Sandy Martin
Sandy Martin by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Martin at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1949-03-03) March 3, 1949 (age 73)
  • Actress
  • playwright
  • director
  • producer
Years active1965–present

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.


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]



1977False FaceSandyAlso known as: Scalpel
19772076 OlympiadShiela
198248 Hrs.Policewoman
1985Real GeniusMrs. Meredith
1986ExtremitiesOfficer Sudow
1986VendettaKay Butler
1987DaddyUltrasound Receptionist
1994China MoonGun Saleswoman
1995Above SuspicionWaitress
1996Female PerversionsTrudy
1998Krippendorf's TribeNurse
1998They Come at NightHazel
2000MarleneLouella Parsons
2001One Night at McCool'sBingo Vendor Woman
2004Napoleon DynamiteGrandma
2005Adam & SteveBiker Chick
2006Hot TamaleEd the Diner Cook
2008The Great Buck HowardFemale Hotel Worker
2008Lower LearningOlympia Parpadelle
2008Marley & MeLori
2009Archie's Final ProjectMrs. Ellis
2010Beneath the DarkColleen
2010Pickin' & Grinnin'Aunt Katie
2012Sunset StoriesStu
2012Seven PsychopathsTommy's MotherUncredited
2013Ass BackwardsQwen
2013LovelaceTicket Lady
2014Some Kind of BeautifulSusan Vale
2016Stars Are Already DeadGrandma
2017Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMomma Dixon
2018The Head ThievesJudy Castillo
2019DumboVerna the Secretary
2021LucaGrandma Paguro


1977, 1981Lou GrantGloria Lawder / Psych-Tech2 episodes
1978The Gift of LoveJan's MotherTelevision film
1981SizzleFreda's AssistantTelevision film
1981The Patricia Neal Story1st WomanTelevision film
1982Farrell for the PeopleNewswomanTelevision film
1982One Shoe Makes It MurderGloriaTelevision film
1982St. ElsewhereMrs. LawsonEpisode: "Down's Syndrome"
1982The Greatest American HeroWomanEpisode: "The Resurrection of Carlini"
1982, 1984Hill Street BluesBailiff / Abigail Mizell3 episodes
1983CarpoolPeggy RyanTelevision film
1983Scarecrow and Mrs. KingNurse ChapmanEpisode: "If Thoughts Could Kill"
1984Falcon CrestFloor NurseEpisode: "Sport of Kings"
1984Matt HoustonPolicewomanEpisode: "The Secret Admirer"
1984, 1988Night CourtSister Mo / Woman2 episodes
1985HunterIris BalzerEpisode: "Sniper"
1985Suburban BeatContataTelevision film
1985The Twilight ZoneLindy3 episodes
1986If Tomorrow ComesGladys (guard)Episode #1.1
1986FresnoMiddle Aged WomanMiniseries
1987The Gambler IIIMrs. DickeyTelevision film
1987Designing WomenHotel ManagerEpisode: "Stranded"
1988Santa BarbaraBetty GraysonEpisode #1.930
1988Little Girl LostViolet YoungTelevision film
1988Police Story: Cop KillerMona RamseyTelevision film
1989MatlockManagerEpisode: "The Black Widow"
1991Equal JusticeAdvocate No. 2Episode: "Sleeping with the Enemy"
1991Prison Stories: Women on the InsideCounselor PennellTelevision film
1993South of SunsetDesk SergeantEpisode: "Newspaper Boy"
1994Models Inc.Female Police OfficerEpisode: "Nothing Is as It Seems"
1995Indictment: The McMartin TrialDeputy PhyllisTelevision film
1996, 2001ERSister Helen / Mrs. Zarian2 episodes
1997On the LineBartender #1Television film
1999SlidersShirley MontanaEpisode: "Net Worth"
2000ProvidenceFemale MinisterEpisode: "Do the Right Thing"
2000Time of Your LifeVinnieEpisode: "The Time They Found a Solution"
2001Stranger InsideMrs. Johnny CochranTelevision film
2001NYPD BlueAnnieEpisode: "In-Laws, Outlaws"
2001Days of Our LivesAunt Elsie2 episodes
2001, 2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationOffice Manager / Female Trucker2 episodes
2003Astro BoyAbercrombieEnglish version; voice
2003Strong MedicineIris RawlingsEpisode: "Jeaneology"
2004The DivisionMarriage CounselorEpisode: "As I Was Going to St. Ives..."
2005Without a TraceIris HealyEpisode: "Transitions"
2005Desperate HousewivesWoman #1Episode: "Children Will Listen"
2005CSI: NYMrs. CollinsEpisode: "What You See Is What You See"
2005Nip/TuckHelen HoldenEpisode: "Sal Perri"
2006–2021It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaMrs. McDonald13 episodes
2007Cold CaseKaren WatsonEpisode: "The Good-Bye Room"
2007JerichoMrs. HerbertEpisode: "Coalition of the Willing"
2007Saving GraceSister Laura MarieEpisode: "Is There a Scarlet Letter on My Breast?"
2007–2011Big LoveSelma Greene10 episodes
2008Speed FreaksCopTelevision film
2009My Name Is EarlJoy's GrandmaEpisode: "Darnell Outed: Part 1"
2009The UnitWoman with CaneEpisode: "The Last Nazi"
2009The Young and the RestlessJimmy5 episodes
2009Hot SlutsJackie5 episodes
2009WeedsDoctorEpisode: "Suck 'n' Spit"
2010Warren the ApeAgnes OsbornEpisode: "Black Lotus"
2010–2011SvetlanaLiam4 episodes
2011ShamelessDoctorEpisode: "Three Boys"
2011–2013Good Job, Thanks!Barbara5 episodes
2012Napoleon DynamiteGrandma6 episodes
2012Make It or Break ItMargeEpisode: "Smells Like Winner"
2012The CloserMrs. WallinghamEpisode: "Last Rites"
2012The New NormalMiss PepperEpisode: "Sofa's Choice"
2012ParenthoodDog BreederEpisode: "Left Field"
20122 Broke GirlsMs. PyleEpisode: "And the Egg Special"
2012Rizzoli & IslesKendra DeeEpisode: "Virtual Love"
2013Quick DrawMa BenderEpisode: "Mail Order Bride"
2013DadsEthelEpisode: "Dad Abuse"
2014Murder in the FirstSue LeonardEpisode: "Pilot"
2014PerceptionShirley (Homeless Woman)Episode: "Shiver"
2014–2017Hand of GodRandy10 episodes
2014–2017Playing HouseMary Pat Caruso6 episodes
2014–2019The Haves and the Have NotsMama Rosa3 episodes
2015Blunt TalkMotel OwnerEpisode: "Meth or No Meth, You Still Gotta Floss"
2015TransparentSandy2 episodes
2016Wander Over YonderDorothyEpisode: "The Family Reunion/The Rival"
2017OVER & OUTGertTelevision film
2017Comrade DetectiveNikita's LandladyEpisode: "The Invisible Hand"
2018ShooterAdele PooleEpisode: "Red Meat"
2018Bravest WarriorsDoloresEpisode: "The Crowd I'm Seeing"
2018–2019Ray DonovanSandy Patrick13 episodes
2020Big City GreensGertieEpisode: "Times Circle/Super Gramma!"
2021MomLillianEpisode: "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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