An accomplished American actress, Kellie Martin is an eloquent example of the power of a focused mind and a determined attitude. The Life Goes On star entered the industry at the tender age of seven and has been a series award winner since she was 15 and has recorded over 75 film roles to date.
While most people who started out as child actors would either drop out of school to keep their jobs or would have to give up acting to go to school, Kellie has done both extremely well. She has one of the longest filmographies you can find, and yet she graduated with honors from Yale University’s Ivy League College.
Still very active, Kellie was one of the leading actresses in the life-long television movie Death Of a Cheerleader, which was broadcast in February 2019. Interestingly, the film is a remake of the 1994 NBC psychological thriller A Friend To Die For, in which Kellie also starred, albeit in a different role.
The film is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to talking about the life, career, and personality of Yale graduate Kellie Martin. So come with us as we explore the life of the colossus even further.
Who is Kellie Martin?
The superstar actress was born as Kellie Noelle Martin on October 16, 1975, in Riverside, California, USA. Her parents are Doug and Debbie Martin. All we can say about Kellie Martin’s childhood is that she wanted to be associated with a film career from a very early age. It was such an overwhelming interest that prompted her aunt, who worked as a nanny for Michael Landon, to talk about her with the now-deceased actor, director, and producer, who allowed her to audition for his television drama series Father Murphy, which was broadcast on NBC at the time. When Kellie was eleven years old, she also applied for Bob Eubank’s version of the television drama series Card Sharks, and when she was asked to introduce herself, one of the things she said was that she wanted to be a film director.
As for her education, we don’t know where Kellie Martin may have gone to elementary school. However, she said that she attended high school through private tutors in order to be on the set of Life Goes On, where she appeared in 83 episodes between 1989 and 1993. She eventually studied art history at Yale University while continuing her career as an actress. In 1998, when she had a running role in the NBC medical drama series ER, the pressure became so great that she announced she would give up her role to complete her college curriculum. But it seems that she eventually changed her mind as she remained in the role until 2000 and graduated from Yale in 2001.
Kellie Martin’s Movies And TV Shows
Since her first credited film role in 1982, Kellie Martin has cast no fewer than 75 roles in more than 90 projects. For the purposes of this publication, however, we will touch on her most important roles to date.
As previously indicated, she began at the age of seven as ‘Flossie’ in an episode of the NBC drama series Father Murphy (created, produced and directed by Michael Landon) in 1982, and two years later she appeared as “Lisa Ratchett” in an episode of another NBC drama series, “Highway to Heaven. After that, she played smaller roles in a number of other projects such as Life with Lucy, The Hogan Family, Wonderful World of Disney, The Tracey Ullman Show, Dallas, Potato Head Kids, Thirtysomething and Secret Witnesses and many more.
Kellie Martin received her first major role in 1988 in the ABC animated series A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, in which she played the role of Daphne Blake from 1988 to 1991. From 1991 to 1995 Kellie Martin played another role as “Molly Tazmanian Devil” in Taz-Mania.
Admittedly, there is little doubt that Kellie’s best performance to date was in the ABC series Life Goes On, in which she portrayed Rebecca Thatcher from 1989 to 1993. She is also popular for her role as Samantha Kinsey in the Hallmark Channel series Mystery Woman (2003-2007). Since 2016 she has been playing the title role in the Halley Dean Mystery franchise – part of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries (HMM).
Although her main focus is on television series, Kellie Martin has also starred in about a dozen feature films. She was Missy Roberts in Body Slam (1986), Jen in Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003) and Debbie Delaney in Open House (2004).
By 2019, Kellie Martin is expected to have an estimated net worth of $3 million. Of course, she has collected this amount mainly from her acting career in television and feature films. But she has also done other things besides acting. She wrote a well-received play entitled Madam: A Novel of New Orleans from Plume (paperback, published February 2014 on Amazonas). She also owns an online toy store at ROMPstore.com.
Meet Kellie Martin’s Husband?
Kellie Martin married a lawyer named James Keith Christian on May 15, 1999. Kellie’s husband, popularly known as simply Keith Christian, is the aviation attorney at the Los Angeles office of the law firm Irell & Manella LLC. The duo met as students at Yale.
Besides his work as a lawyer, Keith Christian also owns and runs a ranch in Colorado. However, he was born in Polson City in Lake County, Montana, USA. You may be interested to know that his wedding to Kellie Martin took place in his hometown of Polson in 1999.
So far Kellie and Keith share two beautiful daughters. The first one named Maggie Christian was born on November 4, 2006, 7 years after their marriage. Ten years later, the couple welcomed another daughter named Olivia James Christian on February 13, 2016. The couple celebrated the 20th anniversary of their married life on May 15, 2019.