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MARTIN SHORT (B.E.N.) brings his manic energy and a sense of hilarity to the short-circuited robot who's been out in the sun too long. When Jim and his shipmates crash land on his planet, B.E.N springs into action and serves as their overly accommodating tour guide through the perilous abandoned exteriors and interiors of Treasure Planet.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Short began his career on Canada's "SCTV Comedy Network,” where his work garnered an Emmy Award. Short's proven ability as a comedic chameleon and his host of hilarious impressions brought him to the attention of "Saturday Night Live.” After only one season, Short was instantly recognized for his standout performances and on-the-mark impressions of such characters as Ed Grimley, Jackie Rogers Jr., legendary songwriter Irving Cohen and lawyer Nathan Thurm. With the tremendous exposure he gained on "Saturday Night Live” he was on the Hollywood fast track and quickly crossed over into feature film work.

Short made his big-screen debut in "¡Three Amigos!” where he worked alongside former SNL colleagues Chevy Chase and Steve Martin. Over the years he has continued to land plum comedic roles in theatrical releases such as "Innerspace,” Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks,” "Jungle2Jungle” and "The Big Picture.” Perhaps his most memorable role was that of the scenestealing Franck the wedding planner in "Father of the Bride” and its sequel.

Not limiting himself to acting, Short has also written, produced and starred in three highly acclaimed comedy specials for television. For these efforts, which included "Martin Short's Concert for the North Americas” for Showtime and "I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood” for NBC, he won two Cable Ace Awards and an Emmy Award, respectively. Short's work in television also includes his costarring Emmy-nominated role in the NBC miniseries "Merlin,” one of the highest-rated programs in the network's history. Following that he costarred in the critically acclaimed "Alice in Wonderland” for NBC as the Mad Hatter.

A veteran of the theater in Canada and on Broadway, Short has received accolades for his varied work on the stage, earning a Tony Award nomination, and a Theatre World Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for the 1993 Broadway production of "The Goodbye Girl.” Most recently Martin won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his work in the Neil Simon / Cy Coleman Broadway production of "Little Me.” He also starred in Lawrence Kasdan's "Four Dogs and a Bone” at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

In the fall of 1999 Short brought his comedic and musical talents, versatility and improvisational genius to the television genre when he hosted King World's daily one-hour talk/variety entertainment program "The Martin Short Show.” The show garnered seven Emmy nominations, two of which were for Best Show and Best Host.

In 1994 Short was awarded the Order of Canada (the Canadian equivalent of British Knighthood) for his contribution to Canadian culture, and was inducted in the Canadian Walk of Fame in June 2000.

Back for his third season, Short currently stars as wide-bodied innocent and star-interviewer extraordinaire Jiminy Glick in "Primetime Glick” for Comedy Central, on which he recently dismissed David Duchovny mid-interview to take a private call on his cell phone.


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