Steve Martin (August 14, 1945 - ..)
Born: 14th August, 1945
Nationality: American
Profession/Occupation: Comedian
Region: Waco, Texas, "Meteor Shower", "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"
Notable works: Grammy Award, Emmy Award

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Steve Martin, (born August 14, 1945, Waco, Texas, U.S.), American comedian, writer, and producer who began his career as a stand-up comic and eventually achieved success in motion pictures, television, Broadway, and literature.

Martin attended State College in Long Beach, California. His interest in performing was honed during this period as he worked as a musician and magician at Disneyland and debuted his comedy-and-banjo-playing act in local nightclubs. He soon transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles, where he majored in theatre. In 1967, while still a student, he accepted a contract to write for the hit television show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, for which he won an Emmy Award in 1969. Within a few years, he was writing for The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and other top variety shows of the era.

Martin acquired a modest but loyal following during the early 1970s as he performed his stand-up routine on numerous television shows, particularly The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His breakthrough came in 1976 when he hosted an episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live, the first of more than 25 appearances on the show throughout the years. Within months, Martin was the top comic in the United States and was drawing standing-room-only crowds to some of the country's largest performing venues. His exclamations "Well, excuuuuse me!" and "I am a wild and crazy guy!" became national catchphrases. It was also during this period that Martin had success as a recording artist: his Let's Get Small (1977) and A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978) comedy albums earned Grammy Awards, and his hit single "King Tut" (1978) sold more than a million copies.

Martin wrote and starred in his debut film, the Academy Award-nominated short subject The Absent-Minded Waiter, in 1977. This led to an extended collaboration with writer-director-actor Carl Reiner on the hit comedies The Jerk (1979), Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), The Man with Two Brains (1983), and All of Me (1984). These films established Martin as a movie star of the first rank, and he subsequently retired from stand-up comedy. He demonstrated his willingness to take chances with critically praised limited-audience fare such as Pennies from Heaven (1981), The Lonely Guy (1984), L.A. Story (1991), and Leap of Faith (1992), and he maintained his popular appeal in such films as Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Roxanne (1987), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), Parenthood (1989), Father of the Bride (1991), and Father of the Bride, Part II (1995).

At the beginning of the 21st century, his box-office success continued with Bringing Down the House (2003) and Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) and its sequel (2005). He later portrayed Inspector Jacques Clouseau, a character made famous by Peter Sellers, in The Pink Panther (2006) and The Pink Panther 2 (2009). Martin's other films included It's Complicated (2009), The Big Year (2011), Home (2015), and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016).

Martin's noteworthy writing endeavours included the plays Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 1993 before moving to other cities, and Meteor Shower, a comedy that ran on Broadway in 2017-18 and starred Amy Schumer. He also wrote a series of well-received satiric articles for The New Yorker magazine, later published in the best-selling collection Pure Drivel (1998). His novella Shopgirl (2000) was produced as a film in 2005 with Martin in a starring role, and his follow-up, The Pleasure of My Company (2003), topped best-seller lists. His autobiography, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life, was published in 2007, and he received a Kennedy Center Honor later that year. In private life, Martin was an art connoisseur, and he explored the New York art world in the novel An Object of Beauty (2010).

In 2009 Martin released The Crow, a collection of original banjo compositions that featured guest performances by banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck and country legends Earl Scruggs and Dolly Parton. A radical departure from the novelty and kitsch of "King Tut," The Crow was critically lauded and ultimately won the Grammy Award for bluegrass album of the year. Martin continued in that stylistic vein with Rare Bird Alert (2011), on which he performed with the bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers, and Love Has Come for You (2013), a Grammy-winning collaboration with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. The latter album inspired the musical Bright Star, which premiered in 2014 and made its Broadway debut two years later. The duo cowrote the score, and Martin penned the book for the sentimental play about two connected love stories in North Carolina during the 1920s and '40s. It received five Tony Award nominations, including best musical, score, and book. He reteamed with the Steep Canyon Rangers on The Long-Awaited Album (2017).

In addition, Martin hosted the Academy Awards ceremony in 2001 and 2003 and cohosted the event with Alec Baldwin in 2010. Martin received an honorary Oscar in 2013.

Top 90 Steve Martin quotes

There is one thing I would break up over, and that is if she caught me with another woman. I won't stand for that.
Another
Another woman
Break
Caught
Me
One thing
Over
She
Stand
Thing
Up
Woman
Would
When your hobbies get in the way of your work - that's OK; but when your hobbies get in the way of themselves... well.
Get
Hobbies
Ok
Themselves
Way
Well
Work
Your
An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be.
Any
Apology
Beneath
Cowardly
Dignity
Disgusting
Gentleman
He
However
Might
Wrong
I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.
Beautiful
Believe
Buy
I believe
I believe that
Money
Most
Most beautiful
Natural
Sex
Things
Wholesome
Don't have sex man. It leads to kissing and pretty soon you have to start talking to them.
Kissing
Leads
Man
Pretty
Sex
Soon
Start
Talking
Them
You
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
About
Architecture
Dancing
Like
Music
Talking
Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.
Chaos
Funny
Midst
You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies.
Answered
Enough
Know
Life
Movies
Problem
Riddles
Seen
You
Your
I believe that Ronald Reagan will someday make this country what it once was... an arctic wilderness.
Arctic
Believe
Country
I believe
I believe that
Make
Once
Reagan
Ronald reagan
Someday
Wilderness
Will
I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.
Hate
Head
Her
Like
Necks
Shoulders
Woman
What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.
Art
Comedy
Laugh
Making
People
Them
Without
I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.
Art
Aspire
Become
Believe
Entertainment
I believe
Idiot
Make
Out
Set
You
Well, excuuuuuse me!
Me
Well
Comedy may be big business but it isn't pretty.
Big
Big business
Business
Comedy
May
Pretty
I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.
Blank
Blank paper
Bunch
Considering
Did
I think
Nothing
Out
Paper
Pretty
Started
Think
Well
I've got to keep breathing. It'll be my worst business mistake if I don't.
Breathing
Business
Got
Keep
Mistake
Worst
Boy, those French: they have a different word for everything!
Boy
Different
Everything
French
Those
Word
Love is a promise delivered already broken.
Broken
Delivered
Love
Love is
Promise
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Day
Know
Like
Night
Sunshine
Without
You
Hosting the Oscars is much like making love to a woman. It's something I only get to do when Billy Crystal is out of town.
Billy
Crystal
Get
Hosting
Like
Love
Making
Much
Only
Oscars
Out
Something
Town
Woman
The real joy is in constructing a sentence. But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready.
Acting
Actor
Because
Constructing
Else
First
I see
Joy
Myself
Ready
Real
See
Sentence
Someone
What is a movie star? A movie star is many things. They can be tall, short, thin, or skinny. They can be Democrats... or skinny.
Democrats
Many
Movie
Movie star
Short
Skinny
Star
Tall
Thin
Things
I wish I could do a lot of things different. I'm not going to tell you what they are, but if I had a list of all my films right now, I'd go, 'Okay, I'll cross that one out and cross that one out and cross that one out and cross that one out.' Really. But I've made over 40 films. How can I not have some losers in there?
Could
Cross
Different
Films
Go
Going
Had
How
I wish
List
Losers
Lot
Made
Now
I loved doing 'Pennies from Heaven.' Because you have to understand that I'd been doing comedy for 15 to 20 years, and suddenly along came the opportunity to do this beautiful film. It was so emotional to me. I loved it. I don't think it was a good career move, but I have no regrets about doing it.
About
Along
Beautiful
Because
Been
Came
Career
Comedy
Doing
Emotional
Film
Good
Heaven
Loved
I would get records by Earl Scruggs... I would tune my banjo down and I'd pick out the songs note by note. Learned how to play that way. I persevered. There was a book written by Pete Seeger, who showed you some basic strumming and some basic picking... And I kind of worked out my own style of playing.
Banjo
Basic
Book
Down
Earl
Get
How
Kind
Learned
My own
Note
Out
Own
Pete seeger
The bluegrass community... can be very strict. I didn't know if I'd be welcomed into the bluegrass community or not, but I think they judge you very fairly... I felt really welcome.
Bluegrass
Community
Fairly
Felt
I think
Judge
Know
Really
Strict
Think
Very
Welcome
Welcomed
You
Dinosaurs did not walk with humans. The evolutionary record says different. They gambled.
Did
Different
Dinosaurs
Evolutionary
Humans
Record
Says
Walk
I'm for the Wall Street Occupiers. But will they accept me when they find out I sell packaged mortgage default instruments to children?
Accept
Children
Default
Find
Instruments
Me
Mortgage
Out
Packaged
Sell
Street
Wall
Wall street
Will
I'm tired of wasting letters when punctuation will do, period.
Letters
Period
Punctuation
Tired
Wasting
Will
I got a flue shot and now my chimney works perfectly.
Chimney
Got
Now
Perfectly
Shot
Works
I thought if I had a Twitter feed and say I had a following of a 100,000, that means 100,000 of them would be interested in my book. It was logical, but it didn't turn out to be true. It turned out if I had a Twitter feed of a 100,000, four of them were interested in my book.
Be true
Book
Feed
Following
Four
Had
Interested
Logical
Means
Out
Say
Them
Thought
True
Tweeting is really only good for one thing - it's just good for tweeting... It is rewarding, because it's just its own reward. It's sort of like heaven.
Because
Good
Heaven
Just
Like
One thing
Only
Own
Really
Reward
Rewarding
Sort
Thing
Tweeting
I've always believed that there are funny people everywhere, but they're just not comedians. In fact, some of my best comedic inspirations were not professional entertainers.
Always
Believed
Best
Comedians
Comedic
Entertainers
Everywhere
Fact
Funny
Funny people
In fact
Inspirations
Just
People
Throughout my whole life, as a performer, I've never played with a band. I've always played alone, so I was never required to stay in rhythm or anything. So it was a real different experience for me to start playing with a band. There were so many basic things for me to learn.
Alone
Always
Anything
Band
Basic
Basic things
Different
Experience
Learn
Life
Many
Me
Never
Performer
There's a lot of thought in art. People get to talk about important things. There's a lot of sex, you know, in art. There's a lot of naked women and men, and there's intrigue, there's fakery. It's a real microcosm of the larger world.
About
Art
Get
Important
Important things
Intrigue
Know
Larger
Lot
Men
Microcosm
Naked
People
Real
No matter how many times people say it - 'Oh, I'm just writing this for myself' 'Oh, I'm just doing this for myself' - nobody's doing it for themselves! You're doing it for an audience. So whether I'm performing or writing a book or playing music, it's definitely to be put out there and to be received in some way, definitely.
Audience
Book
Definitely
Doing
How
How many times
Just
Many
Matter
Music
Myself
Nobody
Oh
Out
You want to be a bit compulsive in your art or craft or whatever you do.
Art
Bit
Compulsive
Craft
Want
Whatever
You
Your
I just believe that the interesting time in a career is pre-success, what shaped things, how did you get to this point.
Believe
Career
Did
Get
How
Interesting
Just
Point
Shaped
Things
Time
You
I realized that comedians of the day were operating on jokes and punch lines. The moment you say the punch line, the audience either laughs sincerely or they laugh automatically or they don't laugh. The thing that bothered me was that automatic laugh. I said, that's not real laughter.
Audience
Automatic
Automatically
Bothered
Comedians
Day
Either
Jokes
Laugh
Laughs
Laughter
Line
Lines
Me
The banjo is truly an American instrument, and it captures something about our past.
About
American
Banjo
Captures
Instrument
Our
Past
Something
Truly
When I first started doing my comedy act, I just desperately needed material. So I took literally everything I knew how to do on stage with me, which was juggling, magic and banjo and my little comedy routines. I always felt the audience sorta tolerated the serious musical parts while I was doing my comedy.
Act
Always
Audience
Banjo
Comedy
Desperately
Doing
Everything
Felt
First
How
Juggling
Just
Knew
I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four years were spent in wild success. I was seeking comic originality, and fame fell on me as a byproduct. The course was more plodding than heroic.
Comedy
Comic
Course
Did
Fame
Fell
Four
Heroic
Learning
Me
More
Originality
Seeking
Spent
I was not naturally talented. I didn't sing, dance or act, though working around that minor detail made me inventive.
Act
Around
Dance
Detail
Inventive
Made
Me
Minor
Naturally
Sing
Talented
Though
Working
I was raised with 'Laurel and Hardy' and 'I Love Lucy' and Jerry Lewis, and I just loved it. And I had a friend in high school and we would just laugh all day and put on skits. You know, it's the Andy Kaufman thing or the Marty Short thing where you're performing in your bedroom for yourself.
All day
Andy
Bedroom
Day
Friend
Had
Hardy
High
High school
I love
I love lucy
I was raised
Jerry
Just
I was very interested in vaudeville. It was the only sort of discipline that was a five-minute act on stage, which is what I really enjoyed and saw myself doing. And I bought books on it.
Act
Books
Bought
Doing
Enjoyed
Interested
Myself
Only
Really
Saw
Sort
Stage
Vaudeville
Very
Nothing I do is done by popular demand.
Demand
Done
Nothing
Popular
Everything is fraught with danger. I love technology and I love science. It's just always all in the way you use it. So there's no - you can't really blame anything on the technology. It's just the way people use it, and it always has been.
Always
Anything
Been
Blame
Danger
Everything
Fraught
Has-been
I love
Just
Love
People
Really
Science
I loved to make people laugh in high school, and then I found I loved being on stage in front of people. I'm sure that's some kind of ego trip or a way to overcome shyness. I was very kind of shy and reserved, so there's a way to be on stage and be performing and balance your life out.
Balance
Being
Ego
Found
Front
High
High school
Kind
Laugh
Life
Loved
Make
Out
Overcome
I actually credit Twitter with fine-tuning some joke-writing skills. I still feel like I'm working at it.
Actually
Credit
Feel
Like
Skills
Some
Still
Twitter
Working
When I was in college, I was debating to try my hand at show business, or to become a professor. I just thought of the risk of not going into show business and always wondering if I would've had a chance. Because that's where my real heart was.
Always
Because
Become
Business
Chance
College
Debating
Going
Had
Hand
Heart
Just
Professor
Real

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Ishihara Shintaro, (born September 30, 1932, Kobe, Japan), Japanese writer and politician, who..