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Also Known As: Kellie N Martin Died:
Born: October 16, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Riverside, California, USA Profession: actor

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A child star of likable 1980s fluff such as "Troop Beverly Hills" (1989), Kellie Martin proved she had top-tier acting chops with her ferociously intelligent and searching portrayal of awkward daughter Becca Thatcher on "Life Goes On" (ABC, 1989-1993), a family drama that explored formerly taboo topics like Down syndrome and HIV/AIDS. Emmy-nominated for her wise-beyond-her-years work, Martin went on to star in a string of made-for-TV movies including "A Friend to Die For" (NBC, 1994) opposite Tori Spelling and "The Face on the Milk Carton" (CBS, 1995), and continued in this vein throughout her entire career, working steadily on the TV film format. She returned to episodic TV as an early 1900s schoolteacher in the uplifting Appalachian drama "Christy" (CBS, 1994-95) and as ultimately doomed med student Lucy Knight on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). After graduating Yale, she resumed accruing high-profile television credits, most notably starring in the long-running "Mystery Woman" (Hallmark Channel, 2003) franchise, several installments of which she also directed. While her career never blossomed into full-fledged superstardom, Kellie Martin achieved an enviable work/life balance while becoming one of the most...

A child star of likable 1980s fluff such as "Troop Beverly Hills" (1989), Kellie Martin proved she had top-tier acting chops with her ferociously intelligent and searching portrayal of awkward daughter Becca Thatcher on "Life Goes On" (ABC, 1989-1993), a family drama that explored formerly taboo topics like Down syndrome and HIV/AIDS. Emmy-nominated for her wise-beyond-her-years work, Martin went on to star in a string of made-for-TV movies including "A Friend to Die For" (NBC, 1994) opposite Tori Spelling and "The Face on the Milk Carton" (CBS, 1995), and continued in this vein throughout her entire career, working steadily on the TV film format. She returned to episodic TV as an early 1900s schoolteacher in the uplifting Appalachian drama "Christy" (CBS, 1994-95) and as ultimately doomed med student Lucy Knight on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). After graduating Yale, she resumed accruing high-profile television credits, most notably starring in the long-running "Mystery Woman" (Hallmark Channel, 2003) franchise, several installments of which she also directed. While her career never blossomed into full-fledged superstardom, Kellie Martin achieved an enviable work/life balance while becoming one of the most accomplished and prolific television actresses of her generation.

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 I Married Who? (2012)
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 Smooch (2011)
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1976:
First appearance in features (as baby), in "Pleasantville"
1982:
TV debut at age 7 on Michael Landon's series "Father Murphy" (NBC); landed role partly because her aunt was the nanny to Landon's children
1986:
TV-movie debut in "Help Wanted: Kids" (ABC)
1986:
Feature film debut (adult) in "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
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Cast as a Mousketeer in the updated cable-TV version of "The Mickey Mouse Club" (aired on the Disney Channel)
1989:
Cast as regular on the ABC family drama "Life Goes On"
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Played the lead in CBS series "Christy"
1997:
Returned to series TV on the NBC drama "Crisis Center"
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Played medical resident Lucy Knight on NBC's medical drama "ER"
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Returned to series work as co-star of "The Court", replacing Alicia Witt as a Supreme Court clerk
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Education

Yale College, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 2004

Notes

Martin's aunt, a governess for Michael Landon's children, arranged for her first audition for a role on the Landon-produced series, "Father Murphy" (1982).

"I realize I don't know how to get drunk and have fun, how to hang out, party, be a teenager and chill out. But acting was my choice." From "In Step With Kellie Martin," by James Brady, PARADE MAGAZINE, June 25, 1995.

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companion:
Scott Weinger. Actor. Met when he appeared on "Life Goes On" in 1989; dated c. 1993; no longer together.
husband:
J Keith Christian. Law student. Announced engagement in December 1998; born c. 1974; married on May 15, 1999.

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father:
Douglas Martin. Retail executive. Divorced.
mother:
Debbie Martin. Teacher. Divorced.
sister:
Heather Martin. Younger; born in September 1978; died of complications from lupus in 1998.

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