Martin Short - Rotten Tomatoes

Martin Short

Highest Rated:   91% The Big Picture (1989)
Lowest Rated:   9% Clifford (1994)
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Birthplace:   Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
The son of a steel-executive father and concert violinist mother, Ontario native Martin Short attended McMasters University, where he graduated in 1972 with a degree in social work. If you haven't spotted Short at your local youth center or settlement house, it's because he decided to pursue a performing career, encouraged by his fellow McMasters classmates Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas. Making his professional debut in a 1973 Toronto production of Godspell, Short joined Levy and Thomas at the Second City improv troupe in Edmonton, Alberta in 1977. Two years later, Short made his first film, Lost and Found, and also co-starred on the critically lauded but little-seen American sitcom The Associates. It was while appearing on SCTV Network 90 from 1982 through 1983 and Saturday Night Live from 1984 through 1985 that Short attained stardom with such distinctive comic characterizations as supercilious showbiz promoter Jackie Rogers Jr. and pointy-headed nerd Ed Grimley (this last-named character was spun off into an amusing Saturday morning cartoon series in 1989). He also scored big yocks with his devastating, dead-on impressions of such icons as Jerry Lewis and Katharine Hepburn (a lifelong Jerry Lewis fan, Short was invited to join Lewis as co-host of a cable-TV Martin and Lewis retrospective in 1993; he has yet to share the spotlight with the real Ms. Hepburn). Though an extremely likeable screen presence, the puckish Short has, like many of his Second City brethren, frequently been cast in films far beneath his talents, hitting bottom with 1994's Clifford. Happily, he has been extremely well-served in such films as Three Amigos (1986), Innerspace (1989), and the 1992 remake of Father of the Bride, in which he had an unbearably funny cameo as epicene wedding planner Franck Eggelhoffer. In 1993, Short made his Broadway debut, assuming the old Richard Dreyfuss role in a musical adaptation of the 1977 film The Goodbye Girl. The following year, Martin Short had another go at television, headlining the weekly (but not for long) Seinfeld rip-off The Martin Short Show. Subsequently donning a fat suit as Jiminy Glick in the Comedy Central talk-show parody Primetime Glick, Short skewerd Hollywood ni a way that only an insider could and in 2004 the character took the lead in his own feature -- Jiminy Glick in Lalawood. Meanwhile, guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Damages, Weeds, and How I Met Your Mother kept him busy as ever. Beginnig in 2010, Short voiced The Cat in the Hat in the popular PBS Kids series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, and in 2012 he essayed a variety of wacky characters in the musical comedy I, Martin Short, Goes Home, which found him reunited with a number of his former SCTV co-stars including Joe Flaherty and Eugene Levy.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Willoughbys
  • Actor
2018
79% Hairspray Live!
  • Actor
2016
33% Being Canadian
  • Actor
2015
74% Inherent Vice
  • Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd
$6.2M 2015
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  • Jester/The Appraiser
$6.5M 2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
$5.8k 2014
88% The Wind Rises
  • Kurokawa
2014
No Score Yet The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
  • Cat in the Hat
2012
87% Frankenweenie
  • Mr. Frankenstein/Mr. Burgemeister/Nassor
$35.3M 2012
79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
  • Stefano
$216.4M 2012
11% Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil
  • Kirk the Woodsman
$10.2M 2011
No Score Yet Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Wings and Things
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Blue Elephant
  • Khan Kluay
2008
70% America the Beautiful
  • Actor
2008
80% The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Thimbletack
$71.2M 2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80s
  • Actor
2008
15% The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Jack Frost
$84.5M 2006
No Score Yet Comedy Gold: The Hilarious Story of Canadian Comedy
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Harry Shearer: Now You See It
  • Actor
2006
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Jiminy Glick/David Lynch
$26.2k 2005
No Score Yet Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper
  • Preminger
2004
69% Treasure Planet
  • B.E.N.
$38.2M 2002
67% 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure
  • Lars
2002
75% Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius
  • Ooblar
$80.9M 2001
No Score Yet Prince Charming
  • Rodney
2001
44% Get Over It
  • Dr. Desmod Forrest-Oates
$11.3M 2001
56% Mumford
  • Lionel
1999
33% Alice in Wonderland
  • Mad Hatter
1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Game Show Parodies
  • Actor
1999
79% The Prince of Egypt
  • Huy
1998
80% Merlin
  • Frik
1998
25% A Simple Wish
  • Murray
1997
20% Jungle 2 Jungle
  • Richard Kempster
1997
52% Mars Attacks!
  • Jerry Ross
1996
48% Father of the Bride: Part II
  • Franck Eggelhoffer
1995
11% The Pebble and the Penguin
  • Hubie
1995
9% Clifford
  • Clifford
1994
38% We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
  • Stubbs the Clown
1993
24% Captain Ron
  • Martin Harvey
1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
71% Father of the Bride
  • Franck Eggelhoffer
1991
9% Pure Luck
  • Eugene Proctor
1991
91% The Big Picture
  • Neil Sussman - Nick's Agent (uncredited)
1989
14% Three Fugitives
  • Ned Perry
1989
40% Cross My Heart
  • David Morgan
1987
81% Innerspace
  • Jack Putter
1987
44% Three Amigos!
  • Ned Nederlander
1986
No Score Yet Sunset Limousine
  • Bradley Colman
1983
No Score Yet Lost and Found
  • Engel
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2006
42% Maya & Marty
2016
  • Host
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Merv Schechter
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
  • 2015
17% Mulaney
2014-2015
  • Lou Cannon
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
2010-2014
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Voice
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2000
  • 1998
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Garrison Cootes
  • 2012
  • 2011
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Leonard Winstone
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Actor
  • Performer
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 1996
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
77% Weeds
2005-2012
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Marriage Ref
2010-2011
  • Panelist
  • 2010
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Sebastian Ballentine Sebastian Ballentine, aka Henry Palavar
  • 2005
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2013
  • Uncle Jack
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • 2002
41% Working the Engels
2014
  • Actor

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