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Steve Martin (born 14.8.1945) Steve Martin is an American comic actor, as well as a playwright, screenwriter and musician.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award Gala

Steve Martin - Celebrities attend American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award Gala at Dolby Theatre. at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 4th June 2015

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43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Steve Martin

Steve Martin and Martin Short - 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Steve Martin at the Dolby Theatre at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 5th June 2015

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David Letterman's 'Late Show' Set Dismantled Less Than 24 Hours After Final Episode


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David Letterman's Late Show set has already been thrown in the trash. The talk show host's last show was on Wednesday night (20th May) but within 24 hours the set had been dismantled and parts of it could be seen in a dumpster close to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.

David LettermanDavid Letterman's Late Show set was quickly dismantled after the final episode aired.

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Video - A Bearded Jim Carrey Dons 'Spank You' Shirt For Last 'Letterman' Show - Part 1


Jim Carrey was rocking his beard - which is looking incerasingly bushier - as he arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for the last episode of 'The Late Show with David Letterman'. He was also sporting a T-shirt with the slogan 'Spank You'; a catchphrase of his from the 'Ace Ventura' movies.

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'Late Show with David Letterman'

Steve Martin - A host of stars were snapped outside the Ed Sullivan Theater ahead of the last 'Late Show with David Letterman' in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 20th May 2015

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'Home' Is A Hit Even Before It Opens


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While 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' held on to the top spot on the British box office chart for the third straight week, the real champion last weekend was the riotously enjoyable DreamWorks animated adventure 'Home', which played a series of preview screenings in advance of it opening across the country this weekend.

'Home' hits US theatres on 27th March 2015
'Home' hits US theatres on 27th March 2015

While 'Second Best' took an impressive £1.4m in its third weekend of play, 'Home''s previews brought in £2.45m on Saturday and Sunday alone. Cleverly marketed as a UK Mother's Day treat, the film drew families to cinemas in huge numbers. This preview income will be added to 'Home''s tally this weekend for next week's box office chart, which means it could beat the second 'Divergent Series' movie, 'Insurgent', to the top of the chart. 

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Home Review


Excellent

A sharp script and especially colourful imagery make this animated romp a lot more fun than expected, entertaining grown-ups just as much as the kids. It may be the usual frantic action comedy, but there's an edge to the humour and a continual stream of knowing gags and witty references that keep us laughing. As a result, the busy plot is surprisingly involving, and the action scenes are genuinely thrilling.

It opens in outer space with the Boov, a race of blobby creatures that are only good at one thing: running away from their sworn enemy the Gorg. Their leader Captain Smek (Steve Martin) has selected Earth as their next hiding place, so they swoop in and corral mankind into Happy Humantowns in the Australian Outback while the Boov occupy the cities, hilariously trying to make sense of everything they find there. But a Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons) sticks out from the hive-like community. Friendlier and more curious than he should be, he inadvertently alerts the Gorg to their location. So he goes on the run, meeting up with the human teen girl Tip (Rihanna), who has managed to hide out with her chubby cat Pig and now wants to find her mother (Jennifer Lopez). Pursued by Smek and top cop Kyle (Matt Jones), Oh and Tip must dart around the globe to solve both of their predicaments.

Based on Adam Rex's novel The True Meaning of Smekday, the story is packed with lively twists and turns, and the filmmakers bring it to life with energy, humour and some real emotion. The animators pull out all the stops as they play with outrageous colours and eye-catching action, while the Boov's ability to selectively control gravity adds plenty of scope for additional mayhem. For example, Oh and Tip travel the globe in a car that Oh soups up Back to the Future-style so they can fly to Boov central command in Paris and then on to Australia. These kinds of knowing film references flit across the screen all the way through their adventure.

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Steve Martin has lunch with friends in Beverly Hills

Steve Martin - Steve Martin has lunch with friends in Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Friday 6th March 2015

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The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Steve Martin - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party which was held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015

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Home Trailer


The overly-confident alien race, the Boov, have faced some difficulties in their time, but they've just discovered a new planet that they can call home. The only drawback? The planet's name is Earth, and it already has inhabitants. But when, arguably the source of their problems, Oh ('The Big Bang Theory''s Jim Parsons) is abandoned by his race, he runs across a new friend. Tip (Rihanna), is a renegade, and after escaping from the occupation of the Boov with Oh, the two begin a road-trip with a difference as they try to find their way in the world and make their own home.

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Steve Martin Awarded AFI's Life Achievement Award


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Steve Martin will receive the "highest honour in film", the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The AFI announced the news on their website on Friday (3rd October).

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Steve Martin has been awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award.

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Steve Martin To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award


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Steve Martin has been announced as the next recipient of the American Film Institute’s highest honour, their Life Achievement Award. The 69 year old will receive the award at a special gala tribute to take place on June 4, 2015 in Los Angeles.

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Martin is the 43rd recipient of the prestigious award and only the second mainly comedic performer to be honoured, after Mel Brooks in 2013. Other previous recipients include Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman
and Harrison Ford.

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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


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Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and director Marc Webb were all in London to walk the red carpet at the world premiere of The Amazing Spider-man 2 on Thursday. The film opens next week in Britain, and in America in May. Browse through our photos from the World Premiere of The Amazing Spiderman 2 held at the Odeon Leicester Square.  

Over in Los Angeles, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Chadwick Boseman, Ellen Burstyn and Frank Langella turned up for the premiere of the American football drama Draft Day. And in New York, it was Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine who appeared at the premiere of their new movie The Railway Man. Both films open this weekend across America. Look through our photos from the premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'Draft Day' at the Regency Village Theatre, Los Angeles.

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Home - Teaser Trailer


Captain Smek is the leader of a group of aliens called Boov who are stranded in outer-space on their spaceship with no home planet to speak of. Determined to find themselves a permanent planetary home and desperate to evade their arch enemies, they travel across the universe in search of the perfect place. Unfortunately, every planet they land on seems to pose a threat - from monstrous, bloodthirsty predators to unbearably sweltering heat. One day, however, they discover the ideal dwelling for them; Earth. And so, the takeover of the human-inhabited world begins, with Smek under the impression that he is saving the humans. However, one young girl manages to escape their grasp and discovers one Boov who is exiled from his clan after accidentally informed their dreaded nemeses of their location. The pair thus become an unlikely duo, setting out to rescue their earthling and alien counterparts from the incoming menace.

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Steve Martin Apologises For Posting Racial Joke On Twitter


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Actor Steve Martin made a twitter blunder this past Friday night (Dec 20th).

The 68 year-old, known for his humour, posted a racist joke on his twitter page which was far from funny.

While Martin was chatting to his 4.5 million followers, one of them asked him, “Is this how you spell lasonia?”

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