47 Facts About Steve Martin

1. Stephen Glenn Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 and is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician.

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2. Steve Martin is known for writing the book and lyrics to the musical Bright Star and the comedy Meteor Shower (2017), both of which premiered on Broadway.

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3. Steve Martin joined a comedy troupe at Knott's Berry Farm.

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4. In 1967, Steve Martin transferred to UCLA and switched his major to theater.

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5. Steve Martin began working local clubs at night, to mixed notices, and at twenty-one, he dropped out of college.

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6. Steve Martin wrote for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour and The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.

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7. Gary Mule Deer supplied the first joke Steve Martin submitted to Tommy Smothers for use on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour show.

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8. Steve Martin opened for groups such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Carpenters, and Toto.

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9. Steve Martin appeared at The Boarding House, among other venues.

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10. Steve Martin continued to write, earning an Emmy nomination for his work on Van Dyke and Company in 1976.

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11. Steve Martin performed "King Tut" on April 22, 1978, SNL program.

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12. Steve Martin was at once a hammy populist with an uncanny, unprecedented feel for the tastes of a mass audience and a sly intellectual whose goofy shtick cunningly deconstructed stand-up comedy.

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13. Concerned about his visibility in venues on such a scale, Steve Martin began to wear a distinctive three-piece white suit that became a trademark for his act.

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14. Steve Martin stopped doing stand-up comedy in 1981 to concentrate on movies and did not return for thirty-five years.

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15. In 2016, Steve Martin made a low-key comeback to live comedy, opening for Jerry Seinfeld.

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16. Steve Martin made his first substantial feature film appearance in the musical Sgt.

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17. In 1979, Steve Martin starred in the comedy film The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner, and written by Steve Martin, Michael Elias, and Carl Gottlieb.

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18. Stanley Kubrick met with him to discuss the possibility of Steve Martin starring in a screwball comedy version of Traumnovelle.

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19. Steve Martin was executive producer for Domestic Life, a prime-time television series starring friend Steve Martin Mull, and a late-night series called Twilight Theater.

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20. Steve Martin was anxious to perform in the movie because of his desire to avoid being typecast.

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21. Steve Martin was in three more Reiner-directed comedies after The Jerk: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in 1982, The Man with Two Brains in 1983 and All of Me in 1984, his most critically acclaimed performance up to that point.

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22. Steve Martin was by now requesting almost $3 million per film, but Plaid and Two Brains both failed at the box office like Pennies, endangering his young career.

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23. In 1986, Steve Martin was in the movie musical film version of the hit Off-Broadway play Little Shop of Horrors, playing the sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello.

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24. In 1987, Steve Martin joined comedian John Candy in the John Hughes movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

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25. Steve Martin starred in the Ron Howard film Parenthood with Rick Moranis in 1989.

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26. In David Mamet's 1997 thriller The Spanish Prisoner, Steve Martin played a darker role as a wealthy stranger who takes a suspicious interest in the work of a young businessman.

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27. Steve Martin went on to star with Eddie Murphy in the 1999 comedy Bowfinger, which Martin wrote.

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28. In 2005, Steve Martin wrote and starred in Shopgirl, based on his own novella, and starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2.

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29. Steve Martin reprised the role in 2009's The Pink Panther 2.

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30. In February 2020, Steve Martin opened the 92nd Academy Awards alongside Chris Rock with comedy material.

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31. In 2020, Steve Martin reprised his role as George Banks in the short Father of the Bride, Part .

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32. In 1993, Steve Martin wrote his first full-length play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

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33. Steve Martin hosted the Academy Awards solo in 2001 and 2003, and with Alec Baldwin in 2010.

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34. Fan of Monty Python, in 1989 Steve Martin hosted the television special, Parrot Sketch Not Included – 20 Years of Monty Python.

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35. In 2008, Steve Martin appeared with the band, In the Minds of the Living, during a show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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36. In 2009, Steve Martin released his first all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo with appearances from stars such as Dolly Parton.

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37. In June 2009, Steve Martin played banjo along with the Steep Canyon Rangers on A Prairie Home Companion and began a two-month US tour with the Rangers in September, including appearances at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, Carnegie Hall and Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

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38. In 2011, Steve Martin narrated and appeared in the PBS documentary "Give Me The Banjo" chronicling the history of the banjo in America.

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39. In 2015, Brickell and Steve Martin released So Familiar as the second installment of their partnership.

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40. Recording live direct-to-disc on the first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, they performed a version of "The Coo Coo Bird" a traditional song that Steve Martin learned from the 1960s folk music group The Holy Modal Rounders.

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41. Steve Martin met with military service men and women all over the region signing thousands of autographs and posing for pictures.

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42. In December 2012, Steve Martin became a father when Stringfield gave birth to a daughter.

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43. In July 2004, Steve Martin purchased what he believed to be Landschaft mit Pferden, a 1915 work by Heinrich Campendonk, from a Paris gallery for approximately €700,000.

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44. Concerning the experience, Steve Martin said that the Beltracchis "were quite clever in that they gave it a long provenance and they faked labels, and it came out of a collection that mingled legitimate pictures with faked pictures.

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45. Steve Martin served on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art board of trustees from 1984 to 2004.

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46. Steve Martin assisted in launching the National Endowment for Indigenous Visual Arts, a fund to support Australian Indigenous artists in 2021.

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47. Steve Martin organized an exhibition in 2019 with Gagosian Gallery titled "Desert Painters of Australia", which featured art by George Tjungurrayi and Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

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