MIKE MYERS (Shrek) came to fame on television's "Saturday Night Live," but has more recently become a comedy film favorite. In 1997, he co-wrote, produced and starred in the comedy hit
"Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," about a swinging '60s
fashion photographer/secret agent who is cryogenically frozen and awakens in the decidedly less swinging
'90s. Myers played the dual roles of Austin Powers and his nemesis, Dr. Evil, in the film, which lent some new catch phrases to our cultural lexicon.
Two years later, the sequel, "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," became a smash hit, grossing more than $310 million worldwide. Myers again co-wrote, produced and
starred in the film, reprising the roles of Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, and adding the part of the Scottish double agent, Fat Bastard, to his repertoire. Myers garnered an American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Movie for his triple performance in the film.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Myers began his career right out of high school as a member of Toronto's famed Second City Comedy Troupe. That led to a stint with Chicago's Second City Troupe,
where he caught the attention of "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels.
In 1989, Myers made his debut as a performer and writer on "Saturday Night Live," and over the next six seasons created some of the show's most memorable characters. His work on the show brought him an Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Variety or Music Program, as well as an additional nomination in that category and another nomination for Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Some of the most popular Myers personas on "Saturday Night Live" included "Coffee Talk" hostess Linda Richman; Dieter, the host of the avant garde "Sprockets"; Simon, the boy in the bathtub; and Wayne Campbell, the host of his own Public Access show, "Wayne's World."
It was the last that brought Myers his first feature film success, when "Wayne's World" came to the big screen, breaking box office records. Myers also co-wrote the screenplay for the film, which went on to gross more than
$200 million. He later reprised the role of Wayne Campbell in the hit sequel "Wayne's World 2." Myers' other film credits include "So I Married an Axe Murderer," and
"54," in which he played Steve Rubell, the co-
owner of the infamous '70s hot spot. He will next be seen in "A View From the Top," in which he is part of an ensemble cast that also includes Gwyneth
Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Kelly Preston and Mark Ruffalo.
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