Olivier Martinez (born 12 January 1966) is a French film actor. He became known after roles in several French films such as Un, deux, trois, soleil (1993), which garnered him the César Award for "Most Promising Actor", The Horseman on the Roof (1995), and The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997). He has also appeared in Hollywood-produced features, including the drama Before Night Falls (2000), the erotic thriller Unfaithful (2002) and playing the role of a French drug lord in the action-crime-thriller S.W.A.T. (2003).
Martinez was born in Paris, France, to a working-class family. His father was a Spanish professional boxer born in Spanish Morocco and his mother was a French secretary. He studied at the CNSAD and began his acting career in his native France in 1990. Martinez was raised Roman Catholic.
In 1994, Martinez won a César Award as "Most Promising Actor" for his role in Un, deux, trois, soleil (1993). This was followed by a leading role in the Jean-Paul Rappeneau period film The Horseman on the Roof (Le Hussard sur le Toit) in 1995 in which he starred alongside Juliette Binoche as an Italian nobleman. The film was hailed as the most expensive French film at that time in history but failed to reach its $35 million budget. In 1996/7 he appeared in Bertrand Blier's romantic comedy My Man (Mon Homme) alongside Anouk Grinberg, Gérard Lanvin, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Later in 1997 he played a leading role in Bigas Luna's drama The Chambermaid on the Titanic (La Femme de chambre du Titanic) alongside Romane Bohringer, set during the time of the Titanic's sinking voyage in 1912. Martinez portrays a French foundry worker who wins a strongman contest and the prize of a trip to view the departing maiden voyage of the ill-fated Titanic. The film was well-received; Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle praised what he felt was a rare honest portrayal of male sexuality by Martinez.
Martinez first came to mainstream attention in Hollywood films with his performance in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls (2000) opposite Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp. The screenplay is based on the autobiography of the same name of Reinaldo Arenas, which was published in English in 1993. The film was highly critically acclaimed, although Martinez's performance was overshadowed by that of Bardem in the eyes of critics. He was later noted for his performance opposite Diane Lane in Unfaithful (2002). He has since appeared in a television adaptation of The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003), S.W.A.T. (2003) and Taking Lives (2004). He also starred as Gabriel in the 2007 movie adaptation of Blood and Chocolate, a popular book.
Martinez began a relationship with singer Kylie Minogue after meeting her at the 2003 Grammy Awards ceremony. They ended their relationship in February 2007, but remained on friendly terms. Minogue was reported to have been "saddened by false [media] accusations of [Martinez's] disloyalty". She defended Martinez, and acknowledged the support he had given during her treatment for breast cancer.
Martinez began dating American actress Halle Berry in 2010 after meeting on the set of the action thriller film Dark Tide (2012). They confirmed their engagement in March 2012. On 22 November 2012, Martinez was treated at a Los Angeles hospital after being injured in a physical altercation with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, Berry's former partner and father of her daughter. Aubry and Berry had been involved in a custody battle centered on Berry's desire to move with their daughter and Martinez to his native France, a request denied by a judge less than two weeks prior to the altercation, on the grounds that it would interfere with Berry and Aubry's joint custody arrangement. The custody dispute was resolved at the end of November.
Berry and Martinez married in a private ceremony in France on 13 July 2013. Their son, Maceo, was born in October 2013 in Los Angeles. After two years of marriage, in 2015 the couple announced they were divorcing. The divorce became final in December 2016.
|1990||Navarro||Rollo||Episode "Barbès de l'aube à l'aurore"|
|1992||IP5: L'île aux Pachydermes||Tony|
|1992||Les Paroles invisibles|
|1993||1, 2, 3, Sun||Petit Paul|
|1995||Le Hussard sur le toit||Angelo Pardi|
|1997||La Femme de chambre du Titanic||Horty|
|1999||La Ciudad de los prodigios||Onofre Bouvila|
|2000||La Taule||Le Muet|
|2000||Before Night Falls||Lázaro Gómez Carriles|
|2003||The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone||Paolo di Lio||Television film|
|2007||Blood and Chocolate||Gabriel|
|2010||Knight and Day||Beach Scene||Uncredited|
|2011||Dark Tide||Jeff Mathieson|
|2012||Cybergeddon||Gustov Dobreff||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2012||Cybergeddon Zips||Gustov||TV series (1 episode: "Gustov")|
|2013||The Physician||Shah Ala ad-Daula|
|2014||Revenge||Pascal LeMarchal||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2015||Texas Rising||President Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna|
|2016||Mars (miniseries)||Ed Grann|
|1993||Prix Jean Gabin||Won|
|1993||César Awards||Most Promising Actor (Meilleur jeune espoir masculin)||Nominated||IP5: L'île aux pachydermes|
|1994||César Awards||Most Promising Actor (Meilleur jeune espoir masculin)||Won||Un, deux, trois, soleil|