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Born: July 18, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jacksonville, Texas, USA Profession:

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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. ...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cars 3 (2017)
2.
 Table 19 (2017)
3.
 Downsizing (2017)
4.
 Wilson (2017)
5.
 Mother's Day (2016)
6.
 Hollars, The (2016)
8.
 Boss, The (2016)
9.
 Mentryville (2015)
10.
 Bluebird (2013)
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1995:
Appeared as Susan Sarandon's fellow nun in "Dead Man Walking"
1996:
Featured as Leonardo DiCaprio's doctor in "Marvin's Room"
1998:
Acted in "Practical Magic," starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as witches
2000:
Played small role as the clinic's receptionist in "28 Days," starring Bullock
2001:
Landed recurring role as a legal aid supervisor in Sidney Lumet's courtroom drama "100 Centre Street" (A&E)
2002:
Co-starred in HBO film "The Laramie Project"
2004:
Earned Tony nomination for her role as Big Mama in revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
2006:
Featured in "Paris, je t'aime," starring in final segment; directed by Alexander Payne
2007:
Played Mama Cox opposite John C. Reilly in "Walk Hard"
2007:
Played neighbor Nina Burns on FX series "The Riches"
2009:
Played Miley Cyrus' maternal grandmother in "Hannah Montana: The Movie"
2009:
Acted in recurring role of Nurse Klowden on NBC medical drama "Mercy"
2010:
Appeared in family drama "Secretariat" opposite Diane Lane
2011:
Cast in supporting role opposite Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom in small-town drama "Main Street"
2013:
Cast as Aunt Del, the Palimpsest in feature adaptation of young adult fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures"
2013:
Co-starred in film adaptation of Broadway hit "August: Osage County"
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Education

Jacksonville High School,: Jacksonville , Texas - 1969

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