'Vince Martin or Vin Martin (Born Vincent Markesteijn in The Netherlands) is an
actor noted for his numerous television and film roles. He mostly acted in film
and television productions in Australia, where he was raised and started his career.
Martin began as a film editor on police drama series Homicide. His editing career
had begun at the age of 16 at Crawford Productions.
Starting in the 1970s he became a regular face on Australian television, with both
guest starring television series roles, and regular roles in several soap operas.
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He played two different characters (who were neither related nor lookalikes), in
teen soap Class of '74, then completed stints in soaps Number 96 (as David Palmer),
The Restless Years (as Craig Garside), The Young Doctors (as Dr. Richard Quinlan),
Sons and Daughters (as Matt Kennedy), E Street (as Steven Richardson, better known
as "Mr Bad") and Home and Away (as Phil Bryant). Guest appearances in
drama series include Chopper Squad and Mission: Impossible.
As well as playing the role of Matt Kennedy in the soap opera, Sons and Daughters,
he also worked as a regular director on this series. In 2000, Martin acted alongside
Tom Hanks in Cast Away, as Pilot Al.
In New Zealand, Martin is best-known for his long-standing appearances in TV advertisements
for Beaurepaires, often admiring cardboard cut-outs of himself with an animated
sparkle sometimes appearing when he smiles. He has a huge fan base in New Zealand
including a fansite. In 2010 Vince is celebrating over 25 years of fronting the
advertising for Beaurepaires – making him one of the most popular and recognizable
‘celebrities’ in the country.
Vince Martin was born in The Netherlands about 1955, and raised in Australia from
the age of 7. After living in Los Angeles, he currently resides in both New York
City and New Jersey as a jazz singer/musician.
But of course Kiwi's know him best as the face of the Beaurepaires brand in New Zealand of which he has been since 1985. Vince is a true icon of television advertising in New Zealand and is the longest serving retail brand spokesperson in New Zealand television history.