As a youngster growing up in New York, I was a special needs student. Having suffered with illiteracy did not stop me from becoming a seasoned, Actor/Writer/Director and Film Professional.
Raymond Martino has worked as a special needs teacher for ten years now. His unique method of working with students with Autism, Down’s Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy has helped them grow not only in film making, but in other areas of life. As a youngster growing up in New York, Raymond himself was a special needs student. Having suffered with illiteracy until his late teens, Raymond did not let that condition stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming an actor/film maker. As a young actor Raymond worked in such classic films as "The Godfather" and "Network".
In New York, Martino was trained by such theatre legends as Uta Hagen, Lee Strassberg, and Brett Warren creative director of The Actors Mobile Theatre. Martino was also a member of the prestigious ATA Theatre of Actors and Writers, whose sponsors included, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino and Barbara Bel Geddes.
In Los Angeles Raymond was a member of The Actors Gym with Academy Award Winning Writer/Producer (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), Bobby Moresco.
In theatre, Martino received an LA Drama Critic’s Nomination as Best Director, for the hit play "Stooplife" at The Cast Theater. And for co-writing the critically acclaimed "Road Runner at the Paradise Drive-In", also at The Cast Theater.
As a writer/director his film credits include "Dumb Luck in Vegas", which won The Best Comedy Award, at the Milan Comedy Film Festival. Some of his other film credits include "Angels Of The City", "East LA Warriors", "American Born", "Da Vinci’s War", "To The Limit", "Skyscraper", and "Detour". His Television credits include the hit TNT Drama Series "LA Heat". And, for over ten years, Martino was one of the top writers/directors at PM Entertainment.
Martino has developed film projects for such notables as Fred Roos, Garry Marshall, Dustin Hoffman, Murray Schisgal, producers Julie Pistor, Jay Cohen, Colleen Camp, and John Goldwyn.