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Ross Martin
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Actor
    (March 22, 1920-July 3, 1981)
    Born in Horodok, Ukraine
    Birth name was Martin Rosenblatt
    Portrayed Artemus Gordon in The Wild Wild West
    Appeared in the films ‘Conquest of Space’ (1955), ‘The Colossus of New York’ (1958), ‘Experiment in Terror’ (1962) and ‘The Great Race’ (1965)
    Appeared in touring companies of ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘1776’
    He earned a law degree but never practiced.
    He had to be replaced on ‘Wild Wild West’ for nine episodes after he broke his leg then suffered a near-fatal heart attack (1968).
    After his heart attack, producers felt it was too risky to hire him for lead roles.
    His final TV appearance, in the movie ‘I Married Wyatt Earp,’ aired two years after he died.
    He spoke Yiddish, Polish, Russian, French, Spanish, and Italian.
    Thanks to his flair for dialects, at one point he had recurring roles on eight different radio dramas.
    He designed the makeup for most of Artemus Gordon’s disguises himself.
    A television critic called him ‘an Alec Guinness in chaps.’
    He established a celebrity tennis tournament to raise funds for the Children’s Asthma Research Institute and Hospital.

Credit: C. Fishel


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