Sandy Martin

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

Sandy Martin (born March 3, 1949) is an American actress, playwright, theater 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.


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, and 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]


  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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