Biography for Steve Martin
Stephen Glenn Martin
6' (1.83 m)
Comic who successfully made the transition from a zany stand-up act to ridiculous film comedies to dramatic film roles to leading man status.
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(20 November 1986 - 1994) (divorced)
Wearing "arrow through head" prop
Is an accomplished banjo player and appears playing the instrument in Earl Scruggs and Friends video for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", for which he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance. This makes him rare in that he has won Grammies for both comedy and music.
Stanley Kubrick liked his work in The Jerk (1979) and once considered having him play Bill Harford in Eyes Wide Shut (1999); the role which later went to Tom Cruise.
Dated Anne Heche.
Is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and collects the art of Georgia O'Keeffe, Richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, Helen Frankenthaler, Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Pablo Picasso.
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He is in the horn section of B.B. King's "In The Midnight Hour" music video.
Studied philosophy at California State University at Long Beach, and for a while, considered becoming a philosophy professor instead of an actor-comedian.
Once had a job at Disneyland in the Magic Shop on Main Street, USA. He also worked for neighboring amusement park Knott's Berry Farm as a comedian in their "Birdcage Theatre". It was during these jobs that he honed his skills in live performance, such as improv comedy, banjo playing, juggling, and lassoing.
Dated Bernadette Peters and Helena Bonham Carter.
Graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School in 1963. He attended Garden Grove High School in the beginning of his high school career, but then Rancho opened. At that point he lived in the attendance area that went to Racho and had to start going there. He was also a cheerleader at Rancho and often did his King Tut dance.
Member of "Saturday Night Live" (1975)'s "Five Timers Club" by hosting 13 times (the most one person has ever hosted).
Contrary to popular belief, Martin was never a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). However, he holds the records for guest appearances (25) on the show (followed closely by Buck Henry), hosting (at 13 times, he sets the standard for the SNL "Five Timers Club"), and hosting in a single season (3). He is also the only person to have hosted a season premiere, a season finale, and a Christmas show.
Hosted the 75th Annual Academy Awards.
He is a fan of _"Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969) (TV)_ . This led to him being the host/narrator of the documentary Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python (1989) (TV).
As a vegetarian, he made fun of hotdogs in a 1970s standup act.
His study of philosophy was a source of much of his material for his 1970s standup act.
Was an extra in Bruce Lee's second movie, Jing wu men (1972). He plays a policeman who shoots Bruce at the very end of the film.
Was listed as #50 in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" List (2003).
Played the banjo in his guest appearance on the _"Muppet Show, The" (1976)_ .
Was voted Most Talented by his classmates at Garden Grove high school.
Chosen as #6 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time
Is skilled with a rope or lasso, and did his own ropework in ?Three Amigos! (1986). He also plays the harmonica.
As his insistence, the 1987-1988 season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" (1975) (hosted by Martin) went on, despite the fact that there hadn't been a dress rehearsal. There was a fire in a nearby studio and the cast and crew were evacuated from Rockefeller Center just before dress rehearsal was scheduled to begin.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actor category for the films Bringing Down the House (2003) and Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), as well being listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his role in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). He did not receive either nomination.
Attended Lampson Intermediate School (now Ralston Intermediate) in Garden Grove, California.
Recipient of the 8th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2005, awarded by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Has worked with actor 'Eugene Levy' on four different films, Father of the Bride (1991), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Bringing Down the House (2003) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).
"I believe that sex is the most beautiful, natural, and wholesome thing that money can buy."
"The greatest thing you can do is surprise yourself."
"What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."
(While hosting The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001) (TV)) "And now, I'm pleased to introduce the star of the film 'Gladiator,' and a man I like to call a close, personal friend, but he told me not to..."
"I wrote a novel this year called 'Shop Girl,' and several producers came to me and wanted to turn it into a movie. And I said, "If you think you're going to take this book and change it around, and Hollywoodize it and change the ending... that's going to cost you."
"All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work."
"Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is."
"I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you are an idiot."
"It's very hard being one of the most beautiful people. Having this kind of beauty is actually a burden. Sometimes I go to a party and not one of the other 49 most beautiful