This is Orlando Martins, the 1st Nigerian Hollywood star

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  • He was described as a tall, powerful figure of a man.

Orlando Martins


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.

Orlando Martins in The Hasty Heart, alongside Ronald Reagan who later became a President of the US


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.

He was born in 1899


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.

Orlando Martins, Ian Bannen and Alexander Knox on the set of a movie


1926 – He made his debut in If Youth But Knew.


1935 – Appears in Sanders of the River

Orlando Martins also starred in ‘West of Zanzibar’ with Sheila Sim


1948 – Peter Noble describes him as a tall, powerful figure of a man.

On set of another film


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

With his wife

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