Helen Martin

Helen Martin

Highest Rated: 85% Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

Lowest Rated: 17% I Got the Hook-Up (1998)

Birthday: Jul 23, 1909

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Helen Martin was an African-American actress with a strong reputation. She first made a name for herself as a founding member of Harlem's American Negro Theater in the early 1940s and debuted on Broadway in Orson Welles's 1941 production of "Native Son." Many of her finest roles continued to be for the stage, but later in her career she also appeared regularly on television and in feature films. She made her screen debut in director Phil Karlson's explosively angry '55 crime film "The Phenix City Story," based on a true story of major corruption, murder, and racial intolerance in the Alabama town. It was another 14 years before she returned to making films or television, but she would quickly make up for lost time throughout the '70s and beyond. On television, she is best known for her roles on sitcoms that focused mostly on the lives of black characters, such as "That's My Momma," "Good Times" (playing neighbour Wanda), and the long-running "227" (as Pearl). Martin played similar offbeat characters in the movies "Doc Hollywood," "I Got the Hook Up," "I'm Bout It," and "Bulworth." She died in 2000 of a heart attack.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
17% 64% I Got the Hook-Up Grandmother (Character) $10.3M 1998
No Score Yet 91% I'm Bout It Mrs. Alberta (Character) - 1997
31% 80% Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Loc Dog's grandma (Character) $18.5M 1996
68% 50% Doc Hollywood Maddie (Character) $51.8M 1991
No Score Yet 36% Night Angel Sadie (Character) - 1990
85% 80% Hollywood Shuffle Bobby's Grandmother (Character) $5.2M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amos Mrs. McKenzie (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dummy Mrs. Harrod (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 64% A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich Mrs. Bell (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet J.T. Mrs. Hill (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 0% The Lady Confesses Screenwriter - 1945
No Score Yet 29% The Invisible Ghost Screenwriter - 1941

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jamie Foxx Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wayans Bros. Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bill Marcie (Character) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Pearl Shay (Character) 1985-1990
No Score Yet 80% Full House Shirley (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Alice (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Times Weeping Wanda Williams (Guest Star) 1976-1979 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977-1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby, I'm Back Luzelle Carter (Character) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford & Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1976-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Happening!! Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Aunt Bessie (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet That's My Mama! Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1973-1974

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