Steve Martin

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Comedian, writer (plays, screenplays, essays), actor, musician.

Bio: Born Aug. 14, 1945; Waco, Tex.

Career highlights: Best-selling comedy albums "Let's Get Small" and "A Wild and Crazy Guy" in 1977 and '78. Star and co-writer of "Roxanne" (1987) and "L.A. Story" (1991). Author of "The Alphabet From A to Y, With Bonus Letter Z," best-selling children's book (2007).

Career lowlights: Gratuitous remakes of "Father of the Bride" (1991), "The Out-of-Towners" (1999) and "The Pink Panther" (2006).

Quote:"Doing stand-up was a slow ascent to the point of implosion. It just got so big that it was unmanageable. I didn't want to slide back down, so I just stopped. I walked away. In movies, you can have that feeling if you don't have a hit for two or three films. Then you start to feel really low -- and unloved."

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