(Upon recieving a particularly unremarkable award) "When I first found out that I was going to win this award, I tried really hard - to care. And then I realised; we are all here tonight, because of a common love; me."
"Comedians don't get Oscars, so I gave up on that a long time ago. And I can't really speak about the Oscar worthiness of my own performance."
"I lost 20 pounds - actually, I lost 25 pounds, but then I gained 5 back because I was too skinny. I didn't change what I ate, I just started eating smaller portions. And I cut out bread - that's the real killer, because I was reaching in and eating half a loaf before dinner arrived. All you have to do is that, and then you can drink all you want."
"I've written a lot about L.A., and I always describe it as beautiful. To me, human relationships can be sad, can be exhilarating - but it's not a product of the city. And it takes different forms. Like, in New York, you're always with people. You can't go outdoors, you can't go into the subway, you can't go anywhere without running into people you don't know. But in L.A., you really have to work a bit to be exposed. You have to be standing in a shop, you have to join a club, or join a community service thing, or go to a nightclub in order to meet people. Because there's not the same transitory proximity to other people."
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
Sgt. Bilko (1996)
Where are they now
(October 2003) Second novella, "The Pleasure of My Company," was published.
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
It's difficult to reconcile the Steve Martin of today-a top-rated film star who alternates between situational comedy and light drama-with the "wild and crazy guy" whose absurdist stand-up comedy and TV work paralyzed 1970s audiences. The Martin who attempted to fill Spencer Tracy's old shoes in a 1991 remake of Father of the Bride is the same performer who convulsed us by shouting, "Well, excuuuuuse me!" more than a decade ago. In the 1960s, before his stand-up career, Martin was an Emmy-winning writer for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" TV show. This artistic philosophy student became one of the 1970s' most popular comedians, alternating stints on "The Tonight Show" and "Saturday Night Live" with sellout concert appearances and hit records.
The unfortunate musical pastiche Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) provided Martin with his first film role, enacting the Beatles song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer." He subsequently cowrote his first "proper" film, The Jerk (1979), a starring vehicle that visualized situations he described in some stand-up routines, and the first of his several collaborations with Carl Reiner. Around this time he directed himself in a funny short subject called The Absent-Minded Waiter which wound up earning an Oscar nomination. Back then he was compared to Jerry Lewis, but Martin made his loftier screen ambitions plain by taking the lead in the daring but ill-fated film adaptation of Dennis Potter's mordant BBC series Pennies From Heaven (1981). He fared better in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), a private-eye spoof and technical tour de force that had him interacting with longdeceased screen legends like Bogart and Alan Ladd via intercut footage from vintage thrillers.
Martin was an egotistical brain surgeon nearly done in by vamp Kathleen Turner in The Man With Two Brains (1983). But he achieved a turning-point the following year in All of Me (1984), a clever comedy in which he had to act as if Lily Tomlin controlled half of his body! This skillful performance won him critical praise, a handful of awards, and genuine respect as a comic actor (It was also on that film that he met his future wife, Victoria Tennant.) Since then he has expanded his range, reining in his surrealistic comedic style to assume "straight" roles that rely on kinder and gentler humor. He was most affecting as a latter-day Cyrano de Bergerac in Roxanne (1987), which he wrote and helped produce. He made a believable if befuddled father in Parenthood (1989), and invaded Woody Allen territory with L.A. Story (1991), writing and starring in that quirky California counterpart to Allen's Manhattan In addition to Story and the aforementioned Father of the Bride 1991 saw the release of Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon in which Martin took a basically non-comedic part as a disaffected movie producer.
No longer the "wild and crazy guy" of comic TV sketches, he made his New York stage debut in a celebrated production of "Waiting for Godot" in 1988 directed by Mike Nichols. He then took a Leap of Faith (1992) on screen, playing a phony evangelist; he was, as usual, entertaining to watch, but not entirely convincing. In 1993 he added a new credential to his resume, writing a play, "Picasso at the Lapine Agile."
OTHER FILMS INCLUDE: 1984: The Lonely Guy 1985: Movers and Shakers 1986: ?Three Amigos!, Little Shop of Horrors (as the paininflicting dentist); 1987: Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1988: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1990: My Blue Heaven 1993: And the Band Played On (made-for-TV); 1994: A Simple Twist of Fate (also wrote), Mixed Nuts.