Justin Martin – Young Actor (The Soloist and High School Musical 3)
“Working with Ms. Peggy on singing and piano is great!
She’s prepared me for movie roles and continues to help me develop my skills as an artist.”
— Justin Martin
Justin Martin was born on March 17, 1996 in San Diego, California.
Soon after, Justin’s natural talent for acting was discovered and he began acting in commercials and local theater productions.
In 2003, after working professionally for two years in Atlanta, Justin and his family traveled to Los Angeles for pilot season. Justin’s parents figured they would only stay for about three weeks; however Justin continued to work for five months. During the 2003 pilot season, Justin booked two national commercials, including 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, where he booked another national commercial for Bounty Paper Towels and roles on TV shows Judging Amy and Drake and Josh. After another five successful months in LA, Justin returned to Atlanta to enroll in one of the top private day schools in the country, The Lovett School.
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, and out of thousands of 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. During this year, Justin also booked the role of ‘Travis’ in the Television Movie adaption of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun where he worked with Tony Award winners Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald.
During his time on A Raisin in the Sun he also worked closely with Sean Combs, also known as P. Diddy. In 2008, A Raisin in the Sun became the first made-for-television movie to be invited to premier at the Sundance Film Festival, and Justin joined the star-studded cast in attending the event.
Justin played the lead role of ‘Donnie’ in the popular Disney movie High School Musical 3: Senior Year and in 2009 he portrayed the young ‘Nathanial Ayers’ in the movie The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.
He played the lead roles in both Black Water Transit and The Express, as well as in The Last Adam. Justin also portrayed the character ‘Raymond’ in the movie 96 Minutes and functioned as a co-star in The Vineyard and A Message from Mom and Pop. Justin has been a lead guest star on the CBS television series Cold Case and he played multiple roles in the Broadway theatrical production of The Wiz.
In 2008, Justin was nominated for “Best Actor in a Guest Star Role” by the Young Artist Awards for his role in Cold Case, and in 2009, he received the NAACP Image Award.
Although it may seem that Justin’s acting career leaves him little time to focus on other things, he also sings, raps, and has dancing experience in many different types of dance. He plays trumpet, drums, and piano and learned to play cello for his role in The Soloist.
He enjoys playing basketball, football, and baseball, and Justin is a brilliantly gifted student and a member of the National Honor Society and A Better Chance.
Because he is also a singer and dancer, Justin is looking forward to a long career in the industry as a triple threat.