OLIVIER MARTINEZ (Paul Martel) Has been called one of the
best kept secrets in France. After schooling at France's Conservatoire
National Superieur d'Art Dramatique, Martinez leapt from theatre to television
and then to films.
His first film role came in 1992 co-starring with Yves Montand in Jean
Jacques Beineix' "IP5.' In 1994. Martinez won a Cesar Award for Most
Promising Young Actor for his role in Bertrand Blier's 1993 drama "1,2,3
Soleil" opposite Marcello Mastroianni.
Martinez first gained international notice with the 1995 film "Horseman
on the Roof,' in which he played a dashing 19th Century Italian cavalry
officer who falls in love with a married woman, played by Juliette Binoche.
Additional film credits include Bertrand Blier's "Mon Homme,"
Bigas Luna's "The Chambermaid on the Titanic," Mario Camus'
"La Ville des Prodiges," Eric Barbier's "Toreros" with
Claude Brasseur, and Julian Schnabel's critically acclaimed "Before Night
Falls" with Javier Bardem.
Martinez will also begin production on the Showtime original movie "The
Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone." He stars opposite Helen Mirren as an Italian
gigolo, in a role originally created by Warren Beatty.
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