Date of Birth: 11 December 1969, Kingston, New York, USA
Birth Name: Maximilian Carlo Martini
Nickname: The Frage
Height: 6′ 0¾” (1.85 m)
Born Maximilian Carlo Martini in Woodstock, New York, Martini is a citizen of not only the United States, but also of Canada and Italy. His parents were involved in the arts and instilled in him an appreciation for all things creative. After moving around a bit as a child, he made his way back to New York City and began to study acting. Starting out at the Neighborhood Playhouse he did the majority of his training with ‘Michael Howard’ in Manhattan. He then took a break from acting to focus on his early love of fine art, attending the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and receiving a BFA in painting and sculpture. After completing college, Martini began to work steadily in both film and television projects. His film roles were sharing the screen with Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Saving Private Ryan (1998) as “Cpl Fred Henderson”, Ryan’s commanding officer who helped “Captain Miller” (Hanks) and his men in the brutal final shootout of the film; & also had roles in some smaller independent films, working with Calista Flockhart in Pictures of Baby Jane Doe (1995), Chris Penn and Jeffrey Wright in Cement(2000) and in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival favorite, Backroads (2003). He also took on a lead role in the Steven Spielberg Emmy-nominated 20 hour mini-series Taken(2002) and has a recurring role with Kiefer Sutherland as “Agent Steve Goodrich” on Fox’s Emmy-nominated 2nd season of 24 (2001). Other television work includes series regular roles on John Sacret Young’s Level 9 (2000), Chris Carter’s Harsh Realm (1999) and recurring roles on Breaking News (2002), and the award-winning Canadian series,Da Vinci’s Inquest (1998). He has also co-starred in several TV movies including Morgan Freeman’s Mutiny (1999) and Francis Ford Coppola’s Another Day (2001). He also made many memorable guest-star turns on popular series.
Martini is active in the theatre, having co-founded “Theatre North Collaborative” in New York City, a theatre company of American and Canadian actors dedicated solely to producing new works from both sides of the border. Max has recently been filming CBS’s The Unit (2006), created by David Mamet and produced by Shawn Ryan of The Shield (2002).
He has also written a film, Desert Son (1999), which he co-directed with his younger brother, Christopher Martini and was costume-designed by his sister Michelle Martini. Martini, his wife Kim Restell and their two boys spend their time between their home in Los Angeles and their horse ranch out of town.
After starting out at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, Martini eventually finished his training with the esteemed acting coach Michael Howard. During his studies, he co-founded New York-based “Theater North Collaborative”. TNC is a theater company comprised of American and Canadian actors, playwrights and directors dedicated to producing new works from both sides of the border. He then took a break from acting to focus on his early love of fine art, attending the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where he received his BFA. After completing college, Martini began to work steadily in both film and television projects. His film roles include John Dahl’s highly anticipated The Great Raid (2005) in which Martini co-starred with Joseph Fiennes. He was also seen opposite Jodie Foster in Robert Zemeckis’ Contact (1997) and shared the screen with Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Saving Private Ryan (1998). He has also had roles in various independent films, working with Calista Flockhart in Pictures of Baby Jane Doe (1995), Chris Penn and Jeffrey Wright in Cement (2000) and starred in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival fave, Backroads (2003).
Max Martini‘s latest starring role is in the Universal Studios trilogy ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ which is currently in production. Martini recently acted alongside Tom Hanks in the Paul Greengrass Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated film ‘Captain Phillips’. In 2013, he also starred in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ for Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers. Martini will soon star in ‘Pacific Rim 2’ which is in final stages of development. In April of 2014 Martini will appear in David Ayer’s ‘Sabotage’. Additionally, Martini, recognized for his work in both David Mamet’s feature ‘Redbelt’ and his CBS series ‘The Unit’, can be found in Luc Besson’s ‘Colombiana’, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan‘, John Dahl’s Miramax feature ‘The Great Raid’ and Robert Zemeckis’ feature ‘Contact’. Max Martini is currently filming a new television series for NBC entitled ‘Crisis’.
- Step-son of Stuart Margolin
- He and Leslie Hope were at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, B.C. in 1981-1982; Max was in Grade 7, while Leslie was in Grade 12. They lived on the same campus and ate in the same dining hall, but Max attended classes on a different campus.
- Has a degree in fine arts from The School of Visual Arts in New York City.
- Is also an Italian citizen.
- His mother is Pat.
- Father of two boys named Leo Martini and Sean Carlo Martini, with Kim.
- Stepnephew of Arnold Margolin.
- Brother of Christopher Martini and Michelle Martini.
- Max turned down an offer to join the cast of HBO’s ‘True Blood’ as a series regular in order to star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’.