Steve Martin: My Attempt at Moonwalking | The New Yorker

Actor and author Steve Martin on his book 'An Object of Beauty: A Novel'

Steve Martin is one of today's most talented performers. He has had huge success as a film actor, with such credits as and many others. He has won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for his comedy albums. In addition to his bestselling novel and a collection of comic pieces, he has also written a play, He lives in Los Angeles.

Pauline Kael, the late New York-based film critic with the famous biting tongue, once wrote: “Steve Martin seems to cross breed the skills of W.C. Fields with Buster Keaton with some Fred Astaire mingled in.” Indeed, Martin has amassed a career so impressively diverse that it’s difficult to believe it was planned.

In the years that followed, Martin did, on average, two major motion pictures a year, several of them his own written works. He’s tied with actor Alec Baldwin for the most guest-host appearances on Saturday Night Live; they’ve both done 15. In 2007, when he married Anne Stringfield—a former fact-checker and writer for The New Yorker, Lorne Michaels was his best man. And still, there was more.

In addition to his roles as an actor, a writer, and a musician, Steve Martin has recently revealed he’s also an avid modern art collector.

Steve Martin is a beloved national treasure and one of the most diversified performers and brilliant artists of his generation. Actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and musician, Martin is the recipient of an Emmy, four Grammy Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, and an Honorary Oscar, to name just a few. We are thrilled to welcome him to Long Wharf, where you may have recently seen two of his plays — The Underpants and Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

The Question of God . Other Voices . Steve Martin | PBS

Carrie Fisher and Steve Martin share some similar traits. They're both funny. They're both successful writers as well as busy actors. They both know Hollywood intimately — it's a world they both mock with affection, in scripts and novels, essays and conversation.

The private collection of Steve Martin with essays on art ..

“While nobody was looking, at least in the US, Terry Castle has stealthily become one of the funniest contemporary American essayists. Yes, Terry Castle, the Stanford English professor and author of such rib-ticklers as The Female Thermometer: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Invention of the Uncanny and Clarissa’s Ciphers: Meaning and Disruption in Richardson’s Clarissa. Fortunately, while The New Yorker continues to host the tired likes of Bruce McCall, Steve Martin and David Sedaris, Castle has found a home away from home at the London Review of Books, which regularly publish her long essays and reviews.

Steve was born in Waco, Texas, and his family moved to California when he was 4. He has an older sister. His father sold real estate in Orange County, and his mother was a housewife. His sister went north to college, got married and raised two kids. Their 87-year-old mother is still living in Orange County. When Steve's father realized Steve was going to be in show business, he wrote to actor Raymond Massey, whom he'd known when he was younger.

A conversation with actor and comedian Steve Martin about his career, his life and his memoir; Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life.

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Steve Martin's talent has always defied definition: an actor who's kept us riveted for over 25 years, a razor-sharp screenwriter, an acclaimed playwright. In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of magazine already know: that Martin is a master of the written word.


Steve Martin's essay from the New Yorker. I was searching for this essay, which I heard excerpts from on Steve Martin's Mark Twain Award show.

Actor, writer, and comedian Steve Martin made a successful transformation from being one of the most popular standup comics of the 1970s to an appreciated film actor of the 1980s and 1990s. He gained wide appreciation playing lawyer Roger Cobb, whose body is occupied by the soul of a woman, in director Carl Reiner’s comedy All of Me (1984). His magnificent performance took home such awards as a National Board of Review Award, a New York Film Critics Circle Award and a National Society of Film Critics Award. In 1987, Martin received recognition as an actor, as well as a writer, for his bright work in the Fred Schepisi-directed comedy/romance Roxanne (1987), where he picked up a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and a Writers Guild of America Award. In his long-term career, Steve Martin also won two People's Choice Awards (1992 and 1993), an American Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award (2000), a Boston Film Festival Award (2001) and a Mark Twain Prize Award (2005).“Yes, I'm an actor, a playwright and a novelist, but don't forget juggling too. I don't rate my talents. They come as they come. You don't make career choices. It just happens to you. I never planned to be an actor. I wanted to be a comic. If I'd started out as an actor, I'd still be on the audition line, for sure.” Steve Martin