Helen Martin

Highest Rated: 100% Where's Poppa? (1970)
Birthday: Jul 23, 1909
Birthplace: Not Available
In the late '30s she worked in Chicago's WPA Theater. She moved to New York City in the early '40s, where she was a member of the Rose McClendon Players. She debuted on Broadway in 1941, portraying the sister of Bigger Thomas (Canada Lee) in Orson Welles's production of Native Son (1941). She established herself as a serious stage actress. She was one of the founders of the American Negro Theater. Over the years she landed a small handful of film roles, debuting onscreen in The Phenix City Story (1955). In the '70s she became recognizable to a large audience through her appearances on a number of sitcoms; she was a regular on Baby, I'm Back and 227, and she had guest appearances on many other shows.

Highest Rated Movies



17% I Got The Hook-Up Grandmother 1998
76% Bulworth Nina's Mother 1998
No Score Yet Master P: I'm Bout It Actor 1997
29% Kiss The Girls Nana Cross 1997
No Score Yet I'm Bout It Actor 1997
31% Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood Loc Dog's Grandma 1996
10% Beverly Hills Cop III Grandma 1994
21% House Party 2 Mrs. Deevers 1991
69% Doc Hollywood Maddie 1991
65% A Rage in Harlem Mrs. Canfield 1991
No Score Yet Night Angel Sadie 1990
No Score Yet A Raisin in the Sun Mrs. Johnson 1989
97% Mona Lisa Peep Show Girl 1986
No Score Yet Amos Mrs. McKenzie 1985
98% Repo Man Mrs. Parks 1984
13% Deal of the Century Baptist #3 1983
88% Hollywood Shuffle Bobby's Grandmother 1982
No Score Yet Dummy Mrs. Harrod 1979
No Score Yet A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich Mrs. Bell 1978
65% Death Wish Alma Lee Brown 1974
74% The Anderson Tapes Actor 1971
No Score Yet Cotton Comes to Harlem Church Sister 1970
100% Where's Poppa? Job Applicant 1970
100% The Phenix City Story Helen Ward 1955
No Score Yet The Lady Confesses Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet Invisible Ghost Screenwriter 1941


No Score Yet The Wayans Bros.
Mother Evans
  • 1995
No Score Yet Full House
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
  • 1983
No Score Yet The White Shadow
Old woman Louisa
  • 1981
  • 1980
No Score Yet Good Times
Wanda Neighbor
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
Millie 1st Lady Sister No. 1 Nurse
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet Maude
  • 1973