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Martin Short



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
79% Hairspray Live!
  • Actor
2016
33% Being Canadian
  • Actor
2015
74% Inherent Vice
  • Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd
2015
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  • Jester/The Appraiser
2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
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
2012
79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
  • Stefano
2012
11% Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil
  • Kirk the Woodsman
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
2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Who Bombed Birmingham?
  • 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
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
  • Jiminy Glick/David Lynch
2005
No Score Yet Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper
  • Preminger
2004
69% Treasure Planet
  • B.E.N.
2002
67% 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure
  • Lars
2002
No Score Yet Treasure Planet - Read-Along
  • Actor
2002
75% Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius
  • Ooblar
2001
No Score Yet Prince Charming
  • Rodney
2001
44% Get Over It
  • Dr. Desmod Forrest-Oates
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
No Score Yet I Am Your Child
  • Actor
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
No Score Yet Real Story of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Actor
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
No Score Yet Best of John Candy on SCTV
  • 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
82% 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
No Score Yet Comic Relief - The Original
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Garrison Cootes
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
17% Mulaney
2014-2015
  • Lou Cannon
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Merv Schechter
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Leonard Winstone
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
77% Weeds
2005-2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
41% Working the Engels
2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Marriage Ref
2010-2011
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2016
  • Uncle Jack
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Sebastian Ballentine Sebastian Ballentine, aka Henry Palavar
No Score Yet The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
2010-2014
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
42% Maya & Marty
2016
  • Host
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Actor
  • Host
  • Performer
  • Guest

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