Steve Martin Biography

PHOTO: Steve Martin

A large nose in 'Roxanne' and large families in 'Parenthood' and 'Cheaper By The Dozen' made a big impression on Hollywood. 20 years after starting out, he's still bringing down the house.

Steve Martin got his taste for performing while working at Disneyland and nearby Knotts Berry Farm when he was a teenager.

With his newfound skills in juggling, tap-dancing and balloon sculpting, he went on to study Philosophy and Theatre at U.C.L.A.

Having developed a reputation for television writing, for such shows as ‘Dick Van Dyke’ and ‘Sonny & Cher’, Martin’s next move was into stand-up comedy. His break into films came in ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ in 1977. However, it wasn’t until the 80s that he would enjoy a successful run of hits. The films ‘All of Me’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ helped make their kooky star a household name.

Martin’s career throughout the 90s continued to blossom in an eclectic way, with successful movies interspersed with less successful ventures. However, ‘Father of the Bride’ and ‘L.A. Story’ both did well at the box office.

Martin won much-praise for the film ‘Bowfinger’, a comedy that cast him as an unsuccessful movie director trying to make a film without the aid of a real script or star.

In 2001’s ‘Novocaine’, he played a dentist for the second time in his career, and although the movie didn’t perform all that well at the box-office, his collaboration with Queen Latifah in ‘Bringing Down The House’ (2003) faired much better.

As well as acting, Martin continues to write, with his novella ‘Shopgirl’ becoming a best seller in the US. His most recent literary outing, ‘The Pleasure Of My Company’ tells the story of a troubled man who finds love, and life, in the most unexpected place.

In 2005, Martin starred in a screen adaptation of Shopgirl. Martin plays a wealthy businessman who strikes up a romance with a Saks 5th Avenue counter girl. He also starred in ‘Cheaper by the Dozen 2’ that year.

The following year saw him appear in the ‘The Pink Panther’, a role that allowed him to step into Peter Sellers’ shoes as the bumbling ‘Inspector Clouseau’. A reboot of the 1960s comedy films featuring the French police detective, the film received mostly negative reviews, but this did not stop it from being a commercial success.

Martin went on to star in ‘Baby Mama’ (2008) alongside Tina Fey, Sigourney Weaver and Greg Kinnear, achieving moderate box office success with the project. He then exercised his talent as a writer and producer in spy thriller ‘Traitor’, which received positive reviews from critics and also performed relatively well commercially.

A return to the role of Inspector Clouseau in ‘The Pink Panther 2’ (2009), which saw him act, as well as write the screenplay, allowed him to continue his success at the box office. Further commercial triumph followed with romantic comedy ‘It’s Complicated’, a collaboration with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin.

Nominated for five Golden Globes and a three-time Academy Awards host, Martin loves music and plays the banjo. His first all-music album, entitled ‘The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo’, was released in 2009 and went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010.

In July 2007, Martin married Anne Stringfield at his home in LA. Several of the guests, including close friends Tom Hanks and Eugene Levy, were not informed that a wedding ceremony would take place. Instead, they were told they were invited to a party!

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