Date of Birth : Aug 14th 1945
American comedian, actor, writer, producer, musician and composer.
Martin also performed his own material, sometimes as an opening act for groups such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Carpenters. He appeared at San Francisco’s The Boarding House, among other venues. He continued to write, earning an Emmy nomination for his work on Van Dyke and Company in 1976. In the early seventies, Martin embarked on an ill advised comedy tour where he was often booked into seedy venues in the Midwest as either a solo act or an opener for down and out musical groups. His father compiled an account of these awful bookings and frequently alluded to his son’s difficulties in his monthly letter to his real estate clients. Occasionally Steve would be booked with other comedians, most of them very bad with ineffectual gimmicks such as ventriloquism dummies, balloons, chaotic animal acts, and musical instruments. Martin borrowed heavily from these unpleasant experiences in many of his future routines.
In 2005, Martin wrote and starred in Shopgirl, based on his own novella. Martin played a wealthy businessman who strikes up a romance with a Saks 5th Avenue counter girl (Claire Danes). He also starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 that year. Martin’s last work to date was the 2006 installment of The Pink Panther, standing in Peter Sellers shoes as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. In 2007, he announced on his website that he would likely be starting work on the sequel later in the year.