Benito played Captain David Aceveda on "The Shield". His character is a young precinct chief who has his sights set on a political career.
Martinez, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is most recognized by audiences from his performances in Gregory NavaÕs film "Mi Famila" and opposite Dustin Hoffman in the hit film "Outbreak". He also had a lead role in "Romeo & Juliet" (directed by Colin Cox). He also starred in the independent comedy entitled "The New Suit" opposite Marissa Coughlin and Jordan Bridges, helmed by acclaimed French director Francois Valle. Some of his TV credits include "X-Files", "Silk Stalkings", "Chicago Hope", "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Once & Again", "Touched By An Angel", and "NYPD Blue".
Benito received his formal training at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts, and has performed throughout the US and Europe. Favorite productions include "The Three Sisters", "Comedy of Errors", and "Burning Patience".
A veteran of the W&C touring shows, Benito also taught workshops in fencing and stage combat as well as directing "The Tempest". Most recent mainstage performances include "A Midsummer Night's Dream", MacDuff in "Macbeth", and as the lead role in "Hamlet".
Martinez is very involved with children's groups and the Latino community. He began helping children in his community through "The Educational Theater Company" and the "Will and Company", two theater groups geared toward youth. Through these organizations, he was able to perform over twenty different original works for more than a million students. His involvement helped change the direction of some of the student's lives, some even becoming peer counselors for their schools. He performed in plays that cast Latinos, African-Americans and others to play traditionally Caucasian roles, giving him the ability to show children that they can do what they put their mind to. He is also involved with the National Latino Children's Institute where he speaks at their annual Promesa event.
Benito recently helped out Nationwide Insurance and the National Latino Children's Institute as they observed "El Dia de los Niños" on April 27, 2002. "El Día de los Niños" focuses on child safety and helps uplift the children in the community by declaring their own day of celebration. The event included a Children's parade, traditional Latino foods, entertainment that included children's acts, dancing, craft-tents and much more.
Benito quoted about these events: "These experiences with the youth keep the blood pumping in my chest. I seem to have gravitated toward people or organizations that look into the eyes of the children and say, 'I see you.' As a Latino I have my cultural perspective that I see through, but as a father and participator in my communities, I endeavor to remember and learn over and over again the simplest lesson: We must take care of all our children. That's our job. Period."… Expand