Dale Dickey

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Dale Dickey
Diana Dale Dickey

(1961-09-29) September 29, 1961 (age 57)
Alma materUniversity of Tennessee
Years active1994-present

Dale Dickey (born September 29, 1961) is an American character actress who has worked in theater, film, and television. Dickey won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance as Merab in the 2010 independent drama film Winter's Bone. She is also known for her character roles in a number of mainstream and independent films as of the early 2000s, and for recurring performances in television shows such as My Name Is Earl, Breaking Bad, True Blood and Justified. She also appeared on the television series Vice Principals on HBO.

Life and career[edit]

Diana Dale Dickey was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and attended Bearden High School.[1] She played several roles in High School productions, notably as Emily in Our Town. She later attended the University of Tennessee from 1979 to 1984, but left to pursue her acting career. On December 10, 2015, she returned to the University of Tennessee as a guest speaker, where she gave the commencement speech to fall graduates and was awarded an honorary Master of Fine Arts degree from the university.[2][3]

Dickey has been working as a character actress in both mainstream and independent films since the 1990s.[1] She is known for her recurring roles as Nash on the hit HBO series Vice Principals and as Patty on NBC comedy series My Name Is Earl and as Opal McHone in CBS historical drama Christy. Dickey has had several roles in films such as The Pledge, Our Very Own, Domino, Super 8, Being Flynn and The Guilt Trip. She performed on many Broadway productions, like The Merchant of Venice (1989) and A Streetcar Named Desire (2009).[1] Dickey has appeared in guest roles on numerous television series, including The X-Files, Frasier, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Gilmore Girls, The Closer, Grey's Anatomy and Breaking Bad.

Dickey received critical praise for her performance as Merab in 2010 independent drama film Winter's Bone opposite Jennifer Lawrence,[1] winning the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female in February 2011.[4] In 2012 she plays Martha Bozeman in the fifth and sixth seasons of the HBO series True Blood.[5] Dickey appeared in the superhero film Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black in 2013.[6] She also was cast in Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive miniseries in 2013.[7] In 2014, she had a recurring role in the FX series Justified.[8] In 2015 Dickey portrayed Rose Gray in the Spanish-American thriller film Regression, in which she co-stars with Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love Regina
1995 Running Wild Judith
1995 The Journey of August King Jenny
1997 Prison of Secrets Lynn's friend
2000 Sordid Lives Glyndora
2001 The Pledge Strom
2005 Our Very Own Skillet
2005 Domino Edna Fender
2006 Nichts als Gespenster Annie
2008 Trailer Park of Terror Daryl
2008 Dark Canvas Wilma
2008 Changeling Patient
2008 Leaving Barstow Linda
2009 A Perfect Getaway Earth Momma
2010 Winter's Bone Merab Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble (2nd place)
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance
2011 Child of the Desert Elia
2011 Super 8 Edie
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: Tales of the Code: Wedlocked Oona
2012 Evidence Katrina Fleishman
2012 Blues for Willadean Rayleen Hobbs
2012 Tales of Everyday Magic Maggie
2012 The Happiest Person in America Meg
2012 Being Flynn Marie
2012 The Yellow Wallpaper Jennie Gilman
2012 The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Denise
2012 The Guilt Trip Tammy
2012 Lost on Purpose Retta Lee
2012 9 Full Moons Billie
2013 C.O.G. Debbie
2013 The Trials of Cate McCall Mrs. Stubbs
2013 Teddy Bears Lori
2013 Iron Man 3 Mrs. Davis
2013 Southern Baptist Sissies Odette
2014 What Lola Wants Mama
2014 Dark Around the Stars Rita
2014 White Bird in a Blizzard Mrs. Hillman
2014 The Possession of Michael King Beverly
2014 San Patricios Colleen Donnelly
2015 Regression Rose Gray
2015 Waffle Street Crazy Kathy
2015 Blood Father Cherise
2016 Hell or High Water Elsie
2016 Message from the King Mrs. Lazlo
2017 Small Town Crime Leslie
2018 Leave No Trace Dale


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Cagney & Lacey: Together Again Gloria TV movie
1994–1995 Christy Opal McHone 4 episodes
2000 City of Angels Rose Odalee Greenup Episode: "The High Cost of Living"
2000 Christy: The Movie Opal McHone TV movie
2001 Christy, Choices of the Heart, Part II: A New Beginning Opal McHone TV mini-series; 2 episodes
2001 The X-Files Game Warden Episode: "Existence"
2003 Frasier Mrs. Grant Episode: "Some Assembly Required"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Cassie Episode: "Bad to the Bone"
2004 ER Mrs. Price Episode: "Twas the Night"
2005 Numb3rs Karen Episode: "Counterfeit Reality"
2006 Gilmore Girls Ruthie 2 episodes
2006 Cold Case Reba Dautry Episode: "Joseph"
2006 The Closer Anna Larson Episode: "Out of Focus"
2007 Shark Nancy Padget Episode: "Porn Free"
2007 Ugly Betty Sugar Free Shirley Episode: "East Side Story"
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series Glyndora Roberts 6 episodes
2005–2009 My Name Is Earl Patty, the daytime hooker 19 episodes
2009 Princess Protection Program Helen TV movie
2009 Breaking Bad Spooge's Lady 2 episodes
2010 All Signs of Death Thea TV Pilot
2010 Bones Marsha Vinton Episode: "The X in the File"
2010 Criminal Minds Carol Episode: "Exit Wounds"
2010 Weeds Sugarpop Episode: "Gentle Puppies"
2011 2 Broke Girls Elena Episode: "And the Pop-Up Sale"
2013 Grey's Anatomy Gasoline Episode: "Things We Said Today"
2012–2013 Raising Hope Patty 2 episodes
2013 Southland Maureen Episode: "Heroes"
2012–2013 True Blood Martha Bozeman 12 episodes
2013 Last Man Standing Doris Episode: "Shoveling Snow"
2013 Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive Cummie Barrow TV mini-series; 2 episodes
2014 Justified Judith 4 episodes
2014 The Middle Sandy Episode: "Orlando"
2014 Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends Herself TV Special
2014 Sons of Anarchy Renee O'Leary Egan Episode: "The Separation of Crows"
2015 Backstrom Judge Nunn Episode: "Rock Bottom"
2015 Documentary Now! Joelle Fellweather Episode: "The Eye Doesn't Lie"
2016 Better Things Jace Episode: "Sam/Pilot"
2017 Claws Juanda Husser 6 episodes
2017 Vice Principals Nash 9 episodes
2017 Shameless Aunt Ronnie Episode: "Fuck Paying It Forward"


  1. ^ a b c d "Dale Dickey- Biography". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 2015-06-11. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  2. ^ "Dale Dickey on IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  3. ^ "An honor: Actress Dale Dickey speaks at UT commencement, receives honorary degree". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. ^ Spirit Awards: Dale Dickey wins best supporting female, Los Angeles Times, (February 26, 2011)
  5. ^ 'True Blood' adds Dale Dickey for fifth season
  6. ^ 'Iron Man 3' casts 'True Blood' actress Dale Dickey
  7. ^ "First Look at Lifetime/History's 'Bonnie and Clyde' Miniseries (Photos)". The Hollywood Reporter. May 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  8. ^ http://www.knoxville.com/news/2014/mar/05/knoxville-celebrities-dale-dickey-justified/
  9. ^ English-Language Regression arrives

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