Benito Martinez stars in "American Crime" on ABC as Alonzo Gutiérrez.

Benito Martinez is perhaps best known for his award-winning portrayal of Los Angeles politician David Aceveda for seven seasons on the critically acclaimed FX police drama "The Shield." Additionally, Martinez recently completed work on the second season of Netflix's "House of Cards" and enjoyed recurring roles on FX's "Sons of Anarchy" and The CW's "Supernatural." Other notable television credits include "24," "Torchwood," "Graceland," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Bones." His big screen credits include Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby," "Bless Me, Ultima," "Lies in Plain Sight," for which he was nominated for Best Actor by the NAACP in 2011, "Unthinkable" with Samuel L. Jackson, and "Saw."

Benito, or Bennie as he is known to his family, grew up in an artistic family and got his start on stage at the age of 8, playing the vihuela — a five string guitar — in his father's mariachi band. His mother and sisters were heavily involved in local theater and introduced him to acting. At 16 years old, Benito moved to Los Angeles where he spent his senior year at Hollywood High Performing Arts Magnet. He later moved to London for three years and studied at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA).

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Birthday: August 6
Height: 5' 10"
Nickname: Bennie
Full Name / Real Name: Benito James Martinez
Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM

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