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STEVE MARTIN (Inspector Clouseau, Screenplay) is one of the most diversified performers in the motion picture industry today – an actor, comedian, author, playwright and producer.

In 2003, he starred with Queen Latifah in the blockbuster comedy Bringing Down the House, which grossed more than $130 million. It was followed by the comic caper Looney Tunes: Back in Action, in which he appeared opposite Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman and the entire Looney Tunes gang and the highest grossing film of his career, Cheaper by the Dozen, also directed by Shawn Levy.

The family comedy, co-starring Bonnie Hunt and Hillary Duff, has grossed more than $135 million domestically. Martin also starred in the film's recent sequel as well as Shopgirl with Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman, for which he wrote the screenplay based on his best-selling novella of the same name. Shopgirl follows the humorous complexities of a romance between a young girl, who works at a Los Angeles Saks Fifth Avenue glove counter while nurturing dreams of being an artist, and a wealthy older man, who is still learning about the consequences that come from any romantic relationship.

Martin hosted "The 75th Annual Academy Awards®,” his second time handling those duties (the first being the 73rd Oscars®). That program was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, including his nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

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.

His comedy career was launched by frequent appearances on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show,” and went on to host several shows in the innovative "Saturday Night Live,” as well as starring in and co-writing four highly-rated television specials. When performing on national concert tours, he drew standing-roomonly audiences in some of the largest venues in the country. He won Grammy Awards for his two comedy albums, "Let's Get Small” and "A Wild and Crazy Guy,” and had a gold record with his single "King Tut.”

Martin's first film project, The Absent-Minded Waiter, a short he wrote and starred in, was nominated for a 1977 Academy Award®. In 1979, he moved into feature films, co-writing and starring in The Jerk directed by Carl Reiner. In 1981, he starred opposite Bernadette Peters in Herbert Ross' bittersweet musical comedy, Pennies From Heaven.

The actor then co-wrote and starred in the 1982 send-up of detective thrillers Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and the science fiction comedy The Man with Two Brains, both directed by Reiner. In 1984, Martin received a Best Actor Award from both the New York Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review for his performance opposite Lily Tomlin in All of Me, his fourth collaboration with Reiner.

In 1987, his motion picture hit Roxanne, a modern adaptation of the Cyrano de Bergerac legend, garnered Martin a Best Actor Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Best Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of America. Martin was also an executive producer on the film. In 1988, he costarred with Michael Caine in the hit comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, his second feature collaboration with director Frank Oz (the first being Little Shop of Horrors). In 1989, he starred with Mary Steenburgen and Dianne Wiest in Ron Howard's affectionate family comedy Parenthood and in 1991, Martin wrote, starred in and co-executive produced the critically acclaimed comedy L.A. Story, a love story set in Los Angeles.

That same year he appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon and starred with Diane Keaton in the hit Father of th

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