Sandy Martin

Sandy Martin (born March 3, 1949) is an American actress, playwright, director, and producer. She is best known for her roles in the film Napoleon Dynamite and the TV series Ray Donovan, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Big Love.

Sandy Martin
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Martin at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1949-03-03) March 3, 1949 (age 72)
  • Actress
  • playwright
  • director
  • producer
Years active1965–present


Martin started her acting career at 15 years old; she is a founding member of several successful theatrical companies in New York City and Los Angeles. She adapted the screenplays of several theatrical plays, and served as associate producer of several TNT productions including the 1993 film Gettysburg.[citation needed]

Martin's television roles include playing Mickey Donovan's sister-in-law Sandy Patrick in Ray Donovan, a policewoman in 48 Hrs., Mrs. Meredith in Real Genius, a dying burn victim in Nip/Tuck, Janice in Barfly, and Mrs. Mac in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She appeared in the films Defenseless, China Moon, Speed, Napoleon Dynamite, Hot Tamale, and Marley & Me. Martin portrayed Grandma Dynamite in Napoleon Dynamite and in the animated TV adaptation of the film. In Marley & Me, Martin played the woman who sold Marley as "Clearance Puppy". Martin portrayed the mother of Sam Rockwell's character, Officer Dixon, in 2017's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Martin's recent roles include portraying Verna The Secretary in Dumbo. According to Martin, she met Dumbo director Tim Burton back in the Beetlejuice days because her friend, Glenn Shadix, played Otho in the film.[1] The two reconnected after Ben Davis, director of photography for both Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Dumbo, suggested Martin to Burton for the role of Verna. Martin also voiced Grandma Paguro in the Pixar film Luca.

In the HBO series Big Love, Martin's character, Selma Green, is the transgender[citation needed] brother of polygamous cult leader Roman Grant and first wife of Grant's rival polygamous cult leader, Hollis Green. The character of Green sparked much discussion on fan forums due to their masculine gender presentation and expression, and unusual relationship with their husband (who refers to Green as "Brother Selma").[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 False Face Sandy Also known as: Scalpel
1977 2076 Olympiad Shiela
1982 48 Hrs. Policewoman
1985 Real Genius Mrs. Meredith
1986 Extremities Officer Sudow
1986 Vendetta Kay Butler
1987 Daddy Ultrasound Receptionist
1987 Barfly Janice
1991 Defenseless Judge
1994 China Moon Gun Saleswoman
1994 Speed Bartender
1995 Above Suspicion Waitress
1996 Female Perversions Trudy
1997 Sparkler Ed
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Nurse
1998 They Come at Night Hazel
1999 Jawbreaker Nurse
2000 Marlene Louella Parsons
2001 One Night at McCool's Bingo Vendor Woman
2004 Napoleon Dynamite Grandma
2005 Adam & Steve Biker Chick
2006 Hot Tamale Ed the Diner Cook
2008 The Great Buck Howard Female Hotel Worker
2008 Lower Learning Olympia Parpadelle
2008 Marley & Me Lori
2009 Archie's Final Project Mrs. Ellis
2010 Beneath the Dark Colleen
2010 Pickin' & Grinnin' Aunt Katie
2012 Sunset Stories Stu
2012 Seven Psychopaths Tommy's Mother Uncredited
2013 Ass Backwards Qwen
2013 Lovelace Ticket Lady
2014 Some Kind of Beautiful Susan Vale
2016 Stars Are Already Dead Grandma
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Momma Dixon
2018 The Head Thieves Judy Castillo
2019 Dumbo Verna the Secretary
2021 Luca Grandma Paguro


Year Title Role Notes
1977, 1981 Lou Grant Gloria Lawder / Psych-Tech 2 episodes
1978 The Gift of Love Jan's Mother Television film
1981 Sizzle Freda's Assistant Television film
1981 The Patricia Neal Story 1st Woman Television film
1982 Farrell for the People Newswoman Television film
1982 One Shoe Makes It Murder Gloria Television film
1982 St. Elsewhere Mrs. Lawson Episode: "Down's Syndrome"
1982 The Greatest American Hero Woman Episode: "The Resurrection of Carlini"
1982, 1984 Hill Street Blues Bailiff / Abigail Mizell 3 episodes
1983 Carpool Peggy Ryan Television film
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Nurse Chapman Episode: "If Thoughts Could Kill"
1984 Falcon Crest Floor Nurse Episode: "Sport of Kings"
1984 Matt Houston Policewoman Episode: "The Secret Admirer"
1984, 1988 Night Court Sister Mo / Woman 2 episodes
1985 Hunter Iris Balzer Episode: "Sniper"
1985 Suburban Beat Contata Television film
1985 The Twilight Zone Lindy 3 episodes
1986 If Tomorrow Comes Gladys (guard) Episode #1.1
1986 Fresno Middle Aged Woman Miniseries
1987 The Gambler III Mrs. Dickey Television film
1987 Designing Women Hotel Manager Episode: "Stranded"
1988 Santa Barbara Betty Grayson Episode #1.930
1988 Little Girl Lost Violet Young Television film
1988 Police Story: Cop Killer Mona Ramsey Television film
1989 Matlock Manager Episode: "The Black Widow"
1991 Equal Justice Advocate No. 2 Episode: "Sleeping with the Enemy"
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Counselor Pennell Television film
1993 South of Sunset Desk Sergeant Episode: "Newspaper Boy"
1994 Models Inc. Female Police Officer Episode: "Nothing Is as It Seems"
1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial Deputy Phyllis Television film
1996, 2001 ER Sister Helen / Mrs. Zarian 2 episodes
1997 On the Line Bartender #1 Television film
1999 Sliders Shirley Montana Episode: "Net Worth"
2000 Providence Female Minister Episode: "Do the Right Thing"
2000 Time of Your Life Vinnie Episode: "The Time They Found a Solution"
2001 Stranger Inside Mrs. Johnny Cochran Television film
2001 NYPD Blue Annie Episode: "In-Laws, Outlaws"
2001 Days of Our Lives Aunt Elsie 2 episodes
2001, 2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Office Manager / Female Trucker 2 episodes
2003 Astro Boy Abercrombie English version; voice
2003 Strong Medicine Iris Rawlings Episode: "Jeaneology"
2004 The Division Marriage Counselor Episode: "As I Was Going to St. Ives..."
2005 Without a Trace Iris Healy Episode: "Transitions"
2005 Desperate Housewives Woman #1 Episode: "Children Will Listen"
2005 CSI: NY Mrs. Collins Episode: "What You See Is What You See"
2005 Nip/Tuck Helen Holden Episode: "Sal Perri"
2006–2021 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Mac's Mom 13 episodes
2007 Cold Case Karen Watson Episode: "The Good-Bye Room"
2007 Jericho Mrs. Herbert Episode: "Coalition of the Willing"
2007 Saving Grace Sister Laura Marie Episode: "Is There a Scarlet Letter on My Breast?"
2007–2011 Big Love Selma Greene 10 episodes
2008 Speed Freaks Cop Television film
2009 My Name Is Earl Joy's Grandma Episode: "Darnell Outed: Part 1"
2009 The Unit Woman with Cane Episode: "The Last Nazi"
2009 The Young and the Restless Jimmy 5 episodes
2009 Hot Sluts Jackie 5 episodes
2009 Weeds Doctor Episode: "Suck 'n' Spit"
2010 Warren the Ape Agnes Osborn Episode: "Black Lotus"
2010–2011 Svetlana Liam 4 episodes
2011 Shameless Doctor Episode: "Three Boys"
2011–2013 Good Job, Thanks! Barbara 5 episodes
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Grandma 6 episodes
2012 Make It or Break It Marge Episode: "Smells Like Winner"
2012 The Closer Mrs. Wallingham Episode: "Last Rites"
2012 The New Normal Miss Pepper Episode: "Sofa's Choice"
2012 Parenthood Dog Breeder Episode: "Left Field"
2012 2 Broke Girls Ms. Pyle Episode: "And the Egg Special"
2012 Rizzoli & Isles Kendra Dee Episode: "Virtual Love"
2013 Quick Draw Ma Bender Episode: "Mail Order Bride"
2013 Dads Ethel Episode: "Dad Abuse"
2014 Murder in the First Sue Leonard Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Perception Shirley (Homeless Woman) Episode: "Shiver"
2014–2017 Hand of God Randy 10 episodes
2014–2017 Playing House Mary Pat Caruso 6 episodes
2014–2019 The Haves and the Have Nots Mama Rosa 3 episodes
2015 Blunt Talk Motel Owner Episode: "Meth or No Meth, You Still Gotta Floss"
2015 Transparent Sandy 2 episodes
2016 Wander Over Yonder Dorothy Episode: "The Family Reunion/The Rival"
2017 OVER & OUT Gert Television film
2017 Comrade Detective Nikita's Landlady Episode: "The Invisible Hand"
2018 Shooter Adele Poole Episode: "Red Meat"
2018 Bravest Warriors Dolores Episode: "The Crowd I'm Seeing"
2018–2019 Ray Donovan Sandy Patrick 13 episodes
2020 Big City Greens Gertie Episode: "Times Circle/Super Gramma!"
2021 Mom Lillian Episode: "Vinyl Flooring and a Cartoon Bear"


  1. ^ Regev, Nir (February 14, 2019). "Sandy Martin talks Ray Donovan's Sandy Patrick (Interview)". The Natural Aristocrat.
  2. ^ "Selma Greene, Who Are You?". TV Talk: Big Love. Retrieved 27 April 2015.

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