Steve Martin Biography
Stephen Glenn Martin who is popularly known as Steve Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, and musician. If you are very familiar with this American actor, you will realize that he is highly recognized for his comedy appearance on the popular TV show, ‘Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’. While growing up, his career was as a stand-up comedian and he performed his routines in local clubs. Afterwards, he did not relent as he ventured into television and made his first appearance on ‘The Steve Allen Show’ following which he also appeared on ‘The Virginia Graham Show’.
He was into the television show business till the extent that he became very famous after a guest appearance in NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL) and was invited to be the show’s guest host 15 times. Steve Martin also ventured into music and he released his comedy albums; his album ‘A Wild and Crazy Guy’ peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Pop Albums Chart and was accredited double-platinum. At this point in time, he had a huge fan base and that was when he realized that it is the right time for him to venture into movie. In addition to being an actor and a comedian, he is also a musician.
Steve Martin (Age, Parents & Education)
Stephen Glenn “Steve” Martin was born on the 4th of August 1945 in Waco, Texas, United States of America to his parents whose names are Glenn Vernon Martin and Mary Lee respectively. His father used to be a real estate executive by profession while the occupation of the mother is not known. While growing up, he derived pleasure and took up the job of selling guidebooks at Disneyland on weekends and summer breaks. Steve Martin also performed magic tricks at the Main Street Magic shop and over and after sometime, he mastered several tricks and illusions.
After he completed his high school, he enrolled at the Santa Ana Junior College, where he took classes in drama and English poetry. After that, he attended State College in Long Beach, California where he studied philosophy. Steve Martin did not give up in his educational aspirations as he moved to The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1967 and changed his major to theatre. During this time he also started performing comedy routines in local night clubs. But just like almost every other celebrities, he dropped out of school to focus on his career.
Steve Martin Wife and Children
Talking about the relationship and personal life of this talented American actor and comedian, Steve martin was happily married to actress Victoria Tennant on November 20, 1986 and they later got divorced in 1994 due to some dispute. After the divorce, the American actor got married to Anne Stringfield, a writer and former staffer for ‘The New Yorker’ magazine in 2007′. In 2012, his new wife gave birth to a daughter thereby making Steve Martin a dad for the first time at the age of 67.
Steve Martin Net Worth
As at March 2020, Steve Martin Net Worth is estimated to be $110 million. Steve Martin Net Worth is coming from the roles he took up in various movies. A large percent of Steve Martin Net Worth is also coming from his sales of albums and music. Another source of his fortune is also from the books he wrote and his comedy shows.
Steve Martin Career, Movies, Songs, Author & Awards
Steve Martin found a job as a writer in the show ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ in 1967 and soon started appearing on television too. Some of his initial television appearances were in ‘The Steve Allen Show’ in 1969 and ‘The Virginia Graham’ Show, in 1970. He later became a very popular comedian by the mid-1970s with frequent appearances on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’, ‘The Gong Show’, and NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL). His guest performances in the SNL increased the show’s viewership with great number.
He was motivated by his own progress and he released two albums in the 1970s: ‘Let’s Get Small’, and ‘A Wild and Crazy Guy’. Those two albums were big hits as the latter peaked at No. 2 spot on the U.S. sales chart and sold over a million copies. Steve Martin also achieved considerable fame touring and performing as a stand-up comedian, and that earned him a huge fan base. He did not relent as he eventually ventured into films and after appearing in a number of small film roles, he got his first substantial role in the jukebox musical film, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ in 1978. The film was critically panned through Martin’s performance and was appreciated.
After that he teamed up with Carl Gottlieb and Michael Elias and wroter the comedy film, ‘The Jerk’ (1979). He also starred in the film as Navin R. Johnson. The film proved to be a huge success, grossing over $100 million at the box office. The 1980s was an amazing breakthrough decade for the actor as he starred in hit films such as ‘All of Me’ (1984) and ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ (1987). Another one of his major films in the 1980s was ‘¡Three Amigos!’ in 1986 which was loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film ‘Seven Samurai’. Though Steve Martin is fond of playing comedic roles in films, he portrayed a character that substantially differed from his regular roles in the drama film, ‘Grand Canyon’ in 1991 in which he played a more serious role.
In the 1997 thriller, ‘The Spanish Prisoner’, he keeps scaling through as he played the darker role of Jimmy, a suspicious character who develops an interest in the work of a young businessman. The film was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. In 2003, he co-starred with Queen Latifah in the comedy film, ‘Bringing Down the House’ which was directed by Adam Shankman. The movie was a big hit and earned $132.6 million in the United States and an international gross of $32 million. The same year, he appeared in ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ which also became a big commercial hit.
He played the role of the bumbling Inspector Clouseau in the detective comedy film ‘The Pink Panther’ in 2006. A huge box office hit, the movie spawned a sequel, ‘The Pink Panther 2’ in 2009 in which he reprised his role. Steve Martin is multi-talented as he also loves to write and he published ‘Shopgirl’, a novella in 2000 which was followed by another novella, ‘The Pleasure of My Company’ in 2003. His memoir, ‘Born Standing Up’ was out in 2007 and was named as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007 by ‘Time’ magazine.
His hard work paid off as he is the recipient of several Grammy Awards, including two Best Comedy Album awards for ‘Let’s Get Small’ (1978) and ‘A Wild and Crazy Guy’ (1979). He won the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the American Comedy Awards in 2000. In 2013, Steve Martin was presented with an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of his extraordinary talents and the unique inspiration he has brought to the art of motion pictures.”