Trivia and Quotes
Steve Martin: (on where his sense of humor comes from) I think it comes from love of humor, which was generated as a child watching comedy movies like Laurel and Hardy and Jerry Lewis, Abbot and Costello, a little bit of Charlie Chaplin.
Steve Martin: (on why he asked Claire Danes to be in the film "Shopgirl") Well we had lunch and Claire didn’t even have to speak before we knew she was exactly right for Mirabelle. She’s naturally beautiful as opposed to unnaturally beautiful in Hollywood. I always ask where all the old actors are going to come from in 20 years because they’re all going to look like this (does a mock facelift). There isn’t going to be anyone to play 80. Or you’ll be doing a period film and there will be people with fake breasts. Claire just fit in her simplicity into this role. There is a quiet solitude to her performance. But she could also play a glamor girl. If she had to be a buxom dancer she could.
Steve Martin: (asked how much of the story of "Shopgirl" is autobiographical) Everything is culled from every source. It’s taken from my own life and other lives. I’m 60 and I’ve had sex since I was 18, you know? There’s been a lot of stuff going on.
Steve: If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be for all the children to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace. If I had two wishes I could make this holiday season, the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace. And the second would be for 30 million dollars a month to be given to me, tax-free in a Swiss bank account. You know, if I had three wishes I could make this holiday season, the first, of course, would be for all the children of the world to get together and sing, the second would be for the 30 million dollars every month to me, and the third would be for encompassing power over every living being in the entire universe. And if I had four wishes that I could make this holiday season, the first would be the crap about the kids definitely, the second would be for the 30 million, the third would be for all the power, and the fourth would be to set aside one month each year to have an extended 31-day orgasm, to be brought out slowly by Rosanna Arquette and that model Paulina-somebody, I can't think of her name. Of course my lovely wife can come too and she's behind me one hundred percent here, I guarantee it. Wait a minute, maybe the sex thing should be the first wish, so if I made that the first wish, because it could all go boom tomorrow, then what do you got, y'know? No, no, the kids, the kids singing would be great, that would be nice. But wait a minute, who am I kidding? They're not going to be able to get all those kids together. I mean, the logistics of the thing is impossible, more trouble than it's worth! So -- we reorganize! Here we go. First, the sex thing. We go with that. Second, the money. No, we go with the power second, then the money. And then the kids. Oh wait, oh jeez, I forgot about revenge against my enemies! Okay, I need revenge against all my enemies, they should die like pigs in hell! That would be my fourth wish. And, of course, my fifth wish would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace. Thank you everybody and Merry Christmas.
Steve Martin: There's a point when you're famous and it's unbearable to go out because you're too famous. And there's a moment when you're famous just right.
Steve Martin: 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.
Steve Martin: What is a movie star? A movie star is many things. They can be tall, short, thin, or skinny. They can be democrats... or skinny.
Steve Martin: You know that look women get when they want sex? Me neither.
In 1969, Steve won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Comedy, Variety or Music Program in his work on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
Steve married longtime girlfriend Anne Stringfield at his Los Angeles home on July 28, 2007.
Steve Martin is a musician, he plays the four string banjo.
Steve Martin is a talented author and playwright, he has contributed writings to the the New Yorker since 1995.
Steve was considered for the role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
Steve Martin's notable movie roles:
- Inspector Jacques Clouseau - The Pink Panther (2006)
- Tom Baker - Cheaper By the Dozen 2 (2005)
- Ray Porter - Shopgirl (2005)
- Tom Baker - Cheaper By the Dozen (2003)
- Mr. Chairman - Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
- Peter Sanderson - Bringing Down the House (2003)
- Dr. Frank Sangster - Novocaine (2001)
- Charlie Duell - Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
- Bobby Bowfinger - Bowfinger (1999)
- Henry Clark - The Out-of-Towners (1999)
- Voice of Hotep - The Prince of Egypt (1998)
- Jimmy Dell - The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
- Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko - Sgt. Bilko (1996)
- George Banks - Father of the Bride Part II (1995)
- Philip - Mixed Nuts (1994)
- Michael McCann - A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
- Jonas Nightengale - Leap of Faith (1992)
- Newton Davis - HouseSitter (1992)
- Davis - Grand Canyon (1991)
- George Banks - Father of the Bride (1991)
- Harris K. Telemacher - L.A. Story (1991)
- Vinnie Antonelli - My Blue Heaven (1990)
- Gil Buckman - Parenthood (1989)
- Freddy Benson - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
- Neal Page - Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (1987)
- C.D. Bales - Roxanne (1987)
- Orin Scrivello, DDS - Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
- Lucky Day - ¡Three Amigos! (1986)
- Fabio Longio - Movers & Shakers (1985)
- Roger Cobb - All of Me (1984)
- Larry Hubbard - The Lonely Guy (1984)
- Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr - The Man With Two Brains (1983)
- Rigby Reardon - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
- Arthur Parker - Pennies From Heaven (1981)
- Navin Johnson - The Jerk (1979)
- Insolent Waiter - The Muppet Movie (1979)
- Dr. Maxwell Edison - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
- Inspector Jacques Clouseau - The Pink Panther (2006)
Steve was chosen as #6 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.
Steve was listed as #50 in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" List (2003).