Steve Martin was first seen in the "Who's Afraid of Mother Goose?" episode of the American television anthology series ‘Off to See the Wizard’ in 1967. He was next seen in television shows like ‘The Dating Game’ (1968), ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ (1968-1969), and ‘The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour’ (1971-1973). In 1972, Martin made his first movie appearance in the Bob Einstein-directed comedy film ‘Another Nice Mess.’ The film received negative reviews from critics. He next acted in television series like ‘Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour’ (1972-1973), ‘The Smothers Brothers Show’ (1975), and ‘Doc’ (1976). In 1976, Martin joined the cast of the American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show ‘Saturday Night Live’ as a host. He continues to appear on the show and has hosted 21 episodes.
Martin made a return to the big screen with the 1978 musical comedy film ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ directed by Michael Schultz. Even though the film opened to negative reviews, it was a commercial success. The following year, he starred as ‘Navin R. Johnson’ in the American comedy film ‘The Jerk’ directed by Carl Reiner. The film opened to wide critical acclaim and was a phenomenal box office success, grossing over $100 million on a budget of $4 million. He went on to star in films like ‘Pennies from Heaven’ (1981), ‘The Man with Two Brains’ (1983), ‘The Lonely Guy’ (1984), Three Amigos’ (1986), ‘Parenthood’ (1989), and ‘My Blue Heaven’ (1990). In the 1991 comedy film ‘Father of the Bride,’ Martin portrayed ‘George Banks.’ The film received mostly positive reviews with critics applauding the performance of Martin. ‘Father of the Bride’ was also a massive commercial success and grossed over $129 million against a budget of $20 million.
In 1995, he reprised his role as ‘George Banks’ in ‘Father of the Bride Part II,’ the sequel to the 1991 film, ‘Father of the Bride.’ The film received mixed response from critics and was a moderate box office success. He starred as ‘Tom Baker’ in the 2003 American family comedy film ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ directed by Shawn Levy. While the film was panned by critics, it emerged as a major financial box office hit. The film also spawned a sequel in 2005, named ‘Cheaper by the Dozen 2,’ where Martin returned to play the role of ‘Tom Baker.’ In 2006, he starred as ‘Inspector Clouseau’ in the 2006 comedy-mystery film ‘Pink Panther.’ The film opened to mixed reviews and was a financial success. He was next seen in films like ‘Baby Mama’ (2006), ‘The Pink Panther 2’ (2009), ‘The Big Year’ (2011), ‘Love the Coopers’ (2015), and ‘Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk’ (2016).
In 2021, Martin joined the cast of the American mystery-comedy streaming television series ‘Only Murders in the Building.’ The show completed its first season in October 2021.
Marketing executive, Neal Page, is returning home from a business trip for thanksgiving when his flight is diverted to a distant town due to a blizzard. He comes in clash with co-passenger Del Griffith, an annoyingly talkative traveling salesman with whom he spends the night, but after being robbed, they must work together to reach their destinations.
The Muppet Movie is a musical road comedy film, which tells the story of Kermit the Frog, who is told by a talent agent, to try his luck in Hollywood. He soon sets out on a journey to Los Angeles, California, but on the way, he is pursued by an entrepreneur who wants him to be a new spokesperson for his restaurant.
A successful con artist in Beaumont-sur-Mer is troubled when another swindler starts operating in the same locality. Fearing that the other man may scare away his targets, he makes a deal with him and decides that the first to con a young American heiress out of fifty thousand dollars can stay while the other must leave the town.
A husband takes his wife to a fancy restaurant, which according to him has the most absent minded waiter. Truly, the waiter makes one mistake after another, making the wife furious. The husband however remains calm and asks his wife to trust him.
Joe Ross is a corporate engineer who has recently invented a potentially lucrative financial process. While vacationing in an island, he soon meets a mysterious and wealthy stranger named Jimmy Dell, who offers to help him protect his business process invention. However, everything changes when Ross finds himself falsely accused of murder.
Geeky orphan Seymour works in Mushnik’s failing flower shop and dreams about co-worker Audrey. After a solar eclipse, he finds a strange plant which he names Audrey II. The flourishing plant fetches good business, but weirdly, it has voracious appetite for human blood and flesh. Audrey’s sadistic boyfriend Orin appears to be a fitting candidate; but what about Audrey II’s next meal?
Navin Johnson, an adopted son of a poor black family, is a simple-minded youth who decides to explore the world and travels to St. Louis on his 18th birthday. As he struggles to find his place in the world, his naiveté lands him in trouble but also helps him out. Though initially exploited by everyone, soon his invention changes everything for him.
This family comedy drama film is about the life of Gil Buckman who has to work hard to balance his personal and professional life, while also dealing with the problems of his three children. His life gets even more complicated after he discovers that his wife is pregnant again.
Grand Canyon is a crime drama film which revolves around various characters from different backgrounds who are brought together by chance encounters while they are dealing with urban chaos in Los Angeles. The major characters are an immigration lawyer and a tow-truck driver, who meet when the former’s car breaks down in a crime-ridden neighborhood, and the latter comes to his rescue.
The partly-collage film is a parody, and homage to film-noir and detective movies. When a reputed cheese-scientist dies in a car-crash, his daughter, Juliet Forrest, who believes he was murdered for his secret formula, hires private investigator Rigby Reardon. As Rigby delves deep into complex clues, he comes across legends from the detective movies of the 40s and 50s, who help him unravel a wicked plot.
A TV weatherman working in Los Angeles feels bored with his job as well as his relationship with his girlfriend. His life takes a turn when he begins to receive secret messages from an electronic freeway sign near his home.
CD Bales who, is a witty and intelligent fire chief of a small town, falls in love with a lovely girl named Roxanne. However, since he is embarrassed of having an enormous nose, he decides not to pursue her and express his feelings.
Edwina Cutwater is a millionaire on her deathbed, who wants to have her soul transferred to a younger woman. However, things don’t go as planned, and she finds herself in her lawyer’s body. Now they must work together to find a way to get her soul out of his body.
Jane Adler, a bakery-owner and mother of three grown-up children, meets her ex-husband, Jake, out of town at their son’s college graduation. A casual meal rekindles the love between the couple divorced for a decade, and their secret affair continues even after they return to their hometown. But, with Jake married to Agness and architect Adam interested in Jane, things get complicated!
B movie film producer Bowfinger is ready to direct his first movie. The script has been penned by an accountant, most of his actors are out of work and he has $2,184 to pay for production cost. He must now sign in action star Kit Ramsey, if he wants the Universal Picture to distribute his film. When Ramsey refuses Bowfinger decides to film his scenes covertly. .
Overprotective father George Banks' life is turned upside down when his 22 years old daughter, Annie, returns from Europe to announce she is engaged to Bryan MacKenzie. Despite Bryan being a good match, what follows is a hilarious tale of George causing one disaster after another as he tries to come to terms with the wedding.
During 1920s, three out-of-work actors, Ned, Lucky day and Dusty Bottoms, who play heroic cowboys in silent movies, accept a show in Mexico assuming that they have to reprise their screen roles. Only on arrival they realize that they’re expected to fight real-life bandits who torment the villagers. As the locals hope for protection, the three must live up to their image.
Pennies from Heaven is a romantic drama musical film which tells the story of Arthur Parker, a sheet-music salesman who is having a hard time with his business as well as with his wife Joan. He is refused a bank loan, and in addition, his wife is unwilling to help him. When he meets a schoolteacher name Eileen, he falls for her instantly and they begin an affair, but he returns to Joan, when she finally gives him the money he wanted. When Eileen’s school finds out that she is pregnant with Arthur’s child, she is fired. Therefore, she begins working as a prostitute.
The Man with Two Brains is a black comedy science fiction film which revolves around a brain surgeon whose life turns upside down when he gets married to a cunning and manipulative woman. Things get even more complicated when he falls in love with a talking brain.
Shopgirl is a romantic comedy drama film, which is based on a novel of the same name by Steve Martin. The film tells the story of a complex love triangle between a wealthy businessman, a bored salesgirl and an aimless young man.
Michael McCann is a recluse in a small town who lives an isolated life. Shortly after his beloved coin collection gets stolen, an orphaned toddler suddenly appears at his house. Michael decides to adopt her, without being aware of the fact that she is the illegitimate child of a local politician named John Newland, who is trying to keep this a secret in order to maintain his reputation. However, after several years, Newland plans to claim the girl from Michael, thinking that it will help his political career. But Michael is not willing to give her up so easily.
This comedy film tells the story of three bird enthusiasts who pursue the title for spotting the highest number of birds in a bird-watching competition.
Hailed as ‘Hero’ after his courageous act during the Iraq War, 19-year-old private Billy Lynn and ‘Bravo Squad’ is temporarily brought back home and taken on a victory tour at the half-time show of Thanksgiving Day football game. The flashback sequences reveal the real incidences of war and their effects on the ‘Bravo Squad’, which emphasize how the realities contrast with perception of heroism.
Kitty Moran is a radio star who finds out that she is pregnant. However, unfortunately, she suffers a miscarriage. She is also told that due to her injuries she might not be able to conceive again. Due to being in the show business, they also have a hard time adopting a baby.
Larry Hubbard is a shy guy who works for a greeting card company. He is forced to break up with his unfaithful girlfriend, after he finds her with another man in bed. He struggles to live alone, and discovers the meaning of loneliness. He tries to date another woman named Iris, although she doesn’t show much interest in him. He eventually decides to write a book about his experiences as a single, and unexpectedly it becomes a best-seller.
Gwen is a con artist who moves into an architect’s empty home without his knowledge. She poses as his new wife and starts setting things up. Things get complicated when his ex-girlfriend Becky arrives.
Leap of Faith is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Jonas, a con man, who pretends to be a faith healer, and makes a living by exploiting people’s belief in God. He is helped by his friend and manager Jane Larson, and a few other con artists. However, things take a turn when he tries to fool a group of people in a town named Rustwater.
Kate Holbrook, a successful single career-woman, discovers that she has only one-in-million chance of conceiving. Determined to have a child, she hires working-class Angie Ostrowiski as surrogate. When a homeless Angie turns up at Kate’s place, the two incompatible, diverse personalities struggle to co-exist as they prepare for the big arrival. However, in the process, each one learns something from the other.
In this sequel to ‘Father of the Bride,’ George Banks, who is just getting used to his daughter being married, receives the news of her pregnancy. While trying to get accustomed to the idea of being a grandfather, his wife, Nina, surprises him with the news of her pregnancy. To add to the chaos, Franck is invited to plan the baby showers.
When Tom Baker, a father of twelve children, receives an offer to coach at his alma mater, he decides to accept it and relocates his entire family to his hometown. But before they can fully settle down, his wife goes off on a national tour to promote the book she has written. He must now balance his career dream and his responsibility towards his large family.
Sergeant Bilko is a con man who is in charge of the motor pool at an army base. He provides gambling faculties for the soldiers staying there. Things get very complicated when an old enemy from his past shows up for inspection.
Novocaine is a black comedy thriller film which revolves around the life of Steve Martin, a prosperous dentist, who seems to be having a happy and content life. However, when a new patient steps into his life, he finds himself lost in a world of sex, drugs and murder. He realizes how little control he has over his world.
French coach, Yves Gluant, arrives at an international soccer match, wearing a Pink Panther diamond ring. But when he is killed at the end of the game the ring is nowhere to be seen. To crack the case, Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus assembles a secret team of top investigators. But to divert media attention, he assigns the case officially to Inspector Clouseau, a clumsy small-town policeman.
As the notorious globe-trotting burglar, ‘The Tornadoट, resurfaces after a decade and in a series of thefts around the world, steals various invaluable historical artifacts including the precious Pink Panther diamond, Inspector Jacques Clouseau joins a team of esteemed international detectives to solve the case. Now, it is up to the lauded inspector Clouseau to prove his talent by apprehending the elusive burglar.
Bringing Down the House is a romantic comedy film, which revolves around a lonely man who meets a woman on the internet. However, she happens to be in prison. She eventually escapes from the prison and comes to his house, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life.
A retired coach named Tom Baker, take his family on a vacation, to relax and spend time with his children, who are all growing up. However, they are all soon drawn into a battle with his old rival.
Henry and Nancy are a couple living in a quiet town in Ohio, who has been together for 27 years. After their last child has left home, Nancy begins to suffer from empty nest syndrome. Things get even more complicated, when Henry loses his job, and is forced to move to New York, along with his wife, for an interview. However, on reaching there, they start facing a series of troubles.
Philip is the head of a suicide prevention hotline named ‘Lifesavers’. His life gets complicated after he receives an eviction notice from his landlord, as he has been unable to pay his rent for months. In addition to his, he is also having a problem with his neurotic colleague, Mrs. Blanche. Philip tries to convince his girlfriend Susan, who is a loan officer to try to get him a small loan, but she refuses and breaks up with him after telling him that she is dating someone else.
This musical adventure comedy film tells the story of Sergeant Pepper’s famed musical group, which used to provide music to weary soldiers during the First World War. Ever since then, he and his band has been spreading the message of joy, love and peace to the world. After he passes away, it is up to Billy Shears, his grandson, to carry on the group’s tradition.
Love the Coopers is a comedy film which revolves around the Cooper family, who along with their extended relatives, are about to have the best Christmas Eve celebration. However, due to unexpected events and visitors, their celebration becomes a total mess.
The Disney adaptation of the Book of Exodus is an animated retelling of the life of Moses. It follows Moses’ journey from an Egyptian prince, to his final destination of leading the Hebrew slaves in Egypt to their freedom, to Mount Sinai, away from his brother Pharaoh Rameses II.
An alien race conquers the earth in a bloodless invasion and occupies the home of the earthlings after relocating them to a remote area. One of them decides to give a housewarming party; but by mistake sends the invitation to all the creatures in the Galaxy, including their enemy. Now on the run from his own race, he meets a girl and the story focuses on their journey together.
After DJ Drake’s father, who is a movie star and also a spy, gets kidnapped, the Looney Tunes characters come to life in order to help Drake in tracking his father.
Steve Martin Awards
|The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour||Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music||1969|
|Winner||Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actor||1993|
|Winner||Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actor||1992|
|Winner||Best American Roots Song||2014|
|Winner||Best Bluegrass Album||2010|
|Winner||Best Comedy Recording||1979|
|Winner||Best Comedy Recording||1978|
|Winner||Best Country Instrumental Performance||2002|