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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