Veteran casting director Cathy Henderson-Martin died in her sleep Wednesday at her Pismo Beach home after a long battle with cancer, her daughter Heather Henderson told Deadline. She was 66.
In a career that spanned more than 35 years, Henderson had 200-plus credits including film and TV. “For those who knew Cathy, you will remember her very colorful life with laughter and ‘awe’ from her lifetime experiences that no one else can claim,” the Casting Society of America said in a statement. “Always smiling, friendly and loving life, she continued working while battling the disease because she loved casting and making films.” The CSA says Henderson-Martin helped launch the career of Billy Bob Thornton — he actually credits her for being able to get his tooth fixed — among others, as well as casting such classic TV series as Charlie’s Angels, CHiPs, MacGyver and Sledge Hammer! On the film side, her credits include The Odd Way Home, The Soccer Nanny, Sinners And Saints, Privileged, UHF and many others.
She was nominated for three Artios Awards, including Best Casting for Feature Film, Independent, for What’s Cooking? (2000), Best Casting for TV, Comedy Pilot, for That’s My Bush! (2001), both shared with Dori Zuckerman; and Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama, for Weeds (1987), shared with Barbara Hanley.
Henderson-Martin is survived by her husband Don “Sandy” Martin, children Heather and Scott, her mother Dorothy, her brother Bob Voglin and granddaughter Olivia. There will be celebrations of her life both in Pismo Beach and Los Angeles; dates will be announced.