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Helen Martin



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
17% I Got The Hook-Up
  • Grandmother
1998
75% 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
29% 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
73% Doc Hollywood
  • Maddie
1991
64% 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
67% Death Wish
  • Alma Lee Brown
1974
80% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
  • Shirley

Quotes from Helen Martin's Characters