Biography for Steve Martin
Stephen Glenn Martin
6′ (1.83 m)
Comic who successfully made the transition from a zany stand-up act to
ridiculous film comedies to dramatic film roles to leading man status.
IMDb mini-biography by
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Ray%20Hamel» Ray Hamel
Wearing «arrow through head» prop
Is an accomplished banjo player and appears playing the instrument in
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0780184/» Earl Scruggs 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.
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000040/» Stanley Kubrick liked
his work in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0079367/» The Jerk
(1979) and once considered having him play Bill Harford in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0120663/» Eyes Wide Shut (1999); the role
which later went to HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000129/» Tom
Dated HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000162/» Anne Heche .
Is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and collects the art of
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm1066174/» Georgia O’Keeffe , Richard
Diebenkorn, HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0209137/» Willem de
Kooning , Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0291285/» Helen Frankenthaler , Edward Hopper,
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0005014/» David Hockney ,
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0509039/» Roy Lichtenstein , and
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0681444/» Pablo Picasso .
Born at 5:54am-CWT
He is in the horn section of HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0454475/» B.B. King ‘s «In The Midnight Hour»
Studied philosophy at California State University at Long Beach, and for
a while, considered becoming a philosophy professor instead of an
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 HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001613/» Bernadette Peters
and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000307/» Helena Bonham Carter
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 HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0072562/» «Saturday
Night Live» (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
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0072562/» «Saturday Night Live»
(1975). However, he holds the records for guest appearances (25) on the
show (followed closely by HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0377750/»
Buck Henry ), 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
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 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0213984/» Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty
Years of Monty Python (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 HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000045/» Bruce Lee
‘s second movie, HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0068767/» Jing wu
men (1972). He plays a policeman who shoots Bruce at the very end of
Was listed as #50 in People Magazine’s «50 Most Beautiful People» List
Played the banjo in his guest appearance on the _»Muppet Show, The»
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 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0092086/» !Three Amigos! (1986). He also
plays the harmonica.
As his insistence, the 1987-1988 season premiere of HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0072562/» «Saturday Night Live» (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 HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0305669/» Bringing Down
the House (2003) and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0349205/»
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), as well being listed as a suggestion in
the Worst Supporting Actor category for his role in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0318155/» Looney Tunes: Back in Action
(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, HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0101862/» Father of the Bride (1991),
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0113041/» Father of the Bride Part
II (1995), HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0305669/» Bringing
Down the House (2003) and HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0452598/» Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).
«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
(While hosting HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0280387/» The 73rd
Annual Academy Awards (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
«Chaos in the midst of chaos isn’t funny, but chaos in the midst of
«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 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/SearchBios?award» award ) «When I first found out that
I was going to win this HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/SearchBios?award»
award , 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.»
Where are they now
(October 2003) Second novella, «The Pleasure of My Company,» was
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 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0078239/» Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
Band (1978) provided Martin with his first film role, enacting the
Beatles song «Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.» He subsequently cowrote his
first «proper» film, HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0079367/» The
Jerk (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 HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0075626/» The
Absent-Minded Waiter 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 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0082894/» Pennies From Heaven (1981). He
fared better in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0083798/» Dead Men
Don’t Wear Plaid (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 HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0085894/» The Man With
Two Brains (1983). But he achieved a turning-point the following year
in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0086873/» All of Me (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 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0093886/» Roxanne (1987), which he wrote and
helped produce. He made a believable if befuddled father in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0098067/» Parenthood (1989), and invaded
Woody Allen territory with HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0102250/» L.A. Story (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 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0101969/» Grand Canyon 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 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0104695/» Leap of Faith (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: HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0087635/» The Lonely Guy 1985: HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0089628/» Movers and Shakers 1986:
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0092086/» !Three Amigos! ,
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0091419/» Little Shop of Horrors
(as the paininflicting dentist); 1987: HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0093748/» Planes , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0093748/» Trains & Automobiles 1988:
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0095031/» Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
1990: HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0100212/» My Blue Heaven
1993: HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0106273/» And the Band
Played On (made-for-TV); 1994: HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0111194/» A Simple Twist of Fate (also
wrote), HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0110538/» Mixed Nuts .