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Real Name: Steve Martin
Birthday: August 14th

Steve Martin Biography And Filmography:

Steve Martin started performing his comedy in clubs in the mid 1960's before gaining a reputation as a smart and talented television writer. He won an Emmy Award for his work on the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1972. He also appeared in thirteen episodes of "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour". Not long after that he was a comedy super celebrity, packing stadiums, releasing platinum records, developing catch-phrases like  "Well excuuuuse me!", and making wonderful appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "Saturday Night Live". He started a successful film career with "The Jerk" (1979), a wildly funny comedy flick whose success launched a career similar to other comedians including Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.

Martin's early movies are just as funny as his films of the last few years, with some classics that include "The Absent-Minded Waiter" (1977), "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982), a parody about a detective who uncovers a evil plot. He then starred alongside Kathleen Turner in the sci-fi comedy "The Man With Two Brains" (1983), and then "The Lonely Guy" (1984), where a writer for a greeting card company learns the true meaning of loneliness when he comes home to find his girlfriend in bed with another man. Then he got a big break in "Three Amigos" (1986) working with powerhouse celebrities Chevy Chase and Martin Short, about three unemployed actors who accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Steve was on a roll, and every movie producer in Hollywood wanted to make a movie with him. The comedian had the best to choose from, and audiences loved him in "Little Shop Of Horrors" as the crazy, laughing gas snorting, mad-cap dentist set against a nerdish florist who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. He then teamed with John Candy in the hysterical comedy "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" (1987) as the man struggling to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman (John Candy) his only companion. He then had one of his more notable roles along side Michael Caine in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988), about two crazy con-men as they unsuccessfully try to con a rich woman, only to get setup themselves in the end.

He next appeared in the musical drama "Pennies From Heaven" (1981), and "Parenthood" (1989). His most outstanding performances include his work in the flick "All of Me" (1984), where he had to provide accommodation for the spirit of both his own personality as well as that of a woman (Lily Tomlin), and his kindhearted performance in "Roxanne" (1987), based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac", where large nosed C.D. Bales falls in love with the beautiful Roxanne while she falls for his personality but another man's looks.

During the 1990's, Steve became a Hollywood legend while producing, writing and starring in the romantic comedy "L.A. Story" (1991) with Sarah Jessica Parker and opposite his wife Victoria Tennant. He was then cast in Lawrence Kasdan's "Grand Canyon" (1991), and the followed with a Disney comedy, starring as the poor father in the remake of "Father of the Bride" (1991) and "Housesitter" (1992) as an anxious architect whose life is interrupted by female drifter Goldie Hawn. He then joined with Diane Keaton for the sequel "Father of the Bride II", and with Goldie Hawn for the 1999 movie "Out of Towners".

The comedian he could headline an entire show in the role as a fake faith healer in "Leap of Faith" (1992) with Debra Winger, about faith healer Jonas Nightingale who is stuck in a small town where he finds he can't fool all of the people all of the time. The actor then returned in a Disney project as executive producer and writer of "A Simple Twist of Fate" (1994), where a man's life is emotionally closed off from the world until an orphaned baby showed up at his house. Martin returned to more normal comedy with "Mixed Nuts" (1995) with Adam Sandler, about the events around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.

After taking a few years away from the limelight and making movies, he returned to the big screen in 1998 in two very different movie roles. He had a strong supporting role as a mystifying businessman in the drama "The Spanish Prisoner", and lent his voice to the servant Hotep in DreamWorks' animated musical "The Prince of Egypt" working with a star-studded cast of celebrity voices that included Val Kilmer, Michelle Pfieffer and Sandra Bullock. 

The following year he combined his two talents of acting and writing in the clever "Bowfinger" (1999), a very funny lampoon that poked fun at Hollywood stereotypes. He played Bobby Bowfinger, a failed producer who convinces several others he has gotten the world's biggest action star (Eddie Murphy) to appear in his bizarre alien movie "Chubby Rain". In reality, he sets the D-list actors up to interact with Murphy in public so he can film the star without his knowledge. 

Steve then took on a more dramatic role when he played a dentist suspected of killing a patient in the thriller "Novocaine" (2001). After hosting the Academy Awards ceremonies that year, he joined Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Queen Latifah for the smash hit comedy feature "Bringing Down The House" (2003) where a lonely guy meets a woman on the Internet who happens to be in prison and she breaks out to be with him, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life. 

Later that year in "Looney Tunes: Back In Action" with Heather Locklear, a combination of live action and animation starring Bugs Bunny and the famous Warner Brothers cast of cartoon characters, the actor went wild in the old school style of "The Jerk," playing the wicked Chairman of the Acme Corporation. Appearing in more family oriented movies, he next teamed with Bonnie Hunt and Hilary Duff as the parents to a dozen children in the mild 2003 remake of "Cheaper By the Dozen," a role he reprised for the 2005 sequel "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" featuring Carmen Electra.

Off-screen, he developed a successful side career as a writer. His 2001 story "Shopgirl," about a unhappy glove saleswoman at a Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus, was a bestseller, as was 1999's "Pure Drivel," a set of his funny work for New Yorker magazine. "Shopgirl" was translated into a 2005 film starring the comedian, who also wrote the screenplay, as the rich suitor of a glove salesgirl in Beverly Hills (Claire Danes), who is also pursued by a less successful man (Jason Schwartzman). 

He then was cast in the role of the classic Peter Sellers character Inspector Clouseau in the comedy remake of "The Pink Panther" (2006) featuring Beyonce Knowles, and based on the 1964 Peter Sellers original film where the detective must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond.

After another two year vacation away from the movie set, he emerged in the comedy "Baby Momma" (2008) with Tina Fey and Greg Kinnear, about a successful, single businesswoman who dreams of having a baby and discovers she is infertile and hires a working class woman to be her unlikely surrogate. He then starred with John Cleese in the "Pink Panther" sequel "Pink Panther 2" (2009) where Inspector Jacques Clouseau teams up with a squad of International detectives who are just as bumbling as he is. Their mission: Stop a globe-trotting thief who specializes in stealing historical artifacts. He wrapped his year by writing and producing, but not performing in "Traitor" (2008), a drama about a special operative working with a terrorist group who becomes the target of the CIA.

 

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