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Also Known As: Michael Myers, Michael John Myers Died:
Born: May 25, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer

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With his keen observational eye and ear, Canadian actor and writer Mike Myers created some of the most memorable comedic characters in TV and film history. From the time of his American breakout on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) in the early 1990s, Myers' success lay in his fully-realized, heavily detailed characterizations and his spot-on mimicry. In an era of cynical insider comedy like "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), Myers also set himself apart with affable, silliness that was refreshingly free from hip irony or mean-spirited intent. The outrageously funny site gags in the "Austin Powers" series of films never came across as an eye-rolling mockery of the 1960s British films that inspired them, the same way that the "Wayne's World" series celebrated the suburban basement experience instead of snickering at it. If nothing else, Myers' body of work introduced dozens of lasting catchphrases into the pop culture stream. "Way!"

With his keen observational eye and ear, Canadian actor and writer Mike Myers created some of the most memorable comedic characters in TV and film history. From the time of his American breakout on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) in the early 1990s, Myers' success lay in his fully-realized, heavily detailed characterizations and his spot-on mimicry. In an era of cynical insider comedy like "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), Myers also set himself apart with affable, silliness that was refreshingly free from hip irony or mean-spirited intent. The outrageously funny site gags in the "Austin Powers" series of films never came across as an eye-rolling mockery of the 1960s British films that inspired them, the same way that the "Wayne's World" series celebrated the suburban basement experience instead of snickering at it. If nothing else, Myers' body of work introduced dozens of lasting catchphrases into the pop culture stream. "Way!"

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Love Guru, The (2008)
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 Shrek the Third (2007)
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 Shrek 2 (2004) Voice Of Shrek
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 Pete's Meteor (2002)
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 Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) Austin Powers/Dr. Evil/Fat Bastard/Goldmember
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 Shrek (2001) Shrek/Blind Mouse
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 View From the Top (2001) John Whitney
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Grew up in Scarborough, Canada
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Began acting in commercials as a child; appeared in a commercial spot for British Columbia Hydro Electric with Gilda Radner playing his mother
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Had first dramatic role in a Canadian TV-movie with Donald Sutherland
1981:
Hired by Toronto's Second City Comedy Troupe
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Moved to England
1985:
Founding member of The Comedy Store Players at The Comedy Store in London
1986:
Joined the SCTV company in Chicago where he was spotted by "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels
1989:
Joined NBC's "Satruday Night Live" as a writer and recurring cast member; later becoming a regular
1992:
Feature debut as an actor and co-writer, "Wayne's World"; based on characters created for "SNL"
1993:
Portrayed dual roles in "So I Married an Axe Murderer" as a commitment-shy beat poet and his batty Scottish father
1993:
Reprised role of Wayne Campbell in "Wayne's World 2"; also co-wrote
1995:
Left cast of "SNL" and took a two-year career break
1997:
Played the title role (also wrote and co-produced) in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"; also played the villain Dr. Evil
1998:
Offered rare dramatic performance as disco-era club owner Steve Rubell in "54"
1999:
Reprised roles in "Austin Powers II: The Spy Who Shagged Me"; added a third character, the henchman Fat Bastard; also co-wrote and co-produced
2001:
Voiced the title character in the animated film "Shrek"; replaced the late Chris Farley
2002:
Reprised roles for the third Austin Powers film "Austin Powers in Goldmember"; also co-wrote and co-produced
2003:
Played the title role in "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat"
2004:
Again voiced the title character of the animated feature "Shrek 2"
2007:
Reprised role of the title character for "Shrek the Third"
2008:
Portrayed the title role of "The Love Guru"; also co-wrote with Graham Gordy and co-produced with Gary Barber
2009:
Played a British General in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"
2010:
Once again voiced the title character in "Shrek Forever After"
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Education

Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute: -
Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute: -

Notes

"I still believe that at any time the no-talent police will come and arrest me." --Mike Myers to Danny Fields in DETAILS, March 1992

About those, um, teeth? [in "Austin Powers"]: "The British are dentally challenged. In Britain in the 60s, you could be a sex symbol and still have bad teeth. Even today, you see English rock stars who are jillionaires and still have bad teeth." --Myers in USA TODAY, May 1, 1997

"He can write, and he thinks everything through in detail. In 'Wayne's World' and 'Wayne's World 2', he cared about every aspect of production, whether it was writing, performance, editing or music. There's a real intensity always to do the best he can." --producer Lorne Michaels, quoted in BIOGRAPHY, June 1999

"Austin Powers was born out of trying to celebrate my father's life. You can only write stuff that is in your heart; I don't think there's a formula, and I know that it's foolish to look for one. My father's favorites were mine: Peter Sellers, Monty Python, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, all of that stuff. My dad was a guy who loved to be silly; he had a highly prized sense of humor. When I would bring friends home to play table hockey in the basement, if my dad didn't think they were funny, he wouldn't let them in the house. 'They can't come around,' he'd say. 'They're not bloody funny!" --Myers quoted in BIOGRAPHY, June 1999

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wife:
Robin Ruzan. Actor, writer. Met in 1987 in a bar following a hockey game with Myers, co-wrote "Wayne's World: Extreme Close Up", a book about the making of the film; married in May 1993.

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father:
Eric Myers. Former British army cook, encyclopedia salesman. Emigrated to Canada from Liverpool, England; died on November 22, 1991 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
mother:
Alice Myers. Data processor. Trained as actor at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before moving to Canada and raising children; originally from Liverpool, England.
mother-in-law:
Linda Richman. Myers based his "SNL" character on her.
brother:
Peter Myers. Born c. 1959;.
brother:
Paul Myers. Musician. Born c. 1962; plays in band Gravelberrys.
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