Olivier Martinez is a French actor known for appearing in the French movies ‘Un, deux, trois, soleil’, ‘The Horseman on the Roof’ and ‘The Chambermaid on the Titanic’. He has also performed in a number of Hollywood-produced features, such as ‘Before Night Falls’, ‘S.W.A.T.’, and ‘Taking Lives’, to name a few. Born in Paris to a professional boxer father and a secretary mother, he did not have any links to the film industry. As a young man, he worked as a salesman for a while to earn his livelihood. It was his friends who urged him to try acting, and at the age of 23, he started attending the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique (CNSAD). Currently, the French star also owns a restaurant called Villa Azur, in South Beach, Florida. Dashing and handsome, he has been romantically linked with a number of celebrity women till date. In 2013, Martinez married American actress Halle Berry. They had a son before ending their marriage in 2016. In his free time, Martinez likes to listen to jazz music.
After appearing in minor roles in a number of films, Olivier Martinez got his big break when he was cast as Petit Paul in the French drama film ‘Un, deux, trois, soleil’ for which he went on to win a César Award for "Most Promising Actor". Then he appeared as an Italian nobleman in the period flick ‘Le Hussard sur le Toit’ (The Horseman on the Roof) in 1995. The following year, he was cast in Bertrand Blier's romantic comedy ‘Mon Homme’ (My Man) alongside Gérard Lanvin, Anouk Grinberg and Valeria Bruni Tedesch. Martinez next played Horty in the French-Italian drama film ‘La Femme de chambre du Titanic’ (The Chambermaid on the Titanic).
In 2000, he did the French movies ‘Nosotras’, ‘La Taule’ and ‘Toreros’. That year, he also made his Hollywood debut in the biographical ‘Before Night Falls’. After this, the French actor did the European flick ‘Semana Santa’ in 2002. He then played Paul Martel in the American drama film ‘Unfaithful’. In 2003, he did the television film ‘The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone’. That year, Martinez also appeared as Alexander Montel in the action crime drama movie ‘S.W.A.T.’ The following year, he did the movie ‘Taking Lives’.
In the year 2007, the actor played Gabriel in the fantasy horror film ‘Blood and Chocolate’. Four years later, he starred as Jeff Mathieson in the movie ‘Dark Tide’. Soon after this, he appeared in two episodes of the series ‘Cybergeddon’. Then in 2013, Martinez had a role in the German drama film ‘The Physician’. The following year, he played the recurring role of Pascal LeMarchal in the American drama series ‘Revenge’. He appeared in the TV miniseries ‘Texas Rising’ in 2015. The French star appeared as Ed Grann in the television series ‘Mars’. In 2018, he played Mauritius in the biblical drama flick ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’.
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Olivier Martinez was born on 12 January 1966 in Paris, France to Rosemarie and Robert Martinez. He has a brother named Vincent who is also an actor. Martinez attended Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique (CNSAD).
He dated Kylie Minogue and Mira Sorvino before marrying actress Halle Berry in 2013. The couple’s son, Maceo, was born later that year. In 2015, the duo announced that they were parting ways. Their divorce became final the following year.