Margo Martindale (born July 18, 1951) is an American film, stage, and television actress. In 2011, she won an Emmy Award and a Critics' Choice Television Award for her recurring role as Mags Bennett on Justified and starting in 2013, she has been nominated for an Emmy Award three times for her recurring role as Claudia on The Americans, winning her second Emmy in 2015 for her appearance in season 3. 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.
Martindale 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 recently appeared as a part of the main cast of The Millers until its cancellation.
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. 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.
Her oldest brother is professional golfer and golf course designer Billy Martindale. Middle child, brother Bobby Tim, died in 2004. Margo Martindale participated in golf, cheerleading and drama while in school and was crowned "Football Sweetheart" as well as "Miss Jacksonville High School 1969."
Following graduation from Jacksonville High School in 1969, 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.
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. 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. Prior to that, Martindale had starred in several Off-Broadway stage productions, most notably as Truvy Jones in the 1987 production of Steel Magnolias. Other Off-Broadway appearances include Always...Patsy Cline and The Sugar Bean Sisters.
Her film roles include turns as Susan Sarandon's character's fellow nun in Dead Man Walking, and, again with Sarandon, in Lorenzo's Oil. She appeared as Leonardo DiCaprio's character's doctor in Marvin's Room; and as Hilary Swank's character'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.
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.
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. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. 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.
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.
In February 2012 it was announced Martindale had been cast in the ABC comedy pilot Counter Culture, which was not picked up.
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. She also starred in the sitcom The Millers on CBS. In 2015, she began a recurring role as Ruth Eastman, Peter Florrick's new campaign manager on The Good Wife.
Martindale also appears as a fictionalized version of herself on the Netflix animated comedy BoJack Horseman. Bojack consistently refers to her as "Character Actress Margo Martindale."
Margo Martindale has been married to musician Bill Boals since 1986. They have a daughter, Margaret.
|1990||Days of Thunder||Donna|
|1991||Rocketeer, TheThe Rocketeer||Millie|
|1992||Lorenzo's Oil||Wendy Gimble|
|1993||Emma and Elvis||Jenny|
|1993||Firm, TheThe Firm||Nina Huff|
|1995||Dead Man Walking||Sister Colleen|
|1996||Marvin's Room||Dr. Charlotte|
|1996||Ghosts of Mississippi||Clara Mayfield|
|1997||Critical Care||Constance "Connie" Potter|
|1997||Eye of the God||Dorothy|
|1998||Practical Magic||Linda Bennett|
|1999||In Dreams||Nurse Floyd|
|1999||Ride with the Devil||Wilma Brown|
|2000||Proof of Life||Ivy|
|2002||Hours, TheThe Hours||Mrs. Latch|
|2003||It's All About Love||Betsy|
|2003||Human Stain, TheThe Human Stain||Psychologist|
|2004||Best Thief in the World, TheThe Best Thief in the World||Miss Mason|
|2004||Million Dollar Baby||Earline Fitzgerald|
|2006||Paris, je t'aime||Carol|
|2007||Savages, TheThe Savages||Roz|
|2007||Rocket Science||Coach Lumbly|
|2007||Death and Life of Bobby Z, TheThe Death and Life of Bobby Z||Macy|
|2007||Rails & Ties||Judy Neasy|
|2007||Feast of Love||Mrs. Maggarolian|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Ma Cox|
|2009||Winning Season, TheThe Winning Season||Donna|
|2009||Hannah Montana: The Movie||Ruby|
|2010||Main Street||Myrtle Parker|
|2013||Beautiful Creatures||Aunt Del|
|2013||August: Osage County||Mattie Fae Aiken|
|2014||Heaven is for Real||Nancy Rawling|
|1988||Child Saver, TheThe Child Saver||Alma||TV film|
|1989||Lonesome Dove||Buffalo Heiffer||Episode: "The Plains"|
|1994||New York Undercover||Nurse Warner||Episode: "Tasha"|
|1996||Law & Order||Ms. Best||Episode: "Atonement"|
|1996||Ruby Jean and Joe||Frankie||TV film|
|1997||...First Do No Harm||Marjean||TV film|
|1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Verna Henderson||Episode: "The Same Coin"|
|1999||Earthly Possessions||Libby||TV film|
|1999||Snoops||Hannah Larson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2000||Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder||Linda Hoffmann-Pugh||TV film|
|2001||Welcome to New York||Rose||Episode: "Dusting Diva"|
|2001||Girl Thing, AA Girl Thing||May||TV film|
|2001||What Girls Learn||Lainey||TV film|
|2001–2002||100 Centre Street||Michelle Grande||(14 episodes)|
|2002||Laramie Project, TheThe Laramie Project||Trish Steger||TV film|
|2003||Ed||Amanda Myers||Episode: "Partners"|
|2003||Unexpected Love, AnAn Unexpected Love||Maggie||TV film|
|2004||Iron Jawed Angels||Harriot Blatch||TV film|
|2004||Plainsong||Mrs. Beckman||TV film|
|2005||Silver Bells||Mrs. Quinn||TV film|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Rita Gabler||Episode: "Cage"|
|2007–2008||Riches, TheThe Riches||Nina Burns||Regular role (20 episodes)|
|2009||Hung||Molly||Episode: "The Pickle Jar"|
|2009–2010||Mercy||Nurse Klowden||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|2011||Harry's Law||Gina Powell||Episode: "Innocent Man"|
|2011||Justified||Mags Bennett||Recurring role (10 episodes)|
|2011||Chaos||Doris Balshik||Episodes: "Pilot", "Proof of Life"|
|2011–2012||Gifted Man, AA Gifted Man||Rita Perkins-Hall||Main role (16 episodes)|
|2012||Counter Culture||Billie||TV film|
|2012||Suits||Nell Sawyer||Episode: "Meet the New Boss"|
|2012||Person of Interest||Barbara Russell||Episode: "Bad Code"|
|2013||Smash||Miriam Abramson||Episode: "The Fallout"|
|2013||New Girl||Bonnie||Episode: "Chicago"|
|2013||Masters of Sex||Miss Horchow||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2013–2014||Millers, TheThe Millers||Carol Miller||Main role|
|2013–2015||Americans, TheThe Americans||Claudia||Recurring role (13 episodes)|
|2014–present||BoJack Horseman||Character Actress Margo Martindale (voice)||Guest starring (3 episodes), fictionalized version of self|
|2015||Mike & Molly||Rosemary Ritter||2 episodes: "Mudlick or Bust" and "Mother From Another Mudlick"|
|2015||The Good Wife||Ruth Eastman||4 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|List of awards and nominations|
|2004||Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Cat on a Hot Tin Roof||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|2011||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Justified||Won|
|Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association Award||Individual Achievement in Drama||Nominated|
|2013||Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series||The Americans||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2014||Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||August: Osage County||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||The Americans||Nominated|
|2015||Gracie Awards||Outstanding Female Actor in a Featured or Guest Role||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Won|
- Margo Martindale at the Internet Movie Database
- Margo Martindale at the Internet Broadway Database
- Margo Martindale at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Margo Martindale at Emmys.com