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|Gregory Paul Martin|
21 January 1957 |
|Alma mater||St Albans School, Hertfordshire|
|Occupation||Writer; television, film and stage actor|
Gregory Paul Martin (born 21 January 1957) is a British writer/producer and actor of stage, film and television. He is the eldest son of Beatles producer Sir George Martin and the half-brother of the music producer Giles Martin.
The son of Sir George Martin and his first wife, Sheena (née Chisholm), Gregory Martin attended Britain's St Albans School and trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, studying alongside Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman.
Martin's acting roles in the British theater include the world premiere of Bent (1979), at The Royal Court in London with Sir Ian McKellen, a season at the Bristol Old Vic, and seasons at London's Old Vic and Young Vic theaters. His American theater credits include the title roles in Hamlet and Peer Gynt at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, as well as the American premier of Harold Pinter's Other Places, at The Manhattan Theater Club in New York City.
Martin appeared opposite Faye Dunaway, Liam Neeson, and Richard Burton in the 1984 CBS mini-series Ellis Island. He made appearances in a number of television series of the 1980s-1990s, including Murder, She Wrote, Sliders, Babylon 5, and Mad About You.
In recent years, Martin has focused on script writing. His personal website says he sold a script for a movie called Tsunami, optioned as an ABC miniseries, and a script for a movie called Ice as a sci-fi action thriller set in Antarctica. In 1998 Martin returned for a brief period to England and started a film and television production company, according to his website.
After receiving poor treatment from the British tabloid press, he left England again, determined not to return. In 2000, he published a satirical memoir, Dirty Rotten Scoundrel, which was based in part on his treatment in the tabloids. In describing this work, Martin says:
A Guardian review of the book, which apparently did take it straight rather than as satire, says his reputation in the UK was badly damaged with a failed engagement to a socialite in 1999 that became tabloid fodder. The Guardian says of his book:
After returning to the US, Martin resumed script writing and also got involved in advertising and brand marketing, according to his website.
After his move to Hollywood during the 1980s, Martin married, and he and his wife had a son, Connor. The marriage ended in divorce. He is currently married to Cherie Martin.