Coco Martin is one of the most popular actors and models in the Philippines. He was known as “King of indie Films” (independent films) before he moved to the mainstream industry. He is also a director and film producer.
Real Name: Rodel Luis Cortez Nacianceno
Screen Name: Coco Martin
Birthdate: November 1, 1981
Birthplace: San Fernando City, Pampanga, Philippines
Family Residence: Novaliches, Quezon City
Father: Ramon Pacheco Nacianceno
Mother: Maria Teresa C. Nacianceno
Brother: Actor Ronwaldo Martin
Height: 1.7 m
Elementary: Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS)
High School: Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS)
College: National College of Business and Arts
Course: Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
Life Prior to Showbiz
Coco Martin was once an overseas foreign worker (OFW) in Alberta, Canada, working as a janitor.
Coco Martin started out in the entertainment industry in 2001 as part of ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Batch 9 together with the likes of Heart Evangelista, Hazel Ann Mendoza, and Alwyn Uytingco. His career did not take off so he took odd jobs including working in a restaurant. In 2004, German Moreno admitted him to be one of the stars in his night time show Walang Tulugan.
The following year, he was discovered by Director Brillante Mendoza and gave him a leading role in the indie film Masahista. The success of Masahista and his subsequent indie films caught the eyes of ABS-CBN’s big shots and once again, Coco reentered the network’s ground. Since then, it was success after success for Coco. In 2015, the network rolled out FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano top-billed by Coco. It’s huge success has cemented Coco Martin’s reputation as the “King of Philippine Television”.
Notable Television Programs
2015-present – Ang Probinsyano (The longest running series in Philippine television history.)
2014 – Ikaw Lamang
2012 – Walang Hanggan
2011 – Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin
2009 – 2010 – Nagsimula sa Puso
2009 – Tayong Dalawa
2008 – Ligaw na Bulaklak
2004 – 2008 – Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman
Latest Movie List
Coco Martin was first introduced in the movies via Luv Text where he played a minor role as Ivan’s friend. At that time he was still using his real name Rodel Nacianceno. This was followed by forgettable appearances in Lakas at Pag-ibig and Ang agimat: Anting-anting ni Lolo. Then there was a lull in his showbiz career until he was discovered by Director Brillante Mendoza and gave him a leading role in the award-winning indie film Masahista.
2020 – TV Actor of the Year (Primetime Drama) by 51st Box Office Entertainment Awards
Coco Martin received his first Best Actor award in 2006 given by the Young Critics Circle for his sterling performance in the movie Masahista. To date, he has already garnered over a hundred awards and nominations including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Best Director, Actor of the Year, Pop TV Character of the Year, Best Ensemble Performance in a Television Drama, Presidential Jury Award for Excellence in Acting, Promising Male Box Office Star, Most Admired Male TV Personality, Male Star of the Night, Leading Man of the Year, Special Jury Prize, and most recently the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award Recipient.
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See also: Top Actors from the Philippines