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      Margo Martindale

      Margo Martindale

      Highest Rated: 98% Blow the Man Down (2019)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Mother's Day (2016)

      Birthday: Jul 18, 1951

      Birthplace: Jacksonville, Texas, USA

      A standout in roles earthy, empathetic and hardboiled, Emmy-winning Margo Martindale made herself one of the most distinctive character actors of the 1990s and early 2000s. Wielding a dulcet Texan lilt, Martindale carved a niche as a New York stage actor before securing her footing in feature films as the mother of a chronically ill boy in "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992). It began a series of projects with Susan Sarandon - most notably a turn as a fellow crusading nun in the Oscar-winning "Dead Man Walking" (1995) - and a career track of playing matronly authority figures. She ventured into series television in the courtroom drama "100 Centre Street" (A&E, 2001-02), opening a spigot of series work that would include "The Riches" (FX, 2007-08) and "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006-13). In 2004, Martindale earned a Tony for her part in the revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." In 2010, she joined the cast of the crime drama "Justified" (FX, 2010-15), wowing critics as a sweet-natured yet murderously Machiavellian godmother of a drug cartel. A go-to performer for tough but textured characters, Martindale well earned the reputation of a supporting player able to effortlessly steal scenes wholesale.

      Highest rated movies

      Blow the Man Down
      Win Win
      Lorenzo's Oil
      The Laramie Project
      Nobody's Fool
      Million Dollar Baby
      Rocket Science
      Marvin's Room

      Photos

      The 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Margo Martindale, 09/21/2013, ©FX SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN, L-R: JULIANNE NICHOLSON, MARGO MARTINDALE, 2016. PH: JACKSON LEE DAVIS/©MONTEREY MEDIA The Good Wife, Margo Martindale, 'Payback', Season 7, Ep. #5, 11/01/2015, ©KSITE The Millers, Margo Martindale, 10/03/2013, ©CBS Suits, Patrick J Adams (L), Margo Martindale (R), 'Meet The New Boss', Season 2, Ep. #3, 06/28/2012, ©USA Suits, Margo Martindale, 'Meet The New Boss', Season 2, Ep. #3, 06/28/2012, ©USA Suits, Patrick J Adams (L), Margo Martindale (R), 'Meet The New Boss', Season 2, Ep. #3, 06/28/2012, ©USA Suits, Margo Martindale, 'Meet The New Boss', Season 2, Ep. #3, 06/28/2012, ©USA The Americans, Margo Martindale, 'In Control', Season 1, Ep. #4, 02/20/2013, ©FX The Millers, Margo Martindale, 10/03/2013, ©CBS The Millers, Beau Bridges (L), Margo Martindale (R), 10/03/2013, ©CBS The Millers, Margo Martindale, 10/03/2013, ©CBS The Millers, Margo Martindale, 10/03/2013, ©CBS The Millers, from left: Nelson Franklin, Jayma Mays, Margo Martindale, Will Arnett, 10/03/2013, ©CBS The Millers, Margo Martindale, 10/03/2013, ©CBS The Millers, Will Arnett (L), Margo Martindale (R), 10/03/2013, ©CBS The Americans, Margo Martindale, 'In Control', Season 1, Ep. #4, 02/20/2013, ©FX The Millers, Margo Martindale (L), Will Arnett (R), 10/03/2013, ©CBS The Millers, Tommy Chong (L), Margo Martindale (R), 10/03/2013, ©CBS The Millers, Margo Martindale, 10/03/2013, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      66% 71% Cocaine Bear Ranger Liz (Character) $64.4M 2023
      76% No Score Yet Family Squares Diane (Character) - 2022
      77% 84% Uncle Frank Mammaw Bledsoe (Character) - 2020
      10% 50% Lazy Susan Mary (Character) - 2020
      98% 74% Blow the Man Down Enid Nora Devlin (Character) - 2019
      24% 69% The Kitchen Helen O'Carroll (Character) $12.2M 2019
      82% 83% Instant Family Grandma Sandy (Character) $67.3M 2018
      47% 25% Downsizing Woman on Shuttle (Character) $24.4M 2017
      69% 68% Cars 3 Louise Nash (Voice) $152.9M 2017
      47% 30% Wilson Alta (Character) $653.0K 2017
      26% 40% Table 19 Freda Eckberg (Character) $3.6M 2017
      69% 61% Sophie and the Rising Sun Anne Morrison (Character) $30.3K 2016
      46% 59% The Hollars Sally Hollar (Character) $1.0M 2016
      8% 43% Mother's Day Flo (Character) $32.5M 2016
      22% 38% The Boss Sister Aluminata (Character) $63.0M 2016
      51% 66% Heaven Is for Real Nancy Rawling (Character) $91.4M 2014
      79% 45% Bluebird Crystal (Character) - 2013
      67% 65% August: Osage County Mattie Fae Aiken (Character) $37.7M 2013
      48% 54% Beautiful Creatures Aunt Del (Character) $19.4M 2013
      78% 52% Scalene Janice Trimble (Character) - 2011
      94% 85% Win Win Eleanor (Character) $10.2M 2011
      No Score Yet 86% Forged Dianne (Character) - 2010
      13% 11% Main Street Mrs. Parker (Character) $1.6K 2010
      64% 76% Secretariat Miss Ham (Character) $59.7M 2010
      52% 54% The Winning Season Donna (Character) - 2009
      47% 73% The Butcher's Son Flannigan (Character) $210.6K 2009
      58% 63% Orphan Dr. Browning (Character) $41.6M 2009
      43% 67% Hannah Montana: The Movie Ruby (Character) $79.6M 2009
      46% 30% Management Trish (Character) $933.2K 2008
      75% 57% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Ma Cox (Character) $18.3M 2007
      34% 58% Rails & Ties Judy Neasy (Character) $21.4K 2007
      84% 72% Rocket Science Coach Lumbly (Character) $712.4K 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Out There Jeri (Character) - 2006
      33% 38% Wedding Daze Betsy (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 68% Silver Bells Mrs. Quinn (Character) - 2005
      40% 15% The Best Thief in the World Miss Mason (Character) - 2004
      56% 89% Iron Jawed Angels Harriot Blatch (Character) - 2004
      90% 90% Million Dollar Baby Earline Fitzgerald (Character) $100.4M 2004
      No Score Yet 66% An Unexpected Love Maggie (Character) - 2003
      19% 27% It's All About Love Betsy (Character) - 2003
      42% 48% The Human Stain Psychologist (Character) $5.4M 2003
      92% 80% The Laramie Project Trish Steger (Character) - 2002
      79% 84% The Hours Mrs. Latch (Character) $41.6M 2002
      No Score Yet 61% A Girl Thing May (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 57% What Girls Learn Lainey (Character) - 2001
      39% 43% Proof of Life Ivy (Character) $32.6M 2000
      33% 50% 28 Days Betty (Character) $37.0M 2000
      64% 66% Ride With the Devil Wilma Brown (Character) $630.8K 1999
      No Score Yet 58% Earthly Possessions Libby (Character) - 1999
      25% 40% In Dreams Nurse Floyd (Character) $11.9M 1999
      61% 31% Twilight Gloria Lamar (Character) $15.0M 1998
      No Score Yet 65% ...First Do No Harm Marjean (Character) - 1997
      59% 30% Critical Care Constance "Connie" Potter (Character) $169.4K 1997
      84% 63% Marvin's Room Dr. Charlotte (Character) $12.8M 1996
      No Score Yet 83% Ruby Jean and Joe Frankie (Character) - 1996
      91% 81% Nobody's Fool Birdy (Character) $38.3M 1994
      93% 80% Lorenzo's Oil Wendy Gimble (Character) $6.9M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Emma and Elvis Jenny (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Child Saver Alma (Character) - 1988

      TV

      Credit
      54% 35% The Watcher Mo (Character) 2022
      84% 90% American Crime Story Lucianne Goldberg (Character) 2021
      100% 93% Infinity Train Judge Morpho (Voice) 2021
      96% 69% Mrs. America Bella Abzug (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
      96% 90% Sneaky Pete Audrey Bernhardt (Character) 2015 2017-2019
      No Score Yet 91% DuckTales Ma Beagle (Guest Voice) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2017-2019
      96% 94% The Americans Claudia (Character),
      Claudio (Guest Star)
      2013-2018
      95% 65% The Good Fight Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2016 2018
      65% 91% BrainDead Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      93% 90% The Good Wife Ruth Eastman (Guest Star) 2015-2016
      47% 44% The Millers Carol Miller (Character) 2013-2015
      No Score Yet 63% Mike & Molly Rosemary (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2013
      84% 85% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      95% 85% New Girl Bonnie (Guest Star) 2013
      68% 79% Smash Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      92% 78% Person of Interest Barbara Russell (Guest Star) 2012
      91% 87% Suits Nell Sawyer (Guest Star) 2012
      66% 75% A Gifted Man Rita Perkins-Hall (Character) 2011-2012
      47% No Score Yet CHAOS Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      97% 94% Justified Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      43% 77% Harry's Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      25% No Score Yet Mercy Unknown (Guest Star) 2009-2010
      71% 81% Dexter Camilla (Guest Star) 2006-2008
      86% 57% The Riches Nina (Character) 2008
      No Score Yet 75% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2005-2006
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rita Gabler (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 100 Centre Street Unknown (Character) 2001-2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snoops Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      91% 90% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      54% No Score Yet Welcome to New York Unknown (Guest Star)