Ross Martin

Born Mar 22, 1920

Ross Martin was a Polish-born American Emmy-nominated actor known for playing Artemus Gordon in the western TV series The Wild Wild West, starring Robert Conrad, and Andamo on Mr. Lucky, starring John Vivyan.

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1920 Birth Born on March 22, 1920.


1941 21 Years Old Martin married his first wife, Muriel Weiss, in 1941. … Read More


1953 33 Years Old 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.
1955 35 Years Old 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.


1967 47 Years Old In 1967, Martin married Olavee Lucile Parsons (a successful model and documentary director) and adopted her two children, Rebecca (Martin) Schacht and George Martin.
1968 48 Years Old 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.


1970 50 Years Old 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. … Read More
1971 51 Years Old He guest starred in an episode of Columbo as a murderous art critic and also a 1971 episode of Love, American Style, which he also directed.
1973 53 Years Old Martin directed another episode of the series in 1973. … Read More
1974 54 Years Old 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.
1976 56 Years Old In 1976, Martin returned to the stage as John Adams in a touring production of the musical 1776.
1978 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, he did more voice work for the animated series Jana of the Jungle. … Read More


1980 60 Years Old In 1980 Martin appeared in the third season of The Love Boat as Tom Thorton. … Read More
1981 61 Years Old 1 More Event
On July 3, 1981, Martin suffered a fatal heart attack after a game of tennis at a club in Ramona, California. … Read More
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