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Steve Martin ACTOR




STEVE MARTIN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Steve Martin was born on August 14th, 1945 in Waco, Texas with the birth name Stephen Glenn Martin born to parents Mary Lee and Glenn Vernon Martin.  He was raised in Inglewood, California and his father was an aspiring actor so a couple time he had the chance to his dad in action. 
 
When he was old enough to work, he found work as Disneyland selling guidebooks and on his breaks he would go to the main street and watch the magicians perform tricks.  Soon, he had learned enough magic tricks that he applied for a job in the magic shop and was hired in 1960.
 
After graduating from high school he enrolled in Santa Ana Junior College and studied drama and poetry soon he transferred to California State university in Long Beach and studied philosophy.
 
In his spare time he would also do stand up comedy shows at the Bird Cage Theatre.  He loved majoring in philosophy but still had a large interest in acting.  Steve decided once again to change colleges and enroll at the UCLA where he majored in drama.  While in college he still continued to find part time work as a stand up comedian and even appeared on the game show, "The Dating Game".  He finally decided, college was not for him at the age of twenty one and he left for good to pursue a career in entertainment.
 
In 1967, he was able to get a writing job for, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and soon he was being asked to appear on, "The Tonight Show".  At the age of twenty three he won his first Emmy for his writing on the show and was offered a chance to write bits for other shows such as, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" and "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour".  In 1976 he followed with winning another Emmy for his writing for the show, "Van Dyke and Company".
 
As his career progressed, he was often seen as a guest on, "The Gong Show" and "Saturday Night Live".  His popularity and fan base continued to increase and soon he released a number of comedy albums such as, "Let's Get Small" and "A Wild and Crazy Guy".  
 
Martin began to set re-direct his career goals and thought about if he could get into film acting.  His first short was, "The Absent-Minded Waiter" (1977) followed by his first big screen feature film, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". 
 
By the late 1970's he was starring in and writing full length films with his first being, "The Jerk" (1979).  As his career progressed other film roles such as, "Eyes Wide Shut", (1999), "Pennies from Heaven" (1981), "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982), "The Man with Two Brains" (1983) and "All of Me" (1984). 
 
Some of his more well known roles were in, "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) which was the musical film version of the theatrical stage performance, followed by, "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" (1987), "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988) and "Parenthood" (1988).
 
Steve Martin continued to work consistently in films working with such stars as Goldie Hawn, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams and Bill Irwin amongst many others.  He added to his resume the films, "Father of the Bride" (1991) and "Father of the Bride Part II" (1995), "Grand Canyon" (1991), "Cheaper By the Dozen" (2003) and he also wrote and starred in the film, "Shopgirl" (2005).
 
Martin has yet to slow down working in the industry.  He continues to act, write and produce.  Some of his latest film appearances have been on, "It's Complicated" (2009), "The Big Year" (2011) and "Bluegrass Diva" (2011).  He also recently published a novel in 2010 called, "An Object of Beauty".  
 
He also still loves music and actually started playing the banjo when he was a teenager.  He always tried to incorporate the instrument into a number of his stand up comedy routines.  In 2009 he released his first all music only album titled, "The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo".  He has made numerous musical stage appearances playing the banjo and continues to share his talent occasionally.    
 
Steve Martin has been married twice, first to Victoria Tenant in 1986, however this marriage ended in 1994.  He then married Anne Stringfield in 2007 and they remain together today. 


Filmography

2011 Bluegrass Diva
2011 The Big Year
2009 It's Complicated
2009 The Pink Panther 2
2008 30 Rock
2008 Baby Mama 
2006 The Pink Panther 
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 
2005 Shopgirl
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action 
2003 Bringing Down the House 
2001 Novocaine 
2000 Joe Gould's Secret 
1999 Bowfinger 
1999 The Out-of-Towners 
1998 The Prince of Egypt
1998 Saturday Night Live
1998 The Simpsons 
1997 The Spanish Prisoner 
1996 Sgt. Bilko 
1995 Father of the Bride Part II 
1994 Mixed Nuts 
1994 A Simple Twist of Fate 
1993 And the Band Played On
1992 Leap of Faith
1992 HouseSitter
1991 Grand Canyon
1991 Father of the Bride
1991 L.A. Story 
1990 My Blue Heaven 
1989 Parenthood 
1988 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 
1987 Planes, Trains & Automobiles 
1987 The Tracey Ullman Show 
1987 Roxanne 
1986 Little Shop of Horrors 
1986 ┬íThree Amigos! 
1985 Movers & Shakers 
1984 All of Me
1984 The Lonely Guy
1983 The Man with Two Brains 
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 
1982 Twilight Theater 
1981 Pennies from Heaven 
1979 The Jerk
1979 The Muppet Movie 
1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 
1977 The Absent-Minded Waiter 
1976 Doc
1975 The Smothers Brothers Show 
1972 The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show
1971-1973 The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 
1970 The Ray Stevens Show
1967 Off to See the Wizard 







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