Benito Martinez (born June 28, 1971) is an American actor of Guatemalan heritage, best known for his role as David Aceveda in FX Networks' critically acclaimed crime drama The Shield, which brought him national and international attention.

He played Brett in the first Saw film.


Born 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Benito Martinez got his start on stage playing the vihuela in the Mariachi Del Norte de Bennie Martinez, his father's mariachi, at the age of 8. The next year, he also started participating in theatrical productions at La Compania de Teatro de Albuquerque, a bilingual theater company, co-founded by his mother, Margarita Martinez. After many years of doing both, Benito decided to further pursue his passion for acting.

At the age of 16, he gained his first television role in the short-lived drama series The Bronx Zoo. Throughout his career, he appeared in numerous guest-starring, recurring and regular roles in films and popular TV series, such as Firefly and Supernatural, and voiced a number of characters in various video games, including Killer7 or Age of Empire III. However, his breakthrough came in 2002, when he started to play David Aceveda in the acclaimed crime drama series The Shield, which ran from 2002 to 2008.

Benito received his theatrical training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art's prestigious three-year program after attending Hollywood High Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles. At the academy, he obtained an advanced certificate in stage combat.



Year Title Role
1993 Organic Guillermo
1995 My Family Young Paco
Ballistic Gang Leader
Outbreak Dr. Julio Ruiz
1996 Her Costly Affair Campus Cop
2000 Romeo and Juliet Tybalt
2002 New Suit Juan
2003 Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico El Curandero / Man #2
2004 Saw Brett
Million Dollar Baby Billie's Manager
2005 ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico Lonestar / Don Reyes
2006 End Game Ramsey
Kill Your Darlings Officer Jones
2008 The S Word Dad
The Man Couch
2009 Not Forgotten Detective Sanchez
2010 The Dry Land David Valdez
Unthinkable Alvarez
Takers Officer in Charge
Mandrake Harry
2013 Bless Me, Ultima Gabriel
2014 Beyond the Lights Jesse Soria
2016 Home Peter Ochoa
2017 Menendez: Blood Brothers Jose Mendenez
Behind Enemy Lines Mateo Rodriguez
American Made James Rangel


Year Title Role
1988 The Bronx Zoo Fernandez
1990-1992 Zorro Jose Macias / José Maceas
1992 Reasonable Doubts Savedra
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Salazar
1996 Chicago Hope Orderly
1998 The X Files Orderly
L.A. Doctors Policeman
1999 Silk Stalkings Cesar Lobo
2001 NYPD Blue Lt. Gomez
Touched by an Angel Officer Dave
Once and Again Raoul
2002-2005 ¡Mucha Lucha! Lone Star
2002-2008 The Shield David Aceveda
2002 American Family Police Officer
For the People Dr. Leonard Bushnell
Firefly Corbin
2003 Karen Sisco Ed Fuentes
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Horatio Hidalgo
2006 Monk Foreman - Juror No. 7
Numb3rs Arthur Ruiz
Bones Thomas Vega
2007 Standoff Senator Espinosa
2002-2008 The Shield David Aceveda
2008-2009 The Unit President Benjamin Castillo / President-Elect Benjamin Castillo
2008 Shark Agent Juarez
2009-2010 Saving Grace Ronnie / Ronnie Rodriguez
2009 The Forgotten Police Chief
2010 24 Victor Aruz
Burn Notice David
Lie to Me Charlie Sheridan
2011-2012 Supernatural Edgar / Leviathan
Sons of Anarchy Luis Torres
2011 Covert Affairs Jorge
Torchwood Captain Santos
2012 Major Crimes Javier Ramirez
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Gonzalo Vargas
Castle Special Agent Sam Walker
Dallas Officer
Almost Human Captain Alexio Barros
2014-2015 House of Cards Hector Mendoza
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gabriel Ortiz
The Mentalist Commander Delgado
Graceland Alfredo Armas
2015-2017 American Crime Alonzo Gutierrez / Luis Salazar / Dominic Calderon
2015 Criminal Minds Chief Raul Montoya
Code Black Steve Jasso
2016-2017 The Blacklist Senator Diaz
2016-2018 How to Get Away with Murder A.D.A. Todd Denver
2017 The Leftovers Arturo

Video Games

Year Title Role
2005 Killer7 Coyote Smith
Age of Empires III Delgado / General Bolivar
2007 The Shield Captain David Aceveda
2010 Vanquish Prof. Francois Candide
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Manuel Noriega
2013 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Desperado scientist / Khamsin
Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Bautista
2015 Battlefield Hardline Captain Julian Dawes


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