Nan Martin

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Nan Martin
Pat Hingle Nan Martin The Twilight Zone.JPG
Martin (right) and Pat Hingle in "The Incredible World of Horace Ford", a 1963 episode of
The Twilight Zone
Born(1927-07-15)July 15, 1927
DiedMarch 4, 2010(2010-03-04) (aged 82)
Years active1952–2005
(m. 1948; div. 1967)

(m. 1970)
Children2; including Zen Gesner

Nan Martin (July 15, 1927 – March 4, 2010) was an American actress who starred in movies and on television.[1][3]

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Decatur, Illinois, and raised in Santa Monica, California, she attended Santa Monica High School.[3][4]

Acting career[edit]

Her first film role was The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956). Her other film roles included The Mugger (1958), For Love of Ivy (1968), Goodbye Columbus (1969), Doctor Detroit (1983), All of Me (1984), and Chuck Russell's cult film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) where she played the role of Amanda Krueger, the mother of killer Freddy Krueger.[5] Her last film role was in Thicker than Water (2005).

On television, Martin portrayed Helen Cavanaugh on Buck James[6] and Grace D'Angelo on Mr. Sunshine.[6]: 704  Her other TV roles included the 1983 miniseries The Thorn Birds and the soap opera Santa Barbara. She had a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show as Mrs. Louder.[6]: 286  She made many guest appearances on various television series, including Ben Casey, The Untouchables, Mannix, Hart to Hart, The Twilight Zone, two episodes of The Fugitive, The Invaders, the first-season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Haven", and in the Columbo television movie, Murder, Smoke and Shadows. In 1965, she played co-murderer Beth Fuller in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Fatal Fortune".

She appeared on two episodes of The Golden Girls: first as the mean-spirited and nasty Frieda Claxton, who was told to drop dead by Rose Nylund, after which she did. She also portrayed Philomena, a friend of Sophia Petrillo's from Sicily, who claimed that Dorothy was really her daughter and not Sophia's. One month after her appearance on The Golden Girls, she appeared as Valerie's mean chain-smoking Aunt Josephine on The Hogan Family. She also briefly appeared as a cranky woman in the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "Porno Gil".

Martin's Broadway credits include The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (1976), Summer Brave (1975), Come Live With Me (1967), Under the Yum-Yum Tree (1960), Henry IV, Part I (1960), Lysistrata (1959), The Great God Brown (1959), J.B. (1958), Makropoulos Secret (1957), The Constant Wife (1951), and A Story for a Sunday Evening (1950).[7]

Personal life[edit]

Her first husband was musical composer Robert Emmett Dolan, whom she married on March 17, 1948; they had one son, Casey Martin Dolan. Her second husband, Harry Gesner, is the father of her younger son, actor Zen Gesner.[3]


Martin died March 4, 2010, at her Malibu home, aged 82. She suffered from emphysema.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Polly Lawerence Uncredited
1957 The Buster Keaton Story Edna
1958 The Mugger Claire Townsend
1963 Toys in the Attic Charlotte Warkins Uncredited
1964 Hamlet Gertrude
1965 Bus Riley's Back in Town Mrs. Nichols
The Art of Love Margo
1968 For Love of Ivy Doris Austin
Three in the Attic Dean Nazarin
1969 Goodbye, Columbus Mrs. Ben Patimkin
1973 The Young Nurses Woman Reporter
1975 The Other Side of the Mountain June Kinmont
1976 Jackson County Jail Allison
Number One Teacher Short
1978 The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 June Kinmont
1980 A Small Circle of Friends Mrs. Baxter
Loving Couples Walter's Nurse
1982 Some Kind of Hero Hilda
Richard II Duchess of York Direct-to-video
1983 Doctor Detroit Margaret Skridlow
1984 All of Me Divorce Lawyer
1985 Missing in Action 2: The Beginning Hooker #4
1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Amanda Krueger / Sister Mary Helena
1989 Animal Behavior Mrs. Norton
1995 Last Gasp Mrs. Hardwick
2000 Big Eden Widow Thayer
Forever Lulu Lulu Look-Alike
Cast Away Kelly's Mother
2001 Shallow Hal Nurse Tanya Peeler
2005 Greener Mountains "M"


Year Title Role Notes
1952 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Season 2 episode 3: "I Want to Be a Movie Star"
1953 Hollywood Opening Night Season 2 episode 25: "My Boss and I"
1955 Studio 57 Season 1 episode 25: "Center Ring"
1957 Robert Montgomery Presents Season 8 episode 31: Victoria Regina
1959 NBC Sunday Showcase Nancy Season 1 episode 1: "People Kill People Sometimes"
1960 Moment of Fear Episode 6: "Finger of Death"
The Play of the Week Lady Percy Season 2 episode 1: Henry IV
1962 The New Breed Margaret Season 1 episode 21: "Wings for a Plush Horse"
Ben Casey Liza Bowers Season 1 episode 25: "All the Clocks Are Ticking"
The Untouchables Stella Kurtz Season 4 episode 6: "Bird in the Hand"
1963 The Eleventh Hour Sophie Clayton Season 1 episode 16: "Where Ignorant Armies Clash"
The Twilight Zone Laura Ford Season 4 episode 15: "The Incredible World of Horace Ford"
The Defenders Grave Havelock Season 3 episode 10: "Climate of Evil"
1964 The Reporter Irene Episode 4: "Rope's End"
The Fugitive Congresswoman Marian Snell / Paula Decker 2 episodes
1965 Perry Mason Beth Fuller Season 9 episode 2: "The Case of the Fatal Fortune"
1966 The Trials of O'Brien Margo Episode 15: "Alarums and Excursions"
1967 The Invaders Dr. Maria McKinley Season 2 episode 4: "Valley of the Shadow"
1969 The Mod Squad Mrs. Barnes Season 1 episode 14: "Hello Mother, My Name Is Julie"
Mannix Frances Jordan Season 2 episode 21: "Odds Against Donald Jordan"
Medical Center Anne Filbey Season 1 episode 6: "The Crooked Circle"
1969–1972 The F.B.I. Eleanor Garnett / Susan Crane 3 episodes
1970 Mission Impossible Grand Duchess Teresa Season 4 episode 25: "The Choice"
Lancer Lizzie Cramer Season 2 episode 23: "Goodbye, Lizzie"
1971 Bewitched Martha Berkley Season 7 episode 19: "Samantha and the Troll"
The Young Lawyers Elsa Novak Episode 20: "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down"
Longstreet Mrs. Franklin Episode 8: "The Girl with the Broom"
1972 The Sixth Sense Dora Hallam Season 2 episode 3: "Witness Within"
1972–1973 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Mrs. Holden / Beatrice Cohen 2 episodes
1973 Room 222 Marie Clark Season 5 episode 3: "Can Nun Be One Too Many?"
The Streets of San Francisco Prof. Talmadge Season 2 episode 14: "Most Feared in the Jungle"
1974 The Wide World of Mystery Catherine Episode: "The Book of Murder"
Remember When Annie Hodges TV movie
1975 Ellery Queen Olivia Burns Episode 6: "The Adventure of Miss Aggie's Farewell Performance"
1975–1981 Insight Dr. Gersten / Elaine Ritter / Emma 3 episodes
1976–1977 Visions Mrs. Gregg / Annie 2 episodes
1977 A Circle of Children Doris Flemming TV movie
1978 Outside Chance Alison TV movie
Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold Aunt Isabel TV movie
1979 The Runaways Helen Rossmore Season 2 episode 7: "Throwaway Child"
Mrs. R's Daughter Mrs. Bergson TV movie
Family Virgina Kabel Season 5 episode 1: "Thanksgiving"
Angie Aunt Cooper Season 2 episode 9: "Family Feud"
1980 The Golden Honeymoon Cora Hartsell TV movie
1981 Hart to Hart Edith Tannen, R.N. Season 2 episode 18: "Operation Murder"
Dear Teacher Karen Lipner TV short
1982 St. Elsewhere Mrs. Stevenson Season 1 episode 8: "Tweety and Ralph"
1983 I Take These Men Doris TV movie
The Thorn Birds Sister Agatha Mini-series
"Part 1"
The Winter of Discontent Mrs. Baker TV movie
1985–1986 The Twilight Zone Margaret's Mother / First Nun 2 episodes / segments
1986 Mr. Sunshine Grace D'Angelo Main role
Valerie Aunt Josephine Season 2 episode 7: "One of a Kind"
1986–1988 My Sister Sam Aunt Elsie 2 episodes
1986–1989 The Golden Girls Frieda Claxton / Philomena Bosco 2 episodes
1987 Home Fires Judge TV movie
Proud Men Laura TV movie
Buck James Helen Gallagher Episode 3: "Too Close to Home"
Star Trek: The Next Generation Victoria Miller Season 1 episode 10: "Haven"
Frank's Place Mrs. Weisberger Episode 13: "Season's Greetings"
1988 L.A. Law Hazel Brackman Season 2 episode 15: "The Bald Ones"
CBS Summer Playhouse Arabia Vanderway Porter Season 2 episode 3: "Old Money"
1988–1989 Fantastic Max Additional voices 3 episodes
1989 Columbo Rose Walker Season 8 episode 2: "Murder, Smoke and Shadows"
Major Dad Miss Shields Season 1 episode 12: "Boxer Rebellion"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Mrs. Dansky Season 2 episode 6: "The Ghost of a Chance Mystery"
Over My Dead Body Rose Haversham Episode 2: "No Ifs, ands or Butlers"
Matters of the Heart TV movie
1991 A Woman Named Jackie Diana Vreeland Mini-series
2 episodes
Charlie Hoover Marge Episode 4: "Mother-in-Law"
1991–1992 Harry and the Hendersons Dr. Arnesen 2 episodes
1991–1993 The Pirates of Dark Water Additional voices 9 episodes
1992 Santa Barbara Abigail Beckwithe 12 episodes
Child of Rage Barbara TV movie
1993 Mother of the Bride Beatrice TV movie
Baywatch Dick's Wife Season 4 episode 11: "The Child Inside"
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Lil Swill Episode 14: "Mail Order Brides"
Harts of the West Beverly Episode 8: Jake's Brother"
1995 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Nana Buchanan Episode 15: "Becoming a Buchanan"
Sisters Marjorie Markham Season 6 episode 8: "Renaissance Woman"
1995–1999 The Drew Carey Show Mrs. Louder 25 episodes
1996 Terror in the Family Ivy TV movie
1997 ER Mrs. Curwane
Chicago Hope Mrs. Mankiewicz Season 4 episode: "The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen... by Proxy"
1997–1998 Suddenly Susan Grandma Richmond 2 episodes
1998 The Practice Judge Lydia Winchell Season 2 episode 21: "In Deep"
Maximum Bob President of the Daughters of Stars and Bars Episode 5: "Good Dog Karl"
Profiler Rose Fraley Season 3 episode 7: "Perfect Helen"
2000 Murder in the Mirror TV movie
The Invisible Man Gloria Howard Season 1 episode 5: "Impetus"
Gideon's Crossing Mrs. Champion Episode 1: "The Gift"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Woman on the Road Season 1 episode 3: "Porno Gil"
The Michael Richards Show Aunt Flossie Episode 5: "The Nursing Home"
2001 The Song of the Lark Mrs. Nathanmeyer TV movie
Crossing Jordan Lydia Season 1 episode 2: "The Dawn of a New Day"
The Agency Season 1 episode 5: "Pilot"
2002 Six Feet Under Rita Piper Season 2 episode 3: "The Plan"
Strong Medicine Edith Strauss Season 3 episode 4: "Heartbeat"
Push, Nevada Eunice Blackwell Episode 4: "Storybook Hero"
Dancing at the Harvest Moon Harriet Finnigan TV movie
2003 Nip/Tuck Adelle Coffin Season 1 episode 10: "Adelle Coffin"
2004 Father of the Pride Episode 8: "Donkey"
2005 NYPD Blue Enid Season 12 episode 16: "Old Man Quiver"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Daphne Eiger Season 5 episode 15: "King Baby"
Las Vegas Season 2 episode 18: "To Protect and Serve Manicotti"
Thicker than Water Abygail Jordan TV movie
Mrs. Harris Mama Tarnower TV movie


  1. ^ a b Grimes, William (March 9, 2010). "Nan Martin, an Actress Known for Her Strong Roles, Dies at 82". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Noted Actress Nan Martin Passes Away March 4". March 7, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d McLellan, Dennis (March 5, 2010). "Nan Martin dies at 82; prolific actress". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Simonson, Robert (March 9, 2010). "Broadway and Film Actress Nan Martin Dies at 82". Playbill. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  5. ^ Corrigan, Kalyn (March 9, 2010). "Celebrating 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors' 28th Anniversary!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (January 10, 2014). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7864-8641-0.
  7. ^ "Nan Martin". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on April 2, 2020. Retrieved April 2, 2020.

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