Martha Plimpton

Martha Plimpton

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1970-11-16 (50 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

46 Movies · 19 TV shows

Also Known As: Martha Campbell Plimpton

Biography

Martha Campbell Plimpton (born November 16, 1970) is an American actress, singer, and former model. Her feature film debut was in Rollover (1981); she subsequently rose to prominence in the Richard Donner film The Goonies (1985). She has also appeared in The Mosquito Coast (1986), Shy People (1987), Running on Empty (1988), Parenthood (1989), Samantha (1992), Raising Hope (2010) and Small Town Murder Songs (2011).She is recognized on Broadway for her roles in The Coast of Utopia (2006–2007), Shining City (2006–2007), Top Girls (2007–2008), and Pal Joey (2008–2009). Other theatre productions in which she has performed include The Playboy of the Western World, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Glass Menagerie, The Sisters Rosensweig, and Uncle Vanya. She returned to Broadway in the fall of 2014 in a revival of A Delicate Balance.Plimpton most recently starred in The Real O'Neals, an ABC sitcom that aired from March 2016 to March 2017.She played Virginia Chance in the Fox sitcom Raising Hope, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She has also received three Tony Award nominations as well as a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2002, and again in 2012 as attorney Patti Nyholm in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife, the latter of which she won.

Early Life

Plimpton was born in New York City. She is the daughter of actors Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton. Her parents met while performing in the original Broadway run of Hair. Her paternal grandfather was actor John Carradine.She is an eighth cousin once removed of writer and editor George Plimpton, and, despite the different spelling, cartoonist Bill Plympton. She attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan. Her first stage appearance was when her mother brought her on stage in costume for the curtain call of the short-lived Broadway play The Leaf People then another play in The Ass and the Heart.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Mass

Mass

2021
Years after a tragic shooting, the parents of both the victim and the shooter meet.
TV
Genera+ion

Genera+ion

2021
A group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.

2020.

1 Movie
Pitch Black Panacea

Pitch Black Panacea

2020
Both Carl and Amy have lazy eyes. They both sign up for an unusual treatment in an effort to find a cure.

2019.

1 Movie
Frozen II

Frozen II

6.11
2019
The group heads to the forest to learn the truth about the mystery of their kingdom.

2018.

1 Movie
Honey Bee

Honey Bee

2018
Follows the journey of Natalie "Honey Bee" Sorensen, an underage truck stop prostitute trapped in a human trafficking ring until she is transplanted into foster care in remote Northern Ontario and for...

2017.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Brockmire

Brockmire

3.5
2017
A renowned major league baseball analyst who suffers an embarrassing and very public meltdown live on the air after discovering his beloved wife's infidelity decides to return to his career and love l...
TV
The Guest Book

The Guest Book

2017
The cottage's guest book is where guests record their confessions, alibis and farewells. Characters from previous seasons come along for the ride when a new town is featured, along with a new cottage ...
Hello Again

Hello Again

2017
In a musical exploration of love, ten lost souls slip in and out of one another's arms. Michael John LaChiusa's celebrated musical, originally based on Arthur Schnitzler's play, La Ronde, is a film ad...

2016.

1 TV show
TV
The Real O'Neals

The Real O'Neals

6
2016
When surprising truths are revealed, the lives of a seemingly perfect Catholic family take an unexpected turn. Instead of ruining their family, honesty causes a new messier chapter where everyone stop...

2013.

1 TV show
TV
The Blacklist

The Blacklist

6.61
2013
One of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington, surrendered to the FBI in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI both want to bring down criminals and terrorists. The FBI can...

2011.

1 Movie
Company

Company

2011
Bobby is a confirmed bachelor who is celebrating his 35th birthday with ten of his closest friends.

2010.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Remember Me

Remember Me

7.37
2010
Tyler was still reeling from a heartbreaking family event and his parents' divorce when he met Ally Craig, a beautiful woman who had witnessed her mother's death. The consequences of their separate tr...
TV
How to Make It in America

How to Make It in America

6
2010
Trying to make a name for themselves in New York's competitive fashion scene, Ben and Cam use their street knowledge and connections to bring their ambitions to fruition. With the help of Cam's cousin...
TV
Raising Hope

Raising Hope

6.24
2010
A young man is having sex with a serial killer. Jimmy is able to get custody of his daughter after the mother is sentenced to death because he has the support of a well-intentioned family.
Small Town Murder Songs

Small Town Murder Songs

2010
Walter is the chief of police in a small Ontario town that has its first murder victim, an attractive young woman who is found naked on the shores of a nearby lake. When the Ontario Provincial Police ...

2009.

1 TV show
TV
The Good Wife

The Good Wife

6.01
2009
After her husband's sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail, she assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce.

2008.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Marvelous

Marvelous

2008
After her husband leaves her, Gwen goes to live with her sister Queenie. She discovers that she has suddenly acquired a special gift that enables her to make mechanical objects work again and also hea...
TV
Fringe

Fringe

6.03
2008
Walter Bishop, brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist, and his scheming, reluctant son Peter, uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a p...

2007.

1 Movie
Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno

2007
An all-too-familiar backdrop of used car lots, gated communities, strip malls and the U.S. It is set against a comical view of the Underworld. The Capitol. A contemporary cast of reprobates includes p...

2005.

3 TV shows
TV
Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

6.54
2005
The personal and professional lives of a group of doctors are followed.
TV
Surface

Surface

5.87
2005
A marine biologist, an insurance salesman and a teenage boy find their lives changed when a new and often dangerous sea life species emerges, while the government tries to keep the affair under wraps....
TV
Medium

Medium

6
2005
Allison works in the District Attorney's office and uses her intuition to solve crimes by communicating with the dead. She often gets clues to the location of missing people from her dreams.

2004.

1 Movie
Hair High

Hair High

4
2004
A love-triangle that goes terribly wrong is the subject of Bill Plympton's gothic '50s high-school comedy. Two teens who were murdered go to their prom.

2003.

1 TV show
TV
Karen Sisco

Karen Sisco

2003
As a U.S. Deputy Marshal, based on Miami, Florida's Gold Coast, Karen must deal with the underbelly of South Beach nightlife and Palm Beach high life while tracking down fugitives. She also struggles ...

2002.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Hack

Hack

2002
Hack aired on CBS from 2002 to 2004. The life of a former police officer, Mike Olshansky, who left the force after being charged with corruption, is the focus of the series.
Searching for Debra Winger

Searching for Debra Winger

2002
As women working in the entertainment industry, they face a lot of pressures.

2001.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

6.25
2001
The third iteration of the "Law & Order" franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve its crimes...
The Sleepy Time Gal

The Sleepy Time Gal

2001
A young woman quits her law firm job and goes on a quest to find her birth mother after learning of her adoption.

1999.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6.09
1999
Sexually-based offenses are considered heinous in the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...
200 Cigarettes

200 Cigarettes

6
1999
People are at a New Year's Eve party.

1998.

5 Movies
The Defenders: Choice of Evils

The Defenders: Choice of Evils

1998
The Defenders are dedicated to the principle that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. They are defending a man who was wrongly convicted of murder.
Music from Another Room

Music from Another Room

1998
Music From Another Room is a romantic comedy that follows the exploits of Danny, a young man who grew up believing he was destined to marry the girl he helped deliver as a five year old boy when his n...
The Defenders: Taking the First

The Defenders: Taking the First

1998
Four teens beat a Latino youth to death after a racist speech on a college campus. One of the youths gives testimony against the other three and thePrestons are called upon to defend him. The family o...
Independent's Day

Independent's Day

1998
Independent filmmakers talk about what it's like to make a film, and what the festival has done for them.
Pecker

Pecker

1998
A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when photographs of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. The young man is called "Pecker" because he pecks at his...

1997.

3 Movies
The Defenders: Payback

The Defenders: Payback

1997
Television movie remake of the 1960s courtroom drama series, "The Defenders." After the death of his eldest son and his partner in the law firm of Preston and Preston, senior partner, Lawrence Preston...
Who Is Henry Jaglom?

Who Is Henry Jaglom?

1997
Henry Jaglom was hailed by some as a cinematic genius, a feminist voice and a true maverick of American cinema, dismissed by others as a voyeuristic fraud and the "world's worst director". This hilari...
Eye of God

Eye of God

1997
A small Oklahoma town is stripped of its innocence when one of its boys dies. Unable to tell his story, the local sheriff embarked on a quest to uncover the roots of a gruesome crime. Jack has an inte...

1996.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
I Shot Andy Warhol

I Shot Andy Warhol

6
1996
The true story of a 1960s radical who preached hatred toward men. She wanted Warhol to make a film that she wrote. She shot him. This is the story of a person.
TV
7th Heaven

7th Heaven

5
1996
Reverend Eric Camden and his wife Annie have always had their hands full caring for seven children, not to mention the friends, sweethearts and spouses that come and go in the Camden household.
I'm Not Rappaport

I'm Not Rappaport

1996
Old Nat Moyer is a troublemaker with a fanciful imagination. Even though she is blind, Midge Carter is still the super of an apartment house. Nat fights to keep his job. Nat takes on his daughter, a d...
Beautiful Girls

Beautiful Girls

1996
In a small fictional town of Knight's Ridge, Massachusetts, a group of lifelong buddies hang out, drink and struggle to connect with the women who affect their decisions, dreams and desires during a s...

1995.

1 Movie
Last Summer in the Hamptons

Last Summer in the Hamptons

1995
A large theatrical family spending the last weekend of their summer together at a decades-old family retreat which economic circumstances have forced them to put on the market is the subject of a new ...

1994.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
The Beans of Egypt, Maine

The Beans of Egypt, Maine

1994
The Beans are poor, proud, hated by everyone but alive in the sense that they struggle against their lot and support each other in times of trouble. Earlene lives across the street from the Bean's tra...
TV
ER

ER

5.68
1994
Critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of the overburdened emergency room were explored in the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital.
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

1994
The heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirting with despair, is what she remembers.
My Life's in Turnaround

My Life's in Turnaround

1994
Two people in Manhattan want to make a movie. One tends bar while the other drives a cab. Real-life actors are willing to star in a project.

1993.

3 Movies
Josh and S.A.M.

Josh and S.A.M.

1993
Josh and Sam are facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant, and the kids are sent to live with their father in Florida. Josh tells Sam that he is going to be sent to Africa to ...
Daybreak

Daybreak

1993
When a large portion of the nation's population is affected by a plague, the government puts them in camps and only allows death. A rebel named Torch sets out to help the afflicted by leading an under...
Chantilly Lace

Chantilly Lace

1993
A group of middle-aged women get together at a secluded house to learn about themselves

1992.

2 Movies
Samantha

Samantha

1992
A woman is doing her job. Until she learns her parents are not her parents. They are looking for her parents.
Inside Monkey Zetterland

Inside Monkey Zetterland

1992
An out of work screen writer complains about being too gay and cool in an off beat comedy.

1991.

1 Movie
A Woman at War

A Woman at War

1991
The life of a young Jewish woman in pre-World War II Belgium was destroyed when her parents were arrested by the Germans. In order to fight back, Regine joined the underground resistance movement and ...

1990.

1 Movie
Stanley & Iris

Stanley & Iris

1990
A cook at a company cafeteria tries to get the attention of a widow. She discovers his inability to read as they get to know each other. She tries to teach him to read when he is fired.

1989.

2 Movies
Silence Like Glass

Silence Like Glass

1989
Two women are dealing with terminal illness.
Parenthood

Parenthood

6.04
1989
The Buckman family tried to bring up their children. They enjoy the events that occur, such as the skeletons in the closet, the eccentrics, and the estranged relatives.

1988.

3 Movies
Stars & Bars

Stars & Bars

1988
A British art expert leaves New York to buy a long-lost Renoir from a Georgia eccentric.
Running on Empty

Running on Empty

1988
The Popes have not been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire to stop the Vietnam war campaign. The Popes have been on the run ever since....
Another Woman

Another Woman

1988
She has learned to keep her emotions to herself. She rents an apartment to work on her new book, but by an acoustic quirk she can hear everything that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiat...

1987.

1 Movie
Shy People

Shy People

1987
A New York journalist is going to write about her life in Louisiana for the first time. The journalist's wild drug addicted daughter is to blame for the tension between the two families.

1986.

1 Movie
The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast

1986
An American inventor who is tired of the danger and degradation of modern society decided to escape with his wife and children. He tries to create a utopian community with disastrous results in the ju...

1985.

1 Movie
The Goonies

The Goonies

6.5
1985
A teenager named Mikey Walsh finds a treasure map in his father's attic. Wanting to save their homes from demolition, Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the sec...

1984.

1 Movie
The River Rat

The River Rat

1984
A father and daughter are on the banks of the Mississippi. The people are looking for the loot that was taken.

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Family Ties

Family Ties

6.11
1982
Alex and Andrew were raised by Steven and Elyse.

1981.

1 Movie
Rollover

Rollover

1
1981
An Arab oil organization wants to wreck the world economy in order to cause anarchy.
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