Sandy Martin

Sandy Martin (born March 3, 1949) is an American actress who has over 60 film credits and has been an actress, producer, director, and writer in professional theater productions. She is known for her roles in Ray Donovan, Napoleon Dynamite, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Big Love.

For the British Member of Parliament, see Sandy Martin (politician).
Sandy Martin
Martin at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1949-03-03) March 3, 1949
Years active1965–present


Martin has been acting professionally since she was 15 years old. She has been a founding member of several successful theatrical companies in New York City and Los Angeles. She has adapted the screenplays of several theatrical plays and served as associate producer of several TNT productions including the theatrically released film Gettysburg.

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 Mac's mom in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She has appeared in the films Defenseless, China Moon, Speed, Napoleon Dynamite, and Hot Tamale and Marley & Me. Martin portrayed as 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 most recent film role is portraying Verna The Secretary in Dumbo. According to Martin,[1] she met Dumbo director Tim Burton back in the Beetlejuice days as her friend, Glenn Shadix, played Otho in the film. The two reconnected when Ben Davis, the director of photography for both Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Dumbo, suggested Martin to Burton for the role of Verna.

In the HBO series Big Love, Martin's character, Selma Green, is the transgender sister of polygamous cult leader Roman Grant and first wife of Grant's rival polygamous cult leader, Hollis Green. Her character sparked much discussion on fan forums due to her masculine gender presentation and expression, and unusual relationship with her 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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