Alvin Martin-Meet Whoopi Goldberg’s First Husband

By Shristi Pradhan | Published on: February 2, 2024 | Updated on: February 2, 2024
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Alvin Martin, a drug counselor gained recognition after his marriage with an Oscar-winning actress, professionally known as Whoopi Goldberg.

Even though Whoopi is constantly in the spotlight, her ex-husband Martin prefers to live a quiet life. The actress has been married thrice but her first marriage is rarely talked about. So, people are curious about who her first husband was and the father of her only child Alex.

Let’s learn more about Alvin and his whereabouts in the following article!

Key Takeaways

  • Alvin Martin is famous because of his ex-wife, Whoopi Goldberg.
  • He was a drug counselor when he first met Whoopi.
  • Martin and Goldberg divorced in 1979, after 6 years of marriage.
  • The ex-couple has a daughter, Alex Martin.
  • Martin currently lives in the United States.

Birth and Family Details

Born in 1952, Austin is currently 72 years old. He was born in Merseyside, England but later made his move to the United States and permanently settled there.

Talking about his parents. his mother, Irma Martin died a long time ago. However, he has kept his father’s details and earlier life wrapped away from the public.

What Is ? All About Whoopi Goldberg’s First Husband

Martin is a former drug counselor in a rehabilitation center in the 1970s. According to the sources, he worked at Horizon House for some time and later served as a bank clerk at Chase Manhattan Bank.

Besides that, Alvin also got a job as a New York Medicaid worker.

How Long Had Alvin And His Ex-Wife Whoopi Goldberg Been Married?

Martin and Goldberg tied the knot in 1973 while they were too young. Whoopi was 18 years old and Alvin was 22 years old when they married after a few months of dating. 

Alvin Martin and his wife Whoopi
Martin and Whoopi Goldberg in the early days.

Besides, back in 2022, their daughter daughter Alex told Good Housekeeping they struggled a lot financially, and even after her birth, her parents used to live in a bed together. She told,

“I remember we had the one-room space and we slept in the bed together.”

She continued,

“I remember when we wanted to travel we would drive across the country in broke down bugs. We didn’t have the money to go to the movies.”

They Divorced in 1979

Unfortunately, the duo didn’t last long and they separated after 6 years of marriage in 1979. Alvin’s ex-wife once said that she was the reason behind the failure of their marriage. In an interview, she expressed how she was not meant for marriage and only got married to fulfill the expectations of society.

Who Is His Ex-Wife Whoopi Goldberg?

Whoopi, fully Caryn Elaine Johnson is an American actor and comedian. She began her career in the early 1980s and her first big movie came in 1985 when the actress was portrayed in The Color Purple.

In the following few years, Goldberg majorly starred in comedies like Burglar (1987), The Telephone (1988), and Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986).

Alvin Meet Whoopi in Los Angeles

Martin met Goldberg at the rehabilitation center in Los Angeles. Goldberg was facing drug challenges while she was a teen and Alvin was her drug counselor. Their professional meeting soon turned into romance as Martin supported her in her dark times and they began dating.

Soon after, they also decided to take their relationship to the next level.

Is A Father to a Daughter

He shared a child with his former wife Whoopi. They became parents on 9 May 1973 when they gave birth to their daughter Alexandrea Martin. She is currently in her 50s and is married to Bernard Dean.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Alex also stepped into Hollywood and is now a famous actress and film producer. She is well known for her role in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), Quest of the Delta Knights (1993), American Intellectuals (1999), and Strange as Angels (2003).

How Is Martin’s Relationship With His Daughter Alex After Divorce?

After the divorce finalization, his former wife Whoopi reportedly got sole custody of their daughter Alex. They later moved to Los Angeles.

Alvin's daughter Alex and his former wife
Alvin’s daughter, Alex is close to her mother.

In an interview, Alex even shared how the mother-daughter duo had to rely on food stamps for their survival. During their hard time, her father wasn’t there and many speculated that Alvin was an absent dad throughout her life.

So, at present, Alin and his daughter Alex don’t seem to get along.

Is Alvin Remarried Now?

After his divorce from Whoopi, Martin has never remarried. Unlike his ex-wife, he doesn’t enjoy the spotlight. His life, after his divorce, has remained private, especially when it comes to his love life.

He may have dated a few women but has never tied the knot after his failed marriage with Goldberg.

His Ex-wife Whoopi Married Twice After Divorce

Martin’s ex-partner Goldberg married twice after their separation. She married David Claessen in 1986 and got divorced in 1988. Her last marriage was with Lyle Trachtenberg in 1994 which lasted only for a year.

Net Worth

He has a net worth of $400k. He mostly made his money from his counseling career. Besides, his ex-partner Whoopi has an estimated fortune of $60 million as of 2023. Similarly, his daughter, Alex has a wealth of $4 million.

Where Is Now?

Martin currently resides in the United States of America. However, there are no more updates on his current life status.