Aug. 14th, 1945
Waco, Texas, USA
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Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American honorary Academy Award winning actor, comedian, musician, author, playwright and producer.
Martin was born in Waco, Texax, the son of Mary Lee (née Stewart) and Glenn Vernon Martin, a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. Martin was raised in Inglewood, California, and then later in Garden Grove, California, in a Baptist family. Martin was a cheerleader of Garden Grove High School. One of his earliest memories is of seeing his father, as an extra, serving drinks onstage at the Call Board Theatre on Melrose Place. During World War II, in England, Martin's father had appeared in a production of Our Town with 'Raymond Massey'.
Martin's first job was at Disneyland, selling guidebooks on weekends and full-time during the school's summer break. That lasted for three years (1955–58). During his free time he frequented the Main Street Magic shop, where tricks were demonstrated to potential customers. By 1960, he had mastered several of the tricks and illusions, and took a paying job at the Magic shop in Fantasyland in August. There he perfected his talents for magic, juggling, and creating balloon animals in the manner of mentor Wally Boag, frequently performing for tips.
Martin was in three more Reiner-directed comedies after The Jerk: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in 1982, The Man with Two Brains in 1983 and All of Me in 1984, possibly his most critically acclaimed comic performance to date. In 1986, Martin joined fellow Saturday Night Live veterans 'Martin Short' and 'Chevy Chase' in ¡Three Amigos!, directed by John Landis, and written by Martin, Lorne Michaels, and singer-songwriter Randy Newman. It was originally entitled The Three Caballeros and Martin was to be teamed with 'Dan Aykroyd' and 'John Belushi'. In 1986, Martin was in the movie musical film version of the hit Off-Broadway play Little Shop of Horrors (based on a famous B-movie), playing the sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello. The film was the first of three films teaming Martin with 'Rick Moranis'.
In 1987, Martin joined comedian 'John Candy' in the 'John Hughes' movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles. That same year, Roxanne, the film adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac which Martin co-wrote, won him a Writers Guild of America, East award. It also garnered recognition from Hollywood and the public that he was more than a comedian. In 1988, he performed in the Frank Oz film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a remake of Bedtime Story, alongside 'Michael Caine'.
Martin starred in the 'Ron Howard' film Parenthood, with Moranis in 1989. He later met with Moranis to make the Mafia comedy My Blue Heaven in 1990. In 1991, Martin starred in and wrote L.A. Story, a romantic comedy, in which the female lead was played by his then-wife Victoria Tennant. Martin also appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon, in which he played the tightly-wound Hollywood film producer, Davis, who was recovering from a traumatic robbery that left him injured, which was a more serious role for him. Martin also appeared in a remake of the comedy Father of the Bride in 1991 (followed by a sequel in 1995). He starred in the 1992 comedy Housesitter, with 'Goldie Hawn' and Dana Delany'.
By 2003, Martin ranked fourth on the box office stars list, after starring in Bringing Down The House and Cheaper By The Dozen, each of which earned over $130 million at U.S. theaters. That same year, he also played the villainous Mr. Chairman in the animation/live action blend, Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
Martin wrote and starred in Shopgirl (2005), based on his own novella (2000), and starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2. In 2006, he starred in the box office hit The Pink Panther, as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau.
Martin was romantically involved with actress and singer 'Bernadette Peters', his costar in the films The Jerk and Pennies from Heaven, during the 1970s and early 1980s. He married actress 'Victoria Tennant' (November 20, 1986), and the union lasted until their divorce in (1994). On (July 28, 2007), after three years together, Martin married Anne Stringfield, a writer and former staffer for The New Yorker magazine. Former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey presided over the ceremony at Martin's Los Angeles home. Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live, was best man. Several of the guests, including close friends 'Tom Hanks', 'Eugene Levy', comedian 'Carl Reiner', and magician/actor 'Ricky Jay' were not informed that a wedding ceremony would take place. Instead, they were told they were invited to a party, and were surprised by the nuptials. At age 67, Martin became a first-time dad when Stringfield gave birth in (December 2012).
- Claims to have met all 10 actors who have played Doctor Who. Out of all of them he states 'Jon Pertwee' (qv) was the kindest and 'William Hartnell' (qv) was the quietest. He won't state who was the meanest.
- Told Terry Gross on her National Public Radio program "Fresh Air" that he smoked a fair amount of marijuana in the late 1960s until one night when he had a panic attack at a showing of the Mel Brooks movie _The Producers (1968)_ (qv). After that, he never smoked pot again, and he believes that the negative experience saved him from the harder drug abuse and addiction that plagued so many of his colleagues during the next few decades.
- Co-wrote two songs with 'Martin Mull' (qv): "Men" appearing on the album "I'm Everyone That I Have Ever Loved" and "Westward Ho!" appearing on the album "Sex & Violins".
- Is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and collects the art of 'Georgia O'Keeffe' (qv), Richard Diebenkorn, 'Willem de Kooning' (qv), Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, 'Helen Frankenthaler' (qv), 'Edward Hopper' (qv), 'David Hockney' (qv), 'Roy Lichtenstein' (qv), and 'Pablo Picasso' (qv).
- Fell into depression for a couple of months when his good friend 'John Candy' (qv) died.
- Played the banjo in his guest appearance on the _"The Muppet Show" (1976)_ (qv).
- 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.".
- Although many critics were disdainful of his overtly silly act early in his career, its postmodern nature was admired by avant garde filmmakers 'David Lynch (I)' (qv) and 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv), both of whom approached Martin to appear in ultimately unproduced comedy films.