Monday, 25 September 2017

The Unsung heroes of Film & TV part 24. Margo Martindale

Margo Martindale

A warm, lovely and truly excellent actress with a superb presence onscreen who has never really made the big leagues but who deserves to. When she turns up it's a guaranteed "Ah ya, i know her, she's in everything, she's deadly." A real go-to actor for an authority or maternal figure. Likable even when she feeding you a jar of poison laced moonshine. Always a supporting actor in film but has rarely been on the small screen in the last decade. 

She's been the mammy of Dewey Cox and a million dollar baby. She's played a Russian spy embedded in America for decades and been a nun to death row inmates. Been in Russell Crowe action thrillers and Sandra Bullock magical comedies. Been in numerous westerns, Disney family action movies, multi Oscar winning drama's and horror films about killer dwarfs. Crappy John Grisham adaptions. Long running TV shows about Kentuckian cops and Miami based serial killers. Neil Jordan film's about murderers and then the Hannah Montana movie. And she gets a whole short story to herself in Paris Je t'aime. Her career is never boring and when she pops up onscreen you know she'll add a touch of class to proceedings. Check out her career here

Greatest Hits

Justified - Mags Bennett. The big bad of series 2 which also happened to be the best series in the shows run. Lovable and chilling at the same time as the matriarch who will do anything to protect her family.

The Americans - Claudia. KGB handler with a heart of stone in the best show on TV that no one seems to watch. 

Walk Hard : The Dewey Cox Story - Ma Cox, mother of Dewey and utterer of the immortal line "Dewey, you've gone smell blind!"

Million Dollar Baby - Earline. The horrible wagon bastard of a mother to Maggie, the baby of the title. A rare unlikable role.

Previous parts

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