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Richard Martin

  • Highest Rated: 89% The Leopard Man (1943)
  • Lowest Rated: 21% Air Bud 2 - Golden Receiver (1998)
  • Birthday: Dec 12, 1917
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Though he rose to movie fame as Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamente Rafferty, the heavily accented Irish-Mexican saddle-pal of RKO western star Tim Holt, actor Richard Martin was neither Irish nor Mexican. Born in Washington State, Martin grew up in a predominantly Mexican neighborhood in West Hollywood where he became adept at imitating the Latino speech patterns of his playmates. Signed to an RKO contract in 1943, he created the Chito Rafferty character in the big-budget war picture Bombardier. He went on to comical-sidekick assignments opposite such cowboy heroes as James Warren and Robert Mitchum, then was dropped by RKO in 1945 when the studio temporarily disbanded its "B"-western unit. Martin briefly ran a Hollywood restaurant before returning to films as the all-American leading man of the Universal serial The Mysterious Mr. M (1946). He came back to RKO in 1947, reviving Chito Rafferty in the studio's Tim Holt western series, which lasted until 1952. Typecast in Hispanic roles, Richard Martin had trouble finding work after the cessation of the Holt series, so he bade adios to Hollywood and became a successful insurance salesman.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Slap Shot 3: The Junior League Director 2008
21% Air Bud 2 - Golden Receiver Director 1998
No Score Yet Ninja Turtles - The Next Mutation Director 1998
No Score Yet Wounded Director 1997
No Score Yet White Tiger Director 1996
No Score Yet Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks Director 1979
No Score Yet Les Beaux dimanches (Lovely Sundays) Director 1974
No Score Yet Four Fast Guns Quijano 1960
No Score Yet Trail Guide Chito Rafferty 1952
No Score Yet Overland Telegraph Chito Rafferty 1951
No Score Yet Hot Lead Chito Rafferty 1951
No Score Yet Gunplay Chito Rafferty 1951
No Score Yet Saddle Legion Chito Rafferty 1951
No Score Yet Dynamite Pass Chito Rafferty 1950
No Score Yet Masked Raiders Chito 1949
No Score Yet The Mysterious Desperado Chito 1949
No Score Yet Stagecoach Kid Chito 1949
No Score Yet The Rustlers Chito 1949
No Score Yet Riders of the Range Chito 1949
No Score Yet Brothers in the Saddle Chito Rafferty 1949
No Score Yet Gun Smugglers Chito Rafferty 1948
No Score Yet The Arizona Ranger Chito Rafferty 1948
No Score Yet Western Heritage Chito 1948
No Score Yet Thunder Mountain Chito Rafferty 1947
No Score Yet The Bamboo Blonde Jim Wilson 1946
No Score Yet West of the Pecos Chito Rafferty 1945
No Score Yet Law of the Badlands Chito Rafferty 1945
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Crime Lance 1945
No Score Yet Wanderer of the Wasteland Chito Rafferty 1945
No Score Yet Nevada Chito Jose Gonzales Bustamante Rafferty 1944
No Score Yet Marine Raiders Jimmy 1944
No Score Yet Tender Comrade Mike 1943
No Score Yet Gangway for Tomorrow Jules 1943
No Score Yet The Iron Major Davis Cavanaugh 1943
No Score Yet The Falcon in Danger Georgie Morley 1943
No Score Yet Bombardier Chito Rafferty 1943
89% The Leopard Man Raoul Belmonte 1943
No Score Yet Ladies' Day Ballplayer 1943
No Score Yet Hitler's Children Gestapo Man 1943
No Score Yet Adventures of a Rookie Bob Prescott 1943
No Score Yet Seven Days' Leave The Financial Trio 1942
No Score Yet The Mayor of 44th Street Office Clerk 1942
No Score Yet The Falcon's Brother Steamship Official 1942
No Score Yet The Big Street Bit part 1942
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost Chauffeur 1942
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire at Sea Steward 1942
No Score Yet Under the Tonto Rim Chito 1928

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

68% Doctor Who
1963-1989
Director

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