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From Three Amigos to Saturday Night Live to Broadway, Canadian comedian Martin Short has amused audiences both on screen and on stage.
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From SCTV to Saturday Night Live and Primetime Glick, Martin Short has spent decades entertaining audiences with his original characters.
A short biography of Martin Short who overcame early tragedy to become a fearless performer. He's best known for his work on "SCTV" and "Saturday Night Live."
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For three years, Short delighted audiences with such characters as lounge singer Jackie Rogers, Jr.; songwriter Irving Cohen; and easily excitable oddball Ed Grimley. He also imitated such well-known personalities as Dustin Hoffman and comic legend Jerry Lewis.
Switching from one sketch comedy show to another, Short signed up to be on the popular Saturday Night Live. on SNL, Short reprised his role as Ed Grimley and debuted character Nathan Thurm, a tightly wound and sketchy lawyer, both of which became popular with the show's fans. Short only appeared on SNL for one season.
Branching out into feature films, Short starred in the buddy comedy Three Amigos (1986) with Steve Martin and Chevy Chase. He found some success with the science fiction comedy Innerspace (1987) with Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. Then in 1991, Short had a supporting role in the remake Father of the Bride, starring Steve Martin as the title character. His turn as a quirky wedding planner was well received, but Short was unable to become a big box office draw.
In 1993, Short put his many talents to good use on the Broadway stage. He starred in a revival of The Goodbye Girl with Bernadette Peters, which earned him a Tony Award nomination. Short also achieved one of his early dreams the following year, when he launched his own syndicated talk show. While the program received warm reviews, it failed to capture enough of an audience to stay on the air. Because of his obligations to the show, Short had to turn down Mel Brooks's offer to star in the hit musical The Producers, based on his earlier film by the same title. Matthew Broderick ended up taking the role.
Short eventually made his way back to Broadway in the 1999 revival of the Neil Simon musical Little Me. A critical success, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Short returned to television with the mock celebrity interview program Primetime Glick in 2001. On the show, he revived one of his popular characters, a rotund and clueless journalist named Jiminy Glick. All sorts of famous personalities appeared on the series, including Tim Robbins, John McEnroe and Tom Hanks. Not everyone got the joke—comedian Tom Green reportedly walked out on his interview with Glick. The show was canceled in 2003, and Short portrayed the character on the big screen the following year in the film Jiminy Glick in Lalawood.
Short brought Jiminy Glick back as part of his 2007 one-man Broadway show Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. In this show, he explored his life and poked fun at its lack of common celebrity drama.
In recent years, Short has shown more of his dramatic side. His guest appearance on the crime drama Law & Order: SVU in 2005 was widely praised. Then in 2010, Short joined the cast of the legal drama Damages, starring Glenn Close.
His wife, Nancy, with whom he had three children, passed away in August 2010. Short and his family live in California.
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