12 january, 1966
Olivier Martinez comes from a working-class family, raised in the Paris suburbs. He left school at an early age, holding various pick-up jobs such as salesman for jeans. Friends urged him to try acting, and at age 23 he enrolled in the International Conservatory of Paris. After several television shows, he reached the international market with Le hussard sur le toit (1995), billed in his American promotional tour for that movie as "the French Brad Pitt".
Parents are Robert and Rosemarie Martinez. Brother is Vincent Martinez.
The French tabloid press hotly pursued Olivier during and after the filming of Le hussard sur le toit (1995), speculating on a real romance between him and his co-star, Juliette Binoche; the couple threatened to sue one magazine that reported that Binoche was pregnant.
Olivier fought as a welterweight in Europe, taking after his father who had also been a pugilist. His Gallic mother was a secretary and his father worked as a mechanic.
Touted as "The French Brad Pitt" during his American promotional tour of Le hussard sur le toit (1995) (aka "The Horseman on the Roof) in 1995.
Became engaged to Halle Berry on January 11, 2012. Was also previously in relationships with Kylie Minogue (2003-2007), Juliette Binoche (1995-1998), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Angelina Jolie, and Mira Sorvino.
His mother is French and his father is Spanish-Moroccan.
Resides in Paris, Miami and Hollywood. Owns an apartment in Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, a quarter of Paris. Opened a restaurant, Villa Azur, in South Beach, Florida in March of 2012. Plans a more permanent move to Los Angeles to begin a career in American cinema. Wants to buy a house in the Mediterranean.
Ranked #94 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties.
Has a dog named Sheba.
Adores jazz music.
Studied acting at the French National Conservatory of Dramatic Art (Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique).
Wore a black ribbon at the premiere of Taking Lives (2004) as a sign of mourning after the bombings in Atocha (Madrid).
Owns two motorcycles. One is a Honda motorbike.
Once worked as a jean seller.
In 1995, he was photographed on the cover of French magazine "Studio", with French screen legend Alain Delon. The two actors are sometimes compared.
His role as Paul in Unfaithful (2002) was performed by Maurice Ronet in the original version of the film: La femme infidèle (1969).
One of his favorite movies is The Kid (1921).
Engaged to Halle Berry [January 11, 2012].
Became a father for the 1st time at age 47 when his wife Halle Berry gave birth to their son Maceo Robert Martinez on October 5, 2013.
Filming Taking Lives (2004) with Angelina Jolie.