AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
MIKE MYERS, one
of the most multifaceted performers of his generation, has brought an
astonishing array of characters to life on both film and television.
Born and raised in
Toronto, Canada, Myers began his professional career the day he graduated from
high school. Mike took his final exams at nine o'clock in the morning,
auditioned for Toronto's famed Second City comedy troupe at noon and was hired
at three in the afternoon. This ultimately led to Myers joining Chicago's Second
City Troupe, an association that would change his life forever. "Saturday
Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels' discovery of Myers at Second City led
to his debut as a featured performer and writer on the show in 1989.
For his groundbreaking
work on "Saturday Night Live," Myers was nominated for an Emmy for
"Best Performance in a Comedy or Variety Show" and won an Emmy for
"Best Writing for Comedy or Variety Show." Among the characters that
Myers made popular performing on SNL are German talk show host, Dieter; Linda
Richman in "Coffee Talk;" the hyperactive-hypoglycemic Phillip; Lothar
of the Hill People; Simon the boy in the bathtub; Ron Wood and Mick Jagger.
brought his popular SNL character, Wayne Campbell, to the big screen in
"Wayne's World", which he also wrote. The film broke box office
records and has grossed over $200 million to date. In 1993, he reprised the role
of Wayne Campbell in the hit sequel, "Wayne's World 2, " also written
by Myers. Between Wayne's World releases, Myers starred as an eccentric Scottish
father and his first-generation Scottish-American son in the romantic comedy,
"So I Married an Axe Murderer." In 1998 he appeared in Miramax's
ensemble drama, "54," starring Ryan Phillipe, Salma Hayek, Neve
Campbell and Sela Ward, in which he earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of
nightclub owner Steve Rubell.
In 1997 Myers created,
wrote, produced and starred in the smash hit "Austin Powers International
Man of Mystery." Austin Powers is a fashion photographer/swinger/spy who
was cryogenically frozen in the 60's and was thawed in the 90's in order to
capture his diabolical nemesis Dr. Evil (also played by Myers). "Austin
Powers: International Man of Mystery" grossed over $200 million to date as
and has had an enormous following and impact on our culture.
In 1999, Myers wrote,
produced, and starred, in "Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me" in
which he reprised the roles of 'Austin Powers' and 'Dr. Evil.' This second
installment of the series also introduced a hilarious new character, an
overweight Scottish double agent named Fat Bastard. In the first weekend the
film out-grossed what the original Austin Powers made in its entire domestic
theatrical run. To date it has made over $310 million worldwide and its impact
on our culture continues to grow. The movie has garnered various awards
including several MTV Movie Awards, People's Choice, Grammy and Blockbuster
Entertainment awards for both films. Myers himself earned an American Comedy
Award for "Funniest Actor in a Movie" for his work in the film.
Myers is also known for
lending his voice to the Dreamworks animated feature "Shrek", a
modern-day fairy tale about a misunderstood ogre. The film won the Academy Award
in the "Best Animated Feature Film" category and was nominated for a
Golden Globe Award. It was also nominated and awarded the People's Choice award
in 2002. Shrek grossed a total of $478 million world-wide.
This Fall, Myers
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