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Steve Martin Biography

Steve Martin born Stephen Martin born Stephen Glenn Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. 

Steve Martin Age

Born 14 August 1945, Waco, Texas, United States. He is 73 years as of 2018.

Steve Martin Wife

Martin was married to actress Victoria Tennant from November 20, 1986; they divorced in 1994.

Steve Martin Daughter

Steve’s  daughter Mary Martin in December 2012, Mary is the first daughter of both Anne and Steve. Steve was 67 at the time, he had been previously married, but had not any children.

Steve Martin Image

Steve Martin 

Steve Martin Career

Acting career

Steve Martin’s first feature, a short film he wrote called The Absent-Minded Waiter in 1977. In 1979, he starred in his first full-length feature film, The Jerk, the first of many collaborations between Martin and director Carl Reiner, including the lampoon of detective thrillers Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid in 1982, the science-fiction comedy The Man With Two Brains in 1983 and the identity-swapping comedy All of Me (1984) with Lily Tomlin. Martin received Best Actor awards from both the New York Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review for his performance in All of Me. He also won rave reviews for his portrayal of a demented dentist in Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors in 1986.

In 1987, Martin stretched his talent even further by co-writing, executive-producing and starring in Roxanne (1987), a modern interpretation of the story of Cyrano De Bergerac. For his work in Roxanne he won a Best Actor award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association as well as an award for Best Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. In 1991, Martin wrote, starred in and co-executive produced L.A. Story. He also starred in the Disney remake of Father of the Bride (1992) and its 1995 sequel.

In 1993, Martin had success as a playwright with Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which opened at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, moving to Boston and Los Angeles as well as running off-Broadway.

More recent work included David Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner (1997), a voice role in the animated Dreamworks film The Prince of Egypt (1998) and a co-starring role with Goldie Hawn in a remake of The Out of Towners (1999). Martin wrote and starred in the comedy Bowfinger with Eddie Murphy in 1999. In 2001, he starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the dark comedy Novocaine. That same year, he took on a new challenge, hosting the notoriously long Academy Awards ceremony. His trademark humor and antics earned him an invitation to return in 2003 and 2010.

In 2003, Martin starred opposite Queen Latifah in the romantic comedy Bringing Down the House, which debuted at a surprising No. 1 at the box office. In 2004, Martin costarred with Bonnie Hunt to reprise the 1950s comedy Cheaper by the Dozen. He then wrote and starred in another remake, 2006’s Pink Panther, which performed well at the box office. In 2008, Martin appeared in the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Baby Mama. The movie skyrocketed to No. 1 at the box office and grossed more than $17 million its first weekend.

For his body of work, Martin received an honorary Oscar in 2013.

Writing and Music Career

A frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine, Martin published Shopgirl, a novella, to great acclaim in 2001. (A collection of his New Yorker writings was published as Pure Drivel in 1998). The story of a disenchanted saleswoman struggling to choose between a would-be musician and a wealthy married man, the book was adapted to film in 2005 starring Martin and Claire Danes. He followed that work with The Pleasure of My Company (2003), which also topped best-seller lists, and his autobiography, Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life (2007).

When not busy writing or working on the big screen, Martin keeps busy with music. His collection of original banjo compositions, The Crow, was released to critical praise in 2009, and with it Martin took home the Grammy Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year. Rare Bird Alert then appeared in 2011, and Love Has Come for You followed in 2013. Martin later collaborated with singer/songwriter Edie Brickell to bring to Broadway the production Bright Star, which later received a Tony nod for best musical, among other nods.

Steve Martin Movies





Another Nice Mess



The Absent-Minded Waiter



Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Dr. Maxwell Edison


The Muppet Movie

Insolent Waiter

The Kids Are Alright


The Jerk

Navin R. Johnson


Pennies from Heaven



Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

Rigby Reardon


The Man with Two Brains

Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr


The Lonely Guy

Larry Hubbard

All of Me

Roger Cobb


Movers & Shakers

Fabio Longio


Three Amigos

Lucky Day

Little Shop of Horrors

Orin Scrivello, DDS



C. D. Bales

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Neal Page


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Freddy Benson



Gil Buckman


My Blue Heaven

Vinnie Antonelli


L.A. Story

Harris K. Telemacher

Father of the Bride

George Banks

Grand Canyon




Newton Davis

Leap of Faith

Jonas Nightengale


And the Band Played On

The Brother


A Simple Twist of Fate

Michael McCann

Mixed Nuts



Father of the Bride Part II

George Banks


Sgt. Bilko

Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko


The Spanish Prisoner

Jimmy Dell


The Prince of Egypt



The Out-of-Towners

Henry Clark


Bobby Bowfinger

The Venice Project


Fantasia 2000

Himself (Introductory host)


Joe Gould’s Secret

Charlie Duell



Frank Sangster


   Bringing Down the House

Peter Sanderson

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Mr. Chairman

Cheaper by the Dozen

Tom Baker


Jiminy Glick in Lalawood




Ray Porter

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Tom Baker

Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years

Himself (host)


The Pink Panther

Inspector Clouseau


Baby Mama



The Pink Panther 2

Inspector Clouseau

It’s Complicated

Adam Schaffer


The Big Year

Stu Preissler



Captain Smek

Love the Coopers

Narrator/Rags the Dog


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Norm Oglesby


The American Epic Sessions


Steve Martin Television Shows





Off to See the Wizard

Simon the Pieman


The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour



The Ray Stevens Show



The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour

Various characters


The Ken Berry ‘Wow’ Show



Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour



The Funnier Side of Eastern Canada



The Smothers Brothers Show




Brian Bogert

Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)


Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)

Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)

The Muppet Show



The Carol Burnett Show

Himself (comedy act for dogs); Richard Dryface (As the Stomach Turns)

Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy


Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)

Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)

Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)


Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)


Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)

All Commercials… A Steve Martin Special


Steve Martin: Comedy is Not Pretty



Steve Martin’s Best Show Ever



Twilight Theater

Various characters


The Winds of Whoopie



The Tracey Ullman Show

Rusty DeClure

Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)


Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)


Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)


Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)


Scene by Scene


Saturday Night Live

Georg Festrunk (uncredited)

The Simpsons

Ray Patterson (voice)


73rd Academy Awards

Himself (host)


75th Academy Awards

Himself (host)


Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)


30 Rock

Gavin Volure


Saturday Night Live

Himself (host)


82nd Academy Awards

Himself (co-host)


Saturday Night Live

Guy / Himself


Saturday Night Live

King Tut / Himself


Maya & Marty



Oh, Hello On Broadway



Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life


Steve Martin Books



1979 The Jerk
1982 Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
1983 The Man with Two Brains
1986 Three Amigos
1987 Roxanne
1991 L.A. Story
1994 A Simple Twist of Fate
1999 Bowfinger
2005 Shopgirl
2006 The Pink Panther
2008 Traitor (story only)
2009 The Pink Panther 2
2018 Magic Camp (story only)

Steve Martin Dead

Steve Martin is still Alive.

Steve Martin King Tut

Martin is the artist of King Tut.

Steve Martin Banjo

Martin first picked up the banjo when he was around 17 years of age.

Martin has stated in several interviews and in his memoirBorn Standing Upthat he used to take 33 rpm bluegrass records and slow them down to 16 rpmand tune his banjo downso the notes would sound the same.

Martin was able to pick out each note and perfect his playing.

Martin learned how to play the banjo with help from John McEuenwho laterjoined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

McEuen’s brother later managed Martin as well as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Martin did his stand-up routine opening for the band in the early 1970s.

The banjo was a staple of Martin’s 1970s stand-up careerand he periodicallypoked fun at his love for the instrument.

His final comedy albumThe Steve Martin Brothersfeatured one side ofMartin’s typical stand-up materialwith the other side featuring liveperformances of Steve playing banjo with a bluegrass band.

In 2008Martin appeared with the bandIn the Minds of the Livingduring ashow in Myrtle BeachSouth Carolina.

In 2009Martin released his first all-music albumThe CrowNew Songs for the5-String Banjo with appearances from stars such as Dolly Parton.

Martin made his first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry on May 302009.

In JuneMartin played banjo along with the Steep Canyon Rangers on A PrairieHome Companion and began a two-month U.S. tour with the Rangers inSeptemberincluding appearances at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festivalCarnegie Hall and Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Martin performed a song he wrote called “Me and Paul Revere” in addition totwo other songs on the lawn of the Capitol Building in WashingtonDCat theCapitol Fourth Celebration” on July 42011.

In 2011Martin also narrated and appeared in the PBS documentary “Give methe Banjo” chronicling the history of the banjo in America.

In 2015Brickell and Martin released So Familiar as the second installment oftheir partnership.

Inspired by Love has Come for YouMartin and Brickell collaborated on his firstmusicalBright   Star.

In 2017Martin and Brickell appeared in the multi award-winning documentaryfilm The American Epic Sessions directed by Bernard MacMahon.

Recording live direct-to-disc on the first electrical sound recording system fromthe 1920sthey performed a version of “The Coo Coo Bird” a traditional songthat Martin learned from the 1960s folk music group The Holy Modal Rounders.

Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass In 2010Martincreated the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrassan awardestablished to reward artistry and bring greater visibility to bluegrassperformers.

The prize includes a US$50,000 cash awarda bronze sculpture created by theartist Eric Fischl,

and a chance to perform with Martin on Late Show with DavidLetterman.

Steve Martin The Jerk

Steve Martin plays the role as R. Johnson. Martin also plays Cat Juggler, under the alias Pig Eye Jackson. He wrote the part of “Marie” with Bernadette Peters in mind.


Steve Martin Tour

Date Venue Time
Fri, 15 Feb Wilkes-Barre Township, PA, United States
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Sat, 16 Feb Mashantucket, CT, United States
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Sun, 17 Feb Schenectady, NY, United States
Sat, 2 Mar Syracuse, NY, United States
Landmark Theatre
Fri, 8 Mar Evansville, IN, United States
Old National Events Plaza
Fri, 5 Apr Orlando, FL, United States
Hard Rock Cafe
Fri, 12 Apr Toronto, ON, Canada
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Fri, 19 Apr Milwaukee, WI, United States
The Riverside Theater
Sat, 20 Apr Peoria, IL, United States
Peoria Civic Center
Thu, 23 May Rochester, MN, United States
Mayo Civic Center
Fri, 31 May El Paso, TX, United States
Abraham Chavez Theatre
Sat, 1 Jun San Antonio, TX, United States
Majestic Theatre
Sun, 2 Jun Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Civic Center Music Hall
Fri, 7 Jun Moorhead, MN, United States
Bluestem Center for the Arts
Sat, 8 Jun Sioux Falls, SD, United States
Washington Pavilion
Fri, 12 Jul Loveland, CO, United States
Budweiser Events Center
Sat, 13 Jul Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Pikes Peak Center
Sun, 14 Jul Vail, CO, United States
Gerald R Ford Amphitheater
Tue, 16 Jul Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Greek Theatre
Fri, 19 Jul Reno, NV, United States
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Sat, 20 Jul Eugene, OR, United States
The Cuthbert Amphitheater
Sun, 21 Jul Airway Heights, WA, United States
Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Steve Martin Written works

  • The Jerk (1979) (Screenplay written with Carl Gottlieb)
  • Cruel Shoes (1979) (Essays)
  • Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the Zig-Zag Woman, Patter for the Floating Lady, WASP (1993) (Play)
  • L.A. Story and Roxanne: Two Screenplays (published together in 1987) (Screenplays)
  • Pure Drivel (1998) (Essays)
  • Bowfinger (1999) (Screenplay)
  • Eric Fischl : 1970–2000 (2000) (Afterword)
  • Modern Library Humor and Wit Series (2000) (Introduction and Series Editor)
  • Shopgirl (2000) (Novella)
  • Kindly Lent Their Owner: The Private Collection of Steve Martin (2001) (Art)
  • The Underpants: A Play (2002) (Play)
  • The Pleasure of My Company (2003) (Novel)
  • Shopgirl (2005) (Screenplay)
  • The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z (2007) (Children’s Books illustrated by Roz Chast)
  • Born Standing Up (2007) (Memoir)
  • An Object of Beauty (2010) (Novel)
  • Late For School (2010) (Children’s book)
  • The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin (February 21, 2012) (Collection)
  • Bright Star (2014) (Musical)
  • Meteor Shower (2016) (Play)
  • Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of your Life (2018) (co-written with Martin Short)

Steve Martin Pink Panther

The Pink Panther is a 2006 American Comedy Film. The film Stars Steve Martin as Clouseau and also co-stars Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Roger Rees, Kristin Chenoweth and Beyonce Knowles.

Steve Martin Gilda Radner

Steve Martin and Gilda Radner perform a dance that is by turns silly and beautiful, a bit full of playful chemistry and unexpected emotion.

Steve Martin Christmas Wish

Steve Martin Facebook


Steve Martin Twitter

Steve Martin Interview

Steve Martin interview: ‘I’ve always had empathy with comedians and their struggle’What made you want to do a project like this now?

I’ve always had empathy with comedians and their struggle. I know it inside out, and the struggles remain the same. I’m always rooting for comedians, especially now that I’m older. Your competitive edge is off. You don’t have to worry about somebody being funnier. Because, as I say, there’s always someone funnier.

Is it fair to say you shy away from invitations to talk about that era of your career – the retrospective thing does not come easily for you?

Yeah. You can only talk about it so much. And then there’s diminishing interest in the old you, both from the public and yourself. About 20 years ago, Kevin Kline called me and said: “I’m teaching a course at Juilliard in comedy. Would you like to stop by and talk?” And I thought: there’s nothing you can teach about comedy. I don’t know what that would even be. But I went to the class, and they did some scenes, and I thought, Oh, there is a lot to teach. Through the years, I’ve gathered some knowledge that can be transferred. I actually feel more creative in the last ten years than I have in that whole time.

When you were starting out, did you have people you considered mentors or instructors?

No. However, I did have heroes, like Jack Benny or Jerry Lewis, and little-known entertainers that I’ve seen through my life. My hero, when I was 11, was a guy named Wally Boag (a Disneyland stage performer and street magician). When I got into college and I was an ironist, I thought, OK, bad balloon animals will be my staple. Fats Johnson was an entertainer who wore rings on his fingers, played guitar and sang and was funny. I said, “Fats, what do I wear onstage?” He said, “Always look better than they do.”

One of your episodes is about constructing a stage persona, an idealised version of who you want to be in performance. Is this what you thought you were doing at the time?

Certainly, it’s an evolution. It’s not a ray of light that strikes you. When I first started to think, “I’ve got to be a person up there – how do I be a person?”, all I did was take jokes that said “A guy walks into a bar” and change it to “I walked into a bar.” That was a simple thing to think about. You make everything about yourself.

There’s a moment after the fact where you realise, oh, I’m constructing something. At first, you’re just trying to make it through the 15 minutes. There’s absolutely no ideological thing going on – you’re just trying to survive. But what comes is the Platonic version, which is pure. Then you try to have the real version live up to the Platonic version that’s in your head.

Does it feel weird to be talking about a Platonic ideal of stand-up comedy?

I studied philosophy in college, so I default to those few references that remain.

Was there a point, at your peak, where audiences were coming just for the persona and not the material – that essentially anything you delivered in that guise worked?

I found it was actually almost the reverse of what you’re saying. Because once that persona was established, it was very hard to bring in new material. The thing that was expected was so precise. And I loved being precise onstage. I didn’t want to mess with it. But the only way out was to stop. But I had a great place to go – the movies.

Did you help choose your vintage stand-up and movie clips in the lessons?

I only saw those after the fact. I always let other people choose the bits, because I don’t know what works today. I like the idea that someone who wasn’t even born in that era is picking them.

What does that spare you from?

Having to look at it, for one thing. But also having to understand what works today. Unfortunately, most comedy is ephemeral. People want their own generation of comedy. You look at an old single-panel cartoon from the 1890s, you struggle to figure out what was funny about it. It’s a lengthy paragraph, as opposed to a Roz Chast cartoon in The New Yorker.

When you work on a project like this, does it make you want to do stand-up again?

The truth is, I work with Martin Short and I tour with the Steep Canyon Rangers, and that’s exactly what I’m doing. [Last year, when Martin performed as a special guest at a Jerry Seinfeld show at the Beacon Theatre] this thing came out that said, ‘Steve Martin’s Return to Stand-Up’. No. It was stuff I’d done for the past 10 years, only a 10-minute version of it. When I work with Marty, sometimes I wonder if I could do stand-up. Then I think, I don’t want to do an hour on my own and try to remember what comes next. I really like what we’re doing.

By doing this project, are you saying, in a sense, I’m putting this era of my life to bed?

Yes. It’s a place to put all this esoterica. It has absolutely no use to anybody, except comedians or people who want to be in show business, or people who want to be creative.

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