Strother Martin – biography, spouse, net worth

Strother Martin was one of the early Hollywood actors who managed to stay relevant and sustain their acting career from the 1950s to the 1980s. He was a talented actor who was able to express himself through the characters he got to play in various films and TV shows.

The US-based actor gained popularity for portraying the prison captain’s character in the film Cool Hand, Luke . He is also known for being the supporting cast of John Wayne and Paul Newman in various films depicting the culture, lifestyle and stories of western people and was also known for his quotes from the film series What We Have Here is the failure of communication”. To learn more about Strother Martin, read his profile below.

Strother Martin’s biography

He was born Strother Douglas Martin on March 26, 1919, in Kokomo, Indiana, USA to his mother – Ethel Dunlap and father Strother Douglas Martin senior. It is not known if he was an only child or had other siblings. Martin has been a good swimmer since childhood with amazing diving skills. He was a one-time winner of the National Junior Springboard Diving Championship at the age of 17.

Although details of his elementary and high school education are unknown, it is established that Strother Martin was a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he joined the school’s swim team and represented it in various school competitions. He later became a swimming coach for the America Navy during World War II.

Strother Martin moved to Los Angeles, California after the war where he was the swimming coach and swimming madman for film water scenes. Playing only minor roles on various television shows, he soon gained momentum in Hollywood appearing in NBC’s anthology series Frontier and the Civil War series Gray Ghost as a reconnaissance mission in the early 1950s. He was later featured in ABC’s religious series Crossroads and also in Gunsmoke in 1955.

Martin also appeared on Crusaders , Let the Gun Travel , Boots and Saddles , Track Down and Jefferson Drum in the later 1950s.

After being cast in supporting and returning roles for many years, Martin later got the opportunity to star in a few films. The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) – an American horror film in which he starred as Doc Duncan, Pocket Money (1972) as Bill Garret and Slap Shot – an American sports comedy in which he played the role of Joe McGrath.

His other credits include The Texan as Polk, The Rebel as Deputy Jess, The Law and Mr. Jones as guest stars, Pete and Gladys as Harold Horton, Stoney Burke as guest stars, The Dakotas as Private Anton Copang, The Rounders as Cousin Fletch and Death Valley Days as Arizona.

In 1980, while under surveillance, Strother Martin died of cardiac arrest on August 1 at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California. He was 61 years old when he died.


Strother Martin was married to his love life Helen Meisels-Martin. The couple were married in 1967 in a wedding ceremony attended by their families and friends. Hollywood actors are known for their multiple marriages, but Martin had remained faithful. On his deathbed, Strother was still very much married to his wife, Helen. The couple was obviously happily married as there was never anything new regarding their relationship.

Seventeen years after his death, his wife, Helen also gave up her ghost in 1997. Helen’s ashes were placed next to her husband’s at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California.

Net Worth (Income) – What is Strother Martin Worth?

Strother Martin was a Hollywood star at one time, but when actors don’t make a lot of money, considering he’s risen to some degree in his acting career and has maintained above-average consistency, it’s safe to say he has more than enough for his personal needs deserves. Since there is almost no information on how much the famous actor earned, it is almost impossible to estimate the value of his net worth. Despite this, Strother was far from hardship for most of his life.

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