He was born as Martin Rosenblatt at March 22, 1920 in Grodek, Poland. Martin grew up on New York City's Lower East Side. He spoke Yiddish, Polish and Russian before even learning English and later added French, Spanish and Italian to his amazing repertoire.
Despite academic training (and receiving honors) business, instruction, and law, Martin chose a career of acting. His first film was the George Pal production Conquest of Space. Soon after, he caught the eye of Blake Edwards who cast him in a number of widely varied roles (Mr. Lucky and Experiment in Terror), culminating with a fantastic part in The Great Race.
With the relese of The Great Race, CBS cast him what was to become his most famous part, Secret Service agent Artemus Gordon in The Wild Wild West, opposite Robert Conrad. At 1967, he married Olavee Grindrod and fathered three children. Perhaps the show's cancellation in 1969 was for the best; he suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1968.
Afraid to take the risk of having a lead actor with a heart condition, the networks snubbed him with regards to lead role, yet he appeared as a guest star in an amazing number of programs (like Wonder Woman, Sanford and Son, Columbo, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Mork and Mindy, Hawaii Five-O and Charlie's Angels), not all dramatic masterpieces. Yet Martin loved to act, and took every role which came his way. Martin collapsed while playing tennis, but in July 3, 1981 Ross Martin died from a heart attack.
Ross Martin Facts
|March 22, 1920
|Date of death
|July 3, 1981 (age 61)
|5' 11" (1m80) How tall is Ross Martin compared to you?