Kathy Lamkin, ‘No Country For Old Men’ Actress, Dead at 74

by Samantha Whidden

Kathy Lamkin, who is known for her role in the 2007 neo-Western crime thriller film “No Country For Old Men,” is reportedly dead at the age of 74.

According to Deadline, Kathy Lamkin died after a short illness. She passed away on April 4th. In a statement, the family wrote, “Kathy will be missed by her family and friends. And left an impact on all she that encountered during her life on this Earth.”

Kathy Lamkin was born on December 10, 1947, in Graham Texas. The actress scored a SAG Award as part of the cast of “No Country For Old Men.” 

During her acting career, Kathy Lamkin appeared in nearly 50 film and TV projects between 1990 and 2014. Along with “No Country For Old Men,” Lamkin is known for her role as The Tea Lady in Marcus Nispel’s 2003 remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and Jonathan Liebesman’s 2006 film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.”

Deadline further reports that along with acting, Kathy Lamkin taught theatre arts at Codwell Elementary School in Houston. She later created and ran the Unicorn School of Acting and USA Theatre. The actress is notably preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Jerry and Donald, and her sisters Jeannie Guinn, and Jeannette Oreschnigg. She is survived by her husband, Stephen L. Lamkin; her daughter Kati; her son Greg and his wife Jamie; and grandchildren Benjamin and Morgan.

Movie Lovers Praised Kathy Lamkin For Stealing the Spotlight in ‘No Country For Old Men’ 

Earlier this year, Buzzfeed published a piece called “People Are Talking About ‘Small Role’ Actors Who Stole the Scene or Entire Movie, And It’s a Great List.”

In a Reddit post, one user asked “What small-role actors stole the scene or entire movie?” This question was met with various answers, including Kathy Lamkin. A Reddit user also declared, “She took zero s— and even [Javier Bardem’s Anton] respected it. The [writers Coens] are good at unforgettable small roles.” 

Another Reddit user went on to add, “I don’t think he respects anyone; I think he hated that woman as he was leaving, but he accepted she ‘won’ the confrontation. Which is just very unusual to him. He couldn’t intimidate her. And he couldn’t kill her in that moment. To him, the situation is probably infuriating.”

“No Country For Old Men” is a story about violence and mayhem that ensued after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong. And more than two hundred million dolls in cash near the Rio Grande. 

Kathy Lamkin played the role of Desert Aire Manager. She also had a heated scene with Javier Bardem’s character. Her character further refused to reveal any details about a resident named Llewelyn Moss.