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Olivier Martinez

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Olivier Martinez

Olivier Martinez in "Unfaithful."

Background:

Martinez was born in Paris, France on January 12, 1966. His father is a Spanish professional boxer born in Morocco and his mother a French secretary.

Trivia #1:

Brother of actor Vincent Perez.

Trivia #2:

Used to date French actress Juliette Binoche and Australian pop star Kylie Minogue.

Olivier Martinez Biography:

Although he's been making movies in France for over a decade, Olivier Martinez is best known to American audiences for playing the sexy, French book dealer who seduced Diane Lane in Adrien Lyne's [i\Unfaithful (2002).

Born to a working class family, and raised in the suburbs of Paris, Martinez didn't choose the career until after performing numerous other jobs — including a stint as a boxer, fighting professionally as a welterweight in Europe. He made his motion picture debut in 1992's Jean Jacques Beineix's L'île aux pachydermes (1992). In 1994, he received the Cesar Award for Most Promising Young Actor for his work in Bertrand Blier's drama 1, 2, 3 Sun.

Martinez first gained international attention for his performance in 1995's Horseman on the Roof. His credits also include 1997's The Chambermaid on the Titanic and Julian Schnabel's critically acclaimed 2000's Before Night Falls.

Martinez has continued to work in the U.S. after the success of Unfaithful. He starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell in Swat(2003). He was next be seen in Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. in 2007, Martinez starred as the leader of a clan of werewolf in Blood and Chocolate. He'll next star in the romance Belle du Seigneur with Leanor Watling.

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