Quote: "It's such a prestigious group that they've given this award to, and I can't help but think, 'What am I doing there?'. But, still, they gave it to me, so I'm accepting it with full pride." Veteran actor Steve Martin cannot believe he will be feted with the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award next week (04Jun15).
Fact: Veteran entertainer Mel Brooks will present his friend Steve Martin with the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award during a gala at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on 4 June (15). Brooks received the same honour in 2013.
Fact: Funnymen Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey are among the celebrities who were spotted filing into the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for what will be David Letterman's final The Late Show on Wednesday (20May15). The Foo Fighters have confirmed they'll be the retiring late-night show host's final musical guests in a tweet to fans, which reads: "Final time on this stage...#ThanksDave @Letterman."
Tweet: "Dear @EricIdle and Pythons, have a great run in London, you influenced my life and comedy." Funnyman Steve Martin sends his best wishes to Eric Idle and his Monty Python comedy troupe ahead of their London reunion shows, which kick off on Tuesday (01Jul14).
Fact: Bryan Cranston, America Ferrera, Matthew Morrison, Steve Martin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and John Lithgow were among the stars who turned out for the opening night performance of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte Theater in New York City on Monday night (26Jun14).
Tweet: "A tip of the hat tonight to the truly-missed gentleman, John Candy." Steve Martin remembers the late funnyman at Thanksgiving. The pals starred in 1987 comedy classic Planes, Trains & Automobiles, about a man struggling to travel home for the U.S. holiday.
Fact: Comedian Steve Martin thrilled The Late Show With David Letterman viewers in America on Wednesday (11Jul12) by shooting a guest spot. The Father of the Bride attempted to outdo the host, who has a small New York City garden named in his honour, by marking his own park in Times Square and handing out beer to passersby.
Tweet: "Hoping that the great bluegrass legend Doc Watson pulls through from his hospitalization. One of the masters." Steve Martin sends his best wishes to the Grammy-winning folk star after he suffered a fall at his home on Monday (21May12).
Fact: Movie star and former Oscars host Steve Martin will perform with Rascal Flatts at the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas this weekend (01Apr12). Martin will showcase the banjo on a unique collaboration with the trio during a performance of its new single Banjo.
Quote: "I would really like to lose 10 pounds. I really would... And I have tried and I really thought the only way I could really do that would be to go to prison. The discipline of being in that cell every day would be good. But I wouldn't want to do a crime that would hurt anybody so I thought maybe... I could collect enough parking tickets that I would go to jail... for four to five months." Funnyman Steve Martin jokes about his creative new weight-loss plan.
Quote: "Remember to relax and have a good time while 12,000 live bloggers rip you to shreds... (and) if you feel tired midway through, give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him." Steve Martin offers up Oscars hosting advice to pal Eddie Murphy.
Quote: "I just went out and shot as many birds as I could so I could look at them close-up." Steve Martin jokes about how he prepared for his new role as a bird-watcher in The Big Year.
Quote: "Paul MCCartney sings solo. I gotta tell you, having Paul MCCartney sing a song that I wrote has to be one of the greatest thrills of his life." Comedian-turned-bluegrass musician Steve Martin jokes about landing a collaboration with the Beatles legend for his new album, Rare Bird Alert.
Fact: "It's very hard to believe. I was a kid when I first heard Paul MCCartney, and if you told me one day that he'd be singing one of my tunes... I'm still flabbergasted." Funnyman Steve Martin has landed his dream collaborator, Sir Paul McCartney, for a bluegrass track on his next album.
Quote: "My first job was at Disneyland selling guidebooks. I was 10. Then I worked in the magic shop until I was 18. Disneyland was literally like living in heaven." Steve Martin on growing up at 'the happiest place on earth'.
Quote: "I was a contestant on The Dating Game three times. I got picked three times...I won a trip to see Wayne Newton..., I won a trip to Tijuana to the bullfights, and then the big one was I won a trip to Portofino, Italy with Deana Martin, Dean Martin's daughter." Steve Martin was a hit on the popular U.S. blind date show.
Quote: "My agent said, 'We've got to send this out', and I said, 'I frankly don't care, because I'm not going to have anything to do with it.' Although, I'd be a good Barton Talley." Steve Martin has no interest in turning his new novel An Object of Beauty into a movie, despite the success of his last adaptation, Shopgirl.
Fact: Steve Martin and Ethan Hawke are to be honoured for their contributions to the literary world. The stars, along with authors Malcolm Gladwell and Zadie Smith, will become Library Lions at the New York Public Library in a ceremony on 1 November (10).
Fact: Alec Baldwin has entered the record books alongside his Oscars co-host and IT'S COMPLICATED co-star Steve Martin. The 30 ROCK star has tied the funnyman for the most times hosting hit U.S. comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live - he marked his 15th time as celebrity host on 15 May (10).
Quote: "The show is so long that Avatar now takes place in the past." Co-host Steve Martin jokes about the length of the 82nd Oscars, which clocked in at just over three-and-a-half hours.
Quote: "I love that Precious was nominated because, to me, it's the one film that really lived up to its videogame." Oscars co-host Steve Martin pokes fun at the hard-hitting Best Feature nomination.
Quote: "Anyone who has ever worked with Meryl Streep always ends up saying the same thing: 'Can that woman act?' and, 'What's up with all the Hitler memorabilia?'" Oscars co-host Steve Martin pokes fun at his IT'S COMPLICATED co-star.
Fact: Funnyman Steve Martin missed out on picking up his Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award in Los Angeles on Sunday night (31Jan10) - because he had a prior "massage appointment", according to producer John MCEuen, who picked up the honour on Martin's behalf.
Quote: "I need a lot of practice for the Oscars. It's going to be hard, but it's all on Steve actually - he's done it twice before. I'm Steve's guest is how I look at it." Alec Baldwin will be relying on funnyman Steve Martin as the pair co-host the 82nd Academy Awards next year (10).
Fact: Steve Martin gave U.S. TV audiences a shocking preview on of his forthcoming bluegrass show at New York's Carnegie Hall during an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman on Monday night (05Oct09) by performing a banjo solo while fireworks shot from the instrument's neck . The actor/musician will headline a show with Ralph Stanley & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS and THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS at the venue on Tuesday night (06Oct09).
Quote: "It was a real honour. It's the oldest radio show in the world. It's been on since 1925." Comedian-turned-singer Steve Martin was flattered to have been invited to play his banjo at country music mecca, the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, Tennessee, last month (May09).
Quote: "I put one banjo in every room of my house so I could grab one whenever I felt the urge to play." Comedian Steve Martin, 63, on how he finally finished his new bluegrass album THE CROW after labouring over the project for 45 years.
Quote: "I never wanted to be just satisfied with anything I did. I wanted to make it better. I kind of thought it was my job to be somewhat unhappy." Funnyman Steve Martin on his past depression.
Fact: U.S. funnyman Steve Martin wrote songs for SONNY and Cher before he was famous.
Fact: Funnyman Steve Martin gets an executive producer credit on Don Cheadle's new thriller TRAITOR because he came up with the plot idea on the set of comedy Bringing Down The House.
Fact: Father of the Bride co-stars Steve Martin and Diane Keaton are reuniting for family comedy ONE BIG HAPPY.
Quote: "I just passed the time by actually writing movie scripts and TV pilots and then I would sell them to the studios... I just found it easier to sell scripts in that time because there was no competition at all." Steve Martin jokes about how he spent the recent writer's strike.
Quote: "The act was so (well) known by myself and the audience. It was very defined. I started to do movies and I realised, 'Wow, there's other people around.' Stand up is a very lonely place." Steve Martin explains why he quit stand-up comedy.
Quote: "I disgusted people. That's what happens when you've been standing on the set too long." Actress Emily Mortimer on sharing her thoughts about a flatulent disaster she has dubbed a 'shart' with Steve Martin on the set of THE PINK PANTHER 2.
Fact: Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, John Cleese and Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai will join Steve Martin, Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer for the star-studded sequel THE PINK PANTHER 2.
Quote: "I realised when I turned 60 that all your long-term goals should now be short-term." Comedian Steve Martin, 61, has a realistic approach to life.
Quote: "(She was) very receptive, but chewed through the duct tape at the last minute." Steve Martin jokes about his attempts to woo Diane Keaton during a star-studded tribute to the Annie Hall star in New York on Monday (09Apr07).
Quote: "Sex is one of the most beautiful, wholesome things money can buy." Comedian Steve Martin reveals how he views sex.
Quote: <p>"Men want wrinkles as much as women do. I use an alpha-hydroxy cream every night and my skin has never looked better." Ageing funnyman Steve Martin reveals his beauty secrets. </p>
Quote: <p>"To me, INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU is HAMLET for comedians." Steve Martin thinks Peter Sellers' goofy French detective is a role all comics should play. </p>
Quote: <p>"I hate messing up takes so I make sure they don't stop because of me. I had to bite the inside of my cheek (to stop laughing) and try to stay in character." BOOTYLICIOUS singer Beyonce Knowles tries to keep from laughing while filming The Pink Panther with comedian Steve Martin. </p>
Fact: <p>DIANE KEATON showed off her singing talents at a tribute to pal Steve Martin at the weekend (22OCT05), when she sang JEROME KERN standard JUST THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT at the eighth annual Mark Twain Prize. </p>
Quote: <p>"I'm hoping it's a giant hit so we can make another one. Because I love dressing up like him and talking like him." Steve Martin enjoyed playing INSPECTOR CLOUSSEAU in the much-anticipated PINK PANTHER remake. </p>
Fact: <p>Funnyman Steve Martin has formed a new group with banjo king Earl Scruggs called MEN WITH BANJOS, WHO KNOW HOW TO USE THEM. </p>