Adrian Martinez (actor)

Adrian Martinez (born January 20, 1972) is an American actor and comedian, known for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Focus. He also worked in the theatre. He is also known for his role as the "Discount Double Check" guy in a series of State Farm commercials starring Aaron Rodgers.

Adrian Martinez
Martinez in 2016
Born (1972-01-20) January 20, 1972 (age 52)
New York City, US
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active1993–present

Career edit

Martinez debuted his acting career with the series America's Most Wanted in 1993, and since then he has acted in several television series.[1] He has also worked in the theater, and a member of LAByrinth Theater Company.[2]

In 2009, Martinez appeared in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned as Brian Jeremy, the secondary antagonist, Set in 2008, Johnny Klebitz in The Angels of Death and The Lost MC Brotherhoods.[3]

In 2010, Martinez starred in the action comedy Cop Out as Tino, along with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, directed by Kevin Smith, released on February 26, 2010, by Warner Bros. Pictures.[4] He portrayed the role of Ginger Goon in the superhero comedy film Kick-Ass which starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Mark Strong, and Chloë Grace Moretz, directed by Matthew Vaughn and released on April 16, 2010.[1]

In 2012, Martinez starred in Spanish-language comedy Casa de Mi Padre as Manuel along with Will Ferrell, Gael García Bernal, and Diego Luna. The film was directed by Matt Piedmont and was released on March 16, 2012.[1][5]

In 2013, Martinez appeared in the biographical comedy film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as Hernando for a supporting role along with Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig in the lead.[6] Stiller directed the film based on the script by Steve Conrad, which released in North America by 20th Century Fox on December 25, 2013.[7] Later he also starred in the film American Hustle as Julius along with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence.[6] David O. Russell directed the film based on his own script co-written by Eric Warren Singer, and the film was released on December 13, 2013, by Columbia Pictures.[8]

In 2014, Martinez appeared in the superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Bodega Cashier, opposite Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, directed by Marc Webb and released on May 2, 2014.[1]

In 2015, Martinez played a prominent role of Farhad in the heist comedy Focus along with Will Smith and Margot Robbie, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa based on their own script.[6][9] The film was released on February 27, 2015, by Warner Bros.[10] Focus was his first main role in the career of 20 years, on which Martinez felt like he had "been running in a marathon for 20 years and somebody from the side just reached out and handed [him] a cup of Champagne."[1][10] He also appeared in the comedy film Sisters, along with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, which was released on December 18, 2015.[9]

In June 2015, Martinez was cast in an action comedy starring Bruce Willis to play the owner of a local pizza joint. The movie - working title Going Under - was directed by Mark Cullen and Robb Cullen.[11] It was released on video-on-demand to poor reviews as Once Upon a Time in Venice (also known as LA Vengeance in the UK) in 2017.

He joined the main cast on the ABC TV series Stumptown (2019) as "Tookie", a food truck owner who serves as an informant for the main character, played by Cobie Smulders.[12]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Murder Magic Court Clerk
1998 A Perfect Murder Young Tough
1999 Some Fish Can Fly Humping Man
2002 In America Shopkeeper
2003 Pieces of April Man in Mohair Sweater
2003 It Runs in the Family Mitchell's Doorman
2003 Undefeated Chewey TV film
2004 Bad Apple Ferry Captain TV film
2004 Strip Search Maintenance man TV film
2004 Men Without Jobs Wolfy
2004 Mail Order Wife Adrian
2004 Taxi Brazilian Man
2004 Corn Postal Delivery Man
2004 Downtown: A Street Tale Frankie
2005 The Interpreter Roland
2006 Just Like the Son Glen
2006 Bristol Boys Wancho
2006 Three Strikes 'Gorgeous' Chris Borges TV film
2007 Stanley Cuba Duarte
2007 American Loser Harris
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Security Guard
2008 Manny Manny short
2008 The Promotion Octavio
2008 Mona Bob
2008 Corporate Affairs Gregg Martinez
2008 The Understudy Guard
2008 The Tree Beer Drinking Guy short
2008 Righteous Kill Glenn
2009 Don't Let Me Drown Little Joe
2009 Made for Each Other Harry
2009 The Good Guy Larry
2009 Veronika Decides to Die Male Nurse #1
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Cabbie
2009 Little New York Officer Rodriguez
2009 The Ministers Mike
2010 Cop Out Tino
2010 Kick-Ass Ginger Goon
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Johnny
2010 Morning Glory IBS Lobby Guard
2010 Wired Doll Victor short
2010 Trouble Child John short
2010 The Martyr Ruben short
2010 Superego Eduardo TV film
2011 Choose Actor
2011 Flypaper Mr. Clean
2011 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Hector Black
2012 Casa de Mi Padre Manuel
2012 Piranha 3DD Big Dave
2012 Putzel Hector
2013 Newlyweeds Hernan
2013 Helena's Flushing Gomer short
2013 Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship Ernesto
2013 Chinese Puzzle Le patron coursier
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Hernando
2013 Home Hector
2013 The Miracle of Spanish Harlem Ernesto Rodriguez de la Torre
2013 American Hustle Julius
2013 Disconnected short
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Bodega Cashier
2015 Focus Farhad
2015 Chloe and Theo Actor
2015 Sisters Officer Harris
2016 White Girl Lloyd
2016 37 Gonzalez
2016 Almost Paris Ricky
2016 Army of One Mysterious Man #1
2016 Office Christmas Party Larry
2016 Some Last Day Edgar short
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice Tino
2018 I Feel Pretty Mason
2019 Lady and the Tramp Elliot
2020 The Stand In Reporter Banjo
2021 The Guilty Manny
2021 iGilbert Gilbert Gonzalez
2022 Measure of Revenge Addison
2023 Renfield Chris Marcos [13]
TBA Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story TBA Filming
TBA Amateur TBA Filming

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
1993 America's Most Wanted Jimmy Ruiz 1 episode
1998 NYPD Blue Marco 1 episode
2000 Third Watch Sam Wolfe 1 episode
2000 The Sopranos Ramone 1 episode
2001 The Job Miguel Alvarez 1 episode
2001 Sex and the City Delivery Boy 1 episode
2002 100 Centre Street Cop #2 1 episode
2002 The Education of Max Bickford Pete Boroni 1 episode
2002 Law & Order Hector 1 episode
2002 Between the Lions Patron 1 episode
2001–2002 Ed Guy #1 2 episodes
2003 Queens Supreme Manuel Morales 1 episode
2004 The Jury Anthony Parenti 1 episode
2000–2007 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Sidewalk Conan / Foreign Conan Recurring role, 6 episodes
2001–2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Amado / Kellogg / Airport Policeman 3 episodes
2009 Delocated Jay 1 episode
2007–2009 Flight of the Conchords Hotelier / A.J. 2 episodes
2009 Mercy Hector 1 episode
2010 How to Make It in America Actor 1 episode
2003–2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Stuart Linderby / Emilio Vasquez 2 episodes
2011 Onion News Network Actor 1 episode
2011–2012 A Gifted Man Hector Recurring role, 6 episodes
2014 Deadbeat Hector 2 episodes
2014 Louie Hurricane Man 1 episode
2015 Gotham Irwin 1 episode
2013–2015 Inside Amy Schumer Delivery Guy / Juror #5 / Jim 3 episodes
2016 The Blacklist Dumont 1 episode[14]
2016 Falling Water Marcos 1 episode
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption Dumont Main role, 8 episodes
2017 No Activity Roberto Main role, 7 episodes
2019–2020 Stumptown Tookie Main role, 18 episodes
2020 Curb Your Enthusiasm Harold 1 episode
2023 Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens Darryl Episode: "Bad Grandma"
2023 Only Murders in the Building Gregg Episode: "The Beat Goes On"
TBA Sugar Upcoming series

Video games edit

Year Title Role Notes Source
2009 Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned Brian Jeremy Voice [15]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e Brown, Phil (February 25, 2015). "Highly Focused: An Interview with Adrian Martinez". Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "Company Members". Archived from the original on 2015-07-20. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Snider, Mike (20 November 2008). "'Grand Theft Auto' yields road to the 'Lost and Damned'". USA Today. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  4. ^ Magidson, Joey (January 16, 2014). "Talking 'Mitty' and Being a Character Actor with Adrian Martinez". Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (September 9, 2010). "'Y tu mama tambien' duo join Will Ferrell film". Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Nemiroff, Perri (January 6, 2014). "Interview: Adrian Martinez Talks Walter Mitty, American Hustle, Focus & More". Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  7. ^ Han, Angie (October 6, 2013). "Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Dreams of Being a Better Movie [NYFF]". Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  8. ^ Rooney, David (December 4, 2013). "American Hustle: Film Review". Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Castellanos, Melissa (February 27, 2015). "Focus Movie Cast, Trailer & Release Date 2015: Adrian Martinez Talks Playing Will Smith's Snarky Sidekick (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  10. ^ a b MONELL, RAY (February 13, 2015). "Adrian Martinez talks prominent role in 'Focus' after several supporting roles". Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (June 30, 2015). "John Goodman & Bond Girl Stephanie Sigman Added To Voltage's Untitled Bruce Willis Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  12. ^ "Stumptown Meet the Cast". ABC Entertainment. Archived from the original on December 18, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Grobar, Matt (5 January 2022). "'Renfield': Adrian Martinez Boards Universal Monster Movie From Director Chris McKay". Deadline Hollywood.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (July 7, 2016). "The Blacklist: Redemption Casts Adrian Martinez; Eloise Smyth Joins Harlots". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  15. ^ "Parents Group Warns Against Lost And Damned Nudity",, 21 February 2009

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