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Margo Martindale Biography: Early life, Career

Margo Martindale is an American character actress known for her famous role as “Maureen” in the Netflix TV show “The Watcher”. She started her acting career in 1982 by playing supporting roles in theaters. In her 40+ year acting career, she won a Primetime Emmy Award and was nominated four times for an Emmy Award. As we look back on her childhood, she was born in a small town in Texas. From high school, she was totally into the arts—acting, dancing, and singing.

Full NameMargo Martindale
BirthplaceJacksonville, Texas, United States
BirthdateJuly 18, 1951
SpouseWilliam Boals (married 1986)
ChildMargaret Boals
Net Worth$4 Million
Notable RolesMags Bennett in “Justified” (2010-2015),Claudia in “The Americans” (2013-2018)Ruth in “The Good Fight” (2017-present)

Early life

Margo Martindale was born and grew up in a small town in Texas known as Jacksonville on July 18, 1951. She is the youngest child of William Everett (her father) and Margaret Martindale (her mother). At the time of high school, she was always involved in singing, cheerleading, dancing, or acting. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Lon Morris College. In an interview, she said that she didn’t plan to become an actress until she was in college. After graduating from college, she moved to New York to pursue her career as an actress.


Margo Martindale started her career in acting in 1982, when she performed in Broadway. Her breakthrough came in 1983 in the off-Broadway production of “Steel Magnolias”, where she played the role of “Turvy Jones”. After that, she was recognized as a character actress. Margo Martindale has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the role of Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Her ability to play complex roles and resonate with the audience establishes her as one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood.

She made her appearances in many TV shows and movies, such as The Rocketeer (1991), Law & Order (1990–2010), The Firm (1993), The Savages (2007), Justified (2010–2015), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Dead Man Walking (1995), and Dexter (2006–2007). In the early 2000s, Margo was on both, Television and Movies.

Her role of “Mags Bennett” in the TV show “Justified” got lots of admiration and praise from the audience. Later in 2011,  she won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards. In 2018, she appeared as a fictional character in the Netflix animation comedy show “BoJack Horseman”. 

Margo Martindale’s role as an esteemed character kept on going in the year 2022 when she played the role of “Maureen” on the Netflix TV show “The Watcher”, which became the breakthrough role of that particular year. Margo Martindale became the most sought-after actress in Hollywood. She has been in the industry for four decades, which makes it one of the longest careers for an actress.

Margo Martindale movies and TV shows

Margo Martindale’s played diverse and impactful roles in different genres. Here is the  table representation of Margo Martindale Movies:

Cocaine Bear2023Ranger Liz
Uncle Frank2020Mama Bledsoe
Lazy Susan2020Mary
Blow the Man Down2020Enid Nora Devlin
Downsizing2017Sheila O’Malley
Cars 32017Louise ‘Barnstormer’ Nash (voice)
Table 192017Freda Eckberg
The Hollars2016Sally Hollar
Mother’s Day2016Flo
Heaven Is for Real2014Nancy Rawling
August: Osage County2013Mattie Fae Aiken
Orphan2009Dr. Vera Kroll
Million Dollar Baby2004Maggie Fitzgerald
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story2007Lil’ Butcher Brown
The Savages2007Kathy Savage
The Hours2002Mrs. Latch
Dead Man Walking1995Sister Helen Prejean
Marvin’s Room1996Bessie
The Firm1993Tarnita Pulaski
Lorenzo’s Oil1992Michaela Mason
The Rocketeer1991Peevy

Margo Martindale played small but complex roles in TV shows in different genre. Here is the table representation of Margo Martindale TV shows:

TV ShowYearsRole
Law & Order1990–2000, 2006–2010Ruth Guthrie
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit1999–presentRuth Guthrie
ER1995–1999Mother Theresa
Judging Amy2000–2001Patty Horowitz
The Sopranos2003Lorraine Bracco’s mother
Dexter2006–2007Camilla Figg
Damages2007–2008Rayna Kressler
The Good Wife2009–2016Ruth Guthrie
Justified2010–2015Mags Bennett
A Gifted Man2011–2012Marilyn Sherman
The Americans2013–2018Claudia
Sneaky Pete2015–2019Audrey Bernhardt
The Good Fight2017–2021Ruth Guthrie
Mrs. America2020Bella Abzug
Impeachment: American Crime Story2021Lucianne Goldberg
The Watcher2022Maureen
Mrs. Davis2023Gloria Davis

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Personal life

Margo Martindale is 72 years old. Martindale married famous musician and writer Bill Boals in 1986, and they have had a daughter named Margret. In an interview, Margo shared her personal life in that she said that Bill Boals (her husband) has been together for 30 years, and he is her biggest supporter. She also shares her hobbies, mentioning that when she is not acting, she enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

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