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Kiel Martin

Highest Rated: 85% Panic in Needle Park (1971)

Lowest Rated: 85% Panic in Needle Park (1971)

Birthday: Jul 26, 1944

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Born in Pittsburgh, Kiel Martin was a character actor best known for his role as Detective John LaRue on "Hill Street Blues." Martin's first screen roles were small parts on episodes of late-1960s television shows, including "Dragnet" and "The Virginian." In '69, he wed actor/singer Dean Martin's daughter, Claudia, but the marriage didn't last long. Martin had a supporting part in the Al Pacino drama "The Panic in Needle Park," but he didn't have a substantial role until he signed on to play the charming LaRue on "Hill Street Blues" in '81. During the cop drama's seven-season run, Martin appeared on episodes of "The Love Boat," and later starred on the little-seen Matthew Perry comedy "Second Chance," while also making guest spots on "Father Dowling Mysteries" and the lauded legal drama "L.A. Law." Martin, who had struggled with alcoholism for much of his adult life, died of cancer in '90, while still in his 40s, cutting a relatively prolific career short.

Highest rated movies

Panic in Needle Park

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen Max Mulgrew (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Dowling Mysteries: The Missing Body Mystery Parker (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Convicted: A Mother's Story Van (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 43% Child Bride of Short Creek Bob Kalish (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 54% Moonrunners Bobby Lee Hagg (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Log of the Black Pearl Christopher Sand (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 33% Lolly Madonna XXX Ludie Gutshall (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Double Con White Folks (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 40% Trick Baby White Folks (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Catcher Wes Watkins (Character) - 1972
85% 75% Panic in Needle Park Chico, Junkie (Character) - 1971

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ray Bradbury Theater Eckles (Character) 1989
72% No Score Yet Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Johnny "J.D." LaRue (Character) 1981-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Forrester Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Ike Daggett (Guest Star) 1972

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