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Real Name: Michael Myers
Birthday: 05/25/1963
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Biography:

Mike Myers started his acting career with the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto, prior to joining the cast of NBC's television hit sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" in 1989. Originally a returning member of the ensemble cast, he was quickly made a featured permanent member of the cast. His amazing blend of characters included Dieter, the sexually ambiguous, West German new age television talk show host; Linda Richman, the Jewish drag queen role motivated by his mother-in-law; and Wayne Campbell, the metal head music fan who televised his own public access cable television show from his Aurora, Illinois basement. 

His unusual characters gained him a ton of sexy celebrity admirers as well, leading to wonderful "SNL" sketches that included guest visits by Barbara Streisand's on super-fan Linda Richman's "Coffee Talk", and Madonna's now famous game of truth or dare with Wayne.

Along with his buddy Garth (Dana Carvey), Mike starred in the feature film that would act as his path away from television and into the movies. As co-writer and star of the 1992's "Wayne's World”, with Tia Carrere and Lara Flynn Boyle, he had the best "Saturday Night Live" sketch spin-off blockbuster to date, and introduced the words "Not!" and "Way!" into the American glossary. "Wayne's World" showed a pleasing, and very rewarding, trip through some extremely strange corners of pop culture, and went on to produce the sequel "Wayne's World 2" (1993) for the true young teen addicts of the Myers and Carvey team. 

That same year he joined the ranks of leading men with the comedy thriller film "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (1993), speaking such memorable lines like “She smelled like soup” and “That boy’s head is like Sputnik.” The actor was cute and funny, playing the twin role of a young, poet and his shockingly different Scottish Mad Hatter of a father.

The comedian left "Saturday Night Live" in 1995 and took a two year vacation from film and television. He made a successful return with the summer teen hit "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1997). Inspired by the silly antics and love scenes of 1960's spy films, he developed the script in three weeks, spoofing British secret agents along with the "hip" sexual craze of the 1960's. With an outdated free love attitude and alarmingly bad teeth, Austin Powers managed to get the girl (Elizabeth Hurley) and avoid global annihilation at the hands of Dr. Evil all in one movie. The film enjoyed a second life as a video favorite.

Then, he was off to Ireland to film "Pete's Meteor" (1997) joining with his "So I Married an Axe Murderer" co-star Brenda Fricker in the story of a Dublin family who enters into the limelight after a meteor falls into their backyard. In 1998, he took on Steve Rubell, owner of the prominent 1970's hot spot Studio 54 with a dramatic role in the disco flick "54.” Also in 1998, he performed a rousing song and dance version of "What's New Pussycat?" for the TNT television special "Bacharach: One Amazing Night", an honor to the songwriter who appeared in the Austin Powers films.

The actor and comedian then hit the big screen as writer and star of the long awaited sequel "Austin Powers II: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” a time travel story with Austin Powers' newly acquired 1990's education meeting his wonderful return to 1969. One of the most hyped films of the summer, “The Spy Who Shagged Me” showed him taking on a new part in addition to Austin Powers and his enemy Dr. Evil, the actor sported considerable padding to play suitably named crime boss Fat Bastard. 

He then lent his voice talents to DreamWorks SKG's animated film "Shrek" (2001) portraying the title green ogre who finds true love with an ugly princess, that also included the famous voices of Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy. The enormously popular film was called the year's best movie by many reviewers.

Mike revisited his most loved role in 2002 in "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002), a movie that brought together an all-star cast of cameos and guest appearances including Beyonce, John Travolta, Britney Spears and Tom Cruise in this story about learning his father has been kidnapped, and Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the villain Goldmember who is working for Dr. Evil.

Mike Myers' next role was as a fast talking flight attendant in the comedy "View From the Top" (2003) with Christina Applegate, about when a small-town woman who tries to achieve her goal of becoming a flight attendant.  He then took the role of the Cat in the big-screen version of Dr. Seuss’s "The Cat in the Hat" (2003), a twist on the classic story about Sally and Conrad who are two bored kids whose life is turned up-side-down when a talking cat comes to visit them. 

After lending his voice for the sequel “Shrek 2” (2004), he took a vacation from the Hollywood grind that included a few tabloid grabbing personal moments. On September 2, 2005, Myers appeared with rapper Kanye West as a host during NBC’s “A Concert for Hurricane Relief,” a 60 minute charity show to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. West abandoned the script to condemn the media’s representation of African Americans in New Orleans. When West declared that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”, the cameras cut away suddenly to the next presenter. 

Meanwhile, he peacefully divorced from his wife Robin Ruzan after thirteen years of marriage with neither giving any motive or reason, but declaring they remained “devoted and loving friends.” 

Returning to his acting projects, the comic was the starring voice once again for “Shrek the Third” (2007), that had the thorny Ogre unexpectedly becoming king of Far Far Away after his father-in-law King Harold unexpectedly dies. A hesitant Ogre King tries to find an appropriate substitution, Queen Fiona’s (Cameron Diaz) loafer cousin Artie (Justin Timberlake). 

After another extended absence from the big screen, Mike set his mind to working on the laid back comedy rendition “The Love Guru” (2008) starring Jessica Alba, playing the character, Pitka, a self-help expert called upon to help solve a couple’s romantic troubles. He gave Pitka a trial outing in 2006 in New York City theaters during several of his comedy routines. 

Next was "Shrek Goes Fourth" (2009),  the further adventures of the giant green ogre Shrek, living in the land of Far, Far Away. Mike followed with  the comedy "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (2009), the remake of the 1947 film, a gentle man who lived life vicariously through daydreams where he envisions himself in a series of heroic, fantastic personalities. 

He wrapped his year with the strange biographical drama "See Me Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked for Your Pleasure" (2009), a look at the life and death of Keith Moon, whose innovative drumming and fondness for destroying his drum kit made the Who one of the most influential and rebellious bands of the 1970s.

 

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