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The doctor is in — and he's looking just like Cruz Castillo! That much-loved Emmy winner A Martinez of Santa Barbara fame is joining The Bold and the Beautiful for a guest stint starting February 9. His character, Dr. Ramon Montgomery, will be introduced as a close friend and personal physician to wily Bill Spencer (Don Diamont), who has a big mess on his hands. By the time Ramon hits the scene, sexypants Amber (Adrienne Frantz) will be claiming that Bill's son Liam (Scott Clifton) is her baby daddy. Bill wants Ramon to conduct an independent paternity test to find out if Amber is telling the truth.

As of now Martinez's gig runs four episodes, but B&B exec producer Brad Bell tells TV Guide Magazine that he hopes there will be more. "I've admired A's acting for years and he is as good as it gets," Bell says. "I look forward to seeing what he brings to the role."

The B&B scripts establish Ramon and Bill as "very tight — in fact, they recently vacationed together in Aspen," says Martinez. "Ramon is willing to clear his schedule and step in to accommodate his friend and make a problem go away." Meaning he'd do something dishonest? Or is Amber's scheming mom Tawny (Andrea Evans) one step ahead of Dr. Ramon?

The actor just wrapped a key role in the indie film California Winter, about the U.S. foreclosure crisis and its effect on minorities. He'll also camp it up in the Syfy original movie Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (January 29), which pits former pop dolls Tiffany and Debbie Gibson against each other while giant serpents fight for control of the Everglades. Martinez plays a snake expert so famous he's even been on Oprah! (Check out a trash-tastic trailer here.)

Martinez, who has also appeared on General Hospital and One Life to Live, landed a running role on L.A. Law during his years on Santa Barbara and has been mixing daytime and primetime ever since. "I consider it a virtue and a blessing that I'm not really sure what I do anymore because it leaves all doors open," says Martinez, who was barely out of high-school when he won guest spots on Mannix, Ironside and Adam-12. "I'm now in my 43rd year in this business, so it seems like a miracle that I still get to do it. I feel great gratitude that it's all still happening."

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