He was described as a tall, powerful figure of a man.
Orlando Martins is Hollywood’s first Nigerian actor by all accounts. He was born on December 8, 1899 and died September 25, 1985.
Martins was a stage and film actor who was listed among England’s top 15 favourite actors in a 1947 poll.
Take a look at the timeline and photos of Pa Martin’s life and career.
1913 – He enrolled in Eko Boys High School but later dropped out.
1914 – He served as a stoker on the RMS Mauretania
1920 – Martins was an extra acting with the Diaghilev ballet company and was on the tour with the British company of Show Boat as a professional singer.
1926 – He made his debut in If Youth But Knew.
1935 – Appears in Sanders of the River
1948 – Peter Noble describes him as a tall, powerful figure of a man.
1973 – He played Dr. Gbenga in Kongi’s Harvest directed by Ossie Davis, produced by Ola Balogun and Francis Oladele
1985 – He died in Lagos at the age of 85
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