Actor, Film director
1939 – 1984
Who was D'Urville Martin?
D'Urville Martin was an American actor and director in both film and television. He appeared in numerous 1970s movies in the blaxploitation genre of films. He also appeared in two unaired pilots of what would become All in the Family as Lionel Jefferson, the role was later played by Mike Evans. Born in New York City, Martin began his career in the mid-1960s, soon becoming a prominent recurring figure in the genre. Martin acted in several movies of the time, including Black Like Me and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Among his partners was the famous blaxploitation actor Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, playing his partner Toby in the Black Charley pictures. Martin also directed films in his career, including Dolemite, starring Rudy Ray Moore.
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