Margo Martindale

Margo Martindale

Highest Rated: 94% Win Win (2011)

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

Win Win
The Laramie Project
Lorenzo's Oil
Nobody's Fool
Million Dollar Baby
Rocket Science
Marvin's Room
Instant Family

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cocaine Bear Unknown (Character) - 2023
80% No Score Yet Family Squares Diane (Character) - 2022
77% 84% Uncle Frank Mammaw Bledsoe (Character) - 2020
10% 50% Lazy Susan Mary (Character) - 2020
23% 69% The Kitchen Helen O'Carroll (Character) $12.2M 2019
81% 82% Instant Family Grandma Sandy (Character) $67.3M 2018
47% 23% Downsizing Woman on Shuttle (Character) $24.4M 2017
69% 69% 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
67% 59% 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% 44% Bluebird Crystal (Character) - 2013
67% 65% August: Osage County Mattie Fae Aiken (Character) $37.7M 2013
47% 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
50% 55% 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
47% 30% Management Trish (Character) $933.2K 2008
74% 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 83% 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
59% 30% Twilight Gloria Lamar (Character) $15.0M 1998
No Score Yet 66% ...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
92% 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
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Watcher Mo (Character) 2022
84% 90% American Crime Story Lucianne Goldberg (Character) 2021
100% 97% Infinity Train Judge Morpho (Voice) 2021
96% 69% Mrs. America Bella Abzug (Character) 2020
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
96% 90% Sneaky Pete Audrey Bernhardt (Character) 2015 2017-2019
No Score Yet 90% DuckTales Ma Beagle (Guest Voice) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2017-2019
96% 93% The Americans Claudia (Character),
Claudio (Guest Star)
2013-2018
93% 69% The Good Fight Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2016 2018
65% 91% BrainDead Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
93% 91% The Good Wife Ruth Eastman (Guest Star) 2015-2016
47% 44% The Millers Carol Miller (Character) 2013-2015
No Score Yet 62% Mike & Molly Rosemary (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2013
84% 86% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
95% 84% New Girl Bonnie (Guest Star) 2013
68% 79% Smash Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
92% 76% Person of Interest Barbara Russell (Guest Star) 2012
90% 87% Suits Nell Sawyer (Guest Star) 2012
66% 70% A Gifted Man Rita Perkins-Hall (Character) 2011-2012
47% 33% CHAOS Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
97% 95% Justified Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
43% 37% Harry's Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
25% 75% Mercy Unknown (Guest Star) 2009-2010
71% 81% Dexter Camilla (Guest Star) 2006-2008
86% 0% The Riches Nina (Character) 2008
No Score Yet 75% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2005-2006
78% 89% 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% 100% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 96% 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)