Christopher 'Play' Martin


Christopher Martin (born July 10, 1962) is an American actor and rapper, formerly the latter half of the late 1980s/early 1990s hip-hop/comedy duo Kid 'n Play.


Martin's stage name, Play, is derived from his original MC name, Playboy, which he began using while in a music group, Quicksilver and the Super Lovers, which featured producer Hurby Luv Bug. While performing with this group, Martin met Christopher Reid, who performed as Kid Coolout in the group The Turnout Brothers. When their respective groups dissolved, Martin and Reid decided to perform as a duo. By shortening their nicknames, it would lead to the start of the group Kid 'n Play which featured the pair rapping and dancing together.

With Kid, Play recorded three albums and starred in four hip-hop based comedy films: House PartyHouse Party 2Class Act, and House Party 3.

After the duo split in 1995, Play became a born-again Christian and focused on Christian hip hop. He is the founder and CEO of HP4 Digital, a pre- and post-production multimedia company for film, digital media, and theater.

In 2010, Play starred as an undercover DEA agent in the independent film The Return

Play was one of the judges for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.

Personal life

Play was married to actress/model Shari Headley from May 1993 until they divorced in June 1995. In April 1994, Headley gave birth to their son, Skyler Martin.


With Kid 'n Play


  • 1988: 2 Hype
  • 1990: Kid 'n Play's Funhouse
  • 1991: Face the Nation

Acting career


  • Kid 'n Play (1990–1991, animated cartoon, NBC)
  • Sealab 2021 (2002, Adult Swim)


  • House Party (1990) - Peter "Play" Martin
  • House Party 2 (1991) - Peter "Play" Martin
  • Class Act (1992) Michael Charles "Blade" Brown
  • House Party 3 (1994) - Peter "Play" Martin
  • Rising to the Top (1999)
  • Welcome to Durham, USA (2007)
  • House Party: Tonight's the Night (2013) - Peter "Play" Martin (cameo)

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