PROFILE
Name:
Duane Martin
Birth Date:
January 1, 1970
Birth Place:
Hollywood, California, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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All of Us

Background:

A two-time BET Comedy nominee, African-American actor and comedian Duane Martin gained fame and recognition for his starring role as TV reporter Robert James on the television series “All of Us” (2003-?). An NBA player before chasing an acting career, he also earned rave reviews for his bright, scene-stealing performance of ‘Mike’ in the box office film Deliver Us from Eva (2003). His other movie credits include Ron Shelton’s White Men Can’t Jump (1992), Jeff Pollack’s Above the Rim (1994), David S. Ward’s Down Periscope (1996), Wes Craven’s Scream 2 (1997), Daisy V.S. Mayer’s Woo (1998), Robert Rodriguez’ The Faculty (1998), Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday (1999) and Lawrence Gay’s independent comedy The Groomsmen (2001).

In addition to acting, Martin has been interested in writing and producing. He produced the TV series “Getting Personal” (1998), as well as wrote and produced (also starred in) Craig Ross Jr.’s action Ride or Die (2003) and Nick Castle’s comedy The Seat Filler (2004).

As for his personal life, Martin is best friends with actor Will Smith. He is the husband of actress Tisha Campbell, whom he married in 1996, and has a son, Xen, with her. He is the owner of the sports agency Impact Sports.


Impact Sports

Childhood and Family:

In Hollywood, California, Duane Martin was born on January 1, 1970. He graduated from New York University, where he played on their basketball team. After college, he pursued a short career in NBA before switching to acting.

Duane was married to Tisha Campbell, a former Martin & My Wife and Kids star, on August 17, 1996. They welcomed their first child, an 8 pounds 11 ounces baby son Xen Martin, on August 8, 2001. The ex-NBA player is the thriving owner of Impact Sports, a company that represents professional athletes.


From Court to Screen

Career:

A Hollywood native, Duane Martin had a short career in the National Basketball Association before segueing into acting. A New York University student, he played on their basketball team and caught the attention of the New York Knicks that signed him after he graduated from college. However, an injury forced him to retire from NBA.In 1992, Martin made his first TV appearance in the brief NBC comedy series “Out All Night,” where he played Vidal Thomas, opposite Patti LaBelle,Vivica A. Fox and Morris Chestnut. The same year, he debuted on the big screen with the sport feature White Men Can’t Jump, directed by Ron Shelton, and appeared in the made-for-TV film Different Worlds: A Story of Interracial Love.

Guest spots on TV shows “Roc” (1992), “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1993, 1995), “Living Single” (1997) and “Between Brothers” (also 1997) as well as roles in films like Jeff Pollack’s Above the Rim (1994), The Inkwell (1994), David S. Ward’s Down Periscope (1996) and Fakin’ Da Funk (1997) followed, before he landed a supporting role as Joel Jones on the Wes Craven-directed Scream 2 (1997), a popular teen horror flick starring David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The next two years saw the actor appear in the comedy Mr. Headmistress (1998, TV), costar with Jada Pinkett Smith and Tommy Davidson in Daisy V.S. Mayer’s Woo (1998), have an uncredited part in Robert Rodriguez’ The Faculty (1998), play B.J. Teach in Mutiny (1999, TV) and appear as Jamie Foxx’s agent in Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday (1999), a sport-themed film which has an all-star cast including Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid and James Woods. He also produced the comedy series “Getting Personal” (1998), in which he also acted in an episode in 1998, “Sam I Am,” and co-starred in the short-lived comedy show “Sugar Hill” (1999).

Martin went on to take on roles in Blind Men (2001, TV), Lawrence Gay’s independent feature The Groomsmen (2001, costarred with Christopher Wiehl and Alex Nesic), Untitled John Ridley Project (2002, TV), as well as guest star in series like “Girlfriends” (2000), “One on One” (2001) and “Yes, Dear” (2002). It was in 2003 that Martin eventually scored a huge break when he landed a lead role in the CW comedy series “All of Us” (2003-?), opposite Lisa Raye, Tony Rock, and Khamani Griffin. As TV reporter Robert James, the actor received a 2005 BET Comedy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He nabbed his first BET Comedy nod a year before, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Box Office Movie, for his fine performance in the comedy feature Deliver Us from Eva (2003), which starred LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union.

The actor wrote, produced and starred in the action film Ride or Die (2003), directed by Craig Ross Jr. and also starring Vivica A. Fox and Meagan Good. He continued with the capacity for 2004’s comedy/romance The Seat Filler, for director Nick Castle. There, he shared the screen with singer-turn actress Kelly Rowland. In April 2006, Martin could be seen in an episode of the Jennifer Love Hewitt-David Conrad successful series “Ghost Whisperer.”


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