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J.R. Martinez

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Actor, Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Advocate & Wounded U.S. Army Veteran

J.R. Martinez

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4.9655 out of 5

Actor, Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Advocate & Wounded U.S. Army Veteran

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J.R. Martinez Biography

J.R. Martinez is an actor, best-selling author, motivational speaker, advocate, and wounded U.S. Army veteran. He is many things. But perhaps most significantly, he is an inspiration.

Martinez’s career path has been incredible, and perhaps even a bit improbable. Once a high school football player from a small town in Georgia, the only son of a single working mother who emigrated from El Salvador, Martinez’s trajectory is nothing if not surprising. Even to him.

Jose Rene Martinez was born June 14, 1983 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Maria Zavala. His two sisters, Consuelo and Anabel, were raised in El Salvador with his mother’s family. He never met Anabel, who died as a young child. At nine years old, Martinez moved with his mother to Hope, Arkansas, where he lived until he was 18. He then moved to Dalton, Georgia, a place he proudly calls his hometown. Martinez always loved playing football and had aspirations of making it to the NFL.

After high school, he joined the Army. Martinez was proud to serve, as a way to give something back to a country that had already given so much to him and to his family. In September of 2002, Martinez underwent Basic and Advanced Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he gained skills as an 11-B Infantryman. After reporting to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in January of 2003, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.

In March of 2003, Martinez was deployed to Iraq. On April 5, he was driving a Humvee in Karbala when his left front tire hit a roadside bomb. The three other soldiers were ejected from the burning vehicle, but Martinez was trapped inside. He suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to 34 percent of his body. Martinez claims that while he was fighting for his life and awaiting medical help, his sister, Anabel, appeared to him giving him the strength to live.

Martinez was evacuated to a local medic station in Iraq and then on to Landstuhl, Germany, for immediate care. He spent 34 months in recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC/SAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. He has undergone 34 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery, in the years since his injury.

During his recovery, a nurse asked him to speak to a burn patient, who had just seen his body for the first time and had become withdrawn. After a brief visit, Martinez realized that he had a positive impact on this patient and decided to use his own experiences to help others. He continued to visit patients every day, sharing his story and listening to theirs. He learned that inspiration is often a two-way street.

Martinez has since become a highly sought-after motivational speaker. He travels the world spreading his message of resilience and optimism. He devotes himself to showing others the true value of making the most of every situation. He has spoken to troops at various bases around the world, as well as to such groups as the Clinton Global Initiative, the Red Cross, and dozens of universities, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies. His story is unique, but his message is universal: your path in life is decided by your own ability to adapt and overcome.

Many also know Martinez as “Brot Monroe”, a combat veteran who was injured in Iraq and returned home to face the new challenges of reintegrating to civilian life, on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama, "All My Children." In 2008, Martinez’s friend noticed an open casting call from the show, looking for a veteran to join their famed cast, and encouraged Martinez to try out. After several meetings with producers, he was cast, and an actor was born. Due to his runaway popularity, what began as a three-month story arc developed into a three-year role.

After "All My Children" ran its final season, Martinez went on to surprise and inspire a nation on ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars." Along with partner Karina Smirnoff, he won the coveted mirrorball trophy, and they were named Season 13 champions.

Martinez costarred on the syndicated action series, "SAF3" (CW Network), as a Los Angeles County firefighter, paramedic, and veteran USAF pararescue jumper, “Alfonso Rivera”. He also guest starred on the Season 6 finale of "Army Wives."

Martinez has been featured on many shows, such as Oprah, 60 Minutes, Ellen, The View, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, CBS Nightly News, and on CNN, Fox, HLN and Univision. He narrated the CNN documentary series, In America: Vets Wanted? In 2013, he also guest hosted on The View. He hosted The J.R. Martinez Show on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles, one of the most popular talk radio stations in the country. He’s also been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The New York Times, US Veterans Magazine, and was featured on the cover of People Magazine in their annual “Sexiest Man Alive” issue. He was also named one of People's “Most Intriguing People” of 2011.

Martinez is the author of The New York Times best-selling book, "Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength and Spirit," a memoir about how he was able to take his personal tragedy and turn it into an inspiration for others. In May 2020, he launched his podcast, REBIRTH with J.R. Martinez, an ode to reinvention and the spirit of human resilience. In each episode, with his joyful effervescence, quick wit, and curious nature, Martinez takes listeners on a journey through conversations that explore what defines us, the moments that changed us forever, and the hope that propels us forward.

He’s also very passionate about dedicating his time to non-profits; he serves as a spokesperson for debra of America, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Glasswing International, and A Call To Men.

When Martinez does have leisure time, he likes to spend it with his wife Diana, their children Lauryn and Leo, and their dog Ellie. They currently reside in Austin, TX.

J.R. Martinez Speaking Topics

  • For Faith Based Groups

    J.R. can tailor a talk specifically for faith based groups. His faith helped him through his ordeal and recovery, and he truly believes that God was in his corner. As J.R. says, "God doesn't always put you in it, but having solid faith pulls you through it."

  • Respecting Yourself and Others

    The best things come when we respect ourselves, and others. While we tend to see ourselves as "normal" we should see others as normal in their own way. In their own skin. Be proud of who you are, and recognize that every single person has worth. Every person has something they bring to the table.

    JR has spent countless hours listening to people through the stories they tell. People can teach you so much if you just listen-accept them for who they are, flaws and alland that begins with respecting

  • Paying it Forward: The Return is Priceless

    All of us have the power to make an impact on a life, either positively or negatively. Our words, our actions are powerful. How we treat others not only affects them, it shapes us. And, frankly, why should we do something for someone else?

    The payoff is bigger than you can imagine. When you use the unique power and gifts you have inside to help others, not only do you benefit, but the person you help can teach you things about yourself in a positive light.

  • Plugging into Your Potential

    True potential can only be realized by believing, trusting and not quitting.

    JR explores the power of goal setting, staying motivated, and developing the perseverance that will get you to your destination. Each fork in the road is a chance to make a decision that will take you either closer or further from your goal. If you choose correctly, there are endless possibilities.

    And, while keeping focused on your goal is a good thing, you shouldn't do it to the point of 'getting stuck.'

    JR shows the importance of being open minded to new opportunities and fluid enough to respond to circumstances that, while unexpected, take you further than you ever thought possible.

  • Facing Adversity with Optimism and Resilience

    None of us knows what we're capable of until we're faced with a tough or unexpected challenge. Often this means having to adjust your dream or vision and sometimes event to create an entirely new goal.

    It can also mean getting through a tough time a week, day, hour or even minute at a time.

    By focusing on shorter term goals and keeping optimism (and even humor) at the forefront, your entire outlook and perspective can be transformed. We are all stronger and more resilient than we think. In facing challenges and recovering from setbacks, we have new opportunities to develop the unique gifts that have been given to us.

    It's about being able to become more what you can envision at the moment.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, J.R. customizes his speeches for each audience.

J.R. Martinez Videos

  • J.R. Martinez - Bestselling Author, Speaker, Veteran & Actor
  • Illuminating the journey from trauma to hope with JR Martinez
    After a near-death experience, actor and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez has used his platform to help inspire others. In this interview, J.R....
  • Cubic | GRIDSMART, J.R. Martinez Speaks at INTERSECT 2020
    We’re excited to announce J.R. Martinez as this year’s INTERSECT Keynote! J.R. has a special message for all of our attendees as we continue to...

J.R. Martinez Books

  • Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit
    Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit

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J.R. Martinez is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as For Faith Based Groups, Respecting Yourself and Others, Paying it Forward: The Return is Priceless, Plugging into Your Potential, Facing Adversity with Optimism and Resilience and. The estimated speaking fee range to book J.R. Martinez for your event is available upon request. J.R. Martinez generally travels from Austin, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Eric Boles, Inky Johnson, Rudy Ruettiger, Melissa Stockwell and Carey Lohrenz. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling J.R. Martinez for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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