Gregory Paul Martin, (born January 21, 1962)
[Martin], he studied at Britain's oldest school, St. Albans School, whose alumni include British film director Mike Newell and the world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, before training as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, studying alongside Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson.]
His acting roles in the British theater included the world premiere of Bent at The Royal Court in London with Sir Ian McKellen and a season alongside Daniel Day Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite at The Bristol Old Vic and seasons at London's famous Old Vic and Young Vic theaters. Following his performances at The Old Vic, he played Edmund The Bastard at The Young Vic, then moved to New York where his first American role was starring opposite Kevin Spacey in the Off-Off-Broadway production of Barrie Keefe's Barbarians.
His notable American theater credits include the title roles in Hamlet and Peer Gynt at the famous Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, as well as the American premier of Harold Pinter's Other Places at The Manhattan Theater Club in New York with Diane Wiest, a production directed by Samuel Becket's director, Alan Schneider.
Following that production he made his first foray in television, turning down a role in the most successful television series of the '80s, Dynasty, in favor a starring role opposite Liam Neeson, Faye Dunaway, and the late Richard Burton in the CBS mini-series Ellis Island. The mini-series garnered him enormous attention and a shot at the role of James Bond during the period when Pierce Brosnan was unable to get out of his television contract to accept the role, Gregory subsequently losing out on playing the world famous spy to Timothy Dalton because he was considered too young.
He moved to Hollywood accepting a pay-or-play deal for his own television series with Universal, marrying Natasha Garland, a writer and marketing executive and raising a son, Connor, who subsequently moved to Italy with his mother upon their divorce.
Gregory starred in the Warner Brothers movie Memoirs Of An Invisible Man alongside Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah, and A Walk In The Clouds opposite Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn, slowly moving away from acting, beginning his writing career, selling his first script to director Carl Franklin at Sony. Subsequent successful spec sales included Tsunami, a movie optioned by ABC as a mini-series, and Ice, a sci-fi action thriller set in Antarctica.
In 1998 he returned for a brief period to England launching his own film and television production company and an organic food line. This time was one of the most difficult periods of his life, in the course of which he underwent a methodical character assassination in the British tabloid press, an experience that marked and changed him forever. He vowed he would never live in his own country again.
Returning to the U.S. he took a sabbatical from the entertainment industry, enjoying significant success as a rain-maker in the advertising and promotional brand marketing industries, as well as developing a large, high-profile following as an astrologer, a skill he had developed over his past twenty years, advising and counseling top business and financial people in Manhattan.
He currently resides in Los Angeles and with a production slate of thirty large-scale film, television and theater projects is launching a production company heavily involved in all three areas of entertainment, with the addition of a powerful music division, an area very close to his heart. His mission in life at this time, he has said, is "to reinvent the music industry through theater, television and film".