiseman
Police Rescue Lloyd CooperSeason 3, episode 4
2001 The Rubicon Jimmy Grattan
My Husband My Killer Andrew Kalajzich
1993–2005 Blue Heelers Senior Detective Patrick Joseph "P.J." Hasham 484 episodes
2008 Underbelly Mario Condello 11 episodes
The Strip Keith BoswellSeason 1, episode 5
2009 East of Everything Toby FerraniSeason 2, episode 7
2010 Lowdown Tony MarinoSeason 1, episode 7
City Homicide Daniel WorthingtonSeason 3, episode 22
Sea Patrol Derek CavanaughSeason 4, episode 16
Rescue Special Ops Charles HowardSeason 2, episode 12
Offspring Colin Soriel2 episodes
2011 The Cup Neil Pinner
2012 The Straits Howard Reeman2 episodes
Bait 3D Todd
2012, 2014 Rake Roger Cross7 episodes
2013–2018 Wentworth Derek Channing17 episodes
2013–2014, 2017 A Place to Call Home Itzaak Goldberg5 episodes
2013 Cliffy SydTelevision film
2013 Reef Doctors DavidEpisode: "Episode #1.9"
2014 The Gods of Wheat Street Bobby Blackman3 episodes
2014 Rise Jimmy Cove
2016 Brock Geoff Brock2 episodes
2017 Don't Tell Tony
2021 Buckley's Chance Cooper

As Director

2005-2006 Blue Heelers 3 episodes
2006-2008 All Saints 6 episodes


1996 Logie Award Most Popular Actor Blue Heelers Nominated
1997 [1] Won
1998 [2] Won
1999 [3] Won
2000 [4] Won
2001 [5] Won

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