Birthday: 14th August
Steve Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. Over his distinguished career he has earned five Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and was awarded an Honorary Academy Award at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013. Among many honors, he has received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center Honors, and an AFI Life Achievement Award.
Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent host on Saturday Night Live. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from comedy, Martin has become a successful actor, starring in such films as The Jerk (1979), Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), Three Amigos, Little Shop of Horrors (both 1986), Roxanne (1987), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). He has also starred as the family patriarch in Parenthood (1989), the Father of the Bride films (1991–1995), and the Cheaper by the Dozen films (2003–2005).
Martin is also known for writing the book and lyrics to the musical Bright Star (2016), and the comedy Meteor Shower (2017) both of which premiered on Broadway. While he has played banjo since an early age, and included music in his comedy routines from the beginning of his professional career, he has increasingly dedicated his career to music since the 2000s, acting less and spending much of his professional life playing banjo, recording, and touring with various bluegrass acts, including Earl Scruggs, with whom he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 2002.
GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS: 5
1996 - Best Leading Actor: FATHER OF THE BRIDE PART II
1990 - Best Leading Actor: PARENTHOOD
1988 - Best Leading Actor: ROXANNE
1985 - Best Leading Actor: ALL OF ME
1982 - Best Leading Actor: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
How do you rate Steve Martin's movies?
WATCH STEVE MARTIN THIS WEEK
FILM: Roxanne (1987)
Saturday 7th August, Great Movies! Classic, 6:50pm
Thursday 12th August, Great Movies! Classic, 11:15pm
Martin writes and stars in this romantic comedy based on Cyrano de Bergerac.
FILM: Three Amigos! (1986)
Tuesday 10th August, Film4, 12:35pm
Martin stars alongside frequent collaborators Martin Short and Chevy Chase in this comedy about mistaken identity.
FILMS: Father of the Bride (1991) / Father of the Bride Part 2 (1995)
Saturday 7th August, Channel 5, 4:35pm
Saturday 14th August, Channel 5, 1:30pm
Saturday 14th August, Channel 5, 3:45pm
ALSO ON DISNEY+ Likeable and popular family comedies with Martin as the stressed out patriarch.
FILM: The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Tuesday 10th August, Sky Cinema Animation, 2:40pm
Martin is part of the all star cast in this animated tale of Moses.
FILM: Baby Mama (2008) (Age 12)
Martin is hilarious always in a small role in this Tina Fey comedy.
ON AMAZON PRIME...
Martin makes a guest appearance in this behind the scenes of a Saturday Night Live themed comedy series again with Tina Fey.
What's your favourite Steve Martin movie / performance?
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