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STEVE MARTIN (The Chairman), 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 episodes of Saturday Night Live. Martin continued to use his stand-up skills as host of the 73rd and 75th Annual Academy Awards, for which he was nominated for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

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 the smash hit Bringing Down the House, Novocaine, Bowfinger, Father of The Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, for which Martin received the People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Motion Picture, Pennies From Heaven, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Parenthood, L.A. Story, Lawrence Kasden's Grand Canyon, Leap of Faith, Sgt. Bilko, David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner and the animated feature The Prince of Egypt.

Martin is currently in production on Shopgirl, the film adaptation of his best-selling novella, starring Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman and Bridgette Wilson, to be released in 2004. Martin can also be seen this Christmas with Bonnie Hunt and Hillary Duff in the remake of the classic 1950's film Cheaper By The Dozen. Martin's latest writing effort, The Pleasure of My Company, was just released by Hyperion Press.


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