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Olivier Martinez

Olivier Martinez has been called one of the best kept secrets in France. After schooling at France?s Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique, Martinez leapt from theatre to television and ultimately to film.

Martinez created a stir as Diane Lane's lover in Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful with Richard Gere. He was most recently seen in S.W.A.T., the summer blockbuster directed by Clark Johnson. Alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez, Martinez portrays Alex, an international criminal who offers $100 million to anyone who can arrange his escape.

Most recently, Martinez co-starred in Robert Allan Ackerman's retelling of The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone for Showtime. In a role originally created by Warren Beatty, Martinez played the Italian gigolo Paolo opposite Anne Bancroft and Helen Mirren.

He is currently in production on director Chris Nahon's thriller Empire of the Wolves with Jean Reno.

Martinez first gained international attention for his performance as a dashing 19th century Italian cavalry officer who falls in love with a married woman (Juliette Binoche) in Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Horseman on the Roof. His credits also include Julian Schnabel's critically acclaimed Before Night Falls with Javier Bardem, Bertrand Blier?s Mon Hom, Bigas Luna's The Chambermaid on the Titanic, Mario Camus' La Ville des Prodiges and Eric Barbiers Toreros, with Claude Brasseur.

Martinez made his motion picture debut in Jean Jacques Beineix's IP5 (1992), co-starring Yves Montand. In 1994, he received the Cesar Award for Most Promising Young Actor for his work in Bertrand Blier's drama 1, 2, 3 Soleil, starring Marcello Mastroianni.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Olivier Martinez Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayJanuary 12, 1966 (51)
SignCapricorn
BirthplaceParis, France
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Olivier Martinez compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Unfaithful
Ep 101
Taking Lives
S.W.A.T.
The Physician
The Horseman on the Roof
Before Night Falls
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