Fast Facts

  • Grew up on a vineyard in California's Napa Valley operated by his mother and stepfather; father is a researcher in medical history at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Made his acting debut as an eighth-grader in a school production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (he played Puck).
  • Studied at the same secondary school (Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI) as Felicity Huffman, who played his mother on Desperate Housewives.
  • Is the identical twin of Max Carver (Charlie's seven minutes older than Max); the duo played identical twins on Desperate Housewives.


  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Robert Martensen — Father
  • Denis Sutro — Stepfather
  • Max Carver — Brother
  • Anne Carver — Mother


  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


  • Birth Name: Charles Carver Martensen
  • Birth Place: San Francisco, CA
  • Profession: Actor

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