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 which later went to Tom Cruise.
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.
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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.
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.
Dated Bernadette Peters and Helena Bonham Carter.
Graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School in 1963. He attended Garden Grove High School in the beginning of his high school career, but then Rancho opened. At that point he lived in the attendance area that went to Racho 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 13 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 13 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 ropework in ?Three Amigos! (1986). He also plays the harmonica.
As 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).
Steve Martin, one of the most diversified, prolific performers in the motion picture industry today - actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer - has been successful as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history.
Born in Waco, Texas and raised in Southern California, Martin became a television writer in the late 1960s, whoring an Emmy Award for his work on the hit series The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. By the end of the decade he was performing his own material in clubs and on television.
Launched by frequent appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Martin went on to host several shows on Saturday Night Live, and to star and co-write four highly rated television specials. He won Grammy Awards for his two comedy albums, Let's Get Small and A Wild and Crazy Guy, and had a gold record with his single King Tut
Martin's first film project, the Absent-Minded Waiter, a short he wrote and starred in, was nominated for a 1977 Academy Award. In 1979, he moved into feature fihns, co-writing and starring in The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner. In 1981, he starred opposite Bernadette Peters in Pennies From Heaven.
In 1982, Martin co-wrote and starred in the detective thriller send-up Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and the science fiction comedy the Man With Two Brains, both directed by Carl Reiner. In 1984, Martin received a BestActor award from both the New York Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review for his performance opposite Lily Tomlin in All of Me, his fourth collaboration with writer/director Reiner.
In 1987, Roxanne garnered Martin not only warm audience response, but also a Best Actor award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a Best Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of America. Martin was also the executive producer on the film.
In 1988, he co-starred with Michael Caine in the hit comedy film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and went on to Parenthood with Mary Steenbergen and Dianne Wiest.
In 1991, Martin wrote, starred in and co-executive produced the critically acclaimed comedy L.A. Story. That same year, he made a cameo appearance in Grand
Canyon, starred with Diane Keaton in the hit Disney film Father of the Bride, receiving the People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Motion Picture for the latter. In 1992, he starred in the comedy Housesitter opposite Goldie Hawn, winning the People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy for the second year in a row.
In 1996, he again starred with Diane Keaton in the hit sequel to Father of the Bride, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. The following year he received critical acclaim for his riveting performance in David Mamet's thriller, The Spanish Prisoner.
More recently, Martin wrote and starred in Bowfinger with Eddie Murphy, and Novacaine with Helena Bonham Carter and Laura Dem.
His other films include Little Shop of Horrors, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 'three Amigos, The Lonely Guy, Sgt. Bilko, Leap of Faith, and My Blue Heaven.
In 1993, Martin's original play, the comedydrama Picasso at the Lapin Agile, was presented by Chicago's prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre. Following rave reviews and an extended run in Chicago, the play was presented successfully in Boston, Los Angeles, and Off-Broadway to nationwide critical and audience acclaim.
Martin was selected as Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals 1988 Man of the Year. In 1996, he was honored with a retrospective of his work by the American Film Institute's Third Decade Council at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. He was also presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.
He hosted the 73rd Annual Academy Awards in 2001. The program was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, including his nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance In a Variety or Music Program. He hosts the 75th Annual Academy Awards in March.
Martin's best selling book, Pure Drivel, published in 1998, is a collection of witty short stories, and he continues to experience great success worldwide with the publication of his first novella, Shorogirl. which spent time on both the New York Times and Los Aneeles Times Best Seller Lists, and recently had its 7 printing. He is currently adapting the novella into a motion picture in which he will star for Touchstone Pictures.
The Underpants, a dark comedy Martin adapted from a play originally written by Carl Sternheim in 1911 premiered Off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company in April 2002.
Martin currently plans to write his second book for Hyperion, which will be called The Pleasure of My Comroanv.