Steve Martin got his start in the entertainment industry early. After getting a job writing for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" through an ex-girlfriend, he won an Emmy at the ripe age of 23.
Martin: "My job with the Smothers Brothers allowed me to move to the hippie center of Southern California, Laurel Canyon."
Throughout the '70s, he performed stand-up in clubs and on TV programs like "The Tonight Show" and "The Gong Show." Martin also wrote for "Van Dyke and Company."
His first comedy album, 1977's "Let's Get Small," went platinum.
In 1979, he landed his first major movie role—in Carl Reiner's "The Jerk." Martin co-wrote the screenplay, including the part of his co-star Bernadette Peters. The two were romantically involved at the time.
In a 1977 photo by Norman Seeff.
His film roles in the '80s included "Pennies from Heaven" (in which he appeared again alongside Bernadette Peters) , "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (pictured) and "Three Amigos" with Chevy Chase and Martin Short. Martin co-wrote the latter two.
In a 1981 photo by Annie Leibovitz.
Having hosted "Saturday Night Live" 15 times, Martin is second only to Alec Baldwin, who hosted the SNL 16 times. During the recent 40th anniversary show, Martin said: "I still love doing stand-up. It's a busy, hectic world out there—lots of demands on your time—but out here, alone, on stage, doing comedy, I can just relax and enjoy the silence."
His role as Orin Scrivello, DDS in the 1986 musical "Little Shop of Horrors" is remembered for the character's one song in the picture, the sadistic anthem "Dentist!"
Martin was married to English actress Victoria Tennant, of the miniseries "The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance," from 1986 to 1994. (He would later marry writer Anne Stringfield. They have a daughter, born in 2012.)
In 1991, he co-starred with Diane Keaton in "Father of the Bride," a remake of the 1950 comedy starring Spencer Tracy.
Martin has won five Grammys in categories as diverse as "Best Comedy Album," "Best Bluegrass Album" and "Best Country Instrumental Performance." (In 2013, Martin won an honorary Oscar, which means he's just one Tony away from an "EGOT," the combination of awards won so far by only a dozen stars, including Audrey Hepburn and Mike Nichols).
He has hosted the Oscars three times—on his own in 2001 and 2003, and as a co-host with Alec Baldwin in 2010. In his 2001 opening monologue, Martin said: "When they asked me back in January if I would host the Oscars, the first thought that came into my mind was 'Would there be enough time for my face lift to heal?'"
Next up: Martin will play the owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the Ang Lee-directed "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," due in November 2016.
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