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Also Known As: Martin Hayter Short Died:
Born: March 26, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hamilton, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, TV producer, writer

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An astonishingly energetic comedic player in film and on television for over three decades, the ever-youthful looking Martin Short floored audiences with his livewire performances on the legendary Canadian sitcom "SCTV" (Global/CBC/NBC, 1976-1984) before becoming an international star thanks to "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), "Three Amigos!" (1986), and "Primetime Glick" (Comedy Central, 2001-03). Short's most memorable characters - the manic Ed Grimley; the obese, obtuse Jiminy Glick - burst out of the screen with a volcanic energy that was riveting to watch and even harder to contain in formulaic Hollywood comedies. Television and the stage were his best showcases; the perfect environment for his improvisational skills to be unleashed to their fullest potential. An Emmy-nominated shift towards the dramatic in the third season of the popular series "Damages" (FX, 2007- ) showed that Short's versatility was apparently limitless, and the admiration for and accolades showered on his talents were richly deserved.

An astonishingly energetic comedic player in film and on television for over three decades, the ever-youthful looking Martin Short floored audiences with his livewire performances on the legendary Canadian sitcom "SCTV" (Global/CBC/NBC, 1976-1984) before becoming an international star thanks to "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), "Three Amigos!" (1986), and "Primetime Glick" (Comedy Central, 2001-03). Short's most memorable characters - the manic Ed Grimley; the obese, obtuse Jiminy Glick - burst out of the screen with a volcanic energy that was riveting to watch and even harder to contain in formulaic Hollywood comedies. Television and the stage were his best showcases; the perfect environment for his improvisational skills to be unleashed to their fullest potential. An Emmy-nominated shift towards the dramatic in the third season of the popular series "Damages" (FX, 2007- ) showed that Short's versatility was apparently limitless, and the admiration for and accolades showered on his talents were richly deserved.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dorothy of Oz (2014)
2.
 Frankenweenie (2012)
5.
6.
 Khan Kluay (2006)
8.
 Prince Charming (2003) Rodney
9.
 Treasure Planet (2002) Voice Of B.E.N.
10.
 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) Voice Of Ooblar
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Milestones close milestones

1970:
Met future Second City collaborator Dave Thomas in college
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Co-starred with Thomas in "Macbeth," with Short as Lennox and Thomas as Banquo
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Landed first professional acting job, as a giant Visa card in a TV commercial
1972:
Performed in musicals and cabarets in Canada
1972:
Made professional stage debut in Toronto production of "Godspell," co-starring Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Paul Shaffer, and Dave Thomas
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Appeared in a production of "Fortune and Men's Eyes"
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Joined Toronto unit of Second City comedy troupe
1979:
Made feature acting debut in "Lost and Found"
1979:
Landed U.S. debut as a TV regular on "The Associates," an acclaimed but short-lived ABC sitcom
1982:
Joined the ensemble of "SCTV Comedy Network" during its fifth season as a writer-performer
1984:
Joined the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"
1985:
Starred (also wrote) in his own "Showtime Comedy Spotlight" special "Martin Short Concert for the North Americas"
1986:
Made U.S. feature debut, co-starring in "Three Amigos!"
1987:
Cast in first romantic lead "Cross My Heart"
1988:
Created (also produced, wrote, and lent voice) the NBC Saturday morning cartoon "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley"
1989:
Received raves for a scene-stealing uncredited performance as a smarmy agent in "The Big Picture"
1991:
Offered another scene-stealing turn as the wedding planner Franck Eggelhoffer in the remake of "Father of the Bride"
1992:
Made American musical theater debut in Chicago production of Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl"
1993:
Debuted on Broadway with "The Goodbye Girl"; received a Tony nomination
1993:
Directorial debut, the Gilda Radner tribute special special "Friends of Gilda" (CBC)
1994:
Starred on his own short-lived NBC sitcom "The Martin Short Show"
1995:
Reprised role of Franck in "Father of the Bride Part II"
1997:
Starred as a fairy godmother in the disappointing "A Simple Wish"
1998:
Announced deal with King World to star on own syndicated TV series
1998:
Returned to Broadway as star of a revival of the musical "Little Me"; won Tony Award
1999:
Starred in the syndicated variety series "The Martin Short Show"
2001:
Returned to features in "Get Over It"
2001:
Portrayed celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick in the Comedy Central mock talk show "Primetime Glick"; earned an Emmy nomination (2003)
2002:
Voiced the character B.E.N in the Disney animated feature "Treasure Planet"
2005:
Brought his talk-show host alter ego Jiminy Glick to the big screen in the comedy "Jiminy Glick in La La Wood"
2006:
Performed (also co-wrote) the autobiographical Broadway musical "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me"
2006:
Played Jack Frost in "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause"
2008:
Lent his voice to the fantasy film "The Spiderwick Chronicles"
2010:
Joined the cast of FX's "Damages"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
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Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
2011:
Guest starred on Showtime's "Weeds" and CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother"
2012:
Voiced character of Stefano in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
2012:
Voiced Mr. Frankenstein and other characters in animated film "Frankenweenie," based on director Tim Burton┬┐s characters and story
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Education

McMaster University: Hamilton , Ontario - 1972

Notes

"I am a timeless imp with endless energy." --Martin Short

"What's great about being a character actor is you know that you can survive forever. It's not about the gloss of your eyebrows. . . . One of my great influences was Don Knotts as Barney Fife." --Martin Short in US, April 1997

"Gene Hackman once said he was amazed how small he could go with a character. I'm amazed at how big I can go because people are so out there in real life. . . . You can never be too broad with a character. And it's scary in reality when you meet a person stranger that the characters you've created." --Short quoted in MOVIELINE 1991

"'He's fearless," says [fellow SCTV alumnus Andrea] Martin. 'He'll do the same thing in his living room that he'll do for millions of people on TV. I remember I was sitting at home watching Johnny Carson. Bette Davis came on first. Then Marty came on and broke out into a very accurate impersonation of Bette Davis to Bette Davis. My heart was in my mouth; I was afraid he'd insulted her, but it was like he'd been in show business for 95 years, like George Burns. He's completely uninhibited.'" --"Mr. Natural" by Peter Biskind, PREMIERE, August 1991.

"What attracted Short to 'Clifford'? 'My idol is Peter Sellers. I'm more enamored of the idea of disguise than I am of persona-playing. I'm trying to find films that aren't castable by a hundred other actors. Now, who could play a ten-year-old boy sincerely? The list isn't long.'" --From Natural" by Peter Biskind, PREMIERE, August 1991

Displaying perhaps a bit too much confidence, Short commenting to Michael Starr of the NEW YORK POST (September 13, 1999) on his new daytime series: "I've always liked myself on talk shows--I can objectively look at myself and say, that's me being kind of loose at a party. I buy that."

Short was named a member of the Royal Order of Canada in 1994.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Nancy Short. Actor. Acted on the TV sitcoms "Soap" and "Making a Living"; married 1980.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Charles Patrick Short. Vice-president of a Canadian car company. Irish; came to North America as a stowaway; died c. 1972 a year and a half after the death of his wife.
mother:
Olive Short. Musician. Former child prodigy; played classical violin; first female concertmaster in North America; died c. 1970 of cancer five years after the death of her eldest son.
brother:
David Short. Eldest; died c. 1965 in a car crash when Short was thirteen.
brother:
Michael Short. Screenwriter. Older.
brother-in-law:
Bob Dolman. Comedy writer. Worked on "SCTV"; brother of Nancy Dolman Short.
daughter:
Katherine Short. Born c. 1983; mother Nancy Short.
son:
Oliver Short. Born c. 1986; mother Nancy Short.
son:
Henry Short. Born c. 1990; mother Nancy Short.
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