A native Californian, Martinez was 12 years old when he made his professional
singing debut at the Hollywood Bowl where he won a talent competition. Later,
while attending UCLA, he first appeared in the feature film, Born Wild,
followed in quick succession by other films, including The Cowboys (starring
John Wayne), Beyond the Limit (starring Michael Caine), Once Upon a Scoundral,
Walking the Edge, Joe Panther, and Shoot the Sundown among others.
In 1990, Mr. Martinez was honored with the Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding
Lead Actor for his work on Santa Barbara. While on Santa Barbara, A's portrayal
of Cruz hit home with the fans and he rose to immense popularity when his
character became involved with Eden, portrayed by Marcy Walker (All My Children's
Liza Colby Chandler).
Mr. Martinez's other television credits include the made for television movies
Deconstructing Sarah, Ties That Bind, The Cherokee Kid, and She Led Two Lives
among others. Martinez has also appeared on such series as Magnificent Seven,
Profiler, and L.A. Law to name a few.
Martinez enjoys writing music, composing songs, playing the guitar and piano
in his leisure time. A devoted family man, he and his wife, Leslie Bryans,
have three children - son, Dakota Lee and daughters Devon Makens and Ren Farren.