Sandy Martin

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Sandy Martin
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Martin at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1949-03-03) March 3, 1949 (age 70)
Years active1965–present

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, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Big Love.


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.[citation needed]

Martin's television roles include 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. In Marley & Me, Martin played the woman who sold Marley as "Clearance Puppy". Her most recent film role was as the mother of Sam Rockwell's character, Officer Dixon, in 2017's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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").[1]


  1. ^ "Selma Greene, Who Are You?". TV Talk: Big Love. Retrieved 27 April 2015.

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