Maximilian Carlo "Max" Martini was born on December 11, 1969 in either Woodstock or Kingston, New York, and was raised in the United States, Canada and Italy, and reportedly holds citizenship in all three countries. His father, Raffaelle Martini Pandozy, a sculptor and reformist artist, was born in Rome. Martini's mother, Patricia was a private investigator and parole officer. He has two siblings: actor/producer Christopher Martini and costume designer Michelle Martini. His stepfather, Stuart Margolin, is a director and actor.
Max moved to New York City and studied acting, first at the Neighborhood Playhouse before continuing training at Michael Howard Studios. He then attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and received a B.F.A. in painting and sculpture.
After college, Martini found steady work in film and television projects. His film roles include co-starring opposite Jodie Foster in Robert Zemeckis' Contact as Willie, and sharing the screen with Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Saving Private Ryan as Corporal Henderson. Martini later co-starred in John Dahl's The Great Raid as 1st Sgt. Sid Wojo.
Martini’s television credits include a lead role in the Sci-fi Channel’s Emmy nominated mini-series Taken and appearances as Agent Steve Goodrich on the second season of 24. He was also cast in X-Files creator Chris Carter's Harsh Realm and had a recurring role on the Canadian series Da Vinci's Inquest. In 2015, Martini stars as the title character in Amazon Studios' Western series Edge, written and directed by Shane Black.
Martini remains active in the theater, having co-founded the Theatre North Collaborative in New York City, a company of American and Canadian actors dedicated solely to producing new works from both sides of the border.
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