Real Name: LEO G. MARTINEZ
(Stage/Film and Television Actor, Television and TV Ads Director, Acting Teacher)
Contact Numbers: 415-3880 loc. 803 / 374-7561
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Noted theater, film and television actor and director
Acting teacher, a proponent of education for actors
One of the founders and an active member of Repertory Philippines
One of the founders and past Chairman of Actors Workshop Foundation
Past Chairman of the Board, Katipunan ng mga Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon (Actors Guild Philippines)
Past Member of the Board of the Cinema Committee, National Commission for Culture and the Arts
The very popular Batangueño character Congressman Manhik-Manaog
Currently, a member of the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit
Board Member, Intellectual Property Office
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Performers Right Society of the Philippines
Past UNESCO Commissioner
Currently, Director General of the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP)
Acting came early to Leo Martinez. His career started in 1958 when Fr. Reuter came to Ateneo Grade School to look for talents with high singing voices to portray Japanese schoolgirls in the operetta, The Mikado. Martinez landed the role of the lead soprano Yum Yum. From then on he would active in various theater productions. In 1967, together with Zeneida Amador, Baby Barredo, Tony and Monina Mercado, he co-found the Repertory Philippines.
In later years, one of Martinez’s most notable works in theater would include Meldita starring Tessie Tomas, where he played Marcos for year and half. Meldita played in key cities in the country and in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington.
It was in 1968 that he complemented his theater career with teaching. He taught acting, theater and opera in schools like De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, St. Scholastica’s College, St. Joseph’s College, the College of the Holy Spirit, the Assumption Academy, the Christ the King Academy and Our Lady of Life Academy in Novaliches.
Then, as if acting and teaching were not enough, Martinez also worked in advertising, marketing and communication, first, with Ace Compton, then the AMA and the group.
By this time, Martinez was also in television work. In 1996 he was already acting dramatic vehicles like Santa Zita and Maryrose, Teenagers, and Family Theater. Later he would be one of the main actors in the long running soap opera Flordeluna. Most of his earlier work in television however was behind camera directing shows like Travel Time, the Apple Pie Series, Mongolian Barbeque, Buddy En Sol, Pugad Baboy, and others. It was Mongolian Barbeque where he was also an actor that he developed and made popular his famous character which he carries up to now, Congressman Manhik-Manaog.
Martinez’s first job in the movie industry was in 1970 as a dubber in English of Filipino films being shown abroad. His was the English voice of President Joseph Estrada in Kill the Pushers. As an actor however, his first movie featured him as supporting actor was Juan Tamad meets Mr. Shoo Li in Mongolian Barbeque which won him the Best Supporting Actor Award in the Metro Manila Film Festival in 1991.
For all the comic characters and roles, Martinez remains one of film industry’s most serious members when it involves the actor and his craft. A proponent of education for actors, Leo together with Johnny Delgado, the late Ishmael Bernal, Laurice Guillen, Peque Gallaga, Rudy Fernandez, Vivian Velez, Rowell Santiago, Amy Austria, Mario Taguiwalo and Ricardo Puno, Jr. co-found in 1985 the Actors Workshop Foundation, Inc. an educational foundation which provides training of actors through acting workshops. He would later be AWF Chairman and one of its most active teachers.
Martinez is a member and an active participant of numerous organizations-the Actors Worskhop Foundation and the Katipunan ng mga Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon where he was past Chairman, the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit and the Intellectual Property Office among others. He is a Commissioner of UNESCO and Chairman of the Board of the Performers Rights Society of the Philippines. Still, he continues to be busy with acting work in movies and television and returns once in a while to Repertory theatre where his last work was in the play Amadeus.
Currently, Martinez is the Director-General of the Film Academy of the Philippines having been appointed to the position by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003.