Born Rodel Pacheco Nacianceno, Coco Martin is a well-known Filipino actor best known for his work in independent films and several TV shows. He has received a great deal of praise for his performance, garnering several nominations and awards for “Best Actor.” He has received numerous honors over the years, including the “Young Critics Society,” “Golden Screen Award,” “Gawad Urian Award,” and “Anak TV Seal Award.” Most of his formative years were spent with his grandma. He had a variety of odd occupations throughout his upbringing before a talent scout noticed him while he was waiting tables. This prompted him to sign up with the casting firm “Star Circle,” where he eventually landed his first acting role. He has a degree in hotel and restaurant management, but his true passion was acting. He eventually found success with a lead role in the independent film “Masahista” (also known as “The Masseur”). In 2017, Martin made his directorial and produced début with the Philippine epic fantasy action movie “Ang Panday.”
Early Youth & Life
On November 1, 1981, in Novaliches, Quezon City, Coco Martin was born. His folks had split up. As a result, his grandma, a moneylender, raised him. He was called “Deng” when he was younger. In 2002, he graduated with a degree in hotel and restaurant administration from Fairview, Quezon City’s “National College of Business and Arts.”
He also labored as an “Overseas Filipino Worker” (OFW) in Canada, but he was forced to leave after a year because he was unable to secure a position there on a long-term basis.
Coco Martin’s Film Work
During his time with the ‘ABS-CBN’ talent firm ‘Star Magic,’ he received his first break as a member of the ‘Star Circle Batch 9’ In the film “Luv Text,” he made his debut in a supporting but creditable part (2001).
His 2005 independent film debut, Masahista (also known as “The Masseur”), garnered him critical praise and a “Young Critics Circle Best Actor Award” in 2006. Later, in 2006, he appeared in the independent movie “Summer Heat.”
He featured in numerous other motion pictures and won accolades for his performances in the independent films “Daybreak” (2008) and “Jay” (2008). He received the “Gawad Urian Award” for “Best Supporting Performer” in “Tambolista” that year.
Martin portrayed a prominent character in the 2009 film “Kinatay.” The film made its debut at the 62nd “Cannes Film Festival,” where it also took home the “Best Director Prize.” He appeared in “Sa ‘yo Lamang,” his first role in a big-budget film, in 2010.
In films like “Born to Love You” (2012), “A Moment in Time” (2013), “Maybe This Time” (2014), “Feng Shui 2” (2014), “You’re My Boss” (2015), and “Beauty and the Bestie,” he continued to perform (2015).
In 2017, he made his most recent appearance in a leading part in the film “Ang Panday,” which he also produced and directed. Critics gave the video a variety of ratings. Martin’s goal is to create, produce, and helm more of his own works, primarily independent movies, as this will be his first route to notoriety and recognition.
Career in Media
Martin was chosen to appear regularly in the weekday afternoon soap opera “Ligaw na Bulaklak” in 2008. A role in the 2009 primetime drama “Tayong Dalawa” was shortly after. This part propelled him to TV stardom and won him the title of “Best Drama Actor” at the 2009 “Star Awards for TV.”
Later, in 2009, he was cast in another afternoon drama, “Nagsimula sa Puso.”
He joined the cast of the primetime drama “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo” on ABS-CBN, and in 2009, he received his first major part in the miniseries “Tonyong Bayawak.”
In 2010, he was chosen in the musical comedy-drama series “1DOL,” joining other well-known Filipino actors like Sarah Geronimo and Sam Milby. However, after 35 programs, the program was canceled. In 2011, he was cast as the series’ star in the critically praised show “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin.”
Martin’s performances as the twin siblings “Alexander” and “Javier Del Tierro” earned him numerous “Best Actor” nominations. At the 43rd Guillermo Mendoza Awards, he was named the “Prince of Filipino Television” in 2012.
He co-starred with Julia Montes in the romantic drama series “Walang Hanggan” in 2012, and they had a lot of chemistry on film. For this program, the couple was dubbed the “Prince and Princess of Filipino Television” in 2013.
Then, in 2014, Martin co-starred in the historical thriller “Ikaw Lamang” with actors from earlier series, most notably Julia Montes, Kim Chiu, and Jake Cuenca.
He appeared as the main character in “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” the TV version of the same-named movie, in 2015. The program received record-breaking numbers and will run through 2018. As a result of his accomplishments, Martin went on to win more prizes and was dubbed the “King of Philippine Television.”
Recognition & Accomplishments
He was named “Prince of Filipino Television” for two years in a row, in 2012 and 2013.
Coco’s Individual Existence
He follows the Black Nazarene religion. Despite reports of an affair with Julia Montes, his co-star, he has been married to Rozhie Hilario since 2014.
Martin may have fathered a child with actress Katherine Luna, according to rumors. However, a recent DNA test revealed that he wasn’t the biological father of Luna’s kid. But he continued to pay child support and advised Luna to put it aside for the kid’s future.
Facts When Martin was an “OFW” in Canada, he worked as a cleaner and a personal assistant. He was unable to obtain formal documentation, so he had to leave quickly. He occasionally struggles to execute his lines due to a lisp, a speech impediment.
Estimated Net Worth
An actor from the Philippines named Coco Martin has a $20 million dollar personal worth. Coco Martin was raised by his grandma and was born in Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines. He made his film début in 2001 while performing with “Star Magic” at the start of his career.