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JustinMartin2012
Martin in 2012
Justin Martin
Date of Birth May 17, 1994
Place of Birth Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Status Active / Arrested (2016) [1]
Character played Shemar Reynolds (Episode It Takes A Village)

Justin Martin (born May 17, 1994) is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He started acting at age seven in the drama department in his church. Justin was soon discovered by Atlanta agent Joy Pervis, who also discovered child stars Dakota Fanning and Kyle Massey. Justin worked for two years in Atlanta doing commercials and local theater. He came to Los Angeles for pilot season in 2003 at age 9. Martin's parents decided to come to L.A. and experience pilot season for about three weeks; Justin continued to work for five months. That pilot season Justin booked two national commercials (Mercedes Benz and Shoney's), episodic roles on The Bernie Mac Show and Malcolm in the Middle, and a role in the film Doing Hard Time.

In 2004, Justin returned to LA for his second pilot season. That year he booked another national commercial (Bounty paper towels) and roles on Judging Amy and Drake and Josh. After five successful months in LA, Justin returned to Atlanta to enroll in The Lovett School, one of the top private day schools in the country.

In 2005, Justin was invited to New York to audition for the role of 'Young Simba' in the Disney Theatrical show The Lion King on Broadway. Out of thousands of other young contenders, Justin became the new star of the biggest show on Broadway. He made his Broadway debut on March 1st of 2006 and continued in that role for 12 months. While on Broadway, Justin booked the role of 'Travis' in the television adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun with Tony winners Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, and Sean Combs. In January of 2008 Justin joined the star-studded cast at Sundance as A Raisin in the Sun was the first made for television movie to ever be invited to premier at the Sundance Film Festival.

Justin was also one of the three new Wildcat's in High School Musical 3: Senior Year. He played Donnie.

Justin is a brilliantly gifted student and a member of the National Honor Society and A Better Chance. He's also a singer and dancer and is looking forward to a long career in the industry as a triple threat.

Justin lives in LA with his mother Trina and his younger sister Zion, also an actor. His father Tony holds down the homefront in Atlanta.

Unfortunately, in 2016, Martin was arrested after a shootout incident with the police in Boston and sentenced to 18 months in prison.[2]

Shemar Reynolds

Justin Martin as Shemar Reynolds in the episode It Takes A Village

At age 13, Martin portrayed victim Shemar Reynolds in the episode It Takes a Village. Shemar was kidnapped and later killed by Malik 4 days after he went missing.

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