Steve Martin

Easton Press Steve Martin books

The Pleasure of My Company - signed first edition - 2003


Steve Martin biography

Steve Martin is a multi-talented American entertainer known for his accomplishments as a comedian, actor, writer, musician, and producer. Born on August 14, 1945, in Waco, Texas, Martin spent his formative years in Southern California, where he developed a passion for performing at a young age. After studying theater at California State University, Long Beach, Martin began his career working various odd jobs while honing his skills as a stand-up comedian. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he rose to prominence as a frequent guest on television shows such as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Martin's unique blend of absurdist humor, wit, and physical comedy quickly garnered him a dedicated following.

In addition to his work in stand-up, Martin branched out into acting, making his film debut in the comedy The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977), which he also wrote and produced. He went on to star in a string of successful films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), and Father of the Bride (1991), showcasing his versatility as both a comedic and dramatic actor.

Alongside his acting career, Martin continued to pursue his passion for music, releasing several albums showcasing his talents as a skilled banjo player and musician. He won Grammy Awards for his bluegrass albums The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo (2009) and Love Has Come for You (2013), further solidifying his reputation as a multi-faceted artist. In addition to his work in film and music, Martin is also an accomplished writer, penning several plays, novels, and screenplays throughout his career. He is the author of best-selling books such as Shopgirl (2000) and Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life (2007), which offer insights into his personal and professional journey in the entertainment industry.

Throughout his decades-long career, Steve Martin has remained a beloved figure in popular culture, known for his quick wit, intellectual humor, and unparalleled talent. Whether on stage, screen, or page, he continues to captivate audiences with his unique brand of comedy and creative genius.

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