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About Steve Martin

Steve Martin, one of the most diverse performers in the motion picture industry today, has been successful not only as an actor, but also as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history.

Born in Waco, Texas and raised in southern California, Steve became a television writer in the late 1960s, winning an Emmy Award for his work on the hit series The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. By the end of the decade, he was performing his own material in clubs and on television. Launched by frequent appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Steve went on to host several shows in the innovative Saturday Night Live series and to star in and co-write four highly rated television specials. He has won Grammy Awards for his two comedy albums, Let's Get Small and A Wild and Crazy Guy, and had a Gold Record with his single, King Tut.

His first film project, The Absent-Minded Waiter, a short movie he wrote and starred in, was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1979, Steve moved into feature films, co-writing and starring in The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner. He received best actor awards from both the New York Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review for his performance opposite Lily Tomlin in All of Me, his fourth collaboration with Reiner.

Some of Steve's other films include the John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles, co-starring John Candy, and Parenthood, which marked his first association with director Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment. And in 1991, Steve wrote, starred in and co-executive produced the critically acclaimed L.A. Story, a motion picture about a love story set in Los Angeles.

In the fall of 1993, a production of Steve's first original play — a comedy/drama entitled Picasso at the Lapin Agile — was presented by Chicago's prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre. His book, Pure Drivel, is a collection of witty short stories that became a best-seller. And he is currently experiencing great success with the publication of his first novella, Shopgirl, which spent time on both The New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller lists, and recently had its seventh printing.

Steve's most recent project is a black comedy Novocaine with Helena Bonham Carter and Laura Dern.

For more about Steve, visit his web site at

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