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In this page you'll be able to learn more about your favourite actors, directors and writers: there are short biographies, filmographies for each of them!
 
What's new on this page?: Steve Martin Biography, Filmography and Trivia. 

 
Steve MARTIN Actor/ Writer/ Comedian

"Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke"
 
Biography:
 
Birthname: Stephen Glenn Martin.

Born in Waco, Texas and raised in Southern California, Martin became a television writer in the late 1960's, winning an Emmy Award for his work on the hit series "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." By the end of the decade he was performing his own material in clubs and on television.

Launched by frequent appearances on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," Martin went on to host several shows in the innovative "Saturday Night Live" series and to star in and co-write four highly rated television specials. When performing on national concert tours, he drew standing-room-only audiences in some of the largest venues in the country. He won Grammy Awards for his two comedy albums, "Let's Get Small" and "A Wild and Crazy Guy," and had a gold record with his single "King Tut."

Martin's first film project, The Absent-Minded Waiter, a short he wrote and starred in, was nominated for a 1977 Academy Award. In 1979, he moved into feature films, co-writing and starring in The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner. In 1981, he starred opposite Bernadette Peters in Herbert Ross' bittersweet musical comedy, Pennies From Heaven. It wasn't very succesful but after that, he was under way to become ne of the best comedians around.

Trivia:

Is an accomplished banjo player and appears playing the instrument in Earl Scruggs and Friends video for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", for which he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

Stanley Kubrick liked his work in The Jerk (1979) and once considered having him play Bill Harford in Eyes Wide Shut (1999); the role which later went to Tom Cruise.

Dated Anne Heche.

Is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and collects the art of O'Keefe, Diebenkorn, de Kooning, Kline, Twombly, Frankenthaler, Hopper, Hockney, Lichtenstein, and Picasso.

Born at 5:54am-CWT

More appearances on 'Saturday Night Live' than anyone else (followed closely by Buck Henry). Some 25 at last count.

He is in the horn section of B.B. King's "In The Midnight Hour" music video.

Studied philosophy at California State University at Long Beach, and for a while, considered becoming a philosophy professor instead of an actor-comedian.

Once had a job at Disneyland in the Magic Shop on Main Street, USA.

Dated Bernadette Peters and Helena Bonham Carter.

Besides working for Disneyland, he also worked for the neighboring, Knott's Berry Farm as a comedian in their "Birdcage Theatre" after high school.

Graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1963.

Member of Saturday Night Live's "Five Timers Club" by hosting 13 times (the most one person has ever hosted).

Contrary to popular belief, Martin was never been a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He has, however, hosted the show more times than anyone else.

Is hosting the 75th Annual Academy Awards.

He is a fan of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969).

As a vegetarian, he made fun of hotdogs in a 1970s standup act.

His study of philosophy was a source of much of his material for his 1970s standup act.

Was an extra in Bruce Lee's second movie, "Fist of Fury". He plays a policeman who shoots Bruce at the very end of the film.

Was listed as #50 in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" List (2003).

Is an accomplished banjo player and appears playing the instrument in Earl Scruggs and Friends video for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". He also plays the banjo in his guest appearance on the Muppet Show.

More appearances on 'Saturday Night Live' than anyone else (followed closely by Buck Henry). Some 25 at last count, including a season premiere, a season finale, and a Christmas show.

Was voted Most Talented by his classmates at Garden Grove high school.

Chosen as #6 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time

Filmography:

  1. The Pink Panther (2005) (post-production) .... Inspector Jacques Clouseau
  2. Shopgirl (2004) .... Ray Porter
  3. Jiminy Glick in La La Wood (2004)
  4. Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) .... Tom Baker
  5. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) .... Mr. Chairman
    ... aka Looney Tunes Back in Action: The Movie (USA: DVD box title)
  6. Bringing Down the House (2003) .... Peter Sanderson
  7. Novocaine (2001) .... Dr. Frank Sangster
  8. Joe Gould's Secret (2000) .... Charlie Duell
  9. Bowfinger (1999) .... Bobby Bowfinger
  10. The Out-of-Towners (1999) .... Henry Clark
  11. The Prince of Egypt (1998) (voice) .... Hotep
  12. The Spanish Prisoner (1997) .... Julian 'Jimmy' Dell
  13. Sgt. Bilko (1996) .... Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko
    ... aka Sergeant Bilko
  14. Father of the Bride Part II (1995) .... George Banks
  15. Mixed Nuts (1994) .... Philip
    ... aka Lifesavers
  16. A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) .... Michael McCann
  17. And the Band Played On (1993) (TV) .... The Brother
  18. Leap of Faith (1992) .... Jonas Nightengale
  19. HouseSitter (1992) .... Newton Davis
  20. Grand Canyon (1991) .... Davis
  21. Father of the Bride (1991) .... George Stanley Banks
  22. L.A. Story (1991) .... Harris K. Telemacher
  23. My Blue Heaven (1990) .... Vincent 'Vinnie' Antonelli
  24. Parenthood (1989) .... Gil Buckman
  25. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) .... Freddy Benson
  26. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) .... Neal Page
  27. Roxanne (1987) .... C.D. Bales
  28. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) .... Orin Scrivello, DDS
  29. íThree Amigos! (1986) .... Lucky Day
  30. Movers and Shakers (1985) .... Fabio Longio
  31. All of Me (1984) .... Roger Cobb
  32. The Lonely Guy (1984) .... Larry Hubbard
  33. The Man with Two Brains (1983) .... Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr
  34. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) .... Rigby Reardon
    ... aka Dead Men Wear No Plaid
  35. "Twilight Theater" (1982) TV Series .... Various Characters
    ... aka Steve Martin's Twilight Theater (USA: complete title)
  36. Pennies from Heaven (1981) .... Arthur Parker
  37. The Jerk (1979) (also as Pig Eye Jackson) .... Navin R. Johnson/Cat Juggler/Pig Eye Jackson/Engineer Fred
  38. The Muppet Movie (1979) .... Insolent Waiter
  39. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) .... Dr. Maxwell Edison
    ... aka Banda de los corazones
  40. The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977) .... Steven
  41. "Johnny Cash and Friends" (1976) TV Series
  42. "The Smothers Brothers Show" (1975) TV Series .... Regular Performer
  43. "The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show" (1972) TV Series .... Regular (1972)
    ... aka Ken Berry's Wow
  44. "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (1971) TV Series .... Various Characters (1972-1973)
  45. "Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour" (1972) TV Series
  46. "The Ray Stevens Show" (1970) TV Series .... Regular Performer
    ... aka Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens

Jack NICHOLSON (Actor, Writer, Producer, Director

"People who speak in metaphors should shampoo my crotch"
 
Ridiculously Short Biography:
 
  Abandoned by his father in his childhood, he was raised believing his grandmother was his mother and his mother was his older sister. The truth was revealed to him years later when a Time magazine researcher uncovered the truth while preparing a story on the star. Jack had a 17 year relationship with actress Anjelica Huston which ended in 1990 after Rebecca Broussard was carrying his child. He is mostly known for acting crazy (not only at the movies!) with perfection as we saw in The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Batman. He did try to come down a bit in the moving and excellent About Schmidt only to go nuts again in Anger Management.
 
 
Trivia :
 
Graduate of Manasquan High School Manasquan, New Jersey
 
Ranked #6 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

American Film Institute Life Achievement Award [1994]

Used to be a messenger boy for MGM's cartoon department.

Children: Jennifer Nicholson (b. 1965) with Sandra Knight. Lorraine (b. 1990) and Raymond (b. 1992) with Rebecca Boussard.

Jack Nicholson was the 2001 John F. Kennedy Center Honors recipient.

Dedicated his Oscar for As Good As It Gets (1997) to J.T. Walsh, his co-star in _Few Good, Men, A (1992)_ who had died shortly before the Academy Awards in 1998.

In 1994, in an apparent bout of rage, Nicholson smashed a man's car window in with a golf club. The incident puzzled most people.

Loves jokes at his expense so much that he showed up at every Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal, who in turn would incorporate Nicholson somehow in the telecast.

Lives on famed "Bad Boy Drive" a.k.a. Muholland Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. It's nicknamed so because its residents are famed Hollywood bad boys Warren Beatty, Marlon Brando, and Nicholson.

Avid Los Angeles Lakers fan. He never misses a Lakers home game. Because of this, producers on his films must work the shooting schedule around the Lakers' schedule.

Was asked, along with Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, to play the role of Michael Corleone in Godfather, The (1972).

Dated Lara Flynn Boyle [1999-2001]

Best Lady at his wedding to Sandra Knight was Millie Perkins, Best Man was Harry Dean Stanton. After their divorce, Nicholson lived, for a time, at Stanton's place.

Never does televised interviews.

Nicholson has a daughter, Honey Hollman (b. 1981) with Danish supermodel, Winnie Hollman. Honey lived with Nicholson in his house in Beverly Hills for a year (2001).

Flew to Cuba and met with Fidel Castro in June 1998. While there, Nicholson also met with leaders of the Cuban film industry, enjoyed local restaurants jazz clubs and visited a famous cigar factory. He left greatly impressed with the country and its Communist dictator, though the luxuries he was treated to on the island are off-limits to most Cuban citizens.

Is of Irish and Italian heritage.

Is the most Acadamy Award nominated actor in film history.

When he was working with Boris Karloff, he saw how Karloff would mark his lines the the script. He adopted the procedure himself.

Each one of the films for which he has won an Oscar has also won Best Actress in a Leading Role (Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment; Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets).

Has a second home in Aspen, Colorado.

Graduate of Manasquan High School, Manasquan, New Jersey, where he was voted "Class Clown" by the Class of 1954.

Filmography:

  1. 76th Annual Academy Awards, The (2004) (TV) [Actor .... Himself, in opening spoof segment] (uncredited)
  2. 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards, The (2004) (TV) [Actor .... Himself (Presenter for Best Actress in a Drama)]
  3. Something's Gotta Give (2003) [Actor .... Harry Sanborn] [Singer: "La vie en rose"]
  4. My Buddy Jack (2003) (V) [Actor .... Himself] [Special Thanks]
    ... aka Spotlight on Jack Nicholson (2003) (V) (USA: DVD title)
  5. Skull Session: The Making of 'Anger Management' (2003) (V) [Special Thanks]
    ... aka Making of 'Anger Management', The (2003) (V) (USA)
  6. Cher: The Farewell Tour (2003) (TV) [Actor .... Daryl Van Horne] (archive footage)
  7. 75th Annual Academy Awards, The (2003) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Past winner]
  8. Anger Management (2003) [Actor .... Dr. Buddy Rydell]
  9. 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards, The (2003) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Best Actor Winner [Drama]]
  10. AFI's 100 Years, 100 Passions (2002) (TV) [Thanks]
  11. About Schmidt (2002) [Actor .... Warren R. Schmidt]
  12. Inside the Playboy Mansion (2002) (TV) [Actor .... Himself] (uncredited)
  13. Code of Conduct (2001) (V) [Special Thanks]
  14. Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, The (2001) (TV) [Actor .... Himself (Honoree)]
  15. America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  16. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001) [Actor .... Himself]
  17. Pledge, The (2001) [Actor .... Jerry Black]
  18. Eyeball Eddie (2000) [Film Mentor]
  19. Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) (2000) (TV) [Actor .... Himself (preproduction footage of 'Head (1968)')] (uncredited)
  20. Gimme Some Truth (2000) (TV) [Actor .... Himself] (archive footage)
  21. 72nd Annual Academy Awards, The (2000) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Presenter: Thalberg Award]
  22. American Film Institute Salute to Dustin Hoffman, The (1999) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  23. 71st Annual Academy Awards, The (1999) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Presenter: Best Actress]
  24. Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory (1998) (TV) [Actor .... Himself] (archive footage) (uncredited)
  25. Junket Whore (1998) [Actor .... Himself]
  26. 70th Annual Academy Awards, The (1998) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Best Actor Winner/Past Winner] (uncredited)
  27. Getting the Goods on 'As Good As It Gets' (1997) (TV) [Actor .... Narrator]
  28. As Good As It Gets (1997) [Actor .... Melvin Udall]
  29. Mars Attacks! (1996) [Actor .... President James Dale/Art Land]
  30. Evening Star, The (1996) [Actor .... Garrett Breedlove]
  31. Blood and Wine (1996) [Actor .... Alex Gates]
    ... aka Blood & Wine (1997) (video box title)
  32. American Film Institute Salute to Clint Eastwood, The (1996) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  33. American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, The (1995) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  34. Crossing Guard, The (1995) [Actor .... Freddy Gale]
  35. 67th Annual Academy Awards, The (1995) (TV) [Actor .... Himself] (uncredited)
  36. American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson, The (1994) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  37. Wolf (1994) [Actor .... Will Randall]
  38. Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey, The (1993) [Actor .... The Specialist] (archive footage)
  39. 65th Annual Academy Awards, The (1993) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture]
  40. Hoffa (1992) [Actor .... James R. 'Jimmy' Hoffa]
  41. Few Good Men, A (1992) [Actor .... Col. Nathan R. Jessup]
  42. Man Trouble (1992) [Actor .... Harry Bliss]
  43. Two Jakes, The (1990) [Actor .... Jake Gittes] [Producer] (uncredited) [Director]
  44. 62nd Annual Academy Awards, The (1990) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Co-presenter: Best Picture]
  45. Batman (1989) [Actor .... The Joker/Jack Napier]
  46. Ironweed (1987) [Actor .... Francis Phelan]
  47. Broadcast News (1987) [Actor .... Bill Rorich]
  48. Witches of Eastwick, The (1987) [Actor .... Daryl Van Horne]
  49. Elephant's Child (1986) (TV) [Actor .... Narrator]
  50. Heartburn (1986) [Actor .... Mark Louis Forman]
  51. Live Aid (1985) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  52. Prizzi's Honor (1985) [Actor .... Charley Partanna]
  53. 56th Annual Academy Awards, The (1984) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Best Supporting Actor Winner]
  54. American Film Institute Salute to John Huston, The (1983) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  55. Terms of Endearment (1983) [Actor .... Garrett Breedlove]
  56. Border, The (1982) [Actor .... Charlie Smith]
  57. Notre Dame de la Croisette (1981) [Actor .... Star of 'The Postman Always Rings Twice'] (uncredited)
  58. Reds (1981) [Actor .... Eugene O'Neill]
  59. Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1981) [Actor .... Frank Chambers]
  60. Making 'The Shining' (1980) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  61. Shining, The (1980) [Actor .... Jack Torrance]
    ... aka Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' (1980)
  62. Goin' South (1978) [Actor .... Henry Lloyd Moon] [Director]
  63. 50th Annual Academy Awards, The (1978) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture]
  64. 49th Annual Academy Awards, The (1977) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture]
  65. Last Tycoon, The (1976) [Actor .... Brimmer]
  66. Missouri Breaks, The (1976) [Actor .... Tom Logan]
  67. 48th Annual Academy Awards, The (1976) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Best Actor Winner]
  68. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) [Actor .... Randle Patrick McMurphy]
  69. Fortune, The (1975) [Actor .... Oscar Sullivan aka Oscar Dix]
    ... aka Spite and Malice (1975)
  70. Tommy (1975) [Actor .... A. Quackson, Mental Health Specialist]
    ... aka Tommy by 'The Who' (1975) (USA: complete title)
    ... aka Tommy: The Movie (1975) (USA: promotional title)
    ... aka Who's Tommy, The (1975)
  71. Professione: reporter (1975) [Actor .... David Locke]
    ... aka Passenger, The (1975) (UK)
    ... aka Profession: reporter (1975)
    ... aka Reportero, El (1975) (Spain)
  72. Chinatown (1974) [Actor .... J. J. (Jake) Gittes]
  73. Last Detail, The (1973) [Actor .... Billy Buddusky]
  74. King of Marvin Gardens, The (1972) [Actor .... David Staebler]
  75. 44th Annual Academy Awards, The (1972) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture]
  76. Chronicles: Van's Last Performance (1971) [Actor .... Himself]
  77. Safe Place, A (1971) [Actor .... Mitch]
  78. Carnal Knowledge (1971) [Actor .... Jonathan Fuerst]
  79. Drive, He Said (1971) [Writer] [Producer] [Director]
  80. Five Easy Pieces (1970) [Actor .... Robert Eroica Dupea]
  81. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) [Actor .... Tad Pringle]
  82. Rebel Rousers, The (1970) [Actor .... Bunny]
  83. Easy Rider (1969) [Actor .... George Hanson]
  84. Head (1968) [Actor .... Himself] (uncredited) [Writer] (written by) [Producer]
  85. Targets (1968) [Actor .... Himself, in scenes from 'The Terror'] (uncredited) (archive footage)
    ... aka Before I Die (1968)
  86. Psych-Out (1968) [Actor .... Stoney]
  87. Shooting, The (1967) [Actor .... Billy Spear] [Producer]
  88. Trip, The (1967/II) [Writer]
  89. Hells Angels on Wheels (1967) [Actor .... Poet]
  90. St. Valentine's Day Massacre, The (1967) [Actor .... Gino, Hit Man] (uncredited)
  91. Ride in the Whirlwind (1965) [Actor .... Wes] [Writer] [Producer]
  92. Back Door to Hell (1964) [Actor .... Burnett]
  93. Flight to Fury (1964) [Actor .... Jay Wickham] [Writer]
  94. Ensign Pulver (1964) [Actor .... Dolan]
  95. Thunder Island (1963) [Writer]
  96. Terror, The (1963) [Actor .... Lt. Andre Duvalier] [Director] (uncredited)
    ... aka Castle of Terror, The (1963/II)
    ... aka Haunting, The (1963/II) (USA: TV title)
    ... aka Lady of the Shadows (1963)
  97. Raven, The (1963) [Actor .... Rexford Bedlo]
  98. Broken Land, The (1962) [Actor .... Will Brocious]
  99. Wild Ride, The (1960) [Actor .... Johnny Varron]
    ... aka Velocity (2000) (USA: video title)
  100. Studs Lonigan (1960) [Actor .... Weary Reilly]
  101. Too Soon to Love (1960) [Actor .... Buddy]
    ... aka Teenage Lovers (1960) (UK)
  102. Little Shop of Horrors, The (1960) [Actor .... Wilbur Force]
  103. Cry Baby Killer, The (1958) [Actor .... Jimmy Wallace]

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