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Also Known As: Stephen Glenn Martin Died:
Born: August 14, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Waco, Texas, USA Profession: actor, comedian, playwright, producer, screenwriter, composer, musician, author

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Steve Martin was never interested in finding just one niche and remaining there for his entire life, as evidenced by his career evolution from TV writer to goofy stand-up comic to A-List star of offbeat comedies, family fare, dramas and musicals. His early, rock-star like fame as a comedian influenced a whole generation of performers with its experimental, no- punch-line style that sent-up vaudeville as much as it borrowed from his studies as a philosophy major. As a film actor, Martin's strongest work was generally material he wrote himself - comedies with a palpable heart and poignancy behind the puns, like "Roxanne" (1987), L.A. Story (1991) and the adaptation of his bestselling novella, "Shopgirl" (2005). Despite the iconic status of his 1979 comedy classic, "The Jerk," his film career was spotty however, and through the 1990s and beyond, Martin was mainly known for rote family comedies that relied not on "wild and crazy" antics but on his roles as the straight man exasperated over the wild and crazy antics of kids or unwelcome intruders in his quiet suburban world. Off-screen, enigmatic Martin had a reputation as a spotlight-shunning, quiet intellectual and fine art collector who, well into his...

Steve Martin was never interested in finding just one niche and remaining there for his entire life, as evidenced by his career evolution from TV writer to goofy stand-up comic to A-List star of offbeat comedies, family fare, dramas and musicals. His early, rock-star like fame as a comedian influenced a whole generation of performers with its experimental, no- punch-line style that sent-up vaudeville as much as it borrowed from his studies as a philosophy major. As a film actor, Martin's strongest work was generally material he wrote himself - comedies with a palpable heart and poignancy behind the puns, like "Roxanne" (1987), L.A. Story (1991) and the adaptation of his bestselling novella, "Shopgirl" (2005). Despite the iconic status of his 1979 comedy classic, "The Jerk," his film career was spotty however, and through the 1990s and beyond, Martin was mainly known for rote family comedies that relied not on "wild and crazy" antics but on his roles as the straight man exasperated over the wild and crazy antics of kids or unwelcome intruders in his quiet suburban world. Off-screen, enigmatic Martin had a reputation as a spotlight-shunning, quiet intellectual and fine art collector who, well into his sixties, was still full of surprises on the screen, the stage and on the page.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Happy Smekday! (2015)
2.
 Big Year, The (2011)
3.
 It's Complicated (2009)
4.
5.
 Baby Mama (2008)
6.
8.
 Shopgirl (2005) Ray Porter
9.
 Cheaper By the Dozen (2003) Tom Baker
10.
 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Mr Chairman
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Milestones close milestones

1952:
First acting role was playing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in his second-grade play
1960:
Worked at part-time at Disneyland, performing magic tricks at Merlin's Cave and appearing in Wally Boag's "It's Vaudeville Again"
1968:
Wrote for various comedy-variety shows beginning with "The Summer Smothers Brothers Comedy Show" (CBS)
1972:
TV debut as a regular on ABC's variety hour "The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show"; also wrote for the show
1973:
Made first appearance on "The Tonight Show" (NBC)
1976:
First time as host of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1977:
Wrote and acted in the short film "The Absent-Minded Waiter"; produced through his company The Aspen Film Society; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Live-Action Short
1978:
Feature acting debut, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
1979:
First film as co-writer, "The Jerk"; also played the lead role
1980:
Hosted the NBC TV specials "Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty" and "All Commercials ¿ A Steve Martin Special"
1981:
First dramatic performance, "Pennies From Heaven"
1983:
First collaboration with director Carl Reiner, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"
1984:
Portrayed a lawyer whose body is possessed by a millionairess (Lily Tomlin) in Reiner's "All of Me"
1986:
First film as producer, "Three Amigos!"; also co-wrote and co-starred
1986:
Played a memorable role as a sadistic dentist in "Little Shop of Horrors"; first collaboration with Rick Moranis
1987:
Wrote and starred in the modern day remake of "Cyrano de Bergerac" entitled "Roxanne"
1988:
Starred onstage with Robin Williams in the Lincoln Center Theater production of "Waiting for Godot"
1989:
Joined an ensemble cast for Ron Howard's "Parenthood"
1990:
Co-starred with Rick Moranis in the comedy "My Blue Heaven"
1991:
Appeared as a Joel Silveresque film producer in "Grand Canyon"
1991:
Teamed with Diane Keaton in the remake of "Father of the Bride"
1992:
First screen pairing with Goldie Hawn, "Housesitter"
1993:
Playwriting debut, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"
1994:
Updated "Silas Marner" as "A Simple Twist of Fate"; wrote, produced and starred
1995:
Re-teamed with Keaton for the sequel "Father of the Bride II"
1998:
Delivered a strong supporting turn as a mysterious businessman in David Mamet's "The Spanish Prisoner"
1998:
Voiced Hotep in the animated feature "The Prince of Egypt"
1999:
Re-teamed with Hawn for the remake of "The Out-of-Towners"
1999:
Played himself in "The Venice Project," starring Lauren Bacall and Dennis Hopper
1999:
Wrote and starred in the comedy "Bowfinger"
2000:
Had featured role in Stanley Tucci's drama "Joe Gould's Secret"
2000:
Published first novella <i>Shopgirl</i>
2001:
Hosted the annual telecast of the Academy Awards; received an Emmy nomination
2002:
Wrote the English-language adaptation of Carl Sterheim's "Die Hose," retitled "The Underpants"; performed at NYC's Classic Stage Company
2003:
Co-starred alongside Queen Latifah as a lonely attorney in "Bringing Down the House."
2003:
Starred as the father of twelve children in the comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen"
2004:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken word for "The Pleasure of My Company"
2005:
Co-starred with Claire Danes in the feature adaptation of his novella "Shopgirl"
2005:
Reprised role for "Cheaper By the Dozen 2"
2006:
Portrayed Inspector Clouseau, in prequel to the 1964 Peter Sellers original film "The Pink Panther"; also co-wrote the screenplay
2008:
Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album <i>Born Standing Up</i>
2009:
Reprised role of Inspector Clouseau for "The Pink Panther 2"
2009:
Earned an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role on NBC's "30 Rock" as eccentric businessman Gavin Volure
2009:
Co-hosted the 82nd Academy Awards with Alec Baldwin; earned an Emmy nomination in 2010 for Outstanding Special Class Programs (shared with Adam Shankman, Bill Mechanic, Michael B. Seligman, and Baldwin)
2009:
Released his first all-music album <i>The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo</i>
2009:
Co-starred with Meryl Streep in the comedy "It's Complicated"; directed by Nancy Meyers
2011:
Co-starred opposite Owen Wilson and Jack Black in the comedy feature "The Big Year"
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Education

Long Beach State College: Long Beach , California -
Santa Ana Junior College: Santa Ana , California -
Garden Grove High School: Orange , California - 1963
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1967

Notes

Martin is a serious collector of art.

He was selected as Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals' Man of the Year in 1988.

The actor-writer does not usually sign autographs for fans. Instead he gives them business cards which read: "This certifies that you have head a personal encounter with me and that you found me warm, polite, intelligent and funny. -- Steve Martin."

Martin holds the record for most appearances on "The Tonight Show": 40.

He has claimed Stanley Kubrick approached him about starring in the film "Eyes Wide Shut" way back in 1980, but it took too long to get made.

"I saw a review of 'The Mask' and it had this line, 'In this movie Jim Carrey proves he can act'. Now, that is a very subtle example of how comedy is not considered acting. 'Hey he can act!' Like that has value over what you normally do? I mean, what did he do in 'Ace Ventura?' I thought he was brilliantly funny--he carried the whole movie by his character--but no, that's not acting. Acting is only when you cry." --Martin's response when asked if he felt that there is a bias against comedy in Hollywood in New York Newsday, December 21, 1994.

Asked if he was close to the original "Saturday Night Live" cast, Martin told Fade In, Not really. Dan Aykroyd used to drive a motorcycle to owrk and stay out all night. Belushi was taking drugs. I remember asking Aykroyd one afternoon, 'Want to go over to Saks and look for some clothes?' He said [feigning boredom], 'Uh... no, I'm not into that.'"

"Irony existed... I didn't invent it. But there was no irony in, like, 1973 or 1974. It was all postwar--post-Viet Nam--angst and anger. I thought, 'It's time.' I really did. There were, like, a couple of moments in my life that were profound for me. One was that moment when I thought, 'Now is the time.' I could shave, cut my hair and change my clothes, and reprseent a new age." --Martin to Rolling Stone, September 2, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Linda Ronstadt. Singer. Dated while Martin was doing stand-up.
companion:
Bernadette Peters. Actor. Together from 1979 to c. 1982; met on set of "The Jerk".
wife:
Victoria Tennant. Actor. Married on November 20, 1986; separated in 1993; divorced in 1994.
companion:
Anne Heche. Actor. Had two year relationship (1994-96).
companion:
Cindy Sherman. Artist, director.
companion:
Ellen Ladowsky. Screenwriter. Born c. 1974.
companion:
Anne Stringfield. Dating as of December 2002; no longer together.
companion:
Patty Marx. Writer. Dating as of March 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Glenn Vernon Martin. Real estate agent. Born c. 1914; suffered a stroke c. 1976.
mother:
Mary Lee Martin. Born c. 1912.
sister:
Melinda Martin. Born on August 12, 1941.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Cruel Shoes" G.P. Putnam's Sons
"Pure Drivel" Hyperion
"Shopgirl" Hyperion
"Steve Martin: The Magic Years" SPI Books
"The Pleasure of My Company" Hyperion
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