Benito Martinez returns to television in John Ridley's new ABC drama series American Crime, starring alongside Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton. Martinez is perhaps best known for his award-winning portrayal of Los Angeles politician David Aceveda for seven seasons on the critically acclaimed FX police drama The Shield. Additionally, Martinez recently completed work on the second season of House of Cards and enjoyed recurring roles on Sons of Anarchy and Supernatural. Other notable television credits include 24, Torchwood, Graceland, NCIS: LA and Bones. His big screen credits include Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, Bless Me, Ultima, Lies in Plain Sight (2011 NAACP Best Actor Nominee), Unthinkable with Samuel L. Jackson, and Saw. Benito won an ALMA Award in 2007 for Best Supporting Actor and a NAMIC Vision Award in 2009 for Best Performance Drama playing ‘David Aceveda’ in The Shield. He was also nominated for an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Shield, in 2006 and 2007.
Benito or "Bennie" as he is known to his family, grew up in an artistic family and got his start on stage at the age of 8, playing the vihuela — a five string guitar — in his father's mariachi band. His mother and sisters were heavily involved in local theater and introduced him to acting. At 16 years old, he moved to Los Angeles where he spent his senior year at Hollywood High Performing Arts Magnet. He later moved to London for three years and studied at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA).