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George Raymond Richard Martin

Also Known As: "GRRM"
Current Location:: Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States
Birthplace: Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Raymond C. “Smokey” Martin and Margaret Delores Martin
Husband of Private
Ex-husband of Private
Brother of Private and Private

Occupation: Writer
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About George R.R. Martin

George Raymond Richard Martin (born George Raymond Martin; September 20, 1948), also known as GRRM, is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, screenwriter, and television producer. He is best known for his series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was later adapted into the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–present).

In 2005, Lev Grossman of Time called Martin "the American Tolkien", and in 2011, he was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.



George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.

In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.

As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.

In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.

Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.

Martin's present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers' Guild of America, West.


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  • link Martin, George R. R. (October 2004). "The Heart of a Small Boy". Asimov's Science Fiction. Archived from the original on October 19, 2004.
  • Ethnicity: 43.75% Irish, 25% Italian, 12.5% English, 12.5% German, 6.25% French-Canadian. Update Jan 2019: per DNA test results, apparently no Italian heritage. His father’s father was Ashkenazi Jewish (22.5% admixture)
  • link George R.R. Martin (grrm) wrote, 2016-09-10 18:09:00 A Salute to Immigrants. “The United States is a nation of immigrants. The vast majority of you reading this are descended from immigrants (aside from those few who are Native American). I know I am. My paternal grandfather came over from Italy as a child. My maternal grandfather was Irish-American, a Brady whose own ancestors hailed from Oldcastle in County Meath. My paternal grandmother was half German and half Welsh. My maternal grandmother had French and English ancestry. I am a mongrel to the bone. In short, American.”
  • about chess “"The game of chess has had a huge influence on my life. I made my living through chess for a couple of years in the early '70s -- not playing it, but running chess tournaments. I was a tournament director during the whole big chess boom that followed Bobby Fischer playing Boris Spassky. I earned enough money doing that so that I didn't have to take a full-time job. I could just run chess tournaments and write. It really helped establish me as a writer. So I know a lot about chess. There's a very chess-like game in the Ice and Fire books, so that had a chess influence, too."
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George R.R. Martin's Timeline

September 20, 1948
Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, United States