Steve Martin

Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter
Steve Martin was never interested in finding just one niche and remaining there for his entire life, as evidenced by his career evolution from TV writer to goofy stand-up comic to A-List star of offbeat comedies, family ... Read more »
Born: 08/13/1945 in Waco, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (136)

Art in the Twenty-First Century 2001 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Home 2015 (Movie)

Captain Smek (Voice)

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Conan 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside Comedy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inventing David Geffen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rock Center with Brian Williams 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1976 - 1977, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

Stu Preissler (Actor)

Tina Fey: Mark Twain Prize 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Complicated 2009 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

The Pink Panther 2 2009 (Movie)

Inspector Clouseau (Actor)

30 Rock 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

The 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pink Panther 2006 (Movie)

Inspector Clouseau (Actor)

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 2005 (Movie)

Tom Baker (Actor)

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

Himself (cameo) (Actor)

Shopgirl 2005 (Movie)

Ray Porter/Voice of Narrator (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Directors: David Mamet 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Bringing Down the House 2003 (Movie)

Peter Sanderson (Actor)

Cheaper by the Dozen 2003 (Movie)

Tom Baker (Actor)

Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 (Movie)

Mr Chairman (Actor)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Diane Keaton 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Novocaine 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Frank Sangster (Actor)

Steve Martin Seriously Funny 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasia 2000 2000 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Joe Gould's Secret 2000 (Movie)

Charlie Duell (Actor)

The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)

Bowfinger (Actor)

Canned Ham: Bowfinger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin: A Comic Life 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Out-Of-Towners 1999 (Movie)

Henry Clark (Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

of Hotep (Voice)

The Simpsons 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Spanish Prisoner 1998 (Movie)

Jimmy Dell (Actor)

The Venice Project 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Carl Reiner: Still Laughing 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Nichols and May -- Take Two 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sgt. Bilko 1996 (Movie)

Master Sgt Ernest G Bilko (Actor)

Father of the Bride Part II 1995 (Movie)

George Banks (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martin Short Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Simple Twist of Fate 1994 (Movie)

Michael McMann (Actor)

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mixed Nuts 1994 (Movie)

Philip (Actor)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Housesitter 1992 (Movie)

Davis (Actor)

Leap of Faith 1992 (Movie)

Jonas Nightengale (Actor)

Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Father of the Bride 1991 (Movie)

George Banks (Actor)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

Davis (Actor)

L.A. Story 1991 (Movie)

Harris (Actor)

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Life of Python 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

Vinnie Antonelli (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

Gil (Actor)

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988 (Movie)

Freddy Benson (Actor)

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

Neal Page (Actor)

Roxanne 1987 (Movie)

C D Bales (Actor)

Little Shop of Horrors 1986 (Movie)

Orin Scrivello DDS (Actor)

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

Lucky Day (Actor)

Movers & Shakers 1985 (Movie)

Fabio Longio (Actor)

All of Me 1984 (Movie)

Roger Cobb (Actor)

The Lonely Guy 1984 (Movie)

Larry Hubbard (Actor)

Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopie 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man With Two Brains 1983 (Movie)

Dr Michael Hfuhruhurr (Actor)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 (Movie)

Rigby Reardon (Actor)

Steve Martin's Best Show Ever 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight Theater 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

All Commercials -- A Steve Martin Special 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Pennies From Heaven 1981 (Movie)

Arthur Parker (Actor)

Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 100th Birthday Party 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Special (10/18/78) 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

Navin Johnson (Actor)

The Kids Are Alright 1979 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

Insolent Waiter (Actor)

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 (Movie)

Dr Maxwell Edison (Actor)

John Denver: Rocky Mountain Christmas 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Cash and Friends 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Half The George Kirby Comedy Hour 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ken Berry Wow Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Actor

From Zero to Sixty (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (18)

The Pink Panther 2 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Traitor 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Pink Panther 2006 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Shopgirl 2005 (Movie)

(from novella: "Shopgirl") (Source Material)

Shopgirl 2005 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Simple Twist of Fate 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L.A. Story 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

L.A. Story 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Roxanne 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man With Two Brains 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Van Dyke and Company 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Writer

The Summer Smothers Brothers Show 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (11)

Traitor 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Shopgirl 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Scholar 1985 - 1986, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Downer Channel 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Simple Twist of Fate 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

L.A. Story 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Roxanne 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Domestic Life 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Jerk, Too (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (6)

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

("Pitkin County Turnaround") (Song Performer)

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

("Pitkin County Turnaround") (Song)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

("Playing with the Big Boys") (Song Performer)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

("The Ballad of the Three Amigos" "My Little Buttercup" "Blue Shadows") (Song Performer)

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

("You Belong to Me") (Song Performer)

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 (Movie)

("Maxwell's Silver Hammer") (Song Performer)
Director (2)

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills 1985 - 1986, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director
Other (2)

Edie & Pen (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Biography

Steve Martin was never interested in finding just one niche and remaining there for his entire life, as evidenced by his career evolution from TV writer to goofy stand-up comic to A-List star of offbeat comedies, family fare, dramas and musicals. His early, rock-star like fame as a comedian influenced a whole generation of performers with its experimental, no- punch-line style that sent-up vaudeville as much as it borrowed from his studies as a philosophy major. As a film actor, Martin's strongest work was generally material he wrote himself - comedies with a palpable heart and poignancy behind the puns, like "Roxanne" (1987), L.A. Story (1991) and the adaptation of his bestselling novella, "Shopgirl" (2005). Despite the iconic status of his 1979 comedy classic, "The Jerk," his film career was spotty however, and through the 1990s and beyond, Martin was mainly known for rote family comedies that relied not on "wild and crazy" antics but on his roles as the straight man exasperated over the wild and crazy antics of kids or unwelcome intruders in his quiet suburban world. Off-screen, enigmatic Martin had a reputation as a spotlight-shunning, quiet intellectual and fine art collector who, well into his sixties, was still full of surprises on the screen, the stage and on the page.

Relationships

Anne Heche Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "A Simple Twist of Fate" (1994) Dated from 1995-97 No longer together

Ellen Ladowsky Actor

Companion
No longer together

Glenn Martin

Father

Mary Martin

Mother

Melinda Martin

Sister
Born in 1941

Patty Marx Actor

Companion
Dated briefly in 2003 No longer together

Bernadette Peters Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "The Jerk" (1979) Together from 1979-82 No longer together

Linda Ronstadt Actor

Companion
Together early in Martin's career, when he was doing stand-up No longer together

Cindy Sherman Actor

Companion
No longer together

Anne Stringfield

Wife
Former staffer for The New Yorker magazine Began dating in December 2002 Married July 28, 2007 at Martin's L.A. home

Victoria Tennant Actor

Wife
Met while filming "All of Me" (1984) Married Nov. 20, 1986 Divorced in 1994

EDUCATION

Santa Ana Junior College

Santa Ana , California
Took classes in drama and English poetry

Garden Grove High School

Orange , California 1963

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1967
Left before graduating

Long Beach State College

Long Beach , California
Transferred to UCLA

Milestones

2011

Co-starred opposite Owen Wilson and Jack Black in the comedy feature "The Big Year"

2009

Released his first all-music album The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo

2009

Earned an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role on NBC's "30 Rock" as eccentric businessman Gavin Volure

2009

Co-starred with Meryl Streep in the comedy "It's Complicated"; directed by Nancy Meyers

2009

Reprised role of Inspector Clouseau for "The Pink Panther 2"

2009

Co-hosted the 82nd Academy Awards with Alec Baldwin; earned an Emmy nomination in 2010 for Outstanding Special Class Programs (shared with Adam Shankman, Bill Mechanic, Michael B. Seligman, and Baldwin)

2008

Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album Born Standing Up

2006

Portrayed Inspector Clouseau, in prequel to the 1964 Peter Sellers original film "The Pink Panther"; also co-wrote the screenplay

2005

Co-starred with Claire Danes in the feature adaptation of his novella "Shopgirl"

2005

Reprised role for "Cheaper By the Dozen 2"

2004

Received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken word for "The Pleasure of My Company"

2003

Co-starred alongside Queen Latifah as a lonely attorney in "Bringing Down the House."

2003

Starred as the father of twelve children in the comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen"

2002

Wrote the English-language adaptation of Carl Sterheim's "Die Hose," retitled "The Underpants"; performed at NYC's Classic Stage Company

2001

Hosted the annual telecast of the Academy Awards; received an Emmy nomination

2000

Had featured role in Stanley Tucci's drama "Joe Gould's Secret"

2000

Published first novella Shopgirl

1999

Re-teamed with Hawn for the remake of "The Out-of-Towners"

1999

Played himself in "The Venice Project," starring Lauren Bacall and Dennis Hopper

1999

Wrote and starred in the comedy "Bowfinger"

1998

Delivered a strong supporting turn as a mysterious businessman in David Mamet's "The Spanish Prisoner"

1998

Voiced Hotep in the animated feature "The Prince of Egypt"

1995

Re-teamed with Keaton for the sequel "Father of the Bride II"

1994

Updated "Silas Marner" as "A Simple Twist of Fate"; wrote, produced and starred

1993

Playwriting debut, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"

1992

First screen pairing with Goldie Hawn, "Housesitter"

1991

Appeared as a Joel Silveresque film producer in "Grand Canyon"

1991

Teamed with Diane Keaton in the remake of "Father of the Bride"

1990

Co-starred with Rick Moranis in the comedy "My Blue Heaven"

1989

Joined an ensemble cast for Ron Howard's "Parenthood"

1988

Starred onstage with Robin Williams in the Lincoln Center Theater production of "Waiting for Godot"

1987

Wrote and starred in the modern day remake of "Cyrano de Bergerac" entitled "Roxanne"

1986

Played a memorable role as a sadistic dentist in "Little Shop of Horrors"; first collaboration with Rick Moranis

1986

First film as producer, "Three Amigos!"; also co-wrote and co-starred

1984

Portrayed a lawyer whose body is possessed by a millionairess (Lily Tomlin) in Reiner's "All of Me"

1983

First collaboration with director Carl Reiner, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"

1981

First dramatic performance, "Pennies From Heaven"

1980

Hosted the NBC TV specials "Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty" and "All Commercials – A Steve Martin Special"

1979

First film as co-writer, "The Jerk"; also played the lead role

1978

Feature acting debut, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

1977

Wrote and acted in the short film "The Absent-Minded Waiter"; produced through his company The Aspen Film Society; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Live-Action Short

1976

First time as host of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1973

Made first appearance on "The Tonight Show" (NBC)

1972

TV debut as a regular on ABC's variety hour "The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show"; also wrote for the show

1968

Wrote for various comedy-variety shows beginning with "The Summer Smothers Brothers Comedy Show" (CBS)

1960

Worked at part-time at Disneyland, performing magic tricks at Merlin's Cave and appearing in Wally Boag's "It's Vaudeville Again"

1952

First acting role was playing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in his second-grade play

Bonus Trivia

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Martin was a serious art collector.

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Martin was selected as Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals' Man of the Year in 1988.

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The actor-writer did not usually sign autographs for fans. Instead he gave them business cards which read, "This certifies that you have had a personal encounter with me and that you found me warm, polite, intelligent and funny."

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Martin claimed Stanley Kubrick approached him about starring in the film "Eyes Wide Shut" way back in 1980, but it took too long to get made.

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"I saw a review of 'The Mask' and it had this line, 'In this movie Jim Carrey proves he can act.' Now, that is a very subtle example of how comedy is not considered acting. 'Hey he can act!' Like that has value over what you normally do? I mean, what did he do in 'Ace Ventura?' I thought he was brilliantly funny, he carried the whole movie by his character, but no, that's not acting. Acting is only when you cry." – Martin quoted in New York's Newsday, Dec. 21, 1994

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"Irony existed. I didn't invent it. But there was no irony in, like, 1973 or 1974. It was all postwar – post-Vietnam angst and anger. I thought, 'It's time.' I really did. There were, like, a couple of moments in my life that were profound for me. One was that moment when I thought, 'Now is the time.' I could shave, cut my hair and change my clothes, and represent a new age." – Martin quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, September 1999

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"He's an incredibly dynamic person. I don't know if the general public is so conscious of that. He's a skillful, celebrated writer. He also collects art in earnest, and he's also an incredible musician. You should hear him play the ukulele. It's ridiculous what he's capable of." – "Shopgirl" co-star Claire Danes on Martin, to CNN.com, Sept. 12, 2005

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"Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke." – Martin to Biography magazine, Fall 2005

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On Oct. 23, 2005, Martin was presented with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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On Dec. 1, 2007, Martin was honored at the 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

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