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Cause of death  Heart attack
Role  Film actor
Name  Ross Martin

Years active  1951-1981
Occupation  Actor
Height  1.8 m
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Full Name  Martin Rosenblatt
Born  March 22, 1920 (1920-03-22) Grodek, Poland
Resting place  Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery
Alma mater  City College of New YorkGeorge Washington University
Died  July 3, 1981, Ramona, California, United States
Buried  Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Olavee Grindrod (m. 1967–1981), Muriel Weiss (m. 1941–1965)
Movies and TV shows  The Wild Wild West, Experiment in Terror, The Great Race, Mr Lucky, The Colossus of New Y
Similar People  Robert Conrad, Michael Dunn, Lee Remick, Peter Falk, Blake Edwards

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Ross Martin (born Martin Rosenblatt, March 22, 1920 – July 3, 1981) was a Polish-born American radio, voice, stage, film and television actor. Martin was known for portraying Artemus Gordon on the CBS' Western series The Wild Wild West, which aired from 1965 to 1969. He was the voice of Doctor Paul Williams in 1972's Sealab 2020, additional characters in 1973's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, and additional character voices in 1978's Jana of the Jungle.


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Early life

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Martin was born to a Polish Jewish family in Gródek, Poland. His family immigrated to New York City when he was an infant. He spoke Polish, Yiddish and some Russian before learning English and later added French, Spanish and Italian to his repertoire.

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Martin attended City College of New York where he graduated magna cum laude. He later earned a law degree from George Washington University.


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Despite academic training in business, instruction, and law, Martin chose a career in acting. He was partners in a comedy team with Bernie West for several years, then appeared on many radio and live TV broadcasts before making his Broadway debut in Hazel Flagg in 1953.

Martin's first film was the George Pal 1955 production Conquest of Space, followed by a brief but memorable appearance in The Colossus of New York (1958), as the scientist father of Charles Herbert. In 1959, Martin appeared in the episode "Echo" on Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond. He appeared in two 1959 episodes of David Janssen's crime drama series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Soon after, he caught the eye of Blake Edwards who cast him in a number of widely varied roles; as Sal in the 1959 Peter Gunn episode "The Fuse", his breakout role as the comic sidekick Andamo in the 1959 CBS drama series Mr. Lucky, the asthmatic kidnapper Red Lynch in the 1962 thriller Experiment in Terror, culminating with a role in The Great Race, as the smoothly villainous Baron Rolfe Von Stuppe.

The Wild Wild West

After his performance in The Great Race, CBS cast Martin in what was to become his most famous part, Secret Service agent Artemus Gordon in The Wild Wild West, opposite Robert Conrad. The Artemus Gordon character was a master gadgeteer and disguise artist, and these attributes fitted Martin perfectly. Martin himself created most of his disguises for the show, and most of the cast had no idea what he would look like until seeing him during the shooting of the episode. The recent DVD release of the first season of the series includes a recently discovered pre-production sketch Martin had made of his very first make-up design for the pilot episode. Another episode revealed another of Martin's talents: he was a concert-trained violinist.

In 1968, Martin broke his leg and then suffered a near-fatal heart attack, forcing The Wild Wild West to replace him with other actors, including Charles Aidman, William Schallert and Alan Hale, Jr for nine episodes. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for the fourth and final season of The Wild Wild West. The series was cancelled in 1969 in the midst of a national controversy over violence on television.

Later career

After The Wild, Wild West ended, Martin continued his career in various guest roles on television and in roles in television films. In 1970, Martin portrayed Alexander Hamilton in the NBC television special Swing Out, Sweet Land, hosted by John Wayne. The following year, Martin tried his hand at directing. He guest starred in the 1971 episode of Columbo entitled "Suitable For Framing", as a murderous art critic and also a 1971 episode of Love, American Style, which he also directed. Martin directed another episode of the series in 1973. Later that same year, he appeared as the famed Asian detective Charlie Chan in The Return of Charlie Chan. He made a guest appearance on Barnaby Jones in 1974, and also lent his voice to an episode of Wait Till Your Father Gets Home later that year.

In 1976, Martin returned to the stage as John Adams in a touring production of the musical 1776. In 1978, he did more voice work for the animated series Jana of the Jungle. He reprised the role of Artemus Gordon in two Wild, Wild West television movies: The Wild Wild West Revisited in 1979 and More Wild Wild West in 1980. He had a five-episode recurring role as kumu mobster Tony Alika on Hawaii Five-O from 1978-79. In 1980 Martin appeared in the third season of The Love Boat as Tom Thorton. Martin's final role was in the 1983 television movie I Married Wyatt Earp. The film aired two years after his death.

Personal life

Martin married his first wife, Muriel Weiss, in 1941. They had one child together, a daughter, Phyllis Rosenblatt (a New York artist). Weiss died from cancer in 1965. (Martin and Weiss were separated at the time of her death.)

In 1967, Martin married Olavee Lucile Parsons (a successful model and documentary director) and adopted her two children, Rebecca (Martin) Schacht and George Martin. Martin and Parsons remained married until Martin's death in 1981. She died in 2002.


On July 3, 1981, Martin suffered a fatal heart attack after a game of tennis at a club in Ramona, California. It was not unexpected; Martin had known that he had a heart condition since he first suffered a heart attack in 1968.

He is interred in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

TV and filmography

  • He also played "Sal Matzi" on "The Fuse", the January 5, 1959 episode of "Peter Gunn".
  • References

    Ross Martin Wikipedia