James Martin (Scottish actor)

James Martin (born 13 March 1931) is a Scottish film and television actor. He played Eric in BBC's Still Game, a situation-comedy television series, in which he was one of the few actors who was actually a senior citizen. During the second episode of the eighth series of the show, Eric died of heart problems, while playing a puggy machine.[1]

James Martin
Born (1931-03-13) 13 March 1931 (age 89)
Glasgow, Scotland
Years active1967, 1972–2018
Known forStill Game (2002–2019)

Martin has also appeared in at least seven other television productions and five films. He also starred in the 2009 short film Relatively PC, a comedy directed by David Goodall. In 2014 he made a short appearance in episode 1x02 of Lovesick playing the main character's neighbour. He also appeared in Peter McDougall's Just Another Saturday (1975) under the name of Jimmy Martin.

Born in Partick in Glasgow, for many years Martin has lived in Musselburgh, East Lothian.[2] Before working on Still Game, he was a helper working at Campie Primary School's after-school club in the town.


  1. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/news/real-lives-james-martin-s-first-big-role-was-bridging-the-gender-gap-1-1530522
  2. ^ Swarbrick, Susan (16 March 2018). "Still Game character leaving the hit BBC comedy revealed". Glasgow Times. Retrieved 15 February 2020.

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