Stephen Glenn Martin
6' (1.83 m)
Comic who successfully made the transition from a zany stand-up act to ridiculous film comedies to dramatic film roles to leading man status.
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( - 1994) (divorced)
Wearing "arrow through head" prop
Is an accomplished banjo player and appears playing the instrument in and Friends video for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", for which he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance. This makes him rare in that he has won Grammies for both comedy and music.
liked his work in (1979) and once considered having him play Bill Harford in (1999); the role which later went to .
Is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and collects the art of , Richard Diebenkorn, , Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, , Edward Hopper, , , and .
Born at 5:54am-CWT
He is in the horn section of 's "In The Midnight Hour" music video.
Studied philosophy at California State University at Long Beach, and for a while, considered becoming a philosophy professor instead of an actor-comedian.
Once had a job at Disneyland in the Magic Shop on Main Street, USA. He also worked for neighboring amusement park Knott's Berry Farm as a comedian in their "Birdcage Theatre". It was during these jobs that he honed his skills in live performance, such as improv comedy, banjo playing, juggling, and lassoing.
Dated and .
Graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School in 1963. He attended Garden Grove High School in the beginning of his high school career, but then Rancho opened. At that point he lived in the attendance area that went to Racho and had to start going there. He was also a cheerleader at Rancho and often did his King Tut dance.
Member of (1975)'s "Five Timers Club" by hosting 13 times (the most one person has ever hosted).
Contrary to popular belief, Martin was never a cast member on (1975). However, he holds the records for guest appearances (25) on the show (followed closely by ), hosting (at 13 times, he sets the standard for the SNL "Five Timers Club"), and hosting in a single season (3). He is also the only person to have hosted a season premiere, a season finale, and a Christmas show.
Hosted the 75th Annual Academy Awards.
He is a fan of _"Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969) (TV)_ . This led to him being the host/narrator of the documentary (1989) (TV).
As a vegetarian, he made fun of hotdogs in a 1970s standup act.
His study of philosophy was a source of much of his material for his 1970s standup act.
Was an extra in 's second movie, (1972). He plays a policeman who shoots Bruce at the very end of the film.
Was listed as #50 in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" List (2003).
Played the banjo in his guest appearance on the _"Muppet Show, The" (1976)_ .
Was voted Most Talented by his classmates at Garden Grove high school.
Chosen as #6 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time
Is skilled with a rope or lasso, and did his own ropework in (1986). He also plays the harmonica.
As his insistence, the 1987-1988 season premiere of (1975) (hosted by Martin) went on, despite the fact that there hadn't been a dress rehearsal. There was a fire in a nearby studio and the cast and crew were evacuated from Rockefeller Center just before dress rehearsal was scheduled to begin.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actor category for the films (2003) and (2003), as well being listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his role in (2003). He did not receive either nomination.
Attended Lampson Intermediate School (now Ralston Intermediate) in Garden Grove, California.
Recipient of the 8th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2005, awarded by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Has worked with actor 'Eugene Levy' on four different films, (1991), (1995), (2003) and (2005).