Who is Martin Cummins?

Martin Cummins was born in North Delta, British Columbia, Canada, on 28 November 1969 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds Canadian nationality. Martin is an actor, who is perhaps still best known for his portrayal of Ames White in the action mystery drama series “Dark Angel” which stared Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly and Richard Gunn, and is about several genetically-enhanced children who manage to escape from a laboratory they were held in – the series won eight awards and was nominated for 23 others, including one Golden Globe.

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Early life and education

Martin was raised an only child in North Delta by his father who was a taxi driver, and his mother who was a housewife.

He grew up being very sporting, and dreamt about becoming a football star – he played for his Seaquam Secondary School’s team before he became interested in acting, and decided not to focus on sports. He went on to attend the Vancouver Actors Studio where he was taught by famous Canadian theatre actor Mel Tuck. Martin matriculated in 1987, and then focused on his acting career rather than pursuing a college degree.

Roles in movies

Martin has been credited with appearing in around 85 movies and TV series, and we are going to mention a couple of his most notable performances in this article.

Martin’s first notable performance was in 1989 when he portrayed Wayne Webber in the slasher movie “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan”, written and directed by Rob Hedden, and which starred Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder and Todd Caldecott – the story follows several students who have just matriculated and are on their way to Manhattan with Jason Voorhees. He went on to portray the supporting character Matthew Carter in the Canadian drama “Love Come Down” in 2000, which starred Larenz Tate and follows a comedian who had enter a drug rehabilitation centre after becoming addicted to drugs.

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In the same year, Martin played Kris in the drama movie “We All Fall Down”.

In 2002 he played one of the lead characters Russell Williams in the crime thriller film “Liberty Stands Still” which starred Wesley Snipes and Linda Fiorentino, and although the movie gained recognition after being shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival, it failed to attract much audience attention. The year 2004 saw Martin portray the lead character Vaughn in the Canadian movie “Ice Men”, which also starred David Hewelett and James Thomas and was popular among gay and lesbian people. His next two notable performances were in the crime movie “Vice” released in 2008, and the Canadian-American biographical drama “Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story”, based on the life of the legendary hockey player Gordie.

Three of Martin’s most recent roles in movies have been in the action science fiction film “Cold Zone” in 2017 in which he portrayed the lead character Rodger Summers, but which received mostly negative reviews, the crime mystery film “Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery” which starred Courtney Thorne-Smith and James Tupper in 2017, and the crime mystery drama “Witness to Murder: A Darrow Mystery” which starred Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Tom Cavanagh in 2019.

Roles in TV series

Martin made his debut TV series appearance in 1987, when he portrayed Jeff and Bill in two episodes of the adventure family series “Danger Bay” starring Donnelly Rhodes, Christopher Crabb and Ocean Hellman, and which is about a marine biologist who is fighting environmental crimes.

The following years saw Martin guest star in a single episode of numerous series such as the action adventure fantasy “Highlander” in 1994, the fantasy horror drama “The Outer Limits” in 1999, and the science fiction action drama “Level 9” in 2000.

Martin gained recognition after he portrayed Dr. Lawrence Garner in three episodes of the critically acclaimed romantic drama “Smallville”, starring Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum and Allison Mack, and which is about young Clark Kent who has superpowers and is learning how to control them – the series was a huge success winning 34 awards including three Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 155 others. In 2017, Martin was cast to portray Tom Keller, one of the lead characters in the crime mystery drama “Riverdale”, which starred K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes, and is about the people living in the mysterious city of Riverdale.

Two of Martin’s latest appearances in TV series have been in the romantic drama “When Calls the Heat”, in which he starred as Brian Herrimann alongside Erin Krakow and Pascale Hutton, and the romantic science fiction drama “Away” which starred Hilary Swank, Josh Charles and Vivian Wu, and is about an astronaut who is struggling with leaving her man and their daughter as she is about to go into space.

Awards

In 2001, Martin was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Screenwriter of Feature Length Drama for “We All Fall Down”, while he then won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for “Love Come Down”.

Martin Cummins

In 2002, he was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for “Dice”.

In 2011, he was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for “Shattered”, and won the same award for “When Calls the Heart” in 2015.

Wife Christine Wallace

Martin met his first wife, famous American-Canadian actress Brandy Ledford in the mid-‘90s, and they married after several years of dating in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family. Brandy is today perhaps best known for her roles in movies “Rat Race” and “Modern Family”, and the series “Andromeda”. Brandy gave birth to their son not long after they married, but the two eventually divorced in 2004 for unknown reasons.

Martin went on to marry Christine Wallace, a famous American actress, biographer and political journalist, on 12 July 2013, and the two have since been leading a seemingly happy life together at their home in Los Angeles.

Martin hasn’t talked about any other women he might have been with before meeting Brandy and before he met Christine, however, several sources – including Wikipedia – claim that Martin has four children, including twin girls whose mother is Christine.

Hobbies and other interests

Martin is a huge lover of animals, and has a pet dog called Boo which can be seen featured in some of the pictures Martin has uploaded onto his Instagram account.

His favorite season is winter, as he likes snow and enjoys going skiing and snowboarding,and generally prefers to be high up in the mountains rather than by the ocean.

One of Martin’s main hobbies is travelling, and his acting career has made it possible for him to visit countries all around the world, and to live in various places across the globe.

Martin has a few of his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino and Angelina Jolie, and some of his favorite movies are “Shutter Island”, “Inception” and “Scarface”. He is also keen on watching animated comedy series, with two of his favorites being “South Park” and “Rick & Morty”.

Height and net worth

Martin’s age is 50. He has gray hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).

As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at around $500,000.

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