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Steve Martin

Highest Rated:   100% And the Band Played On (1993)
Lowest Rated:   6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The American Epic Sessions
  • Actor
2017
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
  • Norm Oglesby
$1.8M 2016
51% Live From New York!
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet
  • Capt. Smek
2015
No Score Yet Home - Ein smektakulärer Trip
  • Capt. Smek
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
40% The Big Year
  • Stu Preissler
$7.2M 2011
57% It's Complicated
  • Adam
$112.8M 2009
12% Pink Panther 2
  • Screenwriter
  • Inspector Jacques Clouseau
$36M 2009
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh
  • Actor
2009
64% 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
57% 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
82% Fantasia 2000
  • Narrator
2000
67% 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
88% The Spanish Prisoner
  • Jimmy Dell
1997
32% Sgt. Bilko
  • Sgt. Ernie Bilko
1996
48% Father of the Bride: Part II
  • George Banks
1995
7% 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
67% Leap of Faith
  • Jonas Nightengale
1992
37% Housesitter
  • Newton Davis
1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
81% Grand Canyon
  • Davis
1991
26% Hudson Hawk
  • Ook
1991
94% L.A. Story
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
1991
71% 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
88% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Freddy Benson
1988
94% Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Neal Page
1987
89% Roxanne
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • C. D. Bales
1987
90% Little Shop of Horrors
  • Orin Scrivello
1986
44% 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
77% Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
  • Screenwriter
  • Rigby Reardon
1982
84% Pennies From Heaven
  • Arthur
1981
100% The Kids Are Alright
  • Actor
1979
84% The Jerk
  • Screenwriter
  • Navin Johnson
1979
87% The Muppet Movie
  • Insolent Waiter
1979
15% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Dr. Maxwell Edison
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Appearing
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2016
42% Maya & Marty
2016
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Performer
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • 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 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Performer
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Performer
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2000
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Appearing
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • Host
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 1994
  • 1991
  • 1989
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2010
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
2001-2016
  • Actor
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1998

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