JR Martinez



  • Birth Name: Jose Rene Martinez
  • Birth Place: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/14/1983, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor; motivational speaker
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JR Martinez Fast Facts:
  • As a high-school football player, he hoped to one day play professionally, but he suffered a sports injury in his senior year.
  • Enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2002; in January 2003, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
  • After being severely injured in Iraq and suffering burns over 40 percent of his body, claimed to see a vision of his sister Anabel, who had died when he was a child.
  • Spent 34 months in the hospital and underwent 33 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
  • Discovered a talent for motivational speaking by talking with other burn victims during his recovery. 
  • Joined the cast of the soap opera All My Children in 2008.
  • Winner of season 13 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Karina Smirnoff.
  • JR Martinez Relationships:
  • Lauryn Anabelle - Daughter
  • Maria Zavala - Mother
  • Diana Gonzalez-Jones - Ex-significant Other
  • Anabel - Sister

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