Andrea Martin in 2015
|Born||Andrea Louise Martin
January 15, 1947
Portland, Maine, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, singer, author|
Andrea Louise Martin (born January 15, 1947) is an American actress, singer, author and comedian, best known for her work in the television series SCTV. She has appeared in films such as Black Christmas (1974), Wag the Dog (1997), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016), and lent her voice to the animated films Anastasia (1997), The Rugrats Movie (1998) and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001).
Martin has been equally prolific in the world of theater, winning Tony Awards for both My Favorite Year and the 2013 revival of Pippin. Martin also appeared on Broadway in Candide, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Young Frankenstein, Exit the King and Act One. She has received five nominations for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, more than any other actress in the award's history. She received her first nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the 2016 revival of Noises Off.
Martin was born in 1947 in Portland, Maine, the eldest of three children of Sybil A. (née Manoogian) and John Papazian Martin. Her paternal grandparents were Armenian immigrants who moved to the U.S. from Turkey to escape the Armenian Genocide. Her maternal grandparents were Armenians from Yerevan and Istanbul. Her father owned Martin's Foods, a grocery store chain.
Soon after graduating from Emerson College, she won a role in a touring company of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. After frequent visits to Toronto, she relocated from New York City to Toronto in 1970 and immediately found steady work in television, film, and theater.
In 1972, she played the character of Robin in a Toronto production of Godspell, with a company that included future stars Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Victor Garber, and musical director Paul Shaffer. Two of her early film appearances were in 1973's Cannibal Girls for which she won the Sitges Film Festival Award for Best Actress, and, in 1974, as the bookish sorority sister Phyllis in Black Christmas, a Canadian slasher film.
In 1976, she joined then-unknowns John Candy, Dave Thomas, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Harold Ramis and Joe Flaherty on the Canadian sketch comedy television series, SCTV, which was set at fictional television station "Second City Television", or SCTV, in Melonville. Martin most notably portrayed leopard-print-wearing station manager Edith Prickley, whose dealings with the staff, including president/owner Guy Caballero, clueless newscaster Earl Camembert, and washed-up actor Johnny LaRue, helped to provide much of the show's humor. Her other memorable characterizations included repressed sexologist Dr. Cheryl Kinsey, insecure self-affirmation guru Libby Wolfson, pidgin-tongued janitress Pirini Scleroso, tone-deaf children's entertainer Mrs. Falbo, Texan curio pitchwoman Edna Boil, and impossibly tight-jeaned Melba, the Disco Queen. Her talent for impersonation was key in her humorous portrayals of such luminaries as Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, Arlene Francis, Pauline Kael, Sally Field, Sophia Loren, Beverly Sills, Lynn Redgrave, Linda Lavin, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Connie Francis, Mother Teresa, Joni Mitchell, Alice B. Toklas, Patti Smith, Brenda Vaccaro and Indira Gandhi. In 1981, Martin was Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Variety Show for her work in SCTV.
Her 1970s stage work eventually included the Toronto branch of the improvisational comedy troupe The Second City, a group which produced almost the entire cast of SCTV. In 1992, she made her Broadway debut in the musical My Favorite Year, for which she won the Tony Award, Theatre World Award, and Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Additional Broadway credits include Candide (1997) and Oklahoma! (2002), and the Broadway premiere of Young Frankenstein (2007), all of which brought her Tony Award nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Martin starred alongside Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon in the Broadway revival of Exit the King. For her performance as Juliette, she was nominated for a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award. She wrote and performed in the critically acclaimed one-woman show Nude, Nude, Totally Nude in Los Angeles and New York City, receiving a 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One Person Show.
Other theater credits include the leads in The Rose Tattoo and Betty's Summer Vacation, for which she won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress, both produced at The Huntington Theatre in Boston. During the winter of 2012–2013, she played Berthe, Pippin's grandmother, in the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin in Cambridge, Massachusetts, singing the classic song "No Time At All". The show transferred to Broadway at the Music Box Theatre and opened in April 2013. For Pippin Martin won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Martin's last performance as Berthe in the Broadway production of Pippin was on September 22, 2013. She appeared on Broadway in the new play written and directed by James Lapine, Act One, for which she received the Outer Critics Circle Award.
Martin has played Wanda the Word Fairy in numerous short segments on Sesame Street. She also appeared on Kate & Allie as the executive producer of a low-rated cable channel, which was spun-off into her own CBS series, Roxie. Star Trek fans may recognize her as one of two actresses to play Ishka, Quark's iconoclastic mother on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. For her role, she was made up to appear as an older woman, although in reality, Martin is less than three years older than Armin Shimerman, who played Quark.
She has won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program in 1982 and 1983. She has done considerable voice work in such animated film and television productions such as Anastasia, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Rugrats as Aunt Miriam, The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue as Muriel - Floyd's Wife, The Simpsons (as Apu's mother), Recess as Lunchlady Harriet, the 1999 version of The Woody Woodpecker Show, Earthworm Jim, Kim Possible, The Buzz On Maggie, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Brother Bear 2. She also appeared in the 1993 television adaptation of Gypsy starring Bette Midler.
Her many screen credits include All Over the Guy in which she played Dan Bucatinsky's Mom, Club Paradise, Wag the Dog, All I Want for Christmas, Worth Winning, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Stepping Out, The Producers, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, in which she portrayed Aunt Voula, a role she reprised in the small-screen adaptation, My Big Fat Greek Life, and the 2016 sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. In 2006, she played a major role in the remake of Black Christmas. She played Helaine in the 2009 breakout independent film Breaking Upwards. In the episode titled Pupil, she played an emergency room patient on the Showtime series, Nurse Jackie, which was aired July 27, 2009. In 2012, She provided the voice of Penny in the American Dad! episode "Stan's Best Friend" and appeared in an episode of 30 Rock titled "My Whole Life Is Thunder." Martin recently appeared in Night at the Museum 3 and Hulu's original series, Difficult People, starring Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner and produced by Amy Poehler. It premiered August 5, 2015. She played Prudy Pingleton on Hairspray Live!, which aired on December 7, 2016.
She appears in the NBC sitcom Working the Engels.
Martin recently performed as Dotty Otley in the limited run Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Noises Off, directed by Jeremy Herrin. Martin was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance.
Martin tours throughout Canada and the United States in her one-woman show, Andrea Martin: Final Days, Everything Must Go! with her musical director Seth Rudetsky.
Martin is an American citizen. Her two sons have dual Canadian-American status due to their father's Canadian citizenship.
Since 2000, Martin has been a prominent spokesperson for the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) and host of their annual gala.
|1971||Foxy Lady||Girl Next Door|
|1973||Cannibal Girls||Gloria Wellaby|
|1976||The Rimshots||TV movie|
|1982||Soup for One||Concord Seductress|
|1986||Club Paradise||Linda White|
|1987||Innerspace||Waiting Room Patient|
|1988||Martha, Ruth & Edie||Ruth|
|1989||Rude Awakening||April Stool|
|Worth Winning||Claire Broudy|
|1990||Too Much Sun||Bitsy|
|All I Want for Christmas||Olivia|
|Ted & Venus||Bag Lady|
|1992||Boris and Natasha: The Movie||Toots||TV movie|
|Itsy Bitsy Spider||Music Teacher (voice)||Short|
|1997||Anastasia||Phlegmenkoff, Old Woman (voice)|
|Wag the Dog||Liz Butsky|
|1998||The Rugrats Movie||Aunt Miriam (voice)|
|The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue||Muriel (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1999||Bartok the Magnificent||Baba Yaga (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Phyllis Stein|
|Recess: School's Out||Lunchlady Harriet (voice)|
|All Over the Guy||Dr. Ellen Wyckoff|
|Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Ms. Fowl (voice)|
|2002||My Big Fat Greek Wedding||Aunt Voula|
|2004||New York Minute||Senator Anne Lipton|
|2005||The Producers||Kiss Me-Feel Me|
|2006||The TV Set||Becky|
|Brother Bear 2||Anda (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|How to Eat Fried Worms||Mrs. Bommley|
|Young Triffie||Mrs. Grace Melrose|
|Black Christmas||Barbara 'Ms. Mac' MacHenry|
|2007||Barbie as the Island Princess||Queen Ariana (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2008||The Toe Tactic||Honey (voice)|
|2012||BuzzKill||Lil Albright (voice)|
|Girl Most Likely||Stage Zelda|
|Delivering the Goods||Anna|
|2014||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||Rose (Archivist)|
|2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||Aunt Voula|
|2016||Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz||The Hungry Tiger (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1971||The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour||Baffin Islander, Anthem Singer #2||Episode dated September 18|
|1975||King of Kensington||Wilma Willoughby||Episode: "The Joy of Kensington"|
|1976||The Sunshine Hour||Regular|
|1976–1977||The David Steinberg Show||Julie Liverfoot||3 episodes|
|1976–1984||Second City Television||Various||74 episodes|
|1981||Titans||George Sand||Episode: "George Sand"|
|1986||Kate & Allie||Eddie Gordon||2 episodes|
|1987||Roxie||Roxie Brinkerhoff||6 episodes|
|1987–2009||Sesame Street||Wanda Falbo, Various||8 episodes|
|1988||The Elephant Show||Herself||Episode: "Unicef"|
|The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley||Mrs. Freebus (voice)||13 episodes|
|1989||The Tracey Ullman Show||Therapy Patient||Episode #3.20|
|1991||The Carol Burnett Show||Skit characters|
|1992||Camp Candy||Additional voices||Episode: "When It Rains... It Snows"|
|Maniac Mansion||Dr. Fontana Blue (voice)||Episode: "Idella's Breakdown"|
|Darkwing Duck||Splatter Phoenix (voice)||Episode: "Paint Misbehavin'"|
|Goof Troop||Mrs. Willoughby (voice)||Episode: "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder"|
|Frosty Returns||Miss Carbuncle (voice)||TV special|
|1992–2002||Rugrats||Aunt Miriam (voice)||7 episodes|
|1994||Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Gromble's Mom (voice)||2 episodes|
|The Martin Short Show||Alice Manoogan||3 episodes|
|Batman: The Animated Series||Mighty Mom, Lisa Lorraine (voice)||Episode: "Make 'Em Laugh"|
|Duckman||Madame Rosebud (voice)||Episode: "A Civil War"|
|1995||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Ishka||Episode: "Family Business"|
|1995–1996||Earthworm Jim||Queen Slug-For-A-Butt (voice)||11 episodes|
|1996||Duckman||Mayor Gallagher (voice)||Episode: "The Longest Weekend"|
|1997||Life... and Stuff||Christine||Episode: "Life... and Fisticuffs"|
|Recess||Lunchlady Harriet (voice)|
|Meego||Connie||Episode: "The Truth About Cars and Dogs"|
|The Simpsons||Apu's Mom (voice)||Episode: "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons"|
|1998||Damon||Carol Czynencko||7 episodes|
|The Lionhearts||Additional voices||Episode: "But Some of My Best Friends Are Clowns"|
|CatDog||Talluhla, Indian (voice)||Episode: "All About Cat/Trespassing"|
|The Wild Thornberrys||Mother Condor (voice)||Episode: "Flight of the Donnie"|
|Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain||Ms. Entebee (voice)||3 episodes|
|1998–1999||Hercules||Additional voices||5 episodes|
|1998–2000||Superman: The Animated Series||Mad Harriet (voice)||4 episodes|
|1999||Timon and Pumbaa||Additional voices||Episode: "Whiff/To Be Bee or Not to Be Bee"|
|The Outer Limits||Lil Vaughn||Episode: "Joyride"|
|The Norm Show||Millie||Episode: "Norm vs. Death"|
|1999–2000||George and Martha||Martha (voice)||26 episodes|
|1999–2001||The New Woody Woodpecker Show||Ms. Meany (voice)||7 episodes|
|2001||Committed||Frances Wilder (voice)|
|DAG||Betty Winn||Episode: "Basketball Jones"|
|Primetime Glick||Anne Heche||2 episodes|
|2002||Just for Laughs||Edith Prickley|
|Ed||Kaye Pazzuti||Episode: "Two Days of Freedom"|
|Crossing Jordan||Nora Kaminski||Episode: "Miracles & Wonders"|
|2002–2006||The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Ms. Fowl (voice)||46 episodes|
|2003||My Big Fat Greek Life||Voula||7 episodes|
|Ozzy & Drix||Aunti Histamine (voice)||Episode: "Aunti Histamine"|
|2003–2007||Kim Possible||Mrs. Stoppable (voice)||11 episodes|
|2005||Chilly Beach||Lucretia Marinara (voice)||Episode: "You've Got Meat"|
|Hope & Faith||Madame Elizabeth||Episode: "Season Finale"|
|2006||Kitchen Confidential||Margie||Episode: "The Robbery"|
|Cracking Up||Carol Baxter||Episode: "The Fixer"|
|The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||Monster Wife (voice)||Episode: "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred"|
|2007||St. Urbain's Horseman||Sarah Hersh||Episode: "Part 1 & 2"|
|SpongeBob SquarePants||Miss Priss (voice)||Episode: "Banned in Bikini Bottom"|
|2009||Nurse Jackie||Mrs. Greenfield||Episode: "Pupil"|
|2010||Little Mosque on the Prairie||Dr. Lois Kettlebaum||Episode: "The Letter"|
|Dino Dan||Mrs. Hahn||3 episodes|
|2010–2011||The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!||Various||3 episodes|
|2012||30 Rock||Bonnie||Episode: "My Whole Life Is Thunder"|
|2012–2013||Fugget About It||The Virgin Mary (voice)||3 episodes|
|2013||Crash & Bernstein||Mother Green||Episode: "Crash on the Run"|
|2014||Working the Engels||Ceil Engel||12 episodes|
|American Dad!||Sri Lankan Worker (voice)||Episode: "Now and Gwen"|
|2015||The Jack and Triumph Show||Elena Ekalakavarakova||Episode: "The Commercial"|
|Modern Family||Fig Wilson||Episode: "White Christmas"|
|2015-present||Difficult People||Marilyn Kessler||16 episodes|
|2016||Hairspray Live!||Prudy Pingleton|
Awards and nominations
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- "Andrea Martin Listing" TV Guide, accessed August 31, 2011
- "Secretary of State's Kids Page: Famous People from Maine, Andrea Martin" State of Maine.gov, accessed August 31, 2011
- Routher, Ray."Doing OK"Maine Sunday Telegram (Portland, Maine) (abstract), April 28, 2002, p1E
- Hoey, Dennis."Obituary:John P. Martin"Portland Press Herald.com, November 15, 2010
- Wadler, Joyce."Boldface Names: Today He Would Have His Own Show on Fox"The New York Times, January 26, 2005
- Alicia Anstead (March 3, 2005). "Andrea Martin". Bangor Daily News. Archived from the original on February 2, 2007.
- "Sybil A. Martin"Portland Press Herald (ME) (abstract), January 19, 1995, p.11B
- Intini, John."Andrea Martin finishes the sentences" Archived January 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. macleans.ca, March 16, 2005
-  http://www.ovrtur.com, accessed August 16, 2014
- "Andrea Martin Characters and Impersonations" sctvguide.ca, accessed August 31, 2011
- Brantley, Ben."Theater Review;Overly Fond of Food and Doris Day, for Starters"The New York Times, April 5, 1996
- Pippin boston.com
- "Review: 'Life and Stuff'". Variety. June 6, 1997.
- Henderson, Kathy."Andrea Martin" broadway.com, December 17, 2007
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Andrea Martin.|
- Andrea Martin at the Internet Movie Database
- Andrea Martin at the TCM Movie Database
- Andrea Martin at the Internet Broadway Database
- Andrea Martin—Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org
- Andrea Martin biography/filmography at northernstars.ca
- Andrea Martin Official Website – Launched April 2011
- The Opening of SkyDome Andrea Martin & Alan Thicke in a musical number (Aired on the CBC 1989)