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D'Urville Martin

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Birth dateFebruary 11, 1939
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Date of deathMay 28, 1984(age 45)
Death placeLos Angeles, California
SpouseLillian Martin (?-1984) (his death)

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D'Urville Martin (February 11, 1939 May 28, 1984) was an American actor and director in both film and television. He appeared with regularity in numerous 1970s movies in the blaxploitation genre of films. He also appeared in the first two pilots of what would become All in the Family as Lionel, the role later played by Mike Evans. Born in New York City, D'urville began his career in the mid 1960s, soon becoming a prominent recurring figure in the genre. Martin acted in several movies of the time, including Black Like Me and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Among his partners was the famous blaxploitation actor Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, playing his partner Toby in the Black Charley. Martin also directed films in his career, including Dolemite, starring Rudy Ray Moore. His career ended in 1984 with a heart attack at age 45.

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