Steve Martin

Birthday: Aug 14, 1945
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, USA
Working as a Disneyland concessionaire in his teens, comedian Steve Martin's first experiences in entertainment were of the party performer variety -- he picked up skills in juggling, tap-dancing, sleight of hand, and balloon sculpting, among other things. He later attended U.C.L.A., where he majored in philosophy and theater before moving on to staff-writer stints for such TV performers as Glen Campbell, the Smothers Brothers, Dick Van Dyke, John Denver, and Sonny & Cher. Occasionally allowed to perform as well as write, Martin didn't go into standup comedy full-time until the late '60s, when he moved to Canada and appeared as a semi-regular on the syndicated TV variety series Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour. As the opening act for rock stars in the early '70s, Martin emulated the fashion of the era with a full beard, shaggy hair, colorful costumes, and drug jokes. Comedians of such ilk were common in this market, however, so Martin carefully developed a brand-new persona: the well-groomed, immaculately dressed young man who goes against his appearance by behaving like a lunatic. By 1975, he was the "Comic of the Hour," convulsing audiences with his feigned enthusiasm over the weakest of jokes and the most obvious of comedy props. His entire act a devastating parody of second-rate comedians who rely on preconditioning to get laughs, Martin became internationally famous for such catch phrases as "Excu-u-use me!," "Happy feet!," and "I am...one wild and crazy guy!" It was fun for a while to hear audiences shout them out even before he'd uttered them, but it wasn't long before Martin was tired of live standup and anxious to get into films. Though Martin had roles in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1977) and The Muppet Movie, Martin's true screen bow was The Jerk (1979), in which, with the seriousness of Olivier, he portrayed a bumbling, self-described poor black child-turned accidental millionaire. Had he been a lesser performer, Martin could have played variations on The Jerk for the remainder of his life, but he preferred to seek out new challenges. It took nerve to go against the sensibilities of his fans with an on-edge portrayal of a habitual loser in Pennies From Heaven (1981), but Martin was successful, even if the film wasn't. And few other actors could convincingly pull off a project like Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1983), wherein, and with utter conviction, he acted opposite film clips of dead movie stars. After a first-rate turn in All of Me (1984), in which he played a man whose body is inhabited by the soul of a woman, Martin's film work began to fluctuate in quality, only to emerge on top again with Roxanne (1987), a potentially silly but ultimately compelling update of Cyrano de Bergerac. Though he participated in a fair amount of misses in the '80s and '90s (Mixed Nuts (1994), Housesitter (1992), Leap of Faith (1992), and Sgt. Bilko (1996), to name a few), Martin was unarguably full of surprises, as witnessed in his unsympathetic portrayal in Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1989), his hilariously evil dentist in Little Shop of Horrors (1986), his angst-ridden father in Parenthood (1989), his smooth-talking Italian in My Blue Heaven, and his callow film producer in Grand Canyon (1991) -- though the public still seemed to prefer his standard comic performances in The Three Amigos (1986), Father of the Bride (1991), and L.A. Story (1991). Martin then went out on yet another artistic limb with A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) -- a film update of that high-school English-class perennial Silas Marner. After starring in a very dark role in David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner (1997) and an unsuccessful return to comedy in The Out-of-Towners (1999), Martin again won acclaim for Bowfinger, a 1999 comedy-satire that cast him as its titular hero, an unsuccessful movie director trying to make a film without the aid of a real script or real star. Martin -- who also wrote the film's screenplay -- played the straight man aga

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Actor 2018
100% Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life Actor Screenwriter 2018
No Score Yet The American Epic Sessions Actor 2017
43% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Norm Oglesby $1.8M 2016
52% Live From New York! Actor 2015
50% Home Capt. Smek $157.9M 2015
No Score Yet Almost Home Actor 2014
No Score Yet Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Live Actor 2013
No Score Yet Give Me The Banjo Narrator 2012
41% The Big Year Stu Preissler $7.2M 2011
58% It's Complicated Adam $112.8M 2009
12% Pink Panther 2 Screenwriter Inspector Jacques Clouseau $36M 2009
65% Traitor Executive Producer $23.6M 2008
64% Baby Mama Barry $60.3M 2008
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America Actor 2008
No Score Yet Slednecks 11 Actor 2008
88% Young@Heart Himself - Young@Heart Chorus $3.8M 2007
6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Tom Baker $82.5M 2005
60% Shopgirl Ray Porter Producer Screenwriter $10.1M 2005
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Himself $26.2K 2005
No Score Yet Queen Latifah: Unauthorized Actor 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - The Best of Tom Hanks Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch Actor 2004
24% Cheaper by the Dozen Tom Baker $138.6M 2003
56% Looney Tunes: Back in Action Mr. Chairman $21.1M 2003
34% Bringing Down the House Peter Sanderson 2003
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase Actor 2002
38% Novocaine Dr. Frank Sangster $1.6M 2001
No Score Yet Monty Python Live! Actor 2001
73% Remember the Titans Heckler $114.3M 2000
No Score Yet Dish Dogs David 2000
81% Fantasia 2000 Narrator 2000
65% Joe Gould's Secret Charlie Duell 2000
81% Bowfinger Screenwriter Bobby Bowfinger 1999
27% The Out-of-Towners Henry 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin Actor 1999
79% The Prince of Egypt Hotep 1998
89% The Spanish Prisoner Jimmy Dell 1997
31% Sgt. Bilko Sgt. Ernie Bilko 1996
48% Father of the Bride: Part II George Banks 1995
10% Mixed Nuts Philip 1994
43% A Simple Twist of Fate Michael McCann Screenwriter Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of the Coneheads Actor 1994
100% And the Band Played On Brother 1993
62% Leap of Faith Jonas Nightengale 1992
37% Housesitter Newton Davis 1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Actor 1992
76% Grand Canyon Davis 1991
26% Hudson Hawk Ook 1991
94% L.A. Story Executive Producer Harris K. Telemacher Screenwriter 1991
70% Father of the Bride George Banks 1991
71% My Blue Heaven Vinnie Antonelli 1990
93% Parenthood Gil 1989
No Score Yet Monty Python's Parrot Sketch Not Included Host 1989
89% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Freddy Benson 1988
93% Planes, Trains and Automobiles Neal Page 1987
89% Roxanne Screenwriter Executive Producer C. D. Bales 1987
90% Little Shop of Horrors Orin Scrivello 1986
46% Three Amigos! Lucky Day Executive Producer Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet Movers & Shakers Fabio Longio 1985
No Score Yet The History of White People in America Actor 1985
91% All of Me Roger Cobb 1984
48% The Lonely Guy Larry Hubbard 1984
76% The Man with Two Brains Screenwriter Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr 1983
78% Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Screenwriter Rigby Reardon 1982
85% Pennies From Heaven Arthur 1981
100% The Kids Are Alright Actor 1979
81% The Jerk Screenwriter Navin Johnson 1979
88% The Muppet Movie Insolent Waiter 1979
12% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Dr. Maxwell Edison 1978

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
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  • 2019
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
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  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Guest Appearing
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest Performer
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest Appearing
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
Appearing
  • 2016
38% Maya & Marty
2016
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Performer
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest Performer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
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  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest Performer
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
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  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2000
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
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  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Performer Host Appearing
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 1994
  • 1991
  • 1989
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Academy Awards
1988
  • 2010
  • 2003
  • 2001
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Gavin Volure
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2008
No Score Yet Art in the Twenty-First Century
2001-2018
  • 2001
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1998
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1977

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