Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. Over his distinguished career he has earned five Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and was awarded an Honorary Academy Award at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013. Among many honors, he has received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center Honors, and an AFI Life Achievement Award. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics.
Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent host on Saturday Night Live. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. He made his film debut in a small role in Bob Einstein’s Another Nice Mess (1972), with Rich Little, Herb Voland, and Bruce Kirby. Other early film appearances include Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978), with Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Frankie Howerd, Paul Nicholas, Donald Pleasence, Sandy Farina, Dianne Steinberg, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Earth, Wind & Fire, Billy Preston, and George Burns; and a cameo in James Frawley’s The Muppet Movie (1979).
Martin’s first starring role was in Carl Reiner’s The Jerk (1979), with Bernadette Peters, M. Emmet Walsh, and Jackie Mason. Martin and Reiner would also collaborate on Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982), with Rachel Ward, Reni Santoni, and George Gaynes; The Man with Two Brains (1983), with Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict, and an uncredited voice role by Sissy Spacek; and All of Me (1984), with Lily Tomlin, Richard Libertini, and Victoria Tennant.
Other films in the 1980s include Herbert Ross’ Pennies from Heaven (1981), with Peters, Christopher Walken, and Jessica Harper; Arthur Hiller’s The Lonely Guy (1984), with Charles Grodin, Judith Ivey, Steve Lawrence, and Robyn Douglass; a cameo in William Asher’s Movers & Shakers (1985), with Walter Matthau, Grodin, Vincent Gardenia, Tyne Daly, Bill Macy, and Gilda Radner; John Landis’ ¡Three Amigos! (1986), with Chevy Chase and Martin Short; Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors (1986), with Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Gardenia, the voice of Levi Stubbs, and Bill Murray; Fred Schepisi’s Roxanne (1987), with Daryl Hannah, Shelley Duvall, Rick Rossovich, Fred Willard, and Michael J. Pollard; John Hughes’ Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), with John Candy; Oz’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), with Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers, and Barbara Harris; and Ron Howard’s Parenthood (1989), with Tom Hulce, Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix (as Leaf Phoenix), Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, and Dianne Wiest.
Films in the early to mid 1990s include My Blue Heaven (1990), with Moranis and Joan Cusack; Mick Jackson’s L.A. Story (1991), with Tennant, Richard E. Grant, Marilu Henner, and Sarah Jessica Parker; Charles Shyer’s Father of the Bride (1991), with Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, George Newbern, Short, BD Wong, and Kieran Culkin; Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon (1991), with Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Mary McDonnell, Mary-Louise Parker, and Alfre Woodard; HouseSitter (1992), with Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany, Julie Harris, Donald Moffat, and Peter MacNicol; Leap of Faith (1992), with Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas, Meat Loaf, and Philip Seymour Hoffman; A Simple Twist of Fate (1994), with Gabriel Byrne, Laura Linney, Catherine O’Hara, and Stephen Baldwin; and Nora Ephron’s Mixed Nuts (1994), with Madeline Kahn, Rita Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia, Rob Reiner, Garry Shandling, Juliette Lewis, Adam Sandler, Liev Schreiber.
Films in the mid to late 1990s include Jonathan Lynn’s Sgt. Bilko (1996), with Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman, Headly, Austin Pendleton, Daryl Mitchell, Max Casella, Pamela Adlon, and John Marshall Jones; David Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner (1998), with Campbell Scott, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ben Gazzara, Felicity Huffman, and Ricky Jay; the animated film The Prince of Egypt (1998), with Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, and Short; The Out-of-Towners (1999), with Hawn, Mark McKinney, Oliver Hudson, and John Cleese; Bowfinger (1999), with Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Terence Stamp, Robert Downey Jr., and Jamie Kennedy; and an uncredited cameo in The Venice Project (1999), with Lauren Bacall, Dennis Hopper, Linus Roache, Ben Cross, Stuart Townsend, Héctor Babenco, Dean Stockwell, John Wood, Stockard Channing, and Parker Posey.
Films in the 2000s include Joe Gould’s Secret (2000), with Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci (who also directed), Patricia Clarkson, Celia Weston, and Susan Sarandon; Novocaine (2001), Helena Bonham Carter, Laura Dern, Lynne Thigpen, Elias Koteas, Scott Caan, Kevin Bacon, and Keith David; Bringing Down the House (2003), with Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Jean Smart, Joan Plowright, and Missi Pyle; Joe Dante’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), with Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, and Timothy Dalton; and Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), with Bonnie Hunt.
Films in the mid to late 2000s include Shopgirl (2005), with Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman; The Pink Panther (2006), with Kline, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Henry Czerny, and Beyoncé Knowles; Baby Mama (2008), with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Romany Malco, Maura Tierney, Holland Taylor, and Sigourney Weaver; The Pink Panther 2 (2009), with Reno, Alfred Molina, Mortimer, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Andy García, Yuki Matsuzaki, Tomlin, and Cleese; and Nancy Meyers’ It’s Complicated (2009), with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Lake Bell, Hunter Parrish, Zoe Kazan, John Krasinski, Mary Kay Place, Robert Curtis Brown, and Wilson.
Films in the 2010s include The Big Year (2011), with Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Rashida Jones, Anjelica Huston, Jim Parsons, Rosamund Pike, JoBeth Williams, Brian Dennehy, Weist, Anthony Anderson, Tim Blake Nelson, Joel McHale, Corbin Bernsen, Kevin Pollak, and June Squibb; the animated film Home (2015), with Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Matt Jones; a voice role in Love The Coopers (2015), with Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Keaton, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Timothée Chalamet, and Olivia Wilde; and Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016), with Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, and Chris Tucker.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Another Nice Mess (1972) – directed by Bob Einstein
- The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977) – directed by Carl Gottlieb – short – also writer
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) – directed by Michael Schultz
- The Muppet Movie (1979)** – directed by James Frawley – cameo
- The Kids Are Alright (1979) – directed by Jeff Stein – himself – documentary
- The Jerk (1979) – directed by Carl Reiner – also co-writer
- Pennies from Heaven (1981) – directed by Herbert Ross
- Twilight Theater (1982) – directed by Perry Rosemond – TV movie
- Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) – directed by Carl Reiner – also co-writer
- Twilight Theater II (1982) – directed by Perry Rosemond – TV movie
- The Man with Two Brains (1983) – directed by Carl Reiner – also co-writer
- The Lonely Guy (1984) – directed by Arthur Hiller
- All of Me (1984) – directed by Carl Reiner
- Movers & Shakers (1985) – directed by William Asher – cameo
- ¡Three Amigos! (1986) – directed by John Landis – also co-writer
- Little Shop of Horrors (1986)** – directed by Frank Oz
- Roxanne (1987) – directed by Fred Schepisi – also writer, executive producer
- Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)** – directed by John Hughes
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) – directed by Frank Oz
- Parenthood (1989) – directed by Ron Howard
- My Blue Heaven (1990) – directed by Herbert Ross
- L.A. Story (1991) – directed by Mick Jackson – also writer, executive producer
- Father of the Bride (1991) – directed by Charles Shyer
- Grand Canyon (1991) – directed by Lawrence Kasdan
- HouseSitter (1992) – directed by Frank Oz
- Leap of Faith (1992) – directed by Richard Pearce
- And the Band Played On (1993) – directed by Roger Spottiswoode – cameo
- A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) – directed by Gillies MacKinnon – also writer, executive producer
- Mixed Nuts (1994) – directed by Nora Ephron
- Father of the Bride Part II (1995)* – directed by Charles Shyer
- Sgt. Bilko (1996) – directed by Jonathan Lynn
- The Spanish Prisoner (1998) – directed by David Mamet
- The Prince of Egypt (1998)* – directed by Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, & Simon Wells
- The Out-of-Towners (1999) – directed by Sam Weisman
- Bowfinger (1999) – directed by Frank Oz – also writer
- The Venice Project (1999) – directed by Robert Dornhelm – uncredited cameo as himself
- Fantasia 2000 (1999) – directed by Don Hahn, Pixote Hunt, Hendel Butoy, Eric Goldberg, James Algar, Francis Glebas, & Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi – himself – anthology
- Joe Gould’s Secret (2000) – directed by Stanley Tucci
- Novocaine (2001) – directed by David Atkins
- Bringing Down the House (2003) – directed by Adam Shankman
- Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) – directed by Joe Dante
- Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) – directed by Shawn Levy
- Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004) – directed by Vadim Jean – cameo as himself
- The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch (2004) – directed by Eric Idle – cameo as himself – TV movie
- Shopgirl (2005) – directed by Anand Tucker – also writer, producer
- Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) – directed by Adam Shankman
- The Pink Panther (2006) – directed by Shawn Levy – also co-writer
- Baby Mama (2008)* – directed by Michael McCullers
- The Pink Panther 2 (2009) – directed by Harald Zwart – also co-writer
- It’s Complicated (2009) – directed by Nancy Meyers
- The Big Year (2011) – directed by David Frankel
- Almost Home (2014) – directed by Todd Wilderman – short
- Home (2015) – directed by Tim Johnson
- Love the Coopers (2015) – directed by Jessie Nelson
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016) – directed by Ang Lee
- The American Epic Sessions (2017) – directed by Bernard MacMahon – himself – documentary
- Oh, Hello on Broadway (2017) – directed by Michael John Warren & Alex Timbers – Netflix special
- An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) – directed by Marcus Raboy – Netflix special – also co-writer
- Cruel Shoes (2020) – directed by Kevan Peterson – short – also writer
- Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish) (2020) – directed by Nancy Meyers – short