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STEVE MARTIN (Adam), one of the most diversified performers in the motion picture industry today—actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer—has been successful as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history.

Late last year, Martin had two books published. In October 2008, Doubleday released a children's book titled "The Alphabet From A to Y With Bonus Letter Z!,” co-written with The New Yorker illustrator Roz Chast. In December, Scribner published Martin's autobiography, "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life.” Additionally, in December 2007, Martin was a recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor.

In February 2006, Martin was seen in The Pink Panther, playing the role of Inspector Jacques Clouseau, originally made famous by Peter Sellers. The film, which reunited Martin with director Shawn Levy, co-starred Beyoncé Knowles and Kevin Kline. Earlier this year, Martin revived the role in The Pink Panther 2.

In 2005, Martin received critical praise for Touchstone Pictures' Shopgirl, costarring Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman. The screenplay was written by Martin and was adapted from his best-selling novella of the same name. Shopgirl follows the 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 with any romantic relationship.

In Christmas 2003, Martin starred in the highest-grossing film of his career, Cheaper by the Dozen, directed by Shawn Levy for 20th Century Fox. The family comedy, co-starring Bonnie Hunt and Hilary Duff, grossed more than $135 million domestically. Christmas 2005 saw the much anticipated sequel, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, starring the original cast and adding in a rival family headed by Eugene Levy. In February 2003, Martin starred with Queen Latifah in the blockbuster comedy Bringing Down the House, for Touchstone Pictures, which grossed $132.7 million.

In 2003, Martin hosted the 75th Annual Academy Awards®, his second time handling those duties, the first being the 73rd Annual Academy Awards®. The 75th Annual Academy Awards® was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, including a 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.

Launched by frequent appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Martin went on to host several episodes of the innovative Saturday Night Live series and starred in and co-wrote four highly rated television specials. While performing on national concert tours, he drew standing-room-only 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.” In 2003, Martin also won a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for playing on Earl Scruggs' 75th anniversary album.

In 1977, Martin's first film project, The Absent-Minded Waiter, a short he wrote and starred in, was nominated for an 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.

In fall 1993, Chicago's prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre presented Martin's first original play, the comedy-drama Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Following rave reviews and an extended run in Chicago, the play was presented successfully in Boston and Los Angeles, and then off-Broadway in New York at the Promenade Theatre, to nationwide critical and audience acclaim.

WASP, a one-act play that Martin wrote, was first performed at the Public Theater in New York in 1995. The Underpants, a dark comedy Martin adapted from the 1911 play by Carl Sternheim, premiered off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company on April 4, 2002.

In 1996, the American Film Institute's Third Decade Council at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival honored Martin with a retrospective of his work. He was also presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony. In 2004, the American Cinematheque honored Martin for his film work.

After the success of his first novella, "Shopgirl,” Martin's second novella, "The Pleasure of My Company,” published by Hyperion, once again was ranked on best-seller lists around the country, including The New York Times. He has written a best-selling collection of comic pieces, "Pure Drivel,” and his work frequently appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Martin lives in New York City and Los Angeles.


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