Margo Martindale

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Margo Martindale
Born(1951-07-18) July 18, 1951 (age 63)
Jacksonville, Texas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Bill Boals (m. 1986-present); 1 child
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Margo Martindale
Born(1951-07-18) July 18, 1951 (age 63)
Jacksonville, Texas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Bill Boals (m. 1986-present); 1 child

Margo Martindale (born July 18, 1951) is an American film, stage, and television actress.[1]

In 2011, she won an Emmy Award and a Critics' Choice Television Award for her recurring role as Mags Bennett on Justified and in 2013, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her recurring role as Claudia on The Americans. She has played supporting roles in several films, including The Hours, Million Dollar Baby, Dead Man Walking, The Firm, Lorenzo's Oil, ...First Do No Harm, Eye of God, Win Win, Marvin's Room, Forged, Orphan, The Savages, Hannah Montana: The Movie, August: Osage County, and Paris, je t'aime.

She was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in 2004 for her role in the play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

She is currently part of the main cast of The Millers portraying the role of Carol Miller.

Early life[edit]

Margo Martindale was born July 18, 1951 in Jacksonville, Texas, the youngest of three children and only daughter of William Everett and Margaret (Pruitt) Martindale.[2] In addition to owning and operating a lumber company in Jacksonville, her father was known as a champion dog handler in Texas and throughout the southern United States. Margo was the youngest of three children and only daughter.[3]

Her oldest brother is professional golfer and golf course designer Billy Martindale. Middle child, brother Bobby Tim, died in 2004.[2] Margo Martindale participated in golf, cheerleading and drama while in school and was crowned "Football Sweetheart"[4] as well as "Miss Jacksonville High School 1969."[5]

Following graduation from Jacksonville High School in 1969,[6] Martindale attended Lon Morris College, then transferred to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. While at Michigan, she did summer study at Harvard University, appearing onstage with future movie and TV stars Jonathan Frakes and Christopher Reeve.[5]



In the early 1980s, Martindale worked for four years at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky. While there she became good friends with fellow actress Kathy Bates.[7] Margo Martindale made her Broadway debut in 2004 as Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her work in the role.[8][9] Prior to that, Martindale had starred in several Off-Broadway stage productions, most notably as Truvy Jones in the 1987 production of Steel Magnolias.[10] Other Off-Broadway appearances include Always...Patsy Cline and The Sugar Bean Sisters.


Her film roles include turns as Susan Sarandon's fellow nun in Dead Man Walking, and, again with Sarandon, in Lorenzo's Oil. She appeared as Leonardo DiCaprio's doctor in Marvin's Room; and as Hilary Swank's selfish mother in Million Dollar Baby. Other films include The Human Stain with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman, 28 Days with Sandra Bullock, Proof of Life with Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan and Practical Magic again with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. She was also featured in Paris, je t'aime, starring in the final segment directed by Alexander Payne. She played Mama Cox in the 2007 film Walk Hard and played Ruby, Miley Stewart's maternal grandmother, in Hannah Montana: The Movie and Miss Elizabeth Ham in the movie Secretariat, starring Diane Lane.

Martindale had a role in August: Osage County (2013), a film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts. She played Mattie Fae Aiken, the sister of lead character Violet Weston (Meryl Streep). Other major cast in the project included Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and Sam Shepard. Filming took place in the fall and winter of 2012.[11][12]


One of Martindale's first television roles came in the miniseries Lonesome Dove. A series of character and guest appearances followed in a wide range of TV shows. Martindale played recurring character Camilla Figg on the first three seasons of Dexter and had a recurring role in the A&E courtroom drama 100 Centre Street with Alan Arkin. In 2007-2008, she had a recurring role as Nina Burns, a neighbor of the Malloy/"Rich" family in The Riches with Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard.[13]

In 2011, Martindale joined the cast of Justified for the second season. She played the role of Mags Bennett, matriarch of the Bennett crime family which controlled much of the drug activity in the fictional version of Harlan County, Kentucky.[14] She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance.[15] After learning of the nomination, Martindale told CNN she hoped that it would open up more doors for older women in Hollywood. "People really identify with this character [Mags Bennett] and I think it's because it is a character that is powerful and older and extremely mean," said Martindale.[16]

She won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the Critics' Choice Television Awards for her role as Mags Bennett. In her acceptance speech Martindale said "Who said turning sixty was a bad thing" and "I'm so excited, and dead on this show," making reference to the self-inflicted demise of her character in the Justified season 2 finale.[17]

In February 2012 it was announced Martindale had been cast in the ABC comedy pilot Counter Culture, which was not picked up.[18][19]

Martindale returned to television in late January 2013 in the spy drama The Americans on FX Network. She plays Claudia, the KGB "handler" of two Soviet spies living in 1980s Cold War America.[20] She now stars in the sitcom The Millers on CBS.

Personal life[edit]

Margo Martindale has been married to musician Bill Boals since 1986. They have a daughter, Margaret.



1990Days of ThunderDonna
1991Rocketeer, TheThe RocketeerMillie
1992Lorenzo's OilWendy Gimble
1993Emma and ElvisJenny
1993Firm, TheThe FirmNina Huff
1994Nobody's FoolBirdy
1995Dead Man WalkingSister Colleen
1996Marvin's RoomDr. Charlotte
1996Ghosts of MississippiClara Mayfield
1997Critical CareConstance "Connie" Potter
1997Eye of the GodDorothy
1998TwilightGloria Lamar
1998Practical MagicLinda Bennett
1999In DreamsNurse Floyd
1999Ride with the DevilWilma Brown
200028 DaysBetty
2000Proof of LifeIvy
2002Hours, TheThe HoursMrs. Latch
2003It's All About LoveBetsy
2003Human Stain, TheThe Human StainPsychologist
2004Best Thief in the World, TheThe Best Thief in the WorldMiss Mason
2004Million Dollar BabyEarline Fitzgerald
2006Out ThereJeri
2006Wedding DazeBetsy
2006Paris, je t'aimeCarol
2007Savages, TheThe SavagesRoz
2007Rocket ScienceCoach Lumbly
2007Death and Life of Bobby Z, TheThe Death and Life of Bobby ZMacy
2007Rails & TiesJudy Neasy
2007Feast of LoveMrs. Maggarolian
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryMa Cox
2009Winning Season, TheThe Winning SeasonDonna
2009Hannah Montana: The MovieRuby
2009OrphanDr. Browning
2009La sogaFlannigan
2010SecretariatElizabeth Hamm
2010Main StreetMyrtle Parker
2011Win WinEleanor
2011ScaleneJanice Trimble
2013Beautiful CreaturesAunt Del
2013August: Osage CountyMattie Fae Aiken
2014Heaven is for RealNancy Rawling
2015The HollarsSallyFilming


1988Child Saver, TheThe Child SaverAlmaTV film
1989Lonesome DoveBuffalo HeifferEpisode: "The Plains"
1994New York UndercoverNurse WarnerEpisode: "Tasha"
1996Law & OrderMs. BestEpisode: "Atonement"
1996Ruby Jean and JoeFrankieTV film
1997...First Do No HarmMarjeanTV film
1999Homicide: Life on the StreetVerna HendersonEpisode: "The Same Coin"
1999Earthly PossessionsLibbyTV film
1999SnoopsHannah LarsonEpisode: "Pilot"
2000Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of BoulderLinda Hoffmann-PughTV film
2001Welcome to New YorkRoseEpisode: "Dusting Diva"
2001Girl Thing, AA Girl ThingMayTV film
2001What Girls LearnLaineyTV film
2001-2002100 Centre StreetMichelle Grande(14 episodes)
2002Laramie Project, TheThe Laramie ProjectTrish StegerTV film
2003EdAmanda MyersEpisode: "Partners"
2003Unexpected Love, AnAn Unexpected LoveMaggieTV film
2004Iron Jawed AngelsHarriot BlatchTV film
2004PlainsongMrs. BeckmanTV film
2005Silver BellsMrs. QuinnTV film
2005MediumCatherineEpisodes: "Pilot", "In Sickness and Adultery"
2006MediumCatherineEpisode: "Blood Relation"
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRita GablerEpisode: "Cage"
2006DexterCamillaEpisodes: "Dexter", "Truth Be Told"
2007DexterCamillaEpisode: "That Night, A Forest Grew"
2007-2008Riches, TheThe RichesNina BurnsRegular role (20 episodes)
2008DexterCamillaEpisodes: "Sí se puede", "Easy as Pie"
2009HungMollyEpisode: "The Pickle Jar"
2009-2010MercyNurse KlowdenRecurring role (11 episodes)
2011Harry's LawGina PowellEpisode: "Innocent Man"
2011JustifiedMags BennettRecurring role (10 episodes)
2011ChaosDoris BalshikEpisodes: "Pilot", "Proof of Life"
2011-2012Gifted Man, AA Gifted ManRita Perkins-HallMain role (16 episodes)
2012Counter CultureBillieTV film
2012SuitsNell SawyerEpisode: "Meet the New Boss"
2012Person of InterestBarbara RussellEpisode: "Bad Code"
2013SmashMiriam AbramsonTV film
2013New GirlBonnieEpisode: "Chicago"
2013Masters of SexMiss HorchowEpisode: "Pilot"
2013-presentMillers, TheThe MillersCarol MillerMain role
2013-2014Americans, TheThe AmericansClaudiaRecurring role (13 episodes)
2014-presentBoJack HorsemanMargo MartindaleGuest starring (2 episodes), fictionalized version of self

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
2004Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Featured Actress in a PlayCat on a Hot Tin RoofNominated
Tony AwardBest Featured Actress in a PlayNominated
2011Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesJustifiedWon
Online Film & Television Association Award[21]Best Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
Satellite AwardBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television FilmNominated
Television Critics Association AwardIndividual Achievement in DramaNominated
2013Online Film & Television Association Award[22]Best Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe AmericansNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2014Satellite AwardBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television FilmNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureAugust: Osage CountyNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe AmericansNominated


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  2. ^ a b "Bobby Tim Martindale". Longview News-Journal (Longview, TX). July 18, 2004. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ Martindale "Martindale Family is Family of Champions". The Cherokeean newspaper (Rusk, Texas). September 9, 1965. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Margo Martindale". BuddyTV. 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Jacksonville's Margo Martindale wins Emmy for TV show 'Justified'". The Cherokeean Herald. September 21, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Margo Martindale biography". 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Justified star Margo Martindale on Mags Bennett". March 30, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "List of nominees for 2004 Tony Awards". USA Today. May 11, 2004. 
  9. ^ "Review". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ "Review". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Dominic Patten, ‘August: Osage County’ Adds Margo Martindale,, August 1, 2012
  12. ^ "George Clooney Brings Star Power to Oklahoma As He Films New Movie ‘August: Osage County’ (PHOTOS)". 
  13. ^ "Interview: EDDIE IZZARD and MINNIE DRIVER from THE RICHES on FX (March 2008)". March 16, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Justified First Look: Margo Martindale Is Raylan's New Nemesis". Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  15. ^ Margo Martindale Emmy Award Winner
  16. ^ "A birthday surprise for Justified actress Martindale". The Marquee Blog, CNN. July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Showclips:Margo Martindale Wins Award". TV June 14, 2011. 
  18. ^ Nellie andreeva (February 29, 2012). "‘Justified’s Margo Martindale To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Counter Culture’". Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ Michael Ausiello (February 29, 2012). "Scoop: Margo Martindale Joins ABC Comedy Pilot Counter Culture – Is A Gifted Man Doomed?". TV Line. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  20. ^ Prudom, Laura (12 December 2012). "Margo Martindale cast in FX's spy drama The Americans". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "2010-11: The Season of Mildred PIerce". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  22. ^ "2012-13: The Season of American Horror Story: Asylum". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

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