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Steve Martin

Steve Martin
Steve Martin 2011.jpg
Martin in April 2011
Born Stephen Glenn Martin
(1945-08-14) August 14, 1945 (age 71)
Waco, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
  • musician
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s) Victoria Tennant (m. 1986; div. 1994)
Anne Stringfield (m. 2007)
Children 1
Comedy career
Musical career
  • Banjo
  • vocals
Associated acts
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Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. 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, as well as an author, playwright, pianist, and banjo player, eventually earning him an Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards, among other honors.

In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. He was awarded an Honorary Academy Award at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013.

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. He released his first solo music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, in 2009, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

Martin was born on August 14, 1945, in Waco, Texas, the son of Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913–2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914–1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor.

Martin was raised in Inglewood, California, and then later in Garden Grove, California, in a Baptist family. Martin was a cheerleader of Garden Grove High School. One of his earliest memories is of seeing his father, as an extra, serving drinks onstage at the Call Board Theatre on Melrose Place. During World War II, in the United Kingdom, Martin's father had appeared in a production of Our Town with Raymond Massey. Expressing his affection through gifts of cars, bikes, etc., Martin's father was stern, and not emotionally open to his son. He was proud but critical, with Martin later recalling that in his teens his feelings for his father were mostly ones of hatred.

Album Year Peak chart positions Certifications
Billboard 200
US Bluegrass
Let's Get Small 1977 10
  • US: Platinum
A Wild and Crazy Guy 1978 2
  • US: 2× Platinum
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack 1978 5
  • US: Platinum
Comedy Is Not Pretty! 1979 25
  • US: Gold
The Steve Martin Brothers 1981 135
Little Shop of Horrors soundtrack 1986
The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo 2009 93 1
Rare Bird Alert(with Steep Canyon Rangers) 2011 43 1
Love Has Come for You(with Edie Brickell) 2013 21 1
Live (with Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell) 2014 1
So Familiar(with Edie Brickell) 2015 126 1
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.
Title Year Peak chart positions (US
"Grandmother's Song" 1977 72
"King Tut" 1978 17
"Cruel Shoes" 1979 91
"Pretty Little One" (Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell) 2014
Video Year Director
"Jubilation Day" 2011 Ryan Reichenfeld
"Pretty Little One" 2014 David Horn
"Won't Go Back"
(with Edie Brickell)
2015 Matt Robertson

  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
  • musician
  • Banjo
  • vocals
  • US: Platinum
  • US: 2× Platinum
  • US: Platinum
  • US: Gold
  • Steve Martin-Live! (1986, VHS)
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Steve Martin (1998, DVD/VHS)
  • Steve Martin: The Television Stuff (2012, DVD; includes content of Steve Martin-Live! as well as his NBC specials and other television appearances)
  • The Jerk (1979) (Screenplay written with Carl Gottlieb)
  • Cruel Shoes (1979) (Essays)
  • Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the Zig-Zag Woman, Patter for the Floating Lady, WASP (1993) (Play)
  • L.A. Story and Roxanne: Two Screenplays (published together in 1987) (Screenplays)
  • Pure Drivel (1998) (Essays)
  • Bowfinger (1999) (Screenplay)
  • Eric Fischl : 1970–2000 (2000) (Afterword)
  • Modern Library Humor and Wit Series (2000) (Introduction and Series Editor)
  • Shopgirl (2000) (Novella)
  • Kindly Lent Their Owner: The Private Collection of Steve Martin (2001) (Art)
  • The Underpants: A Play (2002) (Play)
  • The Pleasure of My Company (2003) (Novel)
  • The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z (2007) (Children's Books illustrated by Roz Chast)
  • Born Standing Up (2007) (Memoir)
  • An Object of Beauty (2010) (Novel)
  • Late For School (2010) (Children's book)
  • The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin (February 21, 2012) (Collection)
  • Martin, Steve. (2007) Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life. Scribner. .
  • Walker, Morris (1999) Steve Martin: The Magic Years. SPI Books. .


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