Steve Martin Biography
Birth name - Stephen Glenn Martin
Date of birth - August 14, 1945
Waco, Texas, USA
Height - 6' (1.83 m)
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Is an accomplished banjo player and appears playing the instrument in Earl Scruggs and Friends video for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," for which he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance. This makes him rare in that he has won Grammies for both comedy and music.
Stanley Kubrick liked his work in The Jerk (1979) and once considered having him play Bill Harford in Eyes Wide Shut (1999); the role that later went to Tom Cruise.
Spouse - Victoria Tennant (20 November 1986 - 1994) (divorced)
Dated Anne Heche.
Is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and collects the art of Georgia O'Keeffe, Richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, Helen Frankenthaler, Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Pablo Picasso.
Born at 5:54am-CWT
He is in the horn section of B.B. King's "In The Midnight Hour" music video.
Studied philosophy at California State University at Long Beach, and for a while, considered becoming a philosophy professor instead of an actor-comedian. He periodically spoofed his philosophy studies in his 1970s stand-up act, such as comparing Philosophy with studying Geology - "If you're studying Geology, which is all facts, as soon as you get out of school you forget it all, but Philosophy you remember just enough to screw you up for the rest of your life.".
Once had a job at Disneyland in the Magic Shop on Main Street, USA. He also worked for neighboring amusement park Knott's Berry Farm as a comedian in their "Birdcage Theatre." It was during these jobs that he honed his skills in live performance, such as improv comedy, banjo playing, juggling, and lassoing.
Graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1963. He attended Rancho Alamitos High School in the beginning of his high school career, but then Garden Grove opened. At that point he lived in the attendance area that went to Grove and had to start going there. He was also a cheerleader at Rancho and often did his King Tut dance.
Member of "Saturday Night Live" (1975)'s "Five Timers Club" by hosting 14 times (the most one person has ever hosted).
Contrary to popular belief, Martin was never a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). However, he holds the records for guest appearances (25) on the show (followed closely by Buck Henry), hosting (at 14 times, he sets the standard for the SNL "Five Timers Club"), and hosting in a single season (3). He is also the only person to have hosted a season premiere, a season finale, and a Christmas show.
Hosted the 75th Annual Academy Awards.
He is a fan of _"Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969) (TV)_ . This led to him being the host/narrator of the documentary Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python (1989) (TV).
As a vegetarian, he made fun of hotdogs in a 1970s standup act.
His study of philosophy was a source of much of his material for his 1970s standup act.
Was an extra in Bruce Lee's second movie, Jing wu men (1972). He plays a policeman who shoots Bruce at the very end of the film.
Was listed as #50 in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" List (2003).
Played the banjo in his guest appearance on the _"Muppet Show, The" (1976)_ .
Was voted Most Talented by his classmates at Garden Grove high school.
Chosen as #6 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time
Is skilled with a rope or lasso and did his own rope work in _¡Three Amigos! (1986)_ . He also plays the harmonica.
At his insistence, the 1987-1988 season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" (1975) (hosted by Martin) went on, despite the fact that there hadn't been a dress rehearsal. There was a fire in a nearby studio and the cast and crew were evacuated from Rockefeller Center just before dress rehearsal was scheduled to begin.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actor category for the films Bringing Down the House (2003) and Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), as well being listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his role in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). He did not receive either nomination.
Attended Lampson Intermediate School (now Ralston Intermediate) in Garden Grove, California.
Recipient of the 8th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2005, awarded by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Has worked with actor 'Eugene Levy' on four different films, Father of the Bride (1991), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Bringing Down the House (2003) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).
His performance as Navin Johnson in 'The Jerk' (1979) was ranked #99 among Premiere Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time (2006).
Was considered for the role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
Is a fan of "Doctor Who" (1963).
His performance as Navin Johnson in "The Jerk" (1979) is ranked #66 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Says his favorite movie of his own is Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987).
A production of his play "The Underpants" was directed by Brian Barney for Bruka Theatre, Reno, Nevada, USA, in November 2005.
Is a member of MENSA, as are James Woods, 'Geena Davis" and Ben Rollins.
Like Weird Al Yankovic, did a satire sketch of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" music video on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.
Was on an episode of The Dating Game before he was famous in 1966. He won a date with an old friend name Marscha Walker with whom he had not seen in 3 years.
Personal quotes from Steve Martin
"I believe that sex is the most beautiful, natural, and wholesome thing that money can buy."
"The greatest thing you can do is surprise yourself."
"What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."
(While hosting The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001) (TV)) "And now, I'm pleased to introduce the star of the film 'Gladiator,' and a man I like to call a close, personal friend, but he told me not to..."
"I wrote a novel this year called 'Shop Girl,' and several producers came to me and wanted to turn it into a movie. And I said, "If you think you're going to take this book and change it around, and Hollywoodize it and change the ending... that's going to cost you."
"All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work."
"Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is."
"I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you are an idiot."
"It's very hard being one of the most beautiful people. Having this kind of beauty is actually a burden. Sometimes I go to a party and not one of the other 49 most beautiful people is there. That makes me feel very solitary and alone, because it means I am the most beautiful person in the room. If I'm going to a party where I know there will be 'less-beautiful people,' I try to 'dress down' in order to hide my beauty. But this seems to have a counter-effect of actually making me more beautiful. I guess me and dungarees are a pretty potent combination. I try not to lord my beauty over others. This is very hard. I try not to mention that I am one of the most beautiful people, but somehow it always comes out. I will usually only bring it up when I'm asked to do a task, like open a garage door. People seem to enjoy my beauty and are genuinely happy for me, because after I mention it they always say, 'How nice for you.'" -- From People Magazine, 20 May 2003, in which Martin was listed as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People.
(Upon recieving a particularly unremarkable award) "When I first found out that I was going to win this award, I tried really hard - to care. And then I realised; we are all here tonight, because of a common love; me."
"Comedians don't get Oscars, so I gave up on that a long time ago. And I can't really speak about the Oscar worthiness of my own performance."
"I lost 20 pounds - actually, I lost 25 pounds, but then I gained 5 back because I was too skinny. I didn't change what I ate, I just started eating smaller portions. And I cut out bread - that's the real killer, because I was reaching in and eating half a loaf before dinner arrived. All you have to do is that, and then you can drink all you want."
"I've written a lot about L.A., and I always describe it as beautiful. To me, human relationships can be sad, can be exhilarating - but it's not a product of the city. And it takes different forms. Like, in New York, you're always with people. You can't go outdoors, you can't go into the subway, you can't go anywhere without running into people you don't know. But in L.A., you really have to work a bit to be exposed. You have to be standing in a shop, you have to join a club, or join a community service thing, or go to a nightclub in order to meet people. Because there's not the same transitory proximity to other people."
What is a movie star? A movie star is many things. They can be tall, short, thin, or skinny. They can be democrats... or skinny.
Steve Martin Filmography
Actor - filmography
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s)
The Pink Panther (2006) .... Clouseau
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) .... Tom Baker
Shopgirl (2005) .... Ray Porter
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) .... Tom Baker
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) .... Mr. Chairman
... aka Looney Tunes Back in Action: The Movie (USA: DVD box title)
Bringing Down the House (2003) .... Peter Sanderson
Novocaine (2001) .... Dr. Frank Sangster
Joe Gould's Secret (2000) .... Charlie Duell
Bowfinger (1999) .... Bobby Bowfinger
The Out-of-Towners (1999) .... Henry Clark
The Prince of Egypt (1998) (voice) .... Hotep
"Saturday Night Live" .... Georg Festrunk (1 episode, 1998)
... aka SNL (USA: informal title)
... aka SNL 25 (USA)
- Episode #24.1 (1998) TV Episode (uncredited) .... Georg Festrunk
"The Simpsons" .... Ray Patterson (1 episode, 1998)
- Trash of the Titans (1998) TV Episode (voice) .... Ray Patterson
The Spanish Prisoner (1997) .... Julian 'Jimmy' Dell
Sgt. Bilko (1996) .... Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko
... aka Sergeant Bilko
Father of the Bride Part II (1995) .... George Banks
Mixed Nuts (1994) .... Philip
... aka Lifesavers
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) .... Michael McCann
And the Band Played On (1993) (TV) .... The Brother
Leap of Faith (1992) .... Jonas Nightengale
HouseSitter (1992) .... Newton Davis
Grand Canyon (1991) .... Davis
Father of the Bride (1991) .... George Stanley Banks
L.A. Story (1991) .... Harris K. Telemacher
My Blue Heaven (1990/I) .... Vincent 'Vinnie' Antonelli
Parenthood (1989) .... Gil Buckman
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) .... Freddy Benson
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) .... Neal Page
"The Tracey Ullman Show" .... Rusty the Choreographer (1 episode, 1987)
- Meg's Lucky Night (1987) TV Episode .... Rusty the Choreographer
Roxanne (1987) .... C.D. Bales
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) .... Orin Scrivello, DDS
¡Three Amigos! (1986) .... Lucky Day
Movers & Shakers (1985) .... Fabio Longio
All of Me (1984) .... Roger Cobb
The Lonely Guy (1984) .... Larry Hubbard
The Man with Two Brains (1983) .... Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) .... Rigby Reardon
... aka Dead Men Wear No Plaid
"Twilight Theater" (1982) TV Series .... Various Characters (unknown episodes)
... aka Steve Martin's Twilight Theater (USA: complete title)
Pennies from Heaven (1981) .... Arthur Parker
The Jerk (1979) (also as Pig Eye Jackson) .... Navin R. Johnson/Cat Juggler/Pig Eye Jackson/Engineer Fred
The Muppet Movie (1979) .... Insolent Waiter
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) .... Dr. Maxwell Edison
... aka Banda de los corazones
The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977) .... Steven
"Johnny Cash and Friends" (1976) TV Series
"The Smothers Brothers Show" (1975) TV Series .... Regular Performer
"The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (1971) TV Series .... Various Characters (unknown episodes, 1972-1973)
"The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show" (1972) TV Series .... Regular (unknown episodes, 1972)
... aka Ken Berry's Wow
Jing wu men (1972) .... Policeman
... aka Fist of Fury (Hong Kong: English title) (UK)
... aka Laugh Track: Chinese Connection (USA: video title (redubbed comic version))
... aka School for Chivalry (USA)
... aka The Chinese Connection (USA)
... aka The Iron Hand
"Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour" (1972) TV Series
"The Ray Stevens Show" (1970) TV Series .... Regular Performer
... aka Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens