Steve Martin Movies, Early, Comedy, Banjo, Net Worth

Published Date   05th Sep. 2017, 23:38 pm
Steve Martin Movies, Early, Comedy, Banjo, Net Worth
Quick Info
Birth Name: Steve Martin
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $110 million

Steve Martin Movies like The Pink Panther and sequel are filled with his comic philosophical notions, a development of his early career as a stand-up comedian. His witticism and creativity flow like the music from his banjo.


A mastermind in creativity was first noted as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and later as a witty frequent guest on The Tonight Show during the period of the 1960s. Steve’s comic era started in the 1970s as an offbeat and absurdist stand-up comedian in the national tours. His comic flows and music awarded him Emmy, Grammy and Comedy Awards and other honours.

Early Life

Stephen Glenn Martin was born on August 14, 1945, in Waco, Texas, the son of Mary Lee and Glenn Vernon Martin. Steve was a son of a real estate salesman and aspiring actor father. Grown up in Inglewood, California, and then later in Garden Grove, California, was a cheerleader at Garden Grove High School for some time.

Steve grew up in a Baptist family saw his father serving drinks onstage at Call Board Theatre on Melrose Place, an early recallable memory of his father. He even remembers his father appearing in a production of Our Town with Raymond Massey in the United Kingdom during World War II. Steve’s father used to express his affection through gifts, like cars and bikes and sombre at showing emotions. He even recalls mostly hatred to his father due to his critically proud feelings towards Steve. Actor in him for Steve Martin movies are set through such innate memories.

Early Endorsements

Steve used to sell guidebooks on weekends and during the school’s summer break at Disneyland for three years in the period of 1955 and 1958. The same period he demonstrated magic tricks to potential customers in his free time at the Main Street Magic Shop. The coincident of being captured in the background of the home movie called Disneyland Dream was his first nuance in Steve Martin movies appearances in the short-subject film.

In August 1960, Steve was taking a paying job at the Magic Shop in Fantasyland with his mastery over several of the tricks and illusions. He was a master of magic, juggling, and creating balloon animals in the manner of mentor Wally Boag in that period. Steve was frequently, able to earn even tips during the performances. In an authentic biography of Morris Walker suggests that Martin was more of a cynical without having any organized religious affiliations.

Inscription of a Comedian

The basis for taking classes in drama and English poetry came after attending Santa Ana College. The same period he teamed up with his high school classmate of Garden Grove Kathy Westmoreland. The duo became a participant in comedies and other productions at the Bird Cage Theatre and eventually joined Knott’s Berry Farm comedy troupe.

After some time a development of comedy routines took place with budding actress Stormie Sherk with romantic involvement. The influence of Stormie led Steve to enrol in the California State University with Philosophy major. The two separated due to long distance with the enrollment of Stormie Sherk at UCLA.

The philosophy classes tend Steve to shape him into a Philosophy Professor than a comedian and an actor. His appeal in the notion of non-sequiturs attracted Steve towards logic. He was interested more in twisting the non-sequiturs in the comic lines he wrote. The Steve Martin movies carry the philosophy in the most of his comic roles.

In 1967, he switched to UCLA with theatre major and got a chance to appear in an episode of The Dating Game. The same period he was working at the local clubs at night with mixed approvals and dropped out of the college by the age of 21.

Career as a Comic

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour gave him a writing job with a help from his former girlfriend Nina Goldblatt with a submission of a work to head writer Mason Williams. The show earned him an Emmy Award alongside other writers of the show. At the same time he wrote other two shows The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.

Steve did his first appearance as an actor on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968. He followed on to appear on The Virginia Graham Show without liking the appearance after the show in 1970. The mid-70s gave him a chance to break his weaknesses appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and on The Gong Show. The shows of Steve continued on with his performances and the increasing numbers of viewers of the shows.

Subsequently, he released comedy albums with the certification of platinum on the sales. The tracks on the comedy albums established even national catch phrases. One of the albums included a song “King Tut” and sold millions of copies even upon released as singles. The recordings earned him Grammys for Best Comedy Recordings in 1977 and 1978. Steve’s stand ups were most popular at the period and stopped without an announcement in 1981 with a vacuum for 35 years. Martin returned in 2016 initially for 10 minutes and toured later that year.

Career as an Actor

The stardom of Steve Martin was like a rockstar with full houses in his shows. But, the stardom as a comic was an accident for him to his real goal for a film actor. The small role for Steve in the 1972 film Another Nice Mess was a good start for him. The substantial appearance, however, was in The Absent-Minded Waiter in 1977. The short film earned him an Academy Award nomination for a Best Short Film, Live Action.

His musical appearance in the movie Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with him singing a song The Beatles’ “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” got him substantial reviews. In 1979, Martin co-wrote and starred in The Jerk under the direction of Carl Reiner. Among high earning Steve Martin movies at the time had a box-office collection of $100 million. It was $96 million more than a budget of approximately $4 million.

Steve continued comedy in Eyes Wide Shut and became a producer for a television series for Domestic Life and Twilight Theatre. His serious role in the film Pennies from Heaven did not receive approval from the audience. Steve Martin continued to take comedies of Carl Reiner after The Jerk including Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid in 1982, The Man with Two Brains in 1983 and All of Me in 1984. The movies got well received.

Steve Martin recurrently surprised the audiences with appearances in the movies like Three Amigos, Little Shop of Horrors and Roxanne. The co-writing of Roxanne by Steve Martin won him a Writers Guild of America Award. The award was a message to the public that Steve Martin is more than just a comedian.

Ron Howard in 1989 cast Steve alongside Rick Moranis for the movie Parenthood. He in the span of early 1990s and the late 1990s got involved in more serious and darker role than a comedy. Early 2000s Hollywood saw Steve as fourth ranking box office star. Steve’s box-office hits continued with the Steve Martin movies like The Pink Panther and its sequel. In the period of 2009, The Guardian enlisted Steve as one of the best actors never to receive an Oscar nomination. Steve Martin’s acting horizon expanded with the role in war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

Writer in Steve Martin

The full-length play written by Steve Martin Picasso at the Lapin Agile was a success in Los Angeles, New York City and several other cities. In the decade of 1990s, Martin was creditable for various pieces in The New Yorker. He continued on in 2002 with an adaptation of Carl Sternheim play The Underpants taken to stage, Off Broadway at Classic Stage Company.

The same decade he co-wrote Steve Martin movies, Traitor, wrote Shopgirl, The Pleasure of My Company and a memoir, Born Standing Up. The memoir took a name of one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books in Time magazine ranking #6. At the end of the decade of 2010, a novel An Object of Beauty took stores. The script of the Disney movie Magic Camp set to release in 2018 got the name of Steve as the writer.

Down to Earth Musician

The banjo player in Steve Martin got initiated at the age of 17 years and consequently tuned his banjo even changing rpm of the records. The mentor of the banjo became John McEuen and duo remained connected even after McEuen joined Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Martin did stand-ups as a routine opening for the band in the decade of 1970s.

The 1970s saw Steve staple with a banjo for his stand-up comedies. In early 1980s Steve featured his comedy album, The Steve Martin Brothers with his live performances of a banjo. In 2001, a movie remake “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” saw Martin play banjo landing Grammy Awards of 2002 on his hand for the Best Country Instrumental Performance category.

In the end of the decade of 2000s, Martin released an all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-Strings Banjo featuring stars such as Dolly Parton. The album granted Steve another Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010. Steve already had musical performances in the American Idol season eight finals by the time. His expertise in banjo created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. The award was the motivation and opportunity for the artistry of banjo players with the winner playing on various popular TV shows.

Personal Life and Net Worth

Steve Martin was first romantically involved with Stormie Sherk during university years and Bernadette Peters along with the fame.

He married Victoria Tennant on November 20, 1986, and took a turn of divorce in 1994. July 28, 2007, welcomed marital life again in the bio-graph of Steve Martin after three years of bonding with Anne Stringfield. The 67 years of age of Steve Martin made him a father for a first time with the first breath of their daughter Mary in December 2012.

An art collector since 1968, Steve, bought many prints and works of art. He was even a victim of buying forgery art. All the abilities and Steve Martin movies land him to a net worth of $110 million in 2017.

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