Rudolf Martin was born on July 31st, 1967 in Berlin Schlachtensee, where his mother worked at a pharmacy. His father finished his study before he started working as a Journalist for television. After the divorce of his parents – 2 years after Rudolf’s birth – his mother re-
After his Abitur (German diploma from secondary school; qualification for university admisson or matriculation) in Berlin, Rudolf went out in the big wide world in 1986. Until 1990 he lived mostly in Paris, learned the french language, broke off 2 courses of study (English and dramatics) and started studying at the famous Lee Strasberg Institute in New York in 1990. In 1993 he got a 2-
While performing in New York small theater productions, Martin secured a starring role in Susan Seidelman’s Academy Award nominated short film “The Dutch Master.” Leading roles on ABC’s “All My Children” and Off-
Increasingly in demand, the engaging young actor then moved to Hollywood and has since appeared in the 20th Century Fox’s comedy “Bedazzled” directed by Harold Ramis, Patrik Ian Polk’s edgy comedy “Punks” (Edmonds Entertainment) that was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as well as in the independent feature “The Scoundrel’s Wife,” starring Tatum O’Neal, Tim Curry and Julian Sands.
After arriving in Los Angeles in 1999, Rudolf Martin first received a lot of attention after appearing in the Warner Brothers thriller “Swordfish”. In the film Rudolf plays Axl Torvalds, an internationally renowned computer hacker. Based on his performance in “Swordfish”, Martin was offered a role in the German thriller “Lautlos”, produced by Tom Tykwer (“Run, Lola, Run”) and directed by Mennan Yapo.
Before “Swordfish” Rudolf Martin was primarily known for his role in the original Showtime series “Beggars & Choosers”, an inside look at the television networks. Martin played “Nikolai Krasnakov”, the charming but dangerous Russian mobster whose life was to be developed into a mini-
In an altogether different role, Martin received critical acclaim for his unique portrayal of the title character Vlad Dracula in the USA film “Dark Prince [The True Story of Dracula].” The film was shot in 2000 on authentic locations in Romania and tells the story of Vlad The Impaler (1431-
He has also guest starred in other television dramas, notably “Judging Amy” (CBS), “Crossing Jordan” (NBC) and in “CSI-
Rudolf Martin’s main focus remains on working in film, as a European actor he continues to search out European productions as well. He has his second lead performance in the film:
“Bloodlines”, (a US-
Already finished in the meantime are the independent feature films “River’s End”, shot on location in Texas and directed by Bill Katt, starring Charles Durning and Barry Corbin and “Hoboken Hollow” with C. Thomas Howell, Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen as wee as another German feature, “Paparazzo” shooting in France and Spain and the Short Film “Two Nights”. Also finished is the filming for “Anomie”, “Hyenas” and “Sunrise”. In the CBS TV Show “Moonlight”, premiere Fall 2007, he plays the guest star role “Professor Christian Ellis”. In the meantime the movies – “Pig” and “Raven” are ready as well. “Pig” is successful in the USA and Europe on several film festivals on tour, with a lot of Awards.
Two German TV Productions with Rudolf are the movies “Heiße Spur – Cry no more” (locations are in Chile) – German TV Channel “ZDF” – “Die Jagd nach der heiligen Lanze” (shooting took place in Germany) – German TV Channel “RTL” and the horrormovie “Béla Kiss” (filming location was the Blackforest, Germany), which had its premiere in German movie theaters in January 2013. In October 2016 the movie "Fucking Berlin" will have its premiere. The movie was shoot in Berlin and Rudolf is playing "Dr. Brenner" in it.
In the meanwhile he had guest roles in the US TV Shows "Mistresses", "Legends" and recently in the pilot episode in the new TV Show "Leathal Weapon".
In July 2016 he moved with his spouse Katherine LaPlant and their daughter Eloise from Los Angeles to Berlin, Germany.
Besides working for German productions he also will work in the USA for american productions as well.