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Comedian and comedy writer Steve Martin found fame starring in such films as The Jerk,
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In 1955 actor and comedian Steve Martin moved to the suburbs outside Los Angeles where he was just moments away from Disneyland where he would work for many years growing up.
Actress-Director Rain Pryor talks about how her father Richard Pryor was a comedy pioneer with his raw stand-up performances and honest critiques of race.
Actor and comedian Robin Williams caught his first big break when he auditioned for the role of Mork on Happy Days. That one appearance would eventually land the actor with his own spin off show, "Mork & Mindy."
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More recent work included David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner (1997), a voice role in the animated Dreamworks film The Prince of Egypt (1998) and a co-starring role with Goldie Hawn in a remake of The Out of Towners (1999). Martin wrote and starred in the comedy Bowfinger with Eddie Murphy in 1999. In 2001,
he starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the dark comedy Novocaine. That same year, he took on a new challenge, hosting the notoriously long Academy Awards ceremony. His trademark humor and antics earned him an invitation to return in 2003.
A frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine, Martin published Shopgirl, a novella, to great acclaim in 2001. The story of a disenchanted saleswoman struggling to choose between a would-be musician and a wealthy married man, the book was adapted to film in 2005 starring Martin and Claire Danes. In 2001, Martin starred opposite Queen Latifah in the romantic comedy Bringing Down the House, which debuted at a surprising No. 1 at the box offfice. In 2004, Martin costarred with Bonnie Hunt to reprise the 1950s comedy Cheaper by the Dozen. He then took on another remake in 2006's Pink Panther, which performed well at the box office.
In 2008, Martin appeared in the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Baby Mama. The movie skyrocketed to No. 1 at the box office, and grossed more than $17 million its first weekend. He followed up the success of the film by stepping behind the camera again for Traitor (2008) as the writer and producer. Martin's most recent works are two sequels to two of his family-friendly films: The Pink Panther 2 (2009) and Cheaper by the Dozen 3 (slated to hit theatres in 2011).
On July 28, 2007, Steve Martin married Anne Stringfield (born 1973). Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live was his best man. The wedding was a surprise to the nearly 75 guests, who were told they were invited to a party.
An avid art collector, Martin is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art and owns works by O'Keeffe, Diebenkorn, de Kooning, Frankenthaler, Hopper, Hockney, Lichtenstein, and Picasso, among others. He was honored with the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2005. He received a Kennedy Center Honor in December 2007.
In 1986, Martin married actress Victoria Tennant, his later co-star in L.A. Story (1991). Their marriage produced no children, and ended in divorce in 1994.
In the early 2000s, Martin began dating Anne Stringfield, a former staffer at The New Yorker. He and Stringfield wed in 2007. Nearly five years later, they welcomed their first child—marking Martin's entrance into fatherhood at age 67. The couple didn't publicly announce their good tidings, however, and while media outlets began reporting the news in February 2013, some reports have indicated that the baby was born in December 2012. Initial reports did not include specific information, including the child's sex or birth date.
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