Steve Martin


Actor, Comedian
Steve Martin

About

Also Known As
Stephen Glenn Martin
Birth Place
Waco, Texas, USA
Born
August 14, 1945

Biography

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-...

Family & Companions

Linda Ronstadt
Companion
Singer. Dated while Martin was doing stand-up.
Bernadette Peters
Companion
Actor. Together from 1979 to c. 1982; met on set of "The Jerk".
Victoria Tennant
Wife
Actor. Married on November 20, 1986; separated in 1993; divorced in 1994.
Anne Heche
Companion
Actor. Had two year relationship (1994-96).

Bibliography

"The Pleasure of My Company"
Steve Martin, Hyperion (2003)
"Steve Martin: The Magic Years"
Morris W Walker, SPI Books (2001)
"Shopgirl"
Steve Martin and Leigh Haber, Hyperion (2000)
"Pure Drivel"
Steve Martin, Hyperion (1998)

Biography

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.

Martin was born on Aug. 14, 1945, in Waco, TX. When he was five years old his mother and real estate agent father - himself, a failed actor - moved the family to Southern California. Five years later, they were living in Garden Grove when Disneyland opened, and 10-year-old Martin found himself neighboring "the happiest place on earth." He was given a striped shirt and straw hat and hired to wander the park selling programs. In addition to the two cents he made per program, he also had free access to park. Even though he was painfully shy and could not yet imagine performing in front of people, he spent even his off-duty hours there, watching and learning from park performers who juggled, played music and did vaudeville acts. He spent so much time in the park's magic shop, Merlin's Cave, that he began working there when he was just 13. From demonstrating magic tricks and making balloon animals for the customers, he went on to get professional gigs as a magician for community groups like the Boy Scouts and Elks Lodge. The professional attitude the teenager took towards his work was remarkable, as he kept copious notes and recordings of his early performances, critiquing them and tweaking them in his drive to perfect his act. After graduating from Garden Grove High School in 1963, Martin studied drama and p try at a community college, while writing and appearing in comedy skits at nearby Knott's Berry Farm amusement park and doing stand-up comedy at local coffee houses.

Martin's academic shift to philosophy led him to Los Angeles where he attended UCLA, eventually landing a job as a writer for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." He and the writing staff won an Emmy Award in 1969, and Martin continued to write and occasionally appear in comedy bits on variety shows like "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1971-74) and "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" (CBS, 1969-1972). And with his philosophy studies still haunting him, Martin experimented with new approaches to his own comedy act. With the same focus and diligence with which he had learned magic tricks at Disneyland and taught himself to play the banjo, he now analyzed what made people laugh and sought to create a stage show that would be funny in an entirely nontraditional way. The result was part vaudeville/part performance art - a juggling banjo player who confidently tossed around absurd non-sequiturs while dressed in three-piece white suit like some square visitor from an alternate universe. He found a receptive audience to his experimental act in places like San Francisco, but he also toughed it out for years on the stand-up circuit playing to empty rooms in small towns. The philosophical performer continually analyzed and adjusted his act, unknowingly ushering in a new era of post-modern comedy. He got bigger gigs, opening for rock concerts, and in time, his appearances on "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1954- ) and the fledgling "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) began to bring him unexpected fame.

After many memorable performances as a "wild and crazy" Festrunk brother on "Saturday Night Live," Martin released a live comedy album, Let's Get Small (1977) and his fame skyrocketed. The platinum-seller and Grammy winner for Best Comedy Album gave birth to catch phrases like "Well excuuuse me!" and Martin sold out larger and larger venues until he was filling stadiums. By 1978, Martin had become a certified pop culture phenomenon with his arrow-through-the-head persona, releasing a follow-up Grammy winning album, A Wild and Crazy Guy, and a music single "King Tut," which hilariously celebrated the ancient boy king whose remains were hot on the museum circuit that year. Martin also made a cameo in the celebrated "Muppet Movie" (1979) and wrote and starred in "The Jerk" (1979), an expectedly absurdist rags-to-riches-back to rags tale of a hapless dimwit who leaves his poor black family and stumbles into a world of wealth and fame. The film was an instant classic, and also netted the era's hottest star a romantic relationship with cute ukulele-playing co-star, Bernadette Peters. He toured continually and hosted a pair of comedy specials on NBC in 1980, but the following year, at the height of his fame, Martin abruptly quit stand-up. As he saw it, his was a conceptual act, so there was no need to keep showing audiences the same thing over and over. He had made his point and he was ready to move on to a film career.

Martin's follow-up to "The Jerk" threw audiences for a loop, though he proved a capable dramatic player in the off-beat, revisionist musical drama, "Pennies From Heaven" (1981). He stuck close to nontraditional comedy, and in the first of many collaborations with Carl Reiner, Martin pulled off the difficult task of acting opposite clips from classic 1940s films in the film noir send-up, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1983). His role as a doctor who falls in love with a brain in a jar in "The Man with Two Brains" (1983) pleased fans, and Martin went on to give one of his most outstanding performances in Reiner's "All of Me" (1984), in which his physical comedy was a perfect fit for a character who is half-possessed on his body's right side only by a deceased, crotchety millionairess (Lily Tomlin). The 1985 romantic comedy "The Lonely Guy" was a flop, but ironically the next year, the long-time bachelor was wed to British actress and "All of Me" co-star, Victoria Tennant. The following year, Martin co-wrote the successful buddy comedy "Three Amigos!" (1986) and joined Chevy Chase and Martin Short on horseback with amusing results. Martin played a sadistic dentist in the well-received screen adaptation of the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) and dialed back the zany energy to give a surprisingly touching and graceful performance in "Roxanne" (1987), a modern-day comic revamp of "Cyrano de Bergerac" which Martin also wrote and executive- produced.

In one of the best-loved films of both their careers, Martin played alongside a surprisingly touching John Candy in the John Hughes' holiday classic, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987). Martin was the straight man of two mismatched travelers whose Thanksgiving plans are endlessly ill-fated, resulting in three intolerable days together. Co-star chemistry was again at the center of the successful "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988), in which Martin and Michael Caine made for a deliciously deviant team of con artists. Martin maintained a reserved, high-strung persona to portray the father of a young family in "Parenthood" (1989), a huge box office hit beloved for its balance of comedy and heart. In 1991, Martin wrote, produced and starred in "L.A. Story," which was well received as much for its insightful romantic comedy script as for its successful capturing of the essence of certain L.A. character types and lifestyles. Martin returned to drama, playing a film producer in Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble "Grand Canyon" (1991), but went on to spend the majority of the 1990s in box office comedy successes that were disappointingly predictable for an actor whose early work was so exuberant and off-kilter. The first of these lackluster broad comedies were Disney's remake of "Father of the Bride" (1991) and "Housesitter" (1992), where he played an uptight architect whose life is disrupted by a female grifter (Goldie Hawn).

Light on his feet, if ultimately joyless and opaque, Martin played a charlatan faith healer in the moderately successful drama, "Leap of Faith" (1992). The following year, Martin - who was known off-screen as an intellectually-inclined art collector - made his playwriting debut with "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," a comic fantasy about a meeting between the celebrated painter and Albert Einstein in 1904 before both achieved worldwide fame. The play premiered in Chicago and went on to become a hit in Los Angeles and off-Broadway. "WASP and Other Plays" followed at New York's Public Theater and further confirmed Martin's broad talent. Back in Hollywood, Martin returned to Disney's Touchstone division as executive producer and scripter of "A Simple Twist of Fate" (1994), a polished yet problematic adaptation of George Eliot's "Silas Marner." He was effective as a gloomy recluse who reconnects with life by raising an abandoned infant, but audiences detected a downer and steered clear. Off-screen, Martin was feeling a bit down himself, when he and wife Tennant divorced in 1994 after a decade of marriage, though he rebounded with a two-year relationship with considerably younger actress, Anne Heche. In 1995, Martin returned to successful if unremarkable comedy with the sequel "Father of the Bride II" and "Mixed Nuts," a tiresome holiday offering that flopped, despite an all-star cast and script and direction from romantic comedy gold-spinner, Nora Ephron.

After the forgettable effort "Sgt. Bilko" (1996), Martin delivered a strong supporting turn as a mysterious businessman in David Mamet's psychological drama, "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997). He lent his voice to the wily servant Hotep in DreamWorks' animated Moses musical "The Prince of Egypt" (1998), and finally revisited his sorely missed "zany" persona in "Bowfinger" (1999), a successful Hollywood satire where Martin (who also penned the script) played a producer alongside co-star Eddie Murphy as an action film hero. Martin enjoyed further critical kudos that year for his book Pure Drivel, a collection of humor pieces he had previously published in The New Yorker magazine. A lackluster remake of the 1960s screwball classic "The Out-of-Towners" (1999), however, missed the mark and Martin detoured into new territory with director Stanley Tucci's serious-minded "J Gould's Secret" (2000), as well as the dramatic thriller, "Novocaine" (2001), where he played a dentist suspected of murdering a patient. Martin's first novella, Shopgirl, about a depressed glove saleswoman at a Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus, was released that year and became a bestseller. In a semi-return to stand-up, Martin was cheered for taking over hosting duties of the Academy Awards ceremonies in 2001 and 2003.

In an intentionally unexpected pairing that delivered mega box office returns, Martin co-starred opposite rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah in "Bringing Down The House" (2003), a contrived "opposites comedy" about a lonely attorney who looks for love on the Internet and finds an escaped convict who wreaks havoc on his life. There were more genuine laughs to be had with "Looney Tunes: Back In Action" (2003) - a live action/animation mix starring the Warner Bros. cast of cartoon icons and Martin, throwing off his well-worn uptight act and cutting loose as the villainous Chairman of the Acme Corporation. He further banked on family fare, reprising his "exasperated suburban dad" in the remake of "Cheaper By the Dozen" (2003), an enormous box office hit that held little interest for critics. Conversely, Martin's screen adaptation of "Shop Girl" (2005) only received limited release but garnered resoundingly positive reviews for its smart, subtle, and sometimes painfully honest portrayal of a May-December romance. Martin reprised his role as overburdened parent in the sequel "Cheaper By the Dozen 2" (2005) and then seemed like a safe bet to take on the iconic role of the classic Peter Sellers character, Inspector Clouseau, in "The Pink Panther" (2006) reimagining. Audiences anticipated Martin's return to more physical comedy, but even the actor's valiant efforts onscreen were not enough to salvage the bad script.

In 2007, Martin released the heartfelt memoir Born Standing Up, a well-reviewed chronicle of his early years in show business, and followed it up with the children's book, The Alphabet From A to Y with the Bonus Letter Z, which was illustrated by fellow New Yorker contributor Roz Chast. He also took the plunge again, wedding longtime girlfriend (and former New Yorker staffer) Anne Stringfield before returning to the screen with a supporting role in the unexpected summer comedy hit "Baby Mama" (2008). The following year, Martin reprised his take on the bumbling Inspector Clouseau in "The Pink Panther 2" (2009), a box office dud that threatened to undermine a third installment to the series. Meanwhile, he was in fine form as an agoraphobic millionaire who tries to woo Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) on an episode of the critical darling, "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-13). The role earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009. Martin's connection to the show did not end there. Perhaps due in part to their onscreen chemistry, Martin and "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin were announced as co-hosts of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards - an announcement that sent ripples of excitement through the public and industry at large.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)
Love the Coopers (2015)
Voice
Happy Smekday! (2015)
Voice
Home (2015)
Captain Smek
The Big Year (2011)
The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
It's Complicated (2009)
Baby Mama (2008)
The Pink Panther (2006)
Shopgirl (2005)
Ray Porter
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
Bringing Down the House (2003)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Novocaine (2001)
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
The Out of Towners (1999)
The Venice Project (1999)
Himself
Fantasia 2000 (1999)
Bowfinger (1999)
The Spanish Prisoner (1998)
Sgt. Bilko (1996)
Father of the Bride Part II (1995)
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Michael Mcmann
Mixed Nuts (1994)
And the Band Played On (1993)
Leap of Faith (1992)
Housesitter (1992)
Grand Canyon (1991)
Father of the Bride (1991)
L.A. Story (1991)
Harris
My Blue Heaven (1990)
Parenthood (1989)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Freddy Benson
Roxanne (1987)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Three Amigos! (1986)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Movers And Shakers (1985)
Fabio Longio
All Of Me (1984)
The Lonely Guy (1984)
The Man With Two Brains (1983)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Pennies From Heaven (1981)
Arthur Parker
The Muppet Movie (1979)
The Jerk (1979)
The Kids Are Alright (1979)
Himself
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
Dr Maxwell Edison

Writer (Feature Film)

The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
Screenplay
Traitor (2008)
Story By
The Pink Panther (2006)
Screenplay
Shopgirl (2005)
Source Material (From Novella: "Shopgirl")
Shopgirl (2005)
Screenplay (Adaptation)
Bowfinger (1999)
Screenplay
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Screenwriter
L.A. Story (1991)
Screenwriter
L.A. Story (1991)
From Story
Roxanne (1987)
Screenplay
Three Amigos! (1986)
Screenplay
The Jerk, Too (1984)
Characters As Source Material
The Man With Two Brains (1983)
Screenplay
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Screenplay
The Jerk (1979)
Story By
The Jerk (1979)
Screenplay
The Jerk (1979)
From Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Traitor (2008)
Executive Producer
Shopgirl (2005)
Producer
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Executive Producer
L.A. Story (1991)
Executive Producer
Roxanne (1987)
Executive Producer
Three Amigos! (1986)
Executive Producer
The Jerk, Too (1984)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Big Year (2011)
Song
The Big Year (2011)
Song Performer
Three Amigos! (1986)
Song Performer
The Jerk (1979)
Song Performer
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
Song Performer ("Maxwell'S Silver Hammer")

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Fierce Creatures (1997)
Special Thanks To
Edie & Pen (1996)
Special Thanks To

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Magic Camp (2017)
Other
The Venice Project (1999)
Other
The Kids Are Alright (1979)
Other

Cast (Special)

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton (2017)
Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin (2015)
Himself
The Directors: David Mamet (2004)
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time (2004)
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003)
100 Years of Hope and Humor (2003)
E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 (2003)
Comedy Central Presents The NY Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase (2002)
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001)
Host
Intimate Portrait: Diane Keaton (2001)
Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001)
Mark Twain Prize -- Celebrating the Humor of Carl Reiner (2001)
Performer
The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards (2000)
Performer
Steve Martin Seriously Funny (2000)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs (2000)
Steve Martin: A Comic Life (1999)
The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1999)
Presenter
Canned Ham: Bowfinger (1999)
Interviewee
Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special (1999)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1999)
Performer
The Late Show With David Letterman 5th Anniversary Special (1998)
12th Annual American Comedy Awards (1998)
Performer
Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration (1997)
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997)
Presenter
Nichols and May -- Take Two (1996)
The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1995)
Presenter
Carl Reiner: Still Laughing (1995)
The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995)
Presenter
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1995)
Performer
Comic Relief VI (1994)
The 48th Annual Tony Awards (1994)
Presenter
Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time (1993)
Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 (1992)
Toonces, the Cat who Could Drive a Car (1992)
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards (1991)
Performer
The Dream Is Alive: The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World (1991)
Life of Python (1990)
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1990)
Presenter
Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women (1990)
Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary (1989)
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards (1989)
Performer
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 20th Reunion Show (1988)
The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Lemmon (1988)
Performer
The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1988)
Performer
Texas 150: A Celebration Special (1986)
Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary (1986)
The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly (1985)
Performer
Steve Martin's the Winds of Whoopie (1983)
Twilight Theater (1982)
The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra (1982)
Performer
Steve Martin's Best Show Ever (1981)
The Sensational, Shocking, Wonderful, Wacky '70s (1980)
All Commercials -- A Steve Martin Special (1980)
Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (1980)
Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years (1980)
George Burns' 100th Birthday Party (1979)
John Denver: Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)

Writer (Special)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003)
Writer
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001)
Writer
Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (1980)
Writer
John Denver: Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)
Writer
Van Dyke and Company (1975)
Writer

Producer (Special)

Steve Martin's the Winds of Whoopie (1983)
Executive Producer
Twilight Theater (1982)
Executive Producer
Twilight Theater (1982)
Executive Producer

Special Thanks (Special)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003)
Writer
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001)
Writer
Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (1980)
Writer
John Denver: Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)
Writer
Van Dyke and Company (1975)
Writer

Misc. Crew (Special)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003)
Writer (Tv)
Welcome Home, America! - A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters (1991)
Archival Footage

Life Events

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

Wrote and starred in the comedy "Bowfinger"

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

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

Starred as the father of twelve children in the comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen"

2003

Co-starred alongside Queen Latifah as a lonely attorney in "Bringing Down the House."

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

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

Reprised role of Inspector Clouseau for "The Pink Panther 2"

2009

Co-starred with Meryl Streep in the comedy "It's Complicated"; directed by Nancy Meyers

2009

Earned an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role on NBC's "30 Rock" as eccentric businessman Gavin Volure

2011

Co-starred opposite Owen Wilson and Jack Black in the comedy feature "The Big Year"

Videos

Movie Clip

Pennies From Heaven (1981) - Chicago, 1934 Opening from director Herbert Ross and writer Dennis Potter (from his BBC TV series), Steve Martin as sheet-music salesman Arthur, Jessica Harper his wife Joan, with the first mimicked song, “I’ll Never Have To Dream Again,” recorded by Elsie Carlisle, in the retro-musical hybrid Pennies From Heaven, 1981.
Pennies From Heaven (1981) - Did You Ever See A Dream, Walking? Working his east-central Illinois sheet-music sales territory, Arthur (Steve Martin) haggles with shopkeeper Barrett (Raleigh Bond) then sees Eileen (Bernadette Peters) for the first time, miming the Bing Crosby recording of the song by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon, in Pennies From Heaven, 1981.
Pennies From Heaven (1981) - It's The Girl With fellow traveling salesmen Al (Robert Fitch, with glasses) and Ed (Tommy Rall, mustache), Arthur (Steve Martin) concedes it’s a girl he’s on about, song by Abel Baer and Dave Oppenheim, recorded by the Boswell Sisters and the Dorsey Brothers orchestra, in Pennies From Heaven, 1981.
Father Of The Bride (1991) - What's The Big Deal? The well-to-do Banks family settling in for their first dinner after Annie (Kimberly Williams) has returned home from her semester studying architecture in Rome, Steve Martin as dad George, Diane Keaton as mom Nina, Kieran Culkin the little brother, in the 1991 remake, Father Of The Bride.
Father Of The Bride (1991) - This Blessed Event Steve Martin is the title character, with the same last name and a similar address-to-camera, though not exactly the same speech as Spencer Tracy’s in the original (1951), in the successful 1991 remake, with Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams and Martin Short, opening Father Of The Bride.
Father Of The Bride (1991) - Seventh Door On The Left George and Nina (Steve Martin, who continues his occasional narration, and Diane Keaton), themselves successful business owners, meet their even wealthier in-laws to be (Peter Michael Goetz, Kate McGregor-Stewart) at their Bel-Air mansion, in the remake Father Of The Bride, 1991.
Roxanne (1987) -- Big Nose Screenwriter and star Steve Martin (as "C.D.") does the nose-joke riff for a barroom bully and an audience including Shelley Duvall (as "Dixie") and Daryl Hannah (title character) in the "Cyrano" update Roxanne, 1987.
Roxanne (1987) -- Your Nakedness Steve Martin wrote this showcase scene for his "Cyrano de Bergerac" adaptation, in which his character "C.D." meets ingenue and title character Daryl Hannah in Roxanne, 1987.
Roxanne (1987) - Open, Your Shoes Part of the opening credits, plus the first scene for nosey screenwriter-star Steve Martin, schooling drunks including SNL star Kevin Nealon, from the 1987 revision of Cyrano de Bergerac, Roxanne.
All Of Me (1984) - With A Dead Woman? Edwina (Lily Tomlin) appears at first in voice only, trapped inside lawyer Roger (Steve Martin), as she derails his engagement to angry Peggy (Madolyn Smith) in All Of Me, 1984.
All Of Me (1984) - Let's Boff! Edwina (Lily Tomlin), trapped inside Roger (Steve Martin), is not convinced she's up for a tryst with diabolical Terry (Victoria Tenant) in director Carl Reiner's All Of Me, 1984.
All Of Me (1984) - I Just Died! Following a botched spiritual ceremony, the personality of Edwina (Lily Tomlin) finds itself stuck inside Roger (Steve Martin), with ensuing difficulties, in All Of Me, 1984.

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Family

Glenn Vernon Martin
Father
Real estate agent. Born c. 1914; suffered a stroke c. 1976.
Mary Lee Martin
Mother
Born c. 1912.
Melinda Martin
Sister
Born on August 12, 1941.

Companions

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

Bibliography

"The Pleasure of My Company"
Steve Martin, Hyperion (2003)
"Steve Martin: The Magic Years"
Morris W Walker, SPI Books (2001)
"Shopgirl"
Steve Martin and Leigh Haber, Hyperion (2000)
"Pure Drivel"
Steve Martin, Hyperion (1998)
"Cruel Shoes"
Steve Martin, G.P. Putnam's Sons (1979)