Chris William Martin is a Canadian actor who portrays Zach Salvatore in the first and sixth seasons of The Vampire Diaries.


Chris William Martin was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, on January 17, 1975 to Chris William Martin and Victoria Kathleen Martin, Chris was raised first in East Vancouver (until he was 2) and then in a small town called Yarrow. He first became an actor after answering a cattle call for a new teen drama, "Fifteen" in 1991, which was to film in Vancouver. Chris, who had barely passed high school drama, walked off the street with 4000 other kids and was one of 15 to get the part. the serious ran for 3 years, during which it was picked up by Nickelodeon and subsequently filmed out of their studios in Florida. Chris portrayed Dylan, a brooding rebel for which he won a nomination for Best Actor at the Youth in Film Awards. He landed his next starring role as Jamie Novak in the series "Madison" (1993), a half-hour drama about high school that was critically acclaimed and won Martin a Gemini nomination for Best Actor.


Chris William Martin

Martin made his feature film debut playing the title role in Carl Bessai's Johnny (1999), a movie filmed in the Dogma 95 style, about squeegee kids who stage action on the streets and capture it on video. He won a Jury Citation for Outstanding Performance from the Toronto International Film Festival in 1999 for his work in the film. He also featured in Bessai's next film, Lola (2000/I), which was screened in festivals around the world in 2001. Since then Chris has appeared in other independent films, including Carl Bessai's new film which is currently being filmed in British Columbia (December 2002). This season, Chris made his directorial debut on an episode of "Tom Stone" (2002).

In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with friends and family (he is the godfather of John Scarfe & Suki Kaiser's son), playing the guitar, and hanging out with his chocolate Labrador, Merlin and his cat, The Dane. He's also drawn to extreme sports: dabbling in surfing, motorcycle riding and sky diving.


Year Title Role
2016 Death Al Dente: A Gourmet Detective Mystery Steve
2016 When Calls the Heart Jake Garrison
2014-2015 Cedar Cove Anthony
2015 Motive Dr. Garrison Osgood
2015 The Age of Adaline Dale Davenport
2015 Assassin Banana Naval Orange / Aubergine / Gay Pear (voice)
2015 I Didn't Kill My Sister Mason (as Chris Wiliam Martin)
2009-2014 The Vampire Diaries Zach Salvatore
2013 Arctic Air David
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Pilot Kirk Harmon
2011 Look Again Rick Palmer
2011 Cookie Patrick
2010 Terriers Billy Whitman
2010 Lone Star Steve
2010 Huge Jonathan
2010 Buried State Department Rep. (voice)
2009 Dollhouse Griff
2008 The Mentalist Police Chief Trey Piller
2008 The Terrorist Next Door Pelletier
2008 Bones Garth Jodrey
2008 Chaos Theory Damon
2008 The Unquiet Tom
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Deputy Ray
2007 NCIS Brian Matthews / Taylor
2007 CSI: Miami Rich Caprioto
2007 Lincoln Heights Dr. Cole
2007 Heartland Dr. Simon Griffith
2007 Robson Arms Perry Sound
2007 Psych J.P. Berger
2007 Shark Ryan Stafford
2006 Moments
2005 Intelligence Damon Horvath
2005 The L Word Hunter Kirby
2005 Nature Unleashed: Volcano Russell Woods
2004 DeMarco Affairs Peter Copeland
2004 Veronica Mars Josh
2004 Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman Young Hal
2004 North Shore Eli Manheim
2002-2004 Tom Stone Tom Stone
2004 Tru Calling Justin Burke
2003 Hotel Case (as Chris Martin)
2003 Emile Carl
2003 Burn: The Robert Wraight Story Paramedic
2002 Try Seventeen Steve
2001 Lola The Driver
2001 The Outer Limits Gavin
2001 Sanctuary Brian Hathaway (as Chris Martin)
2000 Earth: Final Conflict Richard Palmer
1999-2000 Amazon Jimmy Stack
2000 Felicity Greg Stenson
1999 Johnny Johnny (as Chris Martin)
1999 Traders Stash Roberts
1999 Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story Sergeant Martin (as Chris Martin)
1998 Someone to Love Me Cowboy (as Chris Martin)
1998 Poltergeist: The Legacy Elliot Black
1997 All the Winters That Have Been Gabe (as Chris Martin)
1997 Dead Man's Gun Richard Tyler
1993-1997 Madison Jamie Novak
1996 Two Hitchhiker
1996 Highlander Carter Wellan
1996 Home Song Robbie Gardner (as Chris Martin)
1996 Susie Q Ray Kovich (as Chris Martin)
1995 Beauty's Revenge Jimmy Nolan (as Chris Martin)
1995 Hawkeye Tim Surrey
1994 Robin's Hoods Tito
1994 Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges Scott Stevens (as Chris Martin)
1994 Beyond Obsession Arthur (as Corky Martin)
1994 Moment of Truth: To Walk Again Dave (as Chris Martin)
1991-1993 Fifteen Dylan Blackwell
1993 Family of Strangers Young Jake (as Corky Martin)
1992 Neon Rider Ray


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