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STEVE MARTIN (Bobby Bowfinger), has enjoyed a prolific career as an actor, comedian and writer spanning three decades in film, television and theater.

Born in Waco, Texas and raised in Southern California, Martin 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 and went on to host several Saturday Night Live shows.

Martin's first foray into films earned him an Academy Award nomination for a short he wrote titled The Absent-Minded Waiter, in which he starred. He then went on to co-write and star in The Jerk, which marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with director Carl Reiner. They reunited to create Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, which Martin co-wrote and starred in, the science fiction comedy The Man With Two Brains and All of Me for which Martin received a Best Actor Award from both the New York Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review.

Another successful collaboration began with director Frank Oz when Martin portrayed a demented dentist in Little Shop of Horrors. Together they went on to make Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Housesitter.

In 1987 Martin was honored with an award for Best Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America as well as a Best Actor Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for Roxanne. Additional feature film credits as an actor include Pennies From Heaven, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Parenthood, Father of the Bride, L.A. Story, Grand Canyon, Leap of Faith, Sgt. Bilko, David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner and the animated feature The Prince of Egypt. Most recently, Martin was seen in The Out-of-Towners opposite Goldie Hawn.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a theatrical production of Martin's first original play, is currently on nationwide tour having enjoyed successful runs in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and off-Broadway in New York. Martin's newest writing effort is Pure Drivel, a lyrical, whimsical, scathing, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny collection of new and previously published short pieces.

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