Steve Martin

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Steve Martin : biography

August 14, 1945 –

Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, musician, author, playwright and producer.

Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics.

Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, Martin has become a successful actor, as well as an author, playwright, pianist and banjo player, eventually earning Emmy, Grammy and American Comedy awards, among other honors.


  • Martin, Steve. (2007) Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life. Scribner. ISBN 1-4165-5364-9.
  • Walker, Morris (1999) Steve Martin: The Magic Years. SPI Books. ISBN 1-56171-980-3.



Year Title Role Notes
1956 Disneyland Dream Documentary
1972 Another Nice Mess Hippy
1977 The Absent-Minded Waiter Steven Short subject
1978 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Dr. Maxwell Edison
1979 The Muppet Movie Insolent Waiter
The Kids Are Alright Documentary
The Jerk Navin R. Johnson Also writer
1981 Pennies from Heaven Arthur Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1982 Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid Rigby Reardon Also writer
1983 The Man with Two Brains Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr
1984 The Lonely Guy Larry Hubbard
All of Me Roger Cobb Won: National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor,New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best ActorNominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1985 Movers & Shakers Fabio Longio
1986 Three Amigos Lucky Day Also writer and executive producer
Little Shop of Horrors Orin Scrivello, DDS Billed as "special appearance"
1987 Roxanne C.D. Bales Also writer and executive producerWon: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (tied with Jack Nicholson for his role in The Witches of Eastwick),National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor,Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted ScreenplayNominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Planes, Trains and Automobiles Neal Page
1988 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Freddy Benson
1989 Parenthood Gil Buckman Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1990 My Blue Heaven Vinnie Antonelli
1991 L.A. Story Harris K. Telemacher Also writer and executive producer
Father of the Bride George Banks Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Grand Canyon Davis
1992 Housesitter Newton Davis
Leap of Faith Jonas Nightengale
1993 And the Band Played On The Brother Cameo
1994 A Simple Twist of Fate Michael McCann Also writer and executive producer
Mixed Nuts Philip
1995 Father of the Bride Part II George Banks Nominated: American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role), Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1996 Sgt. Bilko Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko
1997 The Spanish Prisoner Jimmy Dell
1998 The Prince of Egypt Hotep Voice
1999 The Out-of-Towners Henry Clark
Bowfinger Bobby Bowfinger Also writer
The Venice Project Cameo
Fantasia 2000 Introductory Host Disney re-release
2000 Joe Gould’s Secret Charlie Duell
2001 Novocaine Frank Sangster
2002 Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Himself
2003 Bringing Down the House Peter Sanderson
Looney Tunes: Back in Action Mr. Chairman
Cheaper by the Dozen Tom Baker
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Cameo
The Merchant of Venice
2005 Shopgirl Ray Porter Also writer and producer
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Tom Baker
Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years Himself
2006 The Pink Panther Inspector Clouseau
2008 Baby Mama Barry
Traitor Writer and producer
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Inspector Clouseau Also screenplay
It’s Complicated Adam Schaffer
2011 The Big Year Stu Preissler