Born in 1945, Steve Martin has built a steady and highly successful career. Considered one of the greatest actors of all time, Steve is also a musician and huge art fan. Starring in films such as Father of the Bride and dozens of other hits, Steve has almost never had a flop. The comedian is known for his great and versatile acting style, and he has gained a huge following across all generations. The actor/musician is also a Grammy award winner after his recent release of The Crow. Featuring banjo compositions, the collection won him the Grammy for Bluegrass Album of the Year. Martin has also released two follow-up albums while keeping up with his acting career.
Steve was born in Waco, Texas during the mid-40s son to a real estate executive. He was only five years old when his family moved to Inglewood, California and later to Garden Grove, CA when he was ten years old. Martin sold guidebooks when he was a teenager and performed magic tricks at Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland. Truly an entertainer of all sorts, it wasn’t long before he enrolled in Long Beach State college. His original goal was to study philosophy, but he soon transferred to the University of California in LA to attend the theater program. Soon, he left college all together and decided to be a comedy writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour during 1967 and 1968 and won an Emmy during 1969.
It was during the 1970s that Steve began his career as a stand-up comedian. He began at local clubs and also wrote for The Sonny and Cher Show during 72 and 73. He made the first of many appearances on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson during that same time, and he soon got his big break as Saturday Night Live’s guest host in 77. His unique style that was often irreverent and offbeat made him an almost instant hit and he soon gained celebrity status.
The late 70s and early 80s were a great time for Martin when it came to comedy. He soon released four comedy albums during the years of 1977 and 1981. He won Grammy Awards for his albums Let’s Get Small and A Wild and Crazy Guy, and he also got a gold record for “King Tut” his hit comedy song. It was 1977 when he wrote his very first book, Cruel Shoes.
1977 proved to be a busy yet highly successful year for Martin, and it was during that time that he also wrote his first feature short film which he called The Absent-Minded Waiter. It was nominated for an Academy Award, and a couple years later, Martin released his first full-length film in 1979. Starring the film The Jerk, this put Steve on the path to much future collaboration with director Carl Reiner. He soon went on to work on The Man With Two Brains in 1983 after working on Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid in 1982. In 1984, he worked on the comedy All of Me alongside Lily Tomlin, for which he received the award for Best Actor from the New York Film Critics Association, and the National Board of Review gave him the same award for his performance. In 1986, Steve proved he wasn’t finished yet when he got a lot of critical acclaim for his work on Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors. The movie gave him a surge of media attention and also grew his fan base even more.
It was 1987 when Steve went on to co-write and executive-produce in Roxanna in 1987, a movie in which he also starred. The film was a modern interpretation of the old story of Cyrano De Bergerac. Steve won the award of Best Actor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The film also got him recognition from the Writers Guild of America who gave it the title of Best Screenplay.
The 90s proved even more successful for Steve, and in 1991 he wrote, co-executive produced, and starred in the movie L.A. Story. The following year, he starred in the Disney remake and instant classic Father of the Bride. Considered one of his most successful movies, he reprised the character for the sequel in 1995.
It was in 1993 that Steve proved he could also be a playwright when he opened the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. The play soon moved to Boston and Los Angeles before it ran off-Broadway.
In the late 90s, Steve was still going strong with hit movies like The Spanish Prisoner. Steve even dabbled in voice acting with the 1998 film The Prince of Egypt. In 1999, he co-starred alongside Goldie Hawn in the movie The Out of Towners, another remake. That same year, Steve collaborated with Eddie Murphy when he starred and wrote the comedy Bowfinger. It was two years later, in 2001, when Steve starred with Helena Bonham Carter in the movie Novocaine, which was considered a dark comedy. It was during this same year that Steve took on yet another new challenge. Known for being successful at all of his various ventures, Steve succeeded yet again when he hosted the notoriously long ceremony for the Academy Awards. It was his various entertaining antics and unique humor that earned him an invitation to host again in both 2003 and 2010.
It was during 2003 that Steve co-starred in the movie Bringing Down the House, a romantic comedy where he worked alongside Queen Latifah. Debuting in the number one spot at the box office, audiences like the film but some critics said the success was surprisingly.
The following year during 2004, Steve co-starred in another remake, Cheaper by the Dozen. Opposite Bonnie Hunt, the reprise of the 1950s classic became a hit yet again as Steve and the rest of the cast made for an incredibly entertaining family comedy. It was yet another remake that gave Steve another boost of attention when he starred and wrote the movie Pink Panther in 2006. This movie was yet another great performer in the box office, and it was only two years later when Martin scored another great film when he worked with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in 2008 for the comedy film Baby Mamma. It hit number one in no time and grossed over $17 million in profit during its first weekend alone.
Martin has received multiple awards and even more nominations. He has starred alongside dozens of other famous actors, and it seems like since his career’s beginning, he was destined for success. Among his many hats as actor, comedian, musician, and host, Steve Martin is also an art collector. He is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art and also owns works from names like de Kooning, O’Keeffe, Diebenkorn, and Frankenthaler. Among his many awards, he has also received a lot of special recognition, such as the Mark Twain Prize for American humor in 2005.
Steve Martin has proven himself to be incredibly successful and talented at all of his endeavors, and his fan base still seems to be growing by the day.