Steve Martin

American comedian, writer, entertainer Steve Martin

Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, musician and composer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours.
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High Court finds Steve Martin 'duly elected' as Jacqui Lambie's replacement - ABC Local
Google News - 15 days
ABC Local High Court finds Steve Martin 'duly elected' as Jacqui Lambie's replacement ABC Local The High Court has ruled that Devonport Mayor Steve Martin has been elected as senator for Tasmania, replacing his former party leader Jacqui Lambie. Ms Lambie resigned from Parliament late in 2017, after discovering she was a dual citizen. Key points ... High Court clears Martin, Colbeck for Senate spotsThe Australian High Court approves Lambie-replacement Steve Martin for SenateSBS Jacqui Lambie says gloves are off in war with dumped Senate replacement Steve MartinABC Online The Sydney Morning Herald -9news.com.au -The Mercury -The New Daily all 23 news articles »
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Steve Martin says he will not hand Senate seat back to Jacqui Lambie - The Guardian
Google News - 18 days
The Guardian Steve Martin says he will not hand Senate seat back to Jacqui Lambie The Guardian Steve Martin has said he intends to sit in the Senate after the high court ruled he was eligible to replace Jacqui Lambie. Martin ruled out the possibility of handing the seat back to Lambie. On Tuesday the high court unanimously held that Martin's ... Lambie man gets green light for Senate seatThe Australian Lambie's Senate replacement Steve Martin flags that he won't stand asideThe Conversation AU Devonport mayor cleared to replace Jacqui Lambie in SenateThe New Daily ABC Online -SBS -The Advocate -Bendigo Advertiser all 15 news articles »
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Steve Martin having serious fun with his banjo on 'The Long-Awaited Album'
LATimes - 5 months
During more than a half-century as an artist and entertainer, Steve Martin has consistently pushed and prodded at the boundaries of many an art form. And he’s doing it again with “The Long-Awaited Album,” his fifth collection of original music in the last eight years. Take the new album’s lilting...
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Scott Vestal Wins Steve Martin Banjo Prize
NYTimes - 7 months
The prize, endowed by Mr. Martin, the actor, comedian and musician, awards $50,000 to someone who inspires a “fresh appreciation” of bluegrass.
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1 dead, 7 hurt as spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart, tossing passengers
Chicago Times - 7 months
One person was killed and seven injured Wednesday after an amusement ride malfunctioned on opening day of the Ohio State Fair, one of the largest state fairs in the country. Battalion Chief Steve Martin, a spokesman for the Columbus Fire Division, said the victims were hurled from the Fire Ball...
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Neil Young Quits Legendary Bridge School Concert For 'Personal Reasons'
Huffington Post - 8 months
Rock legend Neil Young announced he’s no longer sponsoring the Bridge School Benefit Concert in California, a legendary annual event that has featured some of the biggest names in music for three decades. Young, 71, said he is dropping the concert for “personal reasons,” and did not elaborate. This year’s concert, which usually takes place in October, has been canceled. It’s unclear if it might return in the future. The Bridge School, located in Hillsborough, teaches children with serious speech and physical disabilities. Young’s sons, Ben, with ex-wife Pegi Young, and Zeke, with the late actress Carrie Snodgress, both have cerebral palsy. Pegi Young co-founded the school to help Ben and other children, and she and Neil Young launched the annual concerts in 1986 to raise funds to keep it operating. Young split with his wife in 2014 after 36 years of marriage, after he began a relationship with actress and activist Daryl Hannah. The upheaval immediately sparked...
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'Dick Tracy' Actress Glenne Headly Dead At 62
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Mr. Trump, 17 Presidents Before You Protected Our National Parks. Will You?
Huffington Post - 9 months
Dear President Trump, Please take a tour of our national parks so you’ll fall in love and protect them. “People protect what they love, and they love what they know,” so if you and your family haven’t spent time on our vast public lands system, you may have little appreciation for how different it is from a golf course. Your focus on reducing our public lands treasury sent me looking to see what presidents before you have done. This story from the White House Historical Association shows the difference between you and 17 other presidents who visited the national parks and public lands and enjoyed sightseeing, wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, camping, and getting away in nature. They spent time exploring with their families, their wives and children becoming equally passionate about protecting these places of rejuvenation. These predecessors in the White House had the foresight to save the necessities for life – trees, water, functioning ecosystems – in our national p...
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Steve Martin: I was worried
Fox News - 9 months
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How 'Star Wars' Saved My Life
Huffington Post - 9 months
Today is “Star Wars” 40th birthday. Forty years since my life changed because of it. I saw it over 30 times that first year. I cried when the next movie, “Empire Strikes Back,” came out because it was a cliffhanger and I hated that I had to wait three years. When “Return Of The Jedi” came out, my friends and I convinced our parents to let us take a day off from school. We got to the theater six hours early and were already about 100th in line. People had waited on line all night. We snuck down in our seats and watched it three times in a row. I was in a glow when I left. I felt like a Jedi. I don’t care if people hate, like, love, or are indifferent to the prequels or the sequel. I love them all. I love the books. How did it change my life? One word: SURRENDER. I can put my best effort into something. And that’s all I can do. Then I surrender the results. THEN I SURRENDER THE RESULTS. Two steps to anything in life: 1) put in the best effort ...
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A Word With: Steve Martin on Teaching You (and Himself) How to Be a Comedian
NYTimes - 10 months
Mr. Martin takes a rare, retrospective dive into his stand-up career to find lessons for aspiring comics and reflect on what he’s learned.
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Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal efforts
Yahoo News - 11 months
Supporters of Obamacare staged rallies across the country on Thursday denouncing efforts by President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the landmark law that has extended medical insurance coverage to some 20 million Americans. Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles marking the seventh anniversary of enactment of Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become widely known. "I feel sick today, but I came here because I'm terrified," said Steve Martin, 27, an unemployed Los Angeles resident who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.
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WATCH: Steve Martin to teach online comedy class
ABC News - 12 months
ABC News' Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
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On the Culture Front: Othello, The Tempest, Alternative Valentine's Day Gifts and more
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Even in the dark of winter, New York shines with creativity of all stripes that make me happy to be here over any warmer climate. The past month or so has been no exception. New York Theatre Workshop put on Sam Gold's incredible production of "Othello" set in modern day wartime. Countless articles featured its stars Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo, who undoubtedly gave searing first-rate performances. Craig brought a gentle seduction and even humanity to the quintessential villain of Iago while David Oyelowo painted a vivid portrait of a good man destroyed by bad information. What haunts me though is the way Rachel Brosnahan's Desdemona pleaded in vein for her life. Full of passion and sincerity and utterly in the right by any objective court of opinion, she's done in by the misinformation that's rotted Othello's soul. "Made in China" is a wild fever dream musical sung by lonely puppets on a harebrained adventure but writer/directors Gwendolyn Warnock and Kirjan Waage were inspired ...
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Book Review: "Kicking Through The Ashes"
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980's Comedy Boom Ritch Shydner It's been just about 50 years since the fuse on the last big comedy explosion was lit, touched off about the same time protests against the Viet Nam war, the Summer of Love and man first landed on the moon. George Carlin traded in his necktie for a jean jacket, Richard Pryor came roaring out of the urban counterculture, and Rodney Dangerfield discovered that getting no respect was his key to selling out rooms. Between then and now, thousands upon thousands of stand-up comedians have thrown themselves on the grenade. A few of them, in one decade or another, have made their mark as true comedy stars be it on stage, television or in the movies. Hundreds more have become "household names" of one degree or another, as stars of comedy special, sitcoms or -- in the past decade or so -- soundcasting. And through documentaries, books, or soundcasts, a number of people have tried to capture the ess...
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Steve Martin, Carrie Fisher, and the Male Response to Female Beauty
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
In response to the news that Carrie Fisher had died, Steve Martin shared on Facebook the vivid memory of the impact Ms. Fisher had had on him nearly forty years before (presumably when he'd seen her portraying Princess Leia in the first Star Wars movie). "When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen," Martin began. More...
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Later in 2016 he returned to stand up comedy, staging a national tour with Martin Short and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
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    In 2016, Martin made a rare return to stand-up comedy, opening for Jerry Seinfeld.
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  • 2015
    In 2015, working with two other curators, he organized a show, "The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris", to introduce Americans to Canadian painter and Group of Seven co-founder Lawren Harris.
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    In 2015, Brickell and Martin released So Familiar as the second installment of their partnership. Inspired by Love has Come for You, Martin and Brickell collaborated on his first musical, Bright Star. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945-46, with flashbacks to 1923. The musical debuted on Broadway on March 24, 2016.
    After a three-year hiatus, Martin returned in 2015 when he voiced a role in the animated film Home.
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  • 2013
    Starting in May 2013, he is touring with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell throughout the United States.
  • 2012
    At age 67, Martin became a father for the first time when Stringfield gave birth to a daughter in December 2012.
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  • 2011
    In 2011, Martin also narrated and appeared in the PBS documentary "Give me the Banjo" chronicling the history of the banjo in America.
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    Martin performed a song he wrote called "Me and Paul Revere" in addition to two other songs on the lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, at the "Capitol Fourth Celebration" on July 4, 2011.
    Martin performed "Jubilation Day" with the Steep Canyon Rangers on The Colbert Report on March 21, 2011, on Conan on May 3, 2011, and on BBC's The One Show on July 6, 2011.
  • 2010
    In 2010, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers appeared at the New Orleans Jazzfest, Merlefest Bluegrass Festival in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, at Bonnaroo Music Festival, at the ROMP Bluegrass festival in Owensboro, Kentucky, at the Red Butte Garden Concert series and on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Martin made his first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry on May 30, 2009.
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    In 2009, Martin released his first all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo with appearances from stars such as Dolly Parton. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010.
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    In 2009, an article in The Guardian listed Martin as one of the best actors never to receive an Oscar nomination.
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    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.
  • 2008
    In 2008, Martin appeared with the band, In the Minds of the Living, during a show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • 2007
    On July 28, 2007, after three years together, Martin married Anne Stringfield, a writer and former staffer for The New Yorker magazine.
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    In 2007, he published a memoir, Born Standing Up, which Time magazine named as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007, ranking it at 6, and praising it as "a funny, moving, surprisingly frank memoir."
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  • 2006
    In 2006, he starred in the box office hit The Pink Panther, as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau.
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  • 2005
    In 2005, Martin wrote and starred in Shopgirl, based on his own novella (2000), and starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2.
  • 2003
    By 2003, Martin ranked fourth on the box office stars list, after starring in Bringing Down The House and Cheaper By The Dozen, each of which earned over $130 million at U.S. theaters.
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  • 2002
    The recording was the winner of the Best Country Instrumental Performance category at the Grammy Awards of 2002.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In 1999, Martin and Hawn starred in a remake of the 1970 Neil Simon comedy, The Out-of-Towners.
  • 1998
    In 1998, Martin guest starred with U2 in the 200th episode of The Simpsons titled "Trash of the Titans", providing the voice for sanitation commissioner Ray Patterson.
  • 1997
    In David Mamet's 1997 thriller, The Spanish Prisoner, Martin played a darker role as a wealthy stranger who takes a suspicious interest in the work of a young businessman (Campbell Scott).
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  • 1994
    In 1994, he starred in, A Simple Twist of Fate; a film adaptation of Silas Marner.
  • 1991
    Martin also starred in a remake of the comedy Father of the Bride in 1991 (followed by a sequel in 1995), and in the 1992 comedy Housesitter, with Goldie Hawn and Dana Delany.
    In 1991, Martin starred in and wrote L.A. Story, a romantic comedy, in which the female lead was played by his then-wife Victoria Tennant.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Martin starred in the Ron Howard film Parenthood, with Moranis in 1989.
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    Radner died of ovarian cancer on Saturday, May 20, 1989; a visibly shaken Martin hosted SNL that night, and featured footage of himself and Radner together in a 1978 sketch.
  • 1988
    Also in 1988, he appeared at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in a revival of Waiting for Godot directed by Mike Nichols.
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    In 1988, he performed in the Frank Oz film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a remake of Bedtime Story, alongside Michael Caine.
  • 1987
    In 1987, Martin joined comedian John Candy in the John Hughes movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
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  • 1986
    He married actress Victoria Tennant on November 20, 1986; they divorced in 1994.
    In 1986, Martin was in the movie musical film version of the hit Off-Broadway play Little Shop of Horrors (based on a famous B-movie), playing the sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello.
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    In 1986, Martin joined fellow Saturday Night Live veterans Martin Short and Chevy Chase in ¡Three Amigos!, directed by John Landis, and written by Martin, Lorne Michaels, and singer-songwriter Randy Newman.
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  • 1982
    Martin was in three more Reiner-directed comedies after The Jerk: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in 1982, The Man with Two Brains in 1983 and All of Me in 1984, his most critically acclaimed performance up to that point.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    It emboldened Martin to try his hand at his first serious film, Pennies from Heaven, based on the 1978 BBC serial by Dennis Potter.
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    Martin performed "King Tut" on the April 22, 1978 edition of SNL.
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  • 1977
    Both albums won Grammys for Best Comedy Recording in 1977 and 1978, respectively.
  • 1976
    He continued to write, earning an Emmy nomination for his work on Van Dyke and Company in 1976.
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  • 1970
    He says: "I appeared on The Virginia Graham Show, circa 1970.
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  • 1969
    Martin's first TV appearance was on The Steve Allen Show in 1969.
    Along with the other writers for the show, Martin won an Emmy Award in 1969, aged 23.
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  • OTHER
  • 1967
    In 1967, his former girlfriend Nina Goldblatt, a dancer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, helped Martin land a writing job with the show by submitting his work to head writer Mason Williams.
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    In 1967, Martin transferred to UCLA and switched his major to theater.
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  • 1960
    By 1960, he had mastered several of the tricks and illusions, and took a paying job at the Magic shop in Fantasyland in August.
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  • 1945
    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.
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