Martin Short

Martin Short

Mar. 26th, 1950
Born in
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
5' 7 1/2

Martin Short's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Mulaney TV Show
Muppets Tonight TV Show
Muppets Tonight
Maya & Marty TV Show
Maya & Marty
The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley TV Show
The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
Primetime Glick TV Show
Primetime Glick
I'm a Big Girl Now TV Show
I'm a Big Girl Now
The Martin Short Show (1994) TV Show
The Martin Short Show (1994)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Martin Short is an actor and writer, known for Frankenweenie, The Martin Short Show, Mars Attacks! and Maya & Marty.

  • (1999) Won a Tony Award for best actor in a musical for his performance in the Broadway revival of Little Me.
  • Majored in social work at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario after beginning as a pre-med student and then studying sociology.
  • He was awarded the C.M. (Member of the Order of Canada) on April 13, 1994 for his services to entertainment.
  • Daughter Katherine Elizabeth Short currently attends New York University. She was chosen in 2003 to serve as Queen Shenandoah LXXVI for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia. She is an aspiring actress.
  • Husband of Canadian comic actress 'Nancy Dolman' (qv), most notable for her recurring role on the ABC cult sitcom _"Soap" (1977)_ (qv) and _"Custard Pie" (1977)_ (qv). She also appeared in his critically acclaimed 1985 television special, _Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas (1985) (TV)_ (qv).
  • Older brother David was killed in a car accident in 1962. His mother, Olive Short, was a child prodigy of the violin, and the first female concert-mistress in North America. She was concert-mistress for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. She married Short's father, Charles Patrick Short, in 1935 - an Irish VP of Canada's largest steel company who came to North America as a stowaway. Olive Short died in 1970 after a five-year battle with cancer. Charles Patrick Short died in 1972 as a result of complications from a stroke.
  • In the fall of 1980, Short joined the cast of _"I'm a Big Girl Now" (1980)_ (qv), a sitcom vehicle for 'Diana Canova' (qv) that also starred 'Danny Thomas (I)' (qv). Canova was offered the sitcom after her huge success playing Corinne Tate Flotsky on ABC's _"Soap" (1977)_ (qv). She left the cast of the latter show in order to accept the offer - shortly before Short's newlywed wife, 'Nancy Dolman' (qv), joined the cast. _"I'm a Big Girl Now" (1980)_ (qv) was an instant flop, and ratings declined for _"Soap" (1977)_ (qv), causing both shows to be canceled that season.
  • He was 'Mel Brooks' (qv)'s first choice to star opposite 'Nathan Lane (I)' (qv) as Leo Bloom in his Broadway version of The Producers. In 2000, Short was hosting his short-lived talk show, _"The Martin Short Show" (1999)_ (qv), and Brooks and Lane appeared as guests on the same episode - during which, sitting between Lane and Short, Brooks pulled out the contract for The Producers, wanting them both to sign it right there. This was met with gales of surprised and flattered laughter from the two actors. Having professional obligations on the West Coast due to the talk show, as well as family obligations (he had three children enrolled in school in the Los Angeles area at the time) Short had to decline, and was visibly guilty as he told Brooks he couldn't sign at that moment and would consider the offer later. Lane helped the situation by doing the same. While Lane later accepted, Short declined and 'Matthew Broderick (I)' (qv) took his place (earning a Tony Award nomination). Short wound up enjoying a successful run opposite 'Jason Alexander (I)' (qv) in the Los Angeles production of The Producers in 2003.

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