Martin Shakar

Martin Shakar
Born (1940-01-01) January 1, 1940
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975–present

Martin Shakar (born January 1, 1940) is an American theatre, film and television actor.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

A life member of The Actors Studio,[1] Shakar has played in a number of Broadway[2] and off-Broadway productions. He has appeared four times each in the television shows The Equalizer and Law & Order, but each instance was a different character.[3] He has appeared in 15 films since 1976.[3] His most notable role was in Saturday Night Fever as Frank Manero, Jr., older brother to John Travolta's Tony Manero. He has also appeared in a number of television advertisements, usually playing Italian or Arab roles.


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Blood Bath Uncredited
1977 Saturday Night Fever Frank Manero Jr.
1980 The Children John Freemont
1983 Without a Trace Police officer
1984 Over the Brooklyn Bridge Banker
1985 Invasion U.S.A. Adams
1989 Signs of Life Mr. Castanho
1994 Fresh Det. Abe Sharp
1998 A Price Above Rubies Mr. Berman
1998 Hell's Kitchen Warden
2003 Uptown Girls Mr. Feldman
2005 It's About Time Father
2007 The Last New Yorker Sal
2007 Against the Current Boatyard Owner
2013 Franny Hotel Manager In post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Ryan's Hope Harvey Miller Episode: #1.13
1978 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home David Adwell TV mini-series
1979 You Can't Go Home Again Uncredited TV movie
1979 Torn Between Two Lovers Frank Conti TV movie
1985 Kojak: The Belarus File Assistant D.A. TV movie
1987 Kojak: The Price of Justice Arnold Nadler TV movie
1986–1989 The Equalizer Detective/Harriman/Kelly Stigman/Frank Morrow Episodes: "Endgame", "The Visitation", "Christmas Presence", "Prelude"
1993 L.A. Law Uncredited Episode: "Spanky and the Art Gang"
2004 Push Walter Short subject
2005 Nicky's Game Bobby Short subject
1990–2008 Law & Order Nick Costas, Sr./Stephan Elstead/Doctor Episodes: "Darkness", "Double Blind", "By Hooker, by Crook"
2009 Weequahic Sam the Pigeon Short subject
2011 Unforgettable Gordon Kemp Episode: "Spirited Away"


  1. Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 279. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  2. , Martin Shakar Theatre Credits, Retrieved 2011-04-08
  3. 1 2, Martin Shakar filmlogy, Retrieved 12-07-2008
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