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Steve Martin Biography

Steve Martin (born 14.8.1945)

Steve Martin is an American comic actor, as well as a playwright, screenwriter and musician.

Steve Martin: Childhood

Steve Martin was born to Glenn and Mary Lee Martin, in Waco, Texas. He was later raised in California.

His first job was working at Disneyland, selling guidebooks to visitors, during his school breaks. During his time there, he would hang out at Merlin's Magic Shop and learn magic tricks there. In 1960, he was accepted for a job at the store, where he also learned to juggle, make balloon animals, and play the banjo.

Following his high school graduation, Martin took Drama and English classes at Santa Ana Junior College and then studied Philosophy at Long Beach State College. He later transferred to UCLA, where he majored in Theatre. Aged 21, he dropped out of his studies altogether.

Steve Martin: Breakthrough into Comedy

In 1967, Martin was dating Nina Goldblatt, a dancer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. With her assistance, he landed a job as a writer on the show and went on to win an Emmy for his work, in 1969. In addition to this, he also wrote for The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.

In the 1970s, Martin began appearing on shows such as The Gong Show, On Location and Saturday Night Live (on which he appeared alongside Dan Aykroyd), as a stand-up comic. At one point, Martin denied that his real name was Steve Martin and claimed it was Gern Blanston, a name that took on a life of its own and was briefly adopted by a rock band.

Martin's debut comedy album, Let's Get Small was a huge success, as was its successor, A Wild And Crazy Guy. Both of the albums won Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Recording.

Steve Martin: Film Career

Steve Martin's first film was the seven-minute The Absent-Minded Waiter, released in 1977. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film, Live Action. He followed this up in 1979 by starring in The Jerk, which became a huge commercial success.

To avoid the dangers of being typecast, Steve Martin was keen to try his hand at a serious film. The result, Pennies From Heaven, was a failure, both critically and financially.

Martin's return to comedy was, thankfully, a success and he had a string of acclaimed performances in films such as Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, The Man With Two Brains and All Of Me. He was reunited with his former Saturday Night Live performers, Chevy Chase and Martin Short in ¡Three Amigos! Continuing his string of lucrative collaborations, he starred alongside John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Rick Moranis in Little Shop of Horrors.

In 1987, Martin co-wrote Roxanne, and earned himself an award from the Writers' Guild of America.

In 1989, he teamed up with Moranis again for Parenthood, a Ron Howard film and in 1991 starred in the hit film Father of the Bride.

In 2006, Martin reprised Peter Sellers' role in a remake of The Pink Panther, to a muted response.

Steve Martin: Books

Steve Martin has written two short novels, Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company. In 2007, he also published an autobiography, Born Standing Up

Steve Martin: Personal Life

Steve Martin was married to Victoria Tennant from 1986 to 1994. In 2007, he married Anne Stringfield. The guests, including Tom Hanks, Carl Reiner and Ricky Jay were not told beforehand that the 'party' was, in fact, a wedding.

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the geffen playhouse presents its annual geffen fun 220314
the geffen playhouse presents its annual geffen fun 220314
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steve martin rides his bike 210813

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The Latest Steve Martin News

A Week In Movies: Spider-man Hits London, Aniston Films In La, Trailers Arrive For Shaun And Earth To Echo, And A Short Film Teases Martin's Trek Home

14th April 2014

Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and director Marc Webb were all in London to walk the red...

Stars Pay Tribute To David Letterman

4th April 2014

Stars have paid tribute to retiring TV host David Letterman.Celebrities including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Kimmel took...

Stars React To Latest Los Angeles Earthquake

29th March 2014

Stars including Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah and Billy Ray Cyrus were left worried after Los Angeles experienced a second earthquake...

Steve Martin Apologises For Posting Racial Joke On Twitter

26th December 2013

Actor Steve Martin made a twitter blunder this past Friday night (Dec 20th).The 68 year-old, known for his humour, posted...

Celebrity Racism & Homophobia: Steve Martin Apologises, Phil Robertson Blunders Further

24th December 2013

This week has caused at least one celebrity to retract an ethnic joke whilst others have merely continued to dig...

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Steve Martin Reviews

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You Album Review Album Review

8th August 2013

We learn something new every day; in researching the background story behind Love Has Come...

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Steve Martin Footage Film / Movie Reviews

The Big Year 2011, Review by Rich Cline

Even though it's rather corny and sentimental, this colourful comedy-drama holds our interest mainly because...

It's Complicated 2009, Review by Rich Cline

There's something enjoyable about silly romantic comedies that centre on middle-aged people for a change,...

The Pink Panther 2 2009, Review by Bill Gibron

Back in the fun, free-basing '70s, Steve Martin was a stand-up comic god. Me Decade...

Baby Mama 2008, Review by Bill Gibron

Ah, the infant: cinema's biological cure-all. Give a movie a messed up couple with a...

The Pink Panther (2006) 2006, Review by Sean O'Connell

ABC premiered America's Funniest Home Videos in 1989, and the weekly video-clip competition has gone...

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The Latest Steve Martin Press Releases

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell Announce Collaboration On New Album 'Love Has Come For You'

7th January 2013

Rounder Records will release Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's...

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