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Benito Martinez (actor)

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Benito Martinez
Benito James Martinez

(1971-06-28) June 28, 1971 (age 47)
Other namesJames Martinez
Years active1988–present

Benito James Martinez (born June 28, 1971) is an American actor.

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ALBUQUERQUE'S BENITO MARTINEZ SHARES HOW ACTING BRINGS THE STORY TO LIFE. What is the spark that gives you fuel to continue to create and to pursue your art? I grew up in the theater. My mom started a theater company here in Albuquerque, called La Compania de Teatro de Albuquerque. Long name, so we called La Compania. With an amazing genius crazy person named Jose Rodriguez. My dad also had a Mariachi. And so he was all about, you know, practice and learning new songs and new instruments. And so I grew up curious and exploring. I love what I do and the secret is if I didn't get paid a dollar for it, I would still do it. Because I get to explore the world and try to interpret feelings and thoughts and emotions and other peoples' lives. It's like golf. You got that really good shot that you're like 'awe' and you spend years trying to get that same thing again. And that's what it's like. You get a really good role, and you're like 'this is awesome; know, I mean.. I'm here for a reason'. And then you hope to get the next one that's just like it. You know. I've been lucky. Like in always being in search of like a perfect role? Is there like this elusive kind of... It is, it is. Or your perfect performance in that role? Perfect performance within that role or perfect moment with in that. I just finished doing American Crime. And when we were doing the pilot, you know, everything was going really well and just really, really great scenes. But there's a moment where they take my kid away... and we got to a place where it really hurt. And I mean they captured a moment. I really have this horrible feeling that my son has been taken away. And, you know, when you're doing film acting, that's, you want to make sure that those genuine moments are captured on film. And that carried me for the rest of the series. I was like 'oh yeah, I'm in it; I know what this guy feels like; I know what he thinks; I'm there.' And so you know, throughout the course of the season, I continued to have these wonderful, genuine moments because I had found this character deeply. As a Burqueno, how do you bring culture and identity to your art? When I got accepted to drama school, I was coming from Los Angeles, so I was going to make the big move to London, go to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. A very prestigious school. When I moved from Albuquerque to Hollywood, I kept getting challenged, 'who are you?' you know, 'where are you from?' And I was like, 'well I'm Spanish', 'You're from Spain?' 'No, I'm from Albuquerque.' 'Oh no you're not Spanish, oh then a Mexican. Are you from Mexico?' 'No, I mean...' laughs So I realized my identity as New Mexican was... it didn't seem to fill the blank thing on the page, you know, what are you? When I moved to London, I realized I took my vihuela, which is my little instrument I play in mariachi and the poncho that Jose gave my mom when he left the theater company. He said 'Here carry it on.' And so when I got accepted to London my mom said 'Here, carry it on.' And I would walk down the streets of London wearing this poncho. You know we had a ball, I had a black tux on, and I had the poncho on top. It was raining, I put it on. And I took that with me, and when I was sad or whatever, I would play the vihuela. I brought my New Mexican culture with me, my artistic roots with me. And that... I didn't know why, but instinctively I needed to have that piece of home with me. That's what I try to bring in all the pieces, when I can, I try to bring that sense of home. My home, my original home, is far different than, other characters, but I'm so comfortable now with just being New Mexican, like somebody would be being a Texan, or Californian, or from New York, a New Yorker. I'm a New Mexican. I don't have to define it. I know what it is. What does that mean to up-and-coming young people in New Mexico? Emerging actors and artists in New Mexico to be able to see how you've been able to integrate, or just keep your culture at the center of your work? Uh, that's a great question. I don't know. That's something that they have to explore themselves. Whatever it is that is your driving force. I have that because my dad did mariachi and my mom created a theater company. Those are not just my parents, but those are the tools they gave me to take on the world. It could be something different for someone else. You have to find your own voice. You must have it. You must have an opinion. I guess that's what I would say. Have an opinion, stick with your opinion. You can change it if you want to. But don't have no opinion, you know. Don't be without a thought. What was it like to come home for Bless Me Ulitma? When I read the script, I was like 'yeah, he got it right' Carl Franklin got it right. And then we came out here and we did it the right way, using the sky as one of the characters in that movie. I loved that role. Gabriel. His philosophy about church, about kids, about spirituality, about drinking, about how much he loved his wife, about how much he felt for his kids, his sense of travel. I knew all of those things. It was so many New Mexicans that I'd grown up with, so coming back and doing all of that was constantly, constantly just an emotional ride for me. A very spiritual one as well. In contrast, talk a little bit about American Crime. I was both people. I was that kid when I was that age, and I am that dad who has teenage kids. You know. And my dad was that guy, do things the right way. Yes sir, yes ma'am. So I was like, I know this voice. I know this guy. We knew that the stories we were telling needed to be told. And the way that John was handling it with this care, and this concern, and this respect, yet there were huge topics race relations, immigration, the criminal justice system, you know, jails, what happens to a kid when he is, you know, wrongly accused. We had a sense of duty and responsibility. And it was going to take the best actor that we can be to really get into the skin of this and see what happens. In your interpretation, why are stories critical in general? What's important to us humans about story? Oh, everything. Everything. That's how we tell history. That's how we pass down tradition. That's how we open our minds and see the space before we even get there. We evoke imagination, emotion, um we make the heart beat faster. We make tears drip from our eyes. Story telling is everything. It is... It is examining the human condition in its many different forms and my tool, or my part of that is to make sure that...that that story lands. Whatever it is, it's a monolog or a guy crossing the street. As long as that story lands on you, because through that, we change. What is important to you about your work? My goal has always been to work with the best actors, writers, directors that I could possibly work with. To learn from them. I am forever a student of this art. Ultimately, in my work, I hope people can say, you know, 'That character was original. And that the way you did it was so.. It touched me, it moved me. I learned from it, I hated you. Whatever I was...whatever the story was supposed to have been. Telling good stories is the mission. And that the piece that I have played within the bigger picture is... that I have done a good job, and have hopefully touched someone along the way.




Year Title Role Notes
1993 Sunset Grill Guillermo
1995 My Family Young Paco
2003 Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico El Curandero/Man #2 Voice, Direct-to-video
2004 Saw Brett
2004 ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico Lonestar, Don Reyes Voice; Direct-to-video
2004 Million Dollar Baby Billie's Manager
2006 End Game Ramsey
2006 Kill Your Darlings Officer Jones
2009 Not Forgotten Detective Sanchez
2010 The Dry Land David Valdez
2010 Unthinkable Alvarez
2010 Takers Officer in Charge
2013 Bless Me, Ultima Gabriel
2017 American Made James Rangel

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Bronx Zoo Fernadez Episode: “The Gospel Truth”
1990–92 Zorro José Macias 2 episodes
1992 Reasonable Doubts Savedra Episode: “Silence”
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Salazar Episode: "Descent": Part 2
1996 Chicago Hope Orderly Episode: “A Day in the Life”
1996 The X-Files Orderly Episode: "The Beginning"
1998 L.A. Doctors Policeman Episode: “Leap of Faith”
1999 Silk Stalkings Cesar Episode: “Dance of Fever”
2001 NYPD Blue Lieutenant Gomez Episode: “Russelmania”
2001 Touched by an Angel Officer Dave Episode: “The Birthday Present”
2001 Once and Again Raoul Episode: “Chaos Theory”
2002 American Family Police Officer Episode: “Pilot”
2002 For the People Dr. Leonard Bushnell Episode: “Our Own”
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Horatio Hidalgo (voice) Episode: “High-Tech House of Horrors”
2002 ¡Mucha Lucha! Lonestar (voice)
2002 Firefly Boss Episode: “Our Mrs. Reynolds
2002–08 The Shield David Aceveda 86 episodes
2003 Karen Sisco Ed Fuentes Episode: “Blown Away”
2006 Monk Foreman - Juror No. 7 Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty'
2006 Numb3rs Arthur Ruiz Episode: "Provenance"
2006 Bones Thomas Vega Episode: “Aliens in a Spaceship”
2007 Standoff Senator Espinosa Episode: “The Kids in the Hall”
2008 Shark Agent Juarez Episode: “Wayne's World 3: Killer Shark”
2008–09 The Unit President-Elect Benjamin Castillo 3 episodes
2009 The Forgotten Police Chief Episode: “Pilot”
2009–10 Saving Grace Ronnie Rodriguez 8 episodes
2010 24 Victor Aruz 2 episodes
2010 Burn Notice David Episode: “Neighbourhood Watch”
2010 Lie to Me Charlie Sheridan Episode: “Pied Piper”
2011 Covert Affairs Jorge Episode: “All the Right Friends”
2011 Torchwood: Miracle Day Captain Santos Episode: “The Blood Line”
2011–12 Supernatural Edgar/Leviathan 5 episodes
2011–12 Sons of Anarchy Luis Torres 16 episodes
2012 Major Crimes Javier Ramirez Episode: “Out of Bounds”
2013 Dallas Officer Episode: “Legacies
2013 Castle Special Agent Sam Walker Episode: “The Wild Rover”
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Gonzalo Vargas Episode: “Drive”
2013 Almost Human Captain Alexio Barros Episode: “The Bends”
2014–15 House of Cards Hector Mendoza 7 episodes
2014 Graceland Alfredo Armas Episode: “Connects”
2015 American Crime Alonzo Gutierrez 11 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
2015 Criminal Minds Chief Raul Montoya Episode: “Outlaw”
2016 - 2019 The Blacklist Robert Diaz 6 episodes
2016 American Crime Dominic Calderone Episode: “Season Two: Episode Ten”
2016–18 How to Get Away with Murder A.D.A. Todd Denver 18 episodes
2017 American Crime Luis Salazar 5 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
2017 The Leftovers Arturo Episode: It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World

Television films

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Her Costly Affair Campus Cop
2010 Mandrake Harry
2017 Menendez: Blood Brothers Jose Menendez

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Killer7 Coyote Smith English version
2005 Age of Empires III Delgado, General Simón Bolívar
2010 Vanquish Professor Francois Candide English version[1]
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Manuel Noriega
2013 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Khamsin/Desperado Scientist English version
2013 Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Bautista
2015 Battlefield Hardline Captain Julian Dawes


  1. ^ Kellams, JP (2010-10-25). "Narrative Design in Vanquish". PlatinumGames Blog. PlatinumGames. Archived from the original on 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2014-08-21.

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