The Barcelona actor José ‘Pepe’ Martín, the popular protagonist of the TVE series 'El Conde de Montecristo' and one of the emblematic voices of the Spanish scene, died Sunday June 7, 2020 in Madrid at the age of 87 due to heart disease, he reported to EFE the producer and distributor Concha Busto. Born José Martín Balcells aka 'Pepe Martín' was born on September 7, 1932 in Barcelona, Spain. He studied law, graduated and studied International Law in Paris for three years, where he discovered that he wanted to be an actor. He would go on to a life long career on the stage and films retiring in early 2000. He was married to actress Silvia Lagos. He appeared in only one Euro-western as Don Luis Ariola in 1963's "Gunfighters of Casa Grande".