Steve Guttenberg

Steve Guttenberg


Also Known As
Steven Robert Guttenberg
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
August 24, 1958


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...

Photos & Videos

Diner - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Diner - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

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


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.

Steven Robert Guttenberg was born on Aug. 24, 1958, in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised on Long Island in the suburban town of Massapequa, where he was first introduced to the idea of acting by a family friend. Soon after he signed up for his school drama program and eventually sought further training at New York's High School of the Performing Arts. He also studied with John Houseman at the renowned Juilliard School, made his off-Broadway stage debut in "The Lion in Winter" while he was still in high school. After graduating from Plainedge High, Guttenberg moved to Los Angeles, CA and began pursuing an acting career, getting a couple of lucrative breaks with TV commercials for Coca-Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken. It was not long before his wiseacre smirk and boyish looks landed him on the big screen; first, as the amorous lead in the teen sex comedy "The Chicken Chronicles" (1977), followed by an impressive dramatic about-face in the "The Boys from Brazil" (1978), playing the young member of a militant Jewish organization who helps a Nazi-hunting Laurence Olivier.

The following year, Guttenberg scored the title role in "Billy" (CBS, 1979), a short-lived sitcom about an imaginative teenager, before leaving the teen genre behind to play blind lawyer Harold Krents in the biopic "To Race the Wind" (CBS, 1980) and a struggling composer in the Village People disco flop, "Can't Stop the Music" (1980). Guttenberg rebounded and gained positive notices for Barry Levinson's coming-of-age buddy drama "Diner" (1982), where he was cast amid an impressive young ensemble including Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon and Ellen Barkin, as a young sports fanatic who insists that his bride-to-be pass a sports trivia test before their marriage. He returned to TV with a leading role in one of the highest rated TV movies of all time, the nuclear war drama "The Day After" (ABC, 1983). The year 1984 saw the birth of one of Guttenberg's best-loved (and most-revived) characters, Carey Mahoney in "Police Academy" (1984). The blockbuster slapstick comedy earned over $80 million at the box office, and featured Guttenberg at the center of a crew of appropriately ragtag police department recruits.

Now established as a comedic leading man with box office drawing power, Guttenberg scored again with his role as an amiable tour boat captain in the senior citizen sci-fi hit "Cocoon" (1985). He revived Mahoney - now a police academy graduate ready to fight crime - in "Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment," which did not quite top the numbers of the breakout original, but still brought in a hefty box office haul. Next, Guttenberg stepped out from his string of ensemble hits and appeared as the prominent star of "Bad Medicine" (1985), an ill-fated med school comedy co-starring Alan Arkin and Julie Hagerty. Sergeant Mahoney returned to train the newest round of recruits in 1986's "Police Academy: Back in Training" before Guttenberg expanded his repertoire with John Badham's sci-fi comedy "Short Circuit" (1986), starring opposite Ally Sheedy and a cute little robot. Hollywood's hot comedy property starred in no less than four films in 1987, including "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol," the sketch comedy compendium "Amazon Women on the Moon," and the wildly popular "Three Men and a Baby," co-starring Guttenberg, Tom Selleck and Ted Danson as three single guys unwittingly launched into sharing fatherhood duties of an unexpected baby. Guttenberg also tested his squeaky clean image in the dark thriller "The Bedroom Window," (1987), but the film was not well-received by critics or audiences.

After an appearance in "Cocoon: The Return" (1988), Guttenberg teamed up with Peter O'Toole and Daryl Hannah in the unfortunate comedic misfire "High Spirits" (1988). Taking a screen break, he went behind the camera as executive producer of the CBS Schoolbreak Special "Gangs" (CBS, 1988) before cementing his image as "the sequel kid" when he reteamed with Selleck and Danson in "Three Men and a Little Lady" (1990).

Nice-guy Guttenberg fell largely out of the public eye for the first half of the 1990s, during which time he enjoyed a return to his stage roots, making his London stage debut in 1990 in Tom Griffin's "The Boy Next Door," followed by the Tony-nominated supernatural drama, "Prelude to a Kiss." He returned to the big screen in 1995 with a pair of family films - Disney's soccer pic "The Big Green" and the feature debut of TV's Olsen twins, "It Takes Two," in which he played the father of the dynamic duo. Despite roles in Jodie Fosters' more grown-up "Home for the Holidays" (1995) and a little-seen turn as a racecar driver in the indie "Overdrive" (1997), Guttenberg seemed to be aging into the family film niche, lending his voice to animated TV movies "Casper: A Spirited Beginning" (1997) and starring in The Wonderful World of Disney's "Tower of Terror" (1997). 1998's "Hometeam," which saw Guttenberg as an overbearing handyman at an orphanage, went straight to video as did an unconvincing turn as a shirtless secret agent in the actioner, "Airborne" (1998).

Guttenberg returned to the stage in 1999 to unenthusiastic reviews in "Furthest from the Sun," directed and co-written by Woody Harrelson. Out of the public eye for another stretch, he remained busy as founder of Guttenberg House, a transitional home for former foster care children. He was also active with other children's charities, including The Starlight Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, for which he served as its ambassador of Children's Issues. Guttenberg was also busy with his new post as the Honorary Mayor of Pacific Palisades, a wealthy Oceanside community in Los Angeles, which he would reside over for the four years.

In 2003, the mayor tackled a new career challenge when he produced, directed and starred in an adaptation of James Kirkwood's play, "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead" (2003). The gay-themed play did not reach wide release and was only screened at festivals. During the early 2000s, Guttenberg enjoyed an increased presence on television; first appearing in an episode of "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990- ) and co-starring alongside Adam Baldwin in a TV adaptation of "The Poseidon Adventure" (NBC, 2005).

That same year, he began a recurring role on the critically-hailed drama "Veronica Mars" (UPN, 2004-06, CW, 2006-07), playing a prominent member of Mars' local community of Neptune. Guttenberg continued in his controversial role - which, in a shattering of his status as a beloved figure in wholesome comedies, also involved child molestation - until the show's cancellation in 2006. In the spring of 2008, Guttenberg was added to the cast of the reality show/pop culture phenomenon "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). In preparation for his appearance, he staged a mini-tour of secondary American cities and performed stand-up comedy, along with a preview of his dance skills.



Director (Feature Film)

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002)

Cast (Feature Film)

Bigger (2018)
2 Lava 2 Lantula! (2016)
Lavalantula (2015)
I Heart Shakey (2012)
Cornered! (2011)
Ay Lav Yu (2010)
Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous (2009)
Fatal Rescue (2009)
Mojave Phone Booth (2006)
The Poseidon Adventure (2005)
Meet the Santas (2005)
P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002)
Jimmy Zoole
Overdrive (1998)
Steve Stricker
Zeus and Roxanne (1997)
Tower of Terror (1997)
Buzzy Crocker
Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)
Home for the Holidays (1995)
The Big Green (1995)
It Takes Two (1995)
The Magical World of Chuck Jones (1992)
The Boyfriend School (1990)
3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)
Cocoon: the Return (1988)
High Spirits (1988)
Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
Carey Mahoney
Amazon Women On The Moon (1987)
The Bedroom Window (1987)
Surrender (1987)
Short Circuit (1986)
Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)
Carey Mahoney
Bad Medicine (1985)
Jeff Marx
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
Carey Mahoney
Cocoon (1985)
Police Academy (1984)
Carey Mahoney
The Day After (1983)
The Man Who Wasn't There (1983)
Diner (1982)
Miracle On Ice (1981)
To Race the Wind (1980)
Harold Krents
Can't Stop The Music (1980)
Jack Morell
Players (1979)
The Boys From Brazil (1978)
Barry Kohler
Something For Joey (1977)
Mike Cappelletti
The Chicken Chronicles (1977)
David Kessler

Writer (Feature Film)

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002)
Screenplay (Adaptation)

Producer (Feature Film)

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002)

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
Production Associate

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Magical World of Chuck Jones (1992)

Director (Special)

Love Off Limits (1993)

Cast (Special)

Intimate Portrait: Ally Sheedy (1999)
The Walt Disney Company Presents The 8th American Teacher Awards (1998)
The 1997 ESPY Awards (1997)
Family Film Awards (1996)
Earth Day at Walt Disney World (1996)
Love Off Limits (1993)
A User's Guide to Planet Earth: The American Environment Test (1991)
The 45th Annual Tony Awards (1991)
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1991)
The Second Annual Star-Spangled Celebration (1988)
A Star-Spangled Celebration (1987)
Pecos Bill, King of the Cowboys (1986)
The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1986)

Producer (Special)

Gangs (1988)
Executive Producer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (2004)
Airborne (1998)

Life Events


Moved to Hollywood two days after high school graduation


First significant film role, "The Chicken Chronicles"


TV movie acting debut, "Something for Joey"


Feature film debut, one line in "Rollercoaster"


Featured alongside Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier in the Nazi-themed thriller "The Boys From Brazil"


Debuted as a TV series star playing "Billy" the imaginative teen-aged protagonist of the short-lived CBS sitcom


Played blind Harvard Law student Harold Krents in the CBS TV-movie "To Race the Wind"


Starred in the disco-themed feature "Can't Stop the Music"


Co-starred in Barry Levinson's 1950s set slice of life comedy "Diner"


Featured in the highly-rated nuclear fallout TV-movie "The Day After" (ABC)


Starred as Carey Mahoney in the slapstick comedy "Police Academy"


Starred as a tour boat captain who comes upon alien pods in Ron Howard's "Cocoon"


Reprised role of Officer Mahoney in the sequel "Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment"


Revisted the popular Mahoney character in "Police Academy 3: Back in Training"


Starred with Ally Sheedy and a cheeky robot named Number 5 in "Short Circuit"


Featured in the Curtis Hanson's Hitchcock homage "The Bedroom Window"


Again played Officer Mahoney in "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol"


Co-starred with Tom Selleck and Ted Danson in the charming comedy "Three Men and a Baby"


Reprised role for the sequel "Cocoon: The Return"


Executive produced the CBS School Break Special "Gangs"; earned an Emmy nomination


Reprised his role in "Three Men and a Little Lady"


London stage debut, "The Boys Next Door"


Broadway debut, "Prelude to a Kiss"


TV directing debut (also acted), the CBS Schoolbreak Special, "Love Off Limits"


Featured in the Jodie Foster-directed family comedy "Home for the Holidays"


Played the father of the ubiquitous Olsen twins in the family comedy "It Takes Two"


Featured in the children's movies "Zeus and Roxanne" and "Casper: A Spirited Beginning"


Starred in ABC's TV-movie "Tower of Terror"


Featured in the Cinemax movie, "Airborne"


First film as director/producer/co-screenwriter/star, an adaptation of the Broadway hit, "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead"


Cast in a recurring role on "Veronica Mars" (UPN) as Woody Goodman, a wealthy businessman and community leader


Played the lead in the NBC made-for-TV remake of "The Poseidon Adventure"


Joined the cast of ABC's reality series, "Dancing with the Stars" as a contestant

Photo Collections

Diner - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Diner (1982), written and directed by Barry Levinson.
Diner - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Diner (1982). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.


Movie Clip



Stanley Guttenberg
Electrical engineer.
Ann Iris Guttenberg
Surgical assistant.


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