Steve Martin is a multiple award-winning American actor, comedian, writer, and musician. He first gained notice as a writer for the ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’. However, he began his career as a stand-up comedian and performed his routines in local clubs showing magic tricks in fantasyland.
Moreover, he came to prominence particularly after appearing in NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ as a guest 15 times. He has released several comedies albums that have got a huge success. Do you want to know more information on the legendary actor and comedian? Stay tuned to discover details on his personal life, career, and net worth.
Caption: The actor and comedian, Steve Martin.
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Steve Martin: Bio, Family, Education
The veteran artist was born on 14 August 1945 in Waco, Texas, the U.S. He was born as the son to parents Mary Lee Stewart and Glenn Vernon Martin. His late father worked as a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He grew up in Inglewood, California along with his sister Melinda Martin. Then the family moved to Garden Grove and raised in a Baptist family. In addition, he has a mixed ethnicity British, Scottish, Welsh, Scots-Irish, German, and French descent.
For his education, he attended Garden Grove High School where he was a cheerleader. After completing high school, he enrolled at Santa Ana College and took classes in drama and English poetry. Further, as a teenager, his first job was at Disneyland where he sold guidebooks on weekends and full time during summer vacation which lasted for three years. By the year, he learned several magic tricks and took a paying job at the magic shop in Fantasyland.
Caption: Steve Martin playing a banjo.
During his college days, he would team up with his high school classmate Kathy Westmoreland and participate in comedies and productions at the Bird Cage Theatre. Then he later joined California State University to pursue philosophy. But in 1967, he transferred his major to theatre. And while pursuing study, he appeared in an episode of the show ‘The Dating Game’. However, he didn’t complete his education and dropped out at the age of twenty-one.
Steve Martin: Career & Life Achievements
In his struggling days, he landed a writing job in 1967 which he got by the help of then-girlfriend Nina Goldblatt. She was a dancer at the show ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’. At the age of twenty-three and wrote for ‘The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour’ and ‘The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour’.
He got popular as a comedian by the mid-1970s and made frequent appearances as a stand-up comedian. It includes show like ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’, NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’, and HBO’s ‘On Location’. During that year, he released his comedy album ‘Platinum’. The track ‘Excuse Me’ from his first album ‘Let’s Get Small’ established a national catchphrase. Following that, his other album ‘A Wild and Crazy Guy’ became a bigger success that reached number 2 on the U.S. sales chart, selling a million copies.
However, he stopped doing stand-up comedies in 1981 to make his career in acting. Though he started to appear in the year 1972 with minor roles. And later he returned after thirty-five years in 2016 and appeared rarely in comedy opening for Jerry Seinfeld. In the same year, he went on a national tour with Martin Short and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
He debuted his acting career at the end of 1970 with minor roles in the films like ‘Another Nice Mess’ and ‘The Absent-Minded Waiter’. Then he worked in a comedy film ‘The Jerk’ which became a huge success grossing over $100 million made on approx $4 million. Next, he appeared in three more Reiner-directed comedies ‘The Jerk: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982), The Man with Two Brains (1983), and ‘All of Me (1984)’.
He worked as a writer and executive producer for films like ‘Three Amigos (1986)’, ‘Roxanne (1987)’, ‘L.A. Story (1991) ‘, ‘A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)’, ‘The Pink Panther’ series, and many more. His television credits include various characters in the show ‘The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour’, ‘The Carol Burnett Show (1978)’, ‘Twilight Theater (1982)’, Netflix’s ‘Oh, Hello On Broadway’, amongst others.
As a writer, he wrote a full-length play ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ in 1993. He has also written various pieces for ‘The New Yorker’ during the 1990s. Then he had written ‘The Underpants’, ‘Shopgirl’, ‘The Pleasure of My Company’, and Disney movie ‘Magic Camp’, many more. In 2007, he published a memoir ‘Born Standing Up’ and listed one of the top 10 Nonfiction books by Time Magazine.
Further, he has hosted the Academy Awards solo in 2001, 2003, and Alec Baldwin in 2010. He has also co-hosted ‘Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years’ and ‘Parrot Sketch Not Included–20 Years of Monty Python’.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 30, 2020
Martin is also a veteran musician who started to play banjo around the age of 17 years. He has included an all-instrumental jam in his comedy album ‘Comedy Is Not Pretty’. Later, in 2009, he released his first all-music album ‘The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo’. In 2013, he released the collaborated album ‘Love Has Come for You’ with Edie Brickell.
Steve Martin: Personal Life & Wife
Talking about his personal life, he has been quite famous among young females. Therefore, he has dated a few beautiful actresses and once married previously. But now he is devoted to his current wife and family only. The 74-years-old actor married Anne Stringfield on 28 July 2007. She is a writer and former New Yorker Staff and their wedding presided by Bob Kerrey at Martin’s Los Angeles Home. The wedding was attended by several guests who got surprised because they were invited to a party.
Martins together with Anne parented for the first time a daughter in December 2012. Further, in the show ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, when David Letterman asked for the baby name, Martin said he and his wife decided to name their baby girl ‘Conquistador’. Further, he added they don’t want to go with the Hollywood weird names and the meaning of the name describes a statement.
Caption: Steve Martin and wife Anne
Previously, he had married actress Victoria Tennant on 20 November 1986. However, their relationship didn’t last long and divorced in 1994. Together, the ex-couple didn’t produce any child. He had also dated American actress, singer, and author Bernadette Peters during late 1970 and early 1980. In addition, he also dated Melissa Trumbo and Nina Goldblatt.
Steve Martin: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
Moving towards his earning, the actor has made a huge amount from his career as a comedian and actor. He has also been ranked sixth place in a list of 100 greatest stand-up comics by Comedy Central. Therefore, his net worth has an estimation of around $130 million.
The comedian is highly active over different social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter. He goes by the Instagram handle @stevemartintogo with 35.7k followers. On Twitter, he has a verified account @SteveMartinToGo with 8.5 million followers. He has a verified Facebook account with more than 1 million followers.
Such an honor to join @SteveMartinToGo + #MartinShort again on the road for a few shows! These guys are absolute masters and it’s truly inspiring to watch. Not pictured – the incredible @JeffBabko + the wonderful crew. Thanks for having the First Ladies! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qYvPNOUUxh
— Sierra Hull (@sierrahull) January 27, 2020
Steve Martin: Body Measurements
The 74 years old actor is fit and has maintained a healthy life and mind. Therefore, he has a slim body that stands to a height of 5 feet 10 inches or 1.79 meters and weighs 74 kg. He has a blue eye color with gray hair color.
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