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(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.
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
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