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Also Known As: Steven Robert Guttenberg Died:
Born: August 24, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, production associate

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Reportedly trained at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of dramatic stage legend John Houseman, Steve Guttenberg's film career in light, PG-rated comedies belied his theatrical background. His profile was highest during the 1980s, when he accompanied broad blockbusters "Police Academy" (1984) and "Three Men and a Baby" (1987) into seemingly endless sequels. His few forays away from his established persona as an overgrown class clown were little-seen and generally unsuccessful, but with a film resume that collectively grossed hundreds of millions of dollars and a film presence that was no worse than the goofy, nice guy competition of the era - i.e., Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton - the actor did not seem too concerned with fixing what was not broken.

Reportedly trained at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of dramatic stage legend John Houseman, Steve Guttenberg's film career in light, PG-rated comedies belied his theatrical background. His profile was highest during the 1980s, when he accompanied broad blockbusters "Police Academy" (1984) and "Three Men and a Baby" (1987) into seemingly endless sequels. His few forays away from his established persona as an overgrown class clown were little-seen and generally unsuccessful, but with a film resume that collectively grossed hundreds of millions of dollars and a film presence that was no worse than the goofy, nice guy competition of the era - i.e., Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton - the actor did not seem too concerned with fixing what was not broken.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002) Director
2.
  Love Off Limits (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Heart Shakey (2012)
2.
 Cornered! (2011)
3.
 Ay Lav Yu (2010)
4.
 Fatal Rescue (2009)
6.
7.
 Meet the Santas (2005)
9.
 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002) Jimmy Zoole
10.
 Overdrive (1998) Steve Stricker
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Milestones close milestones

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Grew up in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York
1976:
Moved to Hollywood two days after high school graduation
:
Acted in commercials; debut was in a Kentucky Fried Chicken TV spot
1977:
TV movie acting debut, "Something for Joey"
1977:
Feature film debut, one line in "Rollercoaster"
1977:
First significant film role, "The Chicken Chronicles"
1978:
Featured alongside Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier in the Nazi-themed thriller "The Boys From Brazil"
1979:
Debuted as a TV series star playing "Billy" the imaginative teen-aged protagonist of the short-lived CBS sitcom
1980:
Starred in the disco-themed feature "Can't Stop the Music"
1980:
Played blind Harvard Law student Harold Krents in the CBS TV-movie "To Race the Wind"
1982:
Co-starred in Barry Levinson's 1950s set slice of life comedy "Diner"
1983:
Featured in the highly-rated nuclear fallout TV-movie "The Day After" (ABC)
1984:
Starred as Carey Mahoney in the slapstick comedy "Police Academy"
1985:
Reprised role of Officer Mahoney in the sequel "Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment"
1985:
Starred as a tour boat captain who comes upon alien pods in Ron Howard's "Cocoon"
1986:
Revisted the popular Mahoney character in "Police Academy 3: Back in Training"
1986:
Starred with Ally Sheedy and a cheeky robot named Number 5 in "Short Circuit"
1987:
Featured in the Curtis Hanson's Hitchcock homage "The Bedroom Window"
1987:
Again played Officer Mahoney in "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol"
1987:
Co-starred with Tom Selleck and Ted Danson in the charming comedy "Three Men and a Baby"
1988:
Reprised role for the sequel "Cocoon: The Return"
1988:
Executive produced the CBS School Break Special "Gangs"; earned an Emmy nomination
1990:
London stage debut, "The Boys Next Door"
1990:
Reprised his role in "Three Men and a Little Lady"
1991:
Broadway debut, "Prelude to a Kiss"
1993:
TV directing debut (also acted), the CBS Schoolbreak Special, "Love Off Limits"
1995:
Featured in the Jodie Foster-directed family comedy "Home for the Holidays"
1995:
Played the father of the ubiquitous Olsen twins in the family comedy "It Takes Two"
1997:
Featured in the children's movies "Zeus and Roxanne" and "Casper: A Spirited Beginning"
1997:
Starred in ABC's TV-movie "Tower of Terror"
1999:
Featured in the Cinemax movie, "Airborne"
2002:
First film as director/producer/co-screenwriter/star, an adaptation of the Broadway hit, "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead"
2005:
Cast in a recurring role on "Veronica Mars" (UPN) as Woody Goodman, a wealthy businessman and community leader
2005:
Played the lead in the NBC made-for-TV remake of "The Poseidon Adventure"
2008:
Joined the cast of ABC's reality series, "Dancing with the Stars" as a contestant
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Education

State University of New York: Albany , New York -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -
The School of Performing Arts: New York , New York - 1976

Notes

"An actor and a salesman are the two professions that you get the most rejection in. But an actor is rejected for who he 'is'. It's very difficult in that sense. Once you learn how to play the game, it gets easier. Once you get hit on the head a hundred times with a hammer, it doesn't hurt anymore."--Steve Guttenberg quoted in TheaterWeek, April 1, 1991.

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wife:
Denise Bixler. Former model. Married 1988; separated June 1991; Guttenberg filed for divorce January 1992.

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father:
Stanley Guttenberg. Electrical engineer.
mother:
Ann Iris Guttenberg. Surgical assistant.

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