Steve Martin is an Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actor, comedian, musician, author, and producer who is best known for his roles in the "Father of the Bride," "Cheaper by the Dozen," and "The Pink Panther" film series.
After graduating from high school, Steve attended Santa Ana Junior College, studying drama and English poetry. He also began to participate in comedies and other productions at the Bird Cage Theatre and subsequently joined a comedy troupe at Knott's Berry Farm. After considering a career in philosophy, Steve transferred to UCLA and majored in theatre. His first major writing job was on the variety show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," which aired from 1967 until 1969. This earned him his first Emmy Award in 1969 at the age of 23. Steve's first television appearance was on "The Steve Allen Show" in 1969. During the 1970s, Steve made multiple appearances as a stand-up comedian on shows such as "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," "The Muppet Show," and NBC's "Saturday Night Live," which gained him international acclaim. He went on to release comedy albums "Let's Get Small" and "A Wild and Crazy Guy," which reached the number-two spot on the U.S. sales chart in 1978. Both albums won Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Recording in 1977 and 1978 respectively.
His first major film role was in the 1978 musical "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." He went on to co-write and star in the 1979 comedy "The Jerk," which co-starred Bernadette Peters. The early ‘80s brought even more success for Steve; he starred in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" in 1982, "The Man with Two Brains" in 1983, and "All of Me" in 1984. In 1986, he teamed up with comedians Martin Short and Chevy Chase to star in the film "¡Three Amigos!" which Martin wrote with singer-songwriter Randy Newman. The same year, Steve played the role of Orin Scrivello in the musical film version of "Little Shop of Horrors." In 1987, Steve starred alongside John Candy in John Hughes' "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," which received two thumbs up from film critics Siskel and Ebert. Shortly thereafter, he won a Writers Guild of America award for co-writing "Roxanne," a film adaptation of the classic play "Cyrano de Bergerac." Steve acted alongside Rick Moranis in three films: "Little Shop of Horrors," Ron Howard's "Parenthood" in 1989, and "My Blue Heaven" in 1990.
Steve's multifaceted career continued to further success in the 90s and early 2000s. A gifted writer as well as actor and comedian, Steve received critical recognition for his work writing and acting in "L.A. Story" in 1991 and "Bowfinger" in 1999. In 1991 and 1995, he starred as George Banks in the remake of "Father of the Bride" and "Father of the Bride 2" alongside Diane Keaton and Martin Short. Steve has since acted in numerous successful comedies including "Housesitter" and "The Out-of-Towners" with Goldie Hawn, "Bringing Down the House" with Queen Latifah," and "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin.
Steve has also been a talented musician for the majority of his life, learning to play the banjo at age 17. He frequently integrates his banjo playing into his comedy routines. Steve released his first all-music album in 2009, entitled "The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo," which featured appearances from Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, and Earl Scruggs. In 2010, he created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, which is intended to reward and bring greater visibility to bluegrass performers.
Steve married writer and former staffer at "The New Yorker" magazine, Anne Stringfield, in 2007. He has one daughter, who was born in December of 2012.