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1979 — Present

Martin Hewitt


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February 19, 1958 (age 66) (

Kerstin Gneiting (m. 1990)

Guinevere Hewitt, Cailean Hewitt

Endless Love, Two Moon Junction, Secret Games, Yellowbeard, Killer Party

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Martin Hewitt (born February 19, 1958 in San Jose, California) is an American actor. He is best known for his film debut as David Axelrod in Franco Zeffirelli's Endless Love (1981).


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Early life and education

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Martin Hewitt was born on February 19, 1958 in San Jose, California. He is the second oldest of six children to Peter and Heather Hewitt. Peter Hewitt is a retired owner of a medical-equipment manufacturing firm. Hewitt's early years were spent in California, England, Belgium, and Michigan.

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Hewitt attended Claremont High School. Hewitt first acted at age 14 in a school production of The King and I. He studied business at a community college before switching to theater. After receiving an AA degree in Theater Arts, Hewitt studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, in Pasadena, California.

Endless Love

Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt in Endless Love (1981)

While enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, CA and working as bartender and valet car park/parking lot attendant, Hewitt saw an ad for an open call for a film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and beat out 5,000 actors, including Tom Cruise and Timothy Hutton, for the male lead. Hewitt had originally envisioned a Shakespearean career, but suddenly he was starring opposite Brooke Shields in Franco Zeffirelli's Endless Love, a 1981 forbidden teen romance film. According to Hewitt, "Some People actually wrote that I was discovered in a parking lot."

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Martin Hewitt in Endless Love (1981)

"Of course, my head swelled up like crazy," he says. "Franco, who is very paternal, fed my ego so that I would be very confident." Hewitt spoke highly of his co-star, Brooke Shields. "She treated me like a friend," he says. During filming in New York City, she invited Hewitt to spend the weekend at her house in New Jersey, where they played board games.

Hewitt garnered mostly neutral reviews for his portrayal of David Axelrod. Variety commented that "Since he’s center stage most of the time, it’s fortunate that newcomer Martin Hewitt registers so strongly. Zeffirelli has dressed and photographed his find almost in the style of some of his mentor Luchino Visconti’s neo-realist heroes, with two-day beard growths and anachronistic Clark Gable undershirts." Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that Hewitt "has neither the resources nor the opportunity to convey much about how David's mind works, even though this is what the story hinges on." Nevertheless, Hewitt said, "I don't care what anyone says; I am proud of that film."

Later acting career

Martin Hewitt in White Ghost (1988)

"I started at the top. My first professional acting role was in a starring role in a Universal Studios film," he said. "I didn't even get the chance to get my feet wet. So after that film, it was sort of a downward path."

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Martin Hewitt in Yellowbeard (1983)

After appearing in his second film, Yellowbeard (1983), in which he portrayed the son of Graham Chapman's character, Hewitt spent the 1980s shooting forgettable B movies and doing the occasional TV guest spot. Of the films he appeared in during the '80s included: April Fool, later to be titled Killer Party (1986); The Falling (1987); and Two Moon Junction (1988). In the latter film, he portrayed Chad, the fiance of Sherilyn Fenn's character. Hewitt previously worked with Fenn in Out of Control (1985). Hewitt had also done straight-to-video flicks including Crime Lords (1991), Carnal Crimes (1991) and Night Rhythms (1992). He eventually left show business.

"I was kind of surprised that I didn't hear his name much after that," says Yellowbeard director Melvin Damski. "He was a talented kid."

Life after acting

Branching out into home inspection to help pay the bills, he opened his own company in 1993. "Any time my agent would call and say, 'We want you to read for this,' " he says, "I'd go, 'Man, I've got an inspection.'"As of 2015, Hewitt still owns his home inspection service in San Luis Obispo, California.

"I really don't miss it," he says of his brief Hollywood heyday. "I've got my own company. I live in a great area. I have great kids. I surf every other day. I've got it all as far as I'm concerned." Still, he hasn't quite shaken the acting bug. According to People, Hewitt learned of an industry ad asking if anyone knew where he was. Some filmmakers, it turned out, thought he would be perfect for a lead role in a movie about drugged-out gay prostitutes in West Hollywood. "It wasn't for me", he says with a laugh. "I politely declined."

Personal life

Hewitt has confirmed that he and Shields were never romantically involved in real life, stating that they "became good friends, but we're not close." Shields later vouched for this in her 2014 memoir, There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me. "Martin and I got along well and enjoyed working with one another. We neither fell in love nor hated each other...All we were required to do was convince people we were in love. This approach freed us both up to become actual friends."

While Hewitt was filming Crime Lords in South Africa in 1989, he met German-born flight attendant Kerstin Gneiting, whom he married in 1990. Their two children are daughter Guinevere and son Cailean.

"[Endless Love] touched a lot of people," he says, citing an Italian man who has continuously sent letters pronouncing him the love of his life. "I still get some pretty funky fan mail."

Hewitt currently resides in Los Osos, California.


ER (TV Series) as
Officer Jason Sutter
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (2003) - Officer Jason Sutter
JAG (TV Series) as
Cmdr. Rayburn
- Complications (2003) - Cmdr. Rayburn
Ground Zero as
Robert Stevenson
Bombshell as
Night Fire as
Search and Rescue (TV Movie) as
Secret Games 2: The Escort as
Kyle Lake
Night Rhythms as
Nick West
Secret Games (Video) as
Carnal Crimes (Video) as
Crime Lords (Video) as
Peter Russo
Generations (TV Series) as
Alan Trask #2
- Episode #1.114 (1989) - Alan Trask #2
- Episode #1.113 (1989) - Alan Trask #2
- Episode #1.112 (1989) - Alan Trask #2 (credit only)
- Episode #1.110 (1989) - Alan Trask #2 (credit only)
- Episode #1.95 (1989) - Alan Trask #2
- Episode #1.94 (1989) - Alan Trask #2
Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series) as
John Luciani
- The Mafia Priest Mystery: Part 2 (1989) - John Luciani
- The Mafia Priest Mystery: Part 1 (1989) - John Luciani
Private War as
Phil Cooper
Two Moon Junction as
Chad Douglas Fairchild
White Ghost as
Alien Predator as
Michael, the Driver
T.J. Hooker (TV Series) as
Steven Kennedy
- Into the Night (1986) - Steven Kennedy
Killer Party as
The Love Boat (TV Series) as
Kirby Haywood
- Hello, Emily/The Tour Guide/The Winning Number (1986) - Kirby Haywood
Out of Control as
Keith Toland
Hotel (TV Series) as
Ray Follard
- Christmas (1983) - Ray Follard
Yellowbeard as
The Family Tree (TV Series) as
Sam Benjamin
- Alimony (1983) - Sam Benjamin
- Tess's Birthday (1983) - Sam Benjamin
- The Burglary (1983) - Sam Benjamin
- Jake and Elise (1983) - Sam Benjamin
- The Recital (1983) - Sam Benjamin
- The Wedding (1983) - Sam Benjamin
Endless Love as
General Hospital (TV Series) as
Steven Lars Webber
Martin Hewitt: Affirmations of Endless Love (Video documentary short) as
Headliners & Legends with Matt Lauer (TV Series documentary) as
- Brooke Shields (2001) - Self
Group Madness (Documentary) as
Just Men! (TV Series) as
- Episode #1.8 (1983) - Self
Archive Footage
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater (TV Series) as
Nick West
- Episode dated 24 September 1994 (1994) - Nick West


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