Steve Martin
Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician and composer.

Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show is an American late-night talk show that has aired on NBC since 1954. It is the longest currently running regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States, and the third longest-running show on NBC, after Meet the Press and Today.The Tonight Show has been hosted by...

. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy
Stand-up comedy
Stand-up comedy is a comedic art form. Usually, a comedian performs in front of a live audience, speaking directly to them. Their performances are sometimes filmed for later release via DVD, the internet, and television...

, he has become a successful actor, playwright, pianist, and banjo player, eventually earning Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy
American Comedy Awards
The American Comedy Awards were a group of awards presented annually in the United States from 1987 to 2001 recognizing performances and performers in the field of comedy, with an emphasis on television comedy and comedy films...

 awards, among others.
Martin was born in Waco, Texas
Waco, Texas
Waco is a city in and the county seat of McLennan County, Texas. Situated along the Brazos River and on the I-35 corridor, halfway between Dallas and Austin, it is the economic, cultural, and academic center of the 'Heart of Texas' region....

, the son of Mary Lee (née Stewart) and Glenn Vernon Martin, a real estate salesman and aspiring actor.

The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity I need. My name in print. That really makes somebody. Things are going to start happening to me now!

As "Navin R. Johnson" in The Jerk (1979)

All of a sudden I had to remember some words that Marlowe had told me over fifteen years ago: 'Dead men don't wear plaid.' Hmm... Dead men don't wear plaid. I still don't know what it means.

As "Rigby Reardon" in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

You kill me and I'll see that you never work in this town again.

As "Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr" in The Man with Two Brains (1983)

A kiss may not be the truth, but it is what we wish were true.

As Harris K. Telemacher in "L.A. Story" (1991)

Why is it we don't always recognize the moment when love begins, but we always know when it ends?

As Harris K. Telemacher in "L.A. Story" (1991)

Hosting the Oscars is like making love to a beautiful woman — it's something I only get to do when Billy Crystal|Billy Crystal's out of town.

Hosting the 2001 Academy Awards

I handed in a script last year and the studio didn't change one word. The word they didn't change was on page 87.

Introducing the best adapted screenplay at the 2003 Academy Awards

It was so sweet backstage, you should have seen it — The Teamsters were helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo.

After Moore's speech at the 75th Academy Awards|75th Academy Awards, in 2003.

I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.

Comedy album A Wild and Crazy Guy

Now let's repeat the non-conformists' oath: I promise to be different! (audience repeats) I promise to be unique! (audience repeats) I promise not to repeat things other people say! (audience laughs, repeats) Good!

Comedy album A Wild and Crazy Guy