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Margo Martindale Biography

Birth Place:
Jacksonville, Texas, United States

Fast Facts

  • Was a high-school cheerleader, and was voted Football Sweetheart and Miss Jacksonville Sweetheart in her senior year
  • Received a theater scholarship to the University of Michigan
  • After college, performed with Christopher Reeve in a 1974 Harvard Summer School Repertory Theater production of The Threepenny Opera
  • Performed with Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1982 and '83 before landing in New York, where her credits included the original production of Steel Magnolias ('87)
  • Had a small role in Lonesome Dove (1989); later TV credits include recurring roles in Dexter, 100 Centre Street and The Riches
  • Made movie debut in the 1990 Tom Cruise NASCAR action adventure Days of Thunder; other notable films include The Rocketeer ('91), Lorenzo's Oil ('92), Dead Man Walking ('95), Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Hannah Montana: The Movie ('09)
  • Earned a 2004 Tony nomination for her Broadway debut as Big Mama in a revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: winner


  • Bill Martindale -- Brother
  • Bobby Tim Martindale -- Brother
  • Margaret Boals -- Daughter
  • William Everett Martindale -- Father
  • Bill Boals -- Husband
  • Margaret Pruitt Martindale -- Mother