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Years active  1944–1957
Siblings  Donald Martin
Height  2.31 m
Role  Actor
Name  Lock Martin

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Full Name  Joseph Lockard Martin Jr.
Born  October 12, 1916 (1916-10-12)
Died  January 19, 1959, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Spouse  Ethel Mae Babcock (m. 1946–1959)
Movies  The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Incredible Shrinking Man
People also search for  Robert Wise, Donald Martin, Ethel Mae Babcock, Jack Arnold

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Lock Martin (October 12, 1916 – January 19, 1959) was the stage name of American actor Joseph Lockard Martin Jr. He is best remembered for playing the robot Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).


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He was from Pennsylvania and had a series of odd jobs before going into acting. He was working as a doorman at Grauman's Chinese Theater when he was hired for the role of Gort, although this was not his first acting job. He was reportedly 7 feet 7 inches tall (about 231 cm); however Robert Wise, director of The Day The Earth Stood Still, states his height was 7 feet 1 inch in the DVD commentary. His great height did not translate into strength and he had difficulty managing his robot suit. For scenes where he was supposed to physically lift Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie, they were either held up by wires, a hidden dolly or replaced with lightweight dummies.

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He was also in The Incredible Shrinking Man as a giant, but his scenes were deleted. He was nicknamed "the Gentle Giant" as he liked reading stories to children and for a time had a local show devoted to that.

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Martin was married to Ethel Babcock from 1946 until his death in 1959.

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  • The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) (scenes deleted) as Giant
  • The Snow Creature (1954) (unconfirmed) as Yeti
  • Invaders from Mars (1953) (uncredited) as Mutant carrying David to 'Intelligence'
  • Off Limits (1953) (uncredited) as Big Sailor
  • Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) (uncredited) as Giant
  • Four Star Revue as Giant at Hollywood Bowl (1 episode, 1952)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) as Gort
  • Lady on a Train (1945) (uncredited) as Circus Club Doorman
  • Anchors Aweigh (1945) (uncredited) as Giant
  • Lost in a Harem (1944) (as J. Lockard Martin) as Bobo

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