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Biography for Steve Martin

Birth name

Stephen Glenn Martin

Height

6' (1.83 m)

Mini biography

Comic who successfully made the transition from a zany stand-up act to ridiculous film comedies to dramatic film roles to leading man status.

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Spouse |

( - 1994) (divorced)

Trade mark

Wearing "arrow through head" prop

White Hair.

Trivia

Is an accomplished banjo player and appears playing the instrument in and Friends video for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", for which he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance. This makes him rare in that he has won Grammies for both comedy and music.

liked his work in (1979) and once considered having him play Bill Harford in (1999); the role which later went to .

Dated .

Is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and collects the art of , Richard Diebenkorn, , Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, , Edward Hopper, , , and .

Born at 5:54am-CWT

He is in the horn section of 's "In The Midnight Hour" music video.

Studied philosophy at California State University at Long Beach, and for a while, considered becoming a philosophy professor instead of an actor-comedian.

Once had a job at Disneyland in the Magic Shop on Main Street, USA. He also worked for neighboring amusement park Knott's Berry Farm as a comedian in their "Birdcage Theatre". It was during these jobs that he honed his skills in live performance, such as improv comedy, banjo playing, juggling, and lassoing.

Dated and .

Graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School in 1963. He attended Garden Grove High School in the beginning of his high school career, but then Rancho opened. At that point he lived in the attendance area that went to Racho and had to start going there. He was also a cheerleader at Rancho and often did his King Tut dance.

Member of (1975)'s "Five Timers Club" by hosting 13 times (the most one person has ever hosted).

Contrary to popular belief, Martin was never a cast member on (1975). However, he holds the records for guest appearances (25) on the show (followed closely by ), hosting (at 13 times, he sets the standard for the SNL "Five Timers Club"), and hosting in a single season (3). He is also the only person to have hosted a season premiere, a season finale, and a Christmas show.

Hosted the 75th Annual Academy Awards.

He is a fan of _"Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969) (TV)_ . This led to him being the host/narrator of the documentary (1989) (TV).

As a vegetarian, he made fun of hotdogs in a 1970s standup act.

His study of philosophy was a source of much of his material for his 1970s standup act.

Was an extra in 's second movie, (1972). He plays a policeman who shoots Bruce at the very end of the film.

Was listed as #50 in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" List (2003).

Played the banjo in his guest appearance on the _"Muppet Show, The" (1976)_ .

Was voted Most Talented by his classmates at Garden Grove high school.

Chosen as #6 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time

Is skilled with a rope or lasso, and did his own ropework in (1986). He also plays the harmonica.

As his insistence, the 1987-1988 season premiere of (1975) (hosted by Martin) went on, despite the fact that there hadn't been a dress rehearsal. There was a fire in a nearby studio and the cast and crew were evacuated from Rockefeller Center just before dress rehearsal was scheduled to begin.

Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actor category for the films (2003) and (2003), as well being listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his role in (2003). He did not receive either nomination.

Attended Lampson Intermediate School (now Ralston Intermediate) in Garden Grove, California.

Recipient of the 8th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2005, awarded by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Has worked with actor 'Eugene Levy' on four different films, (1991), (1995), (2003) and (2005).

Personal quotes

"I believe that sex is the most beautiful, natural, and wholesome thing that money can buy."

"The greatest thing you can do is surprise yourself."

"What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."

(While hosting (2001) (TV)) "And now, I'm pleased to introduce the star of the film 'Gladiator,' and a man I like to call a close, personal friend, but he told me not to..."

"I wrote a novel this year called 'Shop Girl,' and several producers came to me and wanted to turn it into a movie. And I said, "If you think you're going to take this book and change it around, and Hollywoodize it and change the ending... that's going to cost you."

"All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work."

"Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is."

"I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you are an idiot."

"It's very hard being one of the most beautiful people. Having this kind of beauty is actually a burden. Sometimes I go to a party and not one of the other 49 most beautiful people is there. That makes me feel very solitary and alone, because it means I am the most beautiful person in the room. If I'm going to a party where I know there will be 'less-beautiful people,' I try to 'dress down' in order to hide my beauty. But this seems to have a counter-effect of actually making me more beautiful. I guess me and dungarees are a pretty potent combination. I try not to lord my beauty over others. This is very hard. I try not to mention that I am one of the most beautiful people, but somehow it always comes out. I will usually only bring it up when I'm asked to do a task, like open a garage door. People seem to enjoy my beauty and are genuinely happy for me, because after I mention it they always say, 'How nice for you.'" -- From People Magazine, 20 May 2003, in which Martin was listed as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People.

(Upon recieving a particularly unremarkable ) "When I first found out that I was going to win this , I tried really hard - to care. And then I realised; we are all here tonight, because of a common love; me."

"Comedians don't get Oscars, so I gave up on that a long time ago. And I can't really speak about the Oscar worthiness of my own performance."

"I lost 20 pounds - actually, I lost 25 pounds, but then I gained 5 back because I was too skinny. I didn't change what I ate, I just started eating smaller portions. And I cut out bread - that's the real killer, because I was reaching in and eating half a loaf before dinner arrived. All you have to do is that, and then you can drink all you want."

"I've written a lot about L.A., and I always describe it as beautiful. To me, human relationships can be sad, can be exhilarating - but it's not a product of the city. And it takes different forms. Like, in New York, you're always with people. You can't go outdoors, you can't go into the subway, you can't go anywhere without running into people you don't know. But in L.A., you really have to work a bit to be exposed. You have to be standing in a shop, you have to join a club, or join a community service thing, or go to a nightclub in order to meet people. Because there's not the same transitory proximity to other people."

Salary

(2003) | $10,500,000

(1996) | $7,000,000

Where are they now

(October 2003) Second novella, "The Pleasure of My Company," was published.

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

It's difficult to reconcile the Steve Martin of today-a top-rated film star who alternates between situational comedy and light drama-with the "wild and crazy guy" whose absurdist stand-up comedy and TV work paralyzed 1970s audiences. The Martin who attempted to fill Spencer Tracy's old shoes in a 1991 remake of Father of the Bride is the same performer who convulsed us by shouting, "Well, excuuuuuse me!" more than a decade ago. In the 1960s, before his stand-up career, Martin was an Emmy-winning writer for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" TV show. This artistic philosophy student became one of the 1970s' most popular comedians, alternating stints on "The Tonight Show" and "Saturday Night Live" with sellout concert appearances and hit records.

The unfortunate musical pastiche (1978) provided Martin with his first film role, enacting the Beatles song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer." He subsequently cowrote his first "proper" film, (1979), a starring vehicle that visualized situations he described in some stand-up routines, and the first of his several collaborations with Carl Reiner. Around this time he directed himself in a funny short subject called which wound up earning an Oscar nomination. Back then he was compared to Jerry Lewis, but Martin made his loftier screen ambitions plain by taking the lead in the daring but ill-fated film adaptation of Dennis Potter's mordant BBC series (1981). He fared better in (1982), a private-eye spoof and technical tour de force that had him interacting with longdeceased screen legends like Bogart and Alan Ladd via intercut footage from vintage thrillers.

Martin was an egotistical brain surgeon nearly done in by vamp Kathleen Turner in (1983). But he achieved a turning-point the following year in (1984), a clever comedy in which he had to act as if Lily Tomlin controlled half of his body! This skillful performance won him critical praise, a handful of awards, and genuine respect as a comic actor (It was also on that film that he met his future wife, Victoria Tennant.) Since then he has expanded his range, reining in his surrealistic comedic style to assume "straight" roles that rely on kinder and gentler humor. He was most affecting as a latter-day Cyrano de Bergerac in (1987), which he wrote and helped produce. He made a believable if befuddled father in (1989), and invaded Woody Allen territory with (1991), writing and starring in that quirky California counterpart to Allen's Manhattan In addition to Story and the aforementioned Father of the Bride 1991 saw the release of Lawrence Kasdan's in which Martin took a basically non-comedic part as a disaffected movie producer.

No longer the "wild and crazy guy" of comic TV sketches, he made his New York stage debut in a celebrated production of "Waiting for Godot" in 1988 directed by Mike Nichols. He then took a (1992) on screen, playing a phony evangelist; he was, as usual, entertaining to watch, but not entirely convincing. In 1993 he added a new credential to his resume, writing a play, "Picasso at the Lapine Agile."

OTHER FILMS INCLUDE: 1984: 1985: 1986: , (as the paininflicting dentist); 1987: , 1988: 1990: 1993: (made-for-TV); 1994: (also wrote), .