Nan Martin Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 July 1927Decatur, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 4 March 2010Malibu, California, USA  (complications from emphysema)
Birth NameNan Clow Martin

Mini Bio (1)

Nan Martin was born on July 15, 1927 in Decatur, Illinois, USA as Nan Clow Martin. She is known for her work on Cast Away (2000), Shallow Hal (2001) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). She was married to Harry Gesner and Robert Emmett Dolan. She died on March 4, 2010 in Malibu, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Harry Gesner (14 February 1970 - 4 March 2010) (her death) (1 child)
Robert Emmett Dolan (17 March 1948 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

Mother of actor Zen Gesner
Was nominated for Broadway's 1959 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "J.B."
From her marriage to architect Harry Gesner, she is the mother of actor Zen Gesner, best known for his title role in The Adventures of Sinbad (1996). She and Harry named him after the Japanese Buddhist sect that preaches enlightenment through meditation.
Once wed to musician/composer/producer Robert Emmett Dolan. They had one child: Casey Martin Dolan.
Mother-in-law of Cynthia Farrelly Gesner.
Trained for the theater at UCLA.
She was awarded the 1995 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "Three Tall Women" at Fox Theatricals in Chicago, Illinois.
She made guest appearances in both The Twilight Zone (1959) and The Twilight Zone (1985). She was the first actor to do so.
First acted in a campus production of "The Gentle People" while a student at UCLA. Had a stint as a fashion model for designer Adrian, then made her debut on Broadway in 1950 in "A Story for a Sunday Evening".
Had a penchant for motherly roles -- both nice, and not so nice. On screen, she was effective as Ali McGraw's snobbish, newly-rich mother in Goodbye, Columbus (1969), and as Freddie Krueger's mother, Amanda, in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987); On the Broadway stage she played mothers in "Eccentricities of a Nightingale" (1976), "Buried Child" (1986) and "All My Sons" (1986).

Personal Quotes (1)

[on acting on television] Television keeps actors in the chips and out of the cold.

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