Martin Cummins was born on 28 November 1969 in Canada. He attended the Vancouver Actors Studio where he trained under Mel Tuck, a highly respected pioneer of Canadian Theatre. Martin guest-starred in a number of US and Canadian television shows before landing the part of Nick Boyle in the MGM series Poltergeist: The Legacy which was filmed in Vancouver. He played the character for 4 years and was given the chance to direct three episodes. Martin also went on to direct episodes of another well-known MGM series – The Outer Limits.
Once Poltergeist: The Legacy finished, Martin continued to guest star in other series that were being filmed in Vancouver and eventually won the recurring role of Ames White in the second season of Dark Angel. Martin’s next foray into television was in the Canadian-British series Dice, based on the books by Luke Rhinehart. Martin played a police detective called Patrick Styvesant who is searching for the killer of college student, Sally Quinn, and gets embroiled in the strange world of people who live by the throw of a dice.
As well as being a familiar face on television, Martin has appeared in a number of genre films such as Omen IV:The Awakening and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, not because he was a horror fan but simply because they were being filmed in Vancouver. He had small parts in further films such as The Substitute, Other Women’s Children, Cyberteens In Love and the Wesley Snipes film Liberty Stands Still.
While filming Poltergeist: The Legacy, Martin started to write his semi-autobiographical film We All Fall Down along with Richard C Burton; many crew members from Poltergeist worked on the film for no fee. The film was nominated for 3 Leo Awards and Martin’s co-star Helen Shaver won a Genie award for her performance as a prostitute. Martin also produced and directed the independent film. Martin himself won an award for his performance as Matthew in Clement Virgo’s Love Come Down and was nominated for a Gemini 2002 award for his portrayal of Patrick Styvesant in Dice. He was also nominated for a 2011 Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for his portrayal of Detective Terry Rhodes in the Shattered episode entitled Out of Sorrow.
As well as continuing to have an active career in acting, Martin also teaches acting classes.