Martin Colin Sacks (born 16 October 1959) is an Australian actor who is chiefly known for his 12-year role on Blue Heelers from 1993 to 2005.
Sacks attending the 2016 TV Week Logie Awards, May 2016
Martin Colin Sacks
16 October 1959
|Spouse(s)||Kate Sacks (née Allen)|
|Awards||1998–2002: Silver Logie award for Most Popular Actor – for his role as PJ Hasham in Blue Heelers|
Life and career
Sacks was born in Sydney. He got into acting after a bit part in an episode of The Love Boat when it was filming in the Pacific. His first role came about in the series The Restless Years in the early 1980s, which started him on the television circuit in Australia. He emigrated to Hollywood in the 1980s, guest starring in series such as thirtysomething, but preferred Australia, and so he returned there after a few years. Also had guest appearances in: Love in Limbo, Encounters, Irresistible Force, Fields of Fire III, All the Way, Touch the Sun: Princess Kate, Slate, Wyn & Me, Tricheuse, La, Emoh Ruo, Stock Squad and The City's Edge. Also Jake & The Fatman.
Sacks took the role of Detective P.J. Hasham in the 1993 series Blue Heelers. The show rocketed him to fame, most notably his 7-year "will-they-or-won't-they" relationship with Constable Maggie Doyle (Lisa McCune) which ended with her death in the programme's seventh season.
During the time he starred on the show, Sacks married Kate and had two children, Jack and Ned and had leading roles in two major Australian miniseries: Do or Die and My Husband My Killer (both 2001).
After playing P.J. for twelve years, and being one of only three original cast still on the show in the twelfth season, Sacks left Blue Heelers in August 2005. Sacks asked the producers not to kill his character, so that he could return for a guest spot in the future. He did not get the chance, however: the show was cancelled in early 2006.
Sacks is also a director, having directed episodes of Blue Heelers, All Saints and a short film called Crushed.
Sacks also starred in the 2008 Australian TV hit, Underbelly, portraying underworld loanshark Mario Condello. In 2010, Sacks guest starred in three different shows – City Homicide, Rescue: Special Ops and Sea Patrol. In 2013 he appeared in Wentworth.
|1977||The Restless Years||Adam Lee|
|1982-1984||A Country Practice||Craig Thompson/Philby||6 episodes|
|Emoh Ruo||Des. Tunkley|
|Slate, Wyn & Me||Slate Jackson|
|1988||Touch the Sun: Princess Kate||Greg Mathieson|
|All the Way||Alan Scott|
|1989||Field of Fire III||Rinaldo|
|1990||thirtysomething||Assistant Director||Season 3, episode 22|
|Jake and the Fatman||Halsey Reed||Season 4, episode 5|
|Irresistible Force||Bomb Squad Officer|
|Love in Limbo||Max Wiseman|
|Police Rescue||Lloyd Cooper||Season 3, episode 4|
|2001||The Rubicon||Jimmy Grattan|
|My Husband My Killer||Andrew Kalajzich|
|1993-2005||Blue Heelers||Senior Detective Patrick Joseph "P.J." Hasham||484 episodes|
|2008||Underbelly||Mario Condello||11 episodes|
|The Strip||Keith Boswell||Season 1, episode 5|
|2009||East of Everything||Toby Ferrani||Season 2, episode 7|
|2010||Lowdown||Tony Marino||Season 1, episode 7|
|City Homicide||Daniel Worthington||Season 3, episode 22|
|Sea Patrol||Derek Cavanaugh||Season 4, episode 16|
|Rescue Special Ops||Charles Howard||Season 2, episode 12|
|Offspring||Colin Soriel||2 episodes|
|2011||The Cup||Neil Pinner|
|2012||The Straits||Howard Reeman||2 episodes|
|Rake||Roger Cross||6 episodes|
|2013-2014||Wentworth||Derek Channing||6 episodes|
|A Place to Call Home||Itzaak Goldberg||3 episodes|
|1996||Logie Award||Most Popular Actor||Blue Heelers||Nominated|
- "1997 TV Week Logie Awards". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- "1998 TV Week Logie Awards". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- "1999 TV Week Logie Awards". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- "2000 TV Week Logie Awards". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- "2001 TV Week Logie Awards". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.