The Penn State Altoona Speaker Series presented J.R. Martinez on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Blair County Convention Center.
Martinez, a U. S. Army veteran, actor and highly sought-after motivational speaker, travels the country sharing his message of optimism and resilience. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, The View, CNN, Fox News, and Good Morning America. In a role that mirrored his own life experiences, Martinez played a soldier with injuries suffered in the Iraq War on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama All My Children. A versatile performer, Martinez teamed with Karina Smirnoff to win season thirteen of Dancing with the Stars.