Martin attended the University of Michigan.
Martin served in the U.S Army during WWII.
Strother Martin was a National Junior Springboard Diving Champion at age 17, and was a Navy swimming instructor during World War 2.
Strother Martin: Age is as much an asset for character players as it is for good wine. Human experiences, both good and bad, leave their marks on one's face and bearing. A few lines on the face and a few gray hairs coupled with the idiosyncrasies an actor adopts throughout life help out round out the actor's personality. So far as I'm concerned, the older a character actor gets, the firmer his position is.