Steve Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician who was born in Waco, Texas. Martin rose to notoriety as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and subsequently as a regular on The Tonight Show in the 1960s.
He has garnered Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy Awards, among other awards, for his work as an actor, playwright, writer, pianist, and banjo player.
Stephen Glenn Martin was the name given to Steve Martin at the time of his birth on August 14, 1945, in Waco, Texas. His full name is Stephen Glenn Martin. His childhood was spent in Inglewood and Garden Grove, both located in the state of California, with his mother Mary, his sister Melinda, and his father Glenn, who was employed in the field of real estate at the time.
In addition to attending Garden Grove High School, where he was a member of the school’s cheerleading squad, Steve worked at Disneyland as a guidebook salesperson between the years of 1955 and 1958. During this time, he also worked at Disneyland. He used to spend a lot of time in the Main Street Magic shop at Disneyland, and in 1960 he began working in the Magic Shop at Fantasyland. He used to have a lot of fun hanging out there.
When Martin was only 18 years old, he started his career at Knott’s Berry Farm as a singer, magician, and comic. He has been there ever since. After graduating from high school and getting his diploma, he attended Santa Ana College for one year, where he double-majored in theatre and poetry. The next year, he transferred to UCLA to complete his education in theatre, and he has been there ever since. Steve continued to play at local clubs while he was attending college all the way up until he turned 21 years old, at which point he decided to withdraw from his studies at UCLA.
Stand-Up Comedy Career
In 1967, Martin’s ex-girlfriend Nina Goldblatt provided Mason Williams, who was the head writer for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” with some of Martin’s work. Steve was hired by Williams to work as a writer, and in the same year, the writing staff as a whole won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety, or Music. This award was given to the entire writing staff.
Martin had his first appearance on television on the show in 1968, and he continued to write for and perform on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” from 1971 to 1973. Martin’s first television performance was in 1968. 1968 was the year when Martin made his debut on television. Beginning in the middle of the 1970s, he became a regular guest on a variety of television programs, including “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Gong Show,” “The Muppet Show,” and “Saturday Night Live.”
In addition, both of Steve’s CDs of stand-up comedy, “Let’s Get Small” (1977) and “A Wild and Crazy Guy” (1978), have been certified platinum and have garnered him two Grammy Awards. The song “King Tut” was featured on the album “A Wild and Crazy Guy.” It reached its highest position on the “Billboard” Hot 100 list at number 17, and it has been purchased more than one million times since then. In addition, he released “The Steve Martin Brothers” in 1981 and “Comedy Isn’t Pretty” in 1979. Both of these books were written by Steve Martin.
In 1977, Martin was recognized for his work in “The Absent-Minded Waiter,” a film that he not only starred in but also wrote and directed. His performance earned him a nomination for an Academy Award in the category of Best Short Film, Live Action. The next year, in 1980, he appeared in the film “The Jerk,” which he had also co-written with Carl Gottlieb and Michael Elias. The film was released in the United States.
It is generally agreed upon that this movie is among the funniest movies that have ever been made, and it has raked in a total of one hundred million dollars around the world. In the 1980s, Steve starred in a number of movies, including “Three Amigos,” “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and “Parenthood,” that would go on to become enduring classics in later decades. In the decade of the 1990s, he had roles in 17 different movies, some of which included “Bowfinger,” “Leap of Faith,” and the “Father of the Bride” trilogy.
In spite of the fact that Martin has devoted a greater portion of his time to his musical career in the 2000s than he has to act, he did appear in the films “Bringing Down the House,” “Shopgirl,” “Baby Mama,” and “It’s Complicated,” in addition to the films “Pink Panther” and “Cheaper by the Dozen.”
Bernadette Peters was the inspiration for Steve Martin’s portrayal of the character Marie in “The Jerk,” and the two of them appeared in “Pennies from Heaven” together as well. 1977 marked the beginning of Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters’ romantic relationship, which lasted for the entirety of the four years that they were together.
Following his first marriage, which lasted from 1986 until 1994 and was to the actress Victoria Tennant, Steve went on to wed the author Anne Stringfield in 2007. They are the parents of two children as a couple. In December 2012, he and Anne welcomed their first child together, a daughter, into the world, making him a father for the very first time. At that point in time, Steve was 67 years old.
Martin began his initial entry into the world of art collecting in the late 1960s, and in 2001, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art hosted an exhibition that featured 28 items from Martin’s collection. The exhibition was titled “Martin’s Collection: Then and Now.” The painting titled “Hotel Window” by Edward Hopper was purchased at Sotheby’s in 2006 for the price of $26.8 million, making it one of the most valuable paintings that Edward Hopper had in his collection.
What Is Steve Martin’s Net Worth and Salary?
Steve Martin has a net worth of $140 million and is one of the most successful comedians, actors, writers, and artists in the United States.
Awards and Honors
The following is a list of some of the honors that have been bestowed to Steve as a result of his work: Five Grammys, two People’s Choice Awards, two Writers Guild of America awards, one Emmy, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and a Kennedy Center Honor are some of the accolades this artist has received.
In addition to the honorary Oscar that he received from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004, he was also honored with a lifetime achievement award by the American Comedy Awards, the American Film Institute, and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society.
In 2004, Martin was ranked number six on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 finest stand-up comedians. In 2011, the International Bluegrass Music Association awarded Martin the title of Entertainer of the Year. In addition, in 2004, Martin was ranked sixth on the list of the 100 best stand-up comedians.
In 1997, Steve paid $995,000 for a home in Beverly Hills that had 4 bedrooms; in 2019, he sold the home despite the fact that it was located on the same lot as his primary residence for a price of $2.22 million. Additionally, he put up for sale in 2013 at a price of $11 million the villa he owned in St. Barts; it was eventually purchased in 2015 for an amount that was not made public.