J. R. Martinez

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J. R. Martinez
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J. R. Martinez in 2008
Born
Jose Rene Martinez

(1983-06-14) June 14, 1983 (age 36)
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
OccupationActor
Motivational speaker
Soldier (veteran)
Years active2008–present (acting)
ChildrenLauryn Anabelle Martinez (b. 2012)
Websitehttp://www.JRMartinez.com/

Jose Rene "J. R." Martinez (born June 14, 1983)[1] is an American actor, motivational speaker and former U.S. Army soldier. He participated in Dancing with the Stars and won in Fall 2011. He was the grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2012.[2] In 2008, he played the role of Brot Monroe on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children.

In 2003, Martinez sustained severe burns over 34 percent of his body while serving as an Army infantryman in Iraq.

Early life[change | change source]

He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to Maria Zavala.[1] He has two sisters who were raised with his mother's family in El Salvador.[3] His sister Anabel died before Martinez ever had the chance to meet her.[3] Martinez has never met his father.[4] When he was young he moved to Hope, Arkansas with his mother.[1] At 17, Martinez and his mother moved to Dalton, Georgia, before his senior year of high school.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "My Story in My Words". J.R. Martinez (official site). Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  2. "'Dancing with the Stars' contestant, Iraq war veteran named Rose Parade Grand Marshal". Pasadena Star-News. November 1, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "J. R.'s Story". Knowjr.com. 1983-06-14. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  4. Clarkson.edu (2010-02-25). "Wounded Veteran and Soap Opera Star to Speak at Clarkson University". Press release. http://www.clarkson.edu/news/2010/news-release_2010-02-25-1.html. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 

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