James Martin, the first actor with Down syndrome to win an Oscar, shows that anything is possible / Amazing
When James Martin was born, doctors said he might never be able to speak. But not only did he learn to talk, on his 31st birthday he walked onto Hollywood’s biggest stage to accept the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film. Irish goodbye, in free translation). Thus, James became the first actor with Down syndrome to win an Oscar. And as the icing on the cake, the whole audience sang “Happy Birthday” to him.
James Martin never let his condition hold him back
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James Martin’s father Ivan Martin is very proud of his son and revealed that the young man does everything with great determination and that he is happy to see a well-deserved comeback.
“He lives a life of overcoming obstacles. People are very good at saying, ‘You can’t do this or that’ … And he’s done all those things, and consistently,” he said.
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Martin is the first person with Down syndrome to win not only a BAFTA but also an Oscar, and he’s very proud of himself. “It doesn’t matter if you have Down syndrome, as long as you do what you do. I do everything I can to be funny,” he said.
His girlfriend also supports him and says the victory was a magical moment. “It shows everyone that the mindset is changing about how people with disabilities can achieve as much as anyone else,” he said.
For the past 10 years, Martin has worked at Starbucks
His co-workers and his manager at Starbucks are very proud of Martin and his success as an actor, and to support him, they have put up good luck posters in the chain’s stores around the city.
However, Martin’s father revealed that despite his fame, he doesn’t see his son giving up his job as a barista anytime soon.
Martin became a fan of acting when he joined Babosh, a Belfast-based theater group for children with learning difficulties.
There, Martin gave all kinds of performances, enjoying every moment. His commitment to the company later earned him the lead role ups and downs (The highs and lows, in free translation), starring actress Susan Lynch.
Martin then got a role in the series Marcellabut inside your character Irish goodbyewhich won him a BAFTA and an Academy Award, is his most notable role to date.