Steve Martin is a famous American stand-up artist, actor, producer, musician, writer and director. He is familiar to almost every lover of cinema because he played in such interesting and popular films as Father of the Bride, Christmas of Psychos, Sergeant Bilko, Wholesale Cheaper, Pink Panther, etc.
Childhood and youth
Stephen Glenn (Steve) Martin (full name of the actor) was born on August 14, 1945 in the provincial town of Waco in the southern United States (Texas), but his childhood passed in Southern California. The future actor grew up and was brought up in a poor religious family, his parents professed Baptism, so Mr. Glen Vernon Martin and Mrs. Mary Lee held weekly services every Sunday, and also participated in meetings where they prayed and discussed the Bible.
Steve’s father was not far from creativity, for example, during the Second World War in the United Kingdom, he played in the production of “Our City” together with Raymond Massey. However, his further career in the theater field failed. The actor recalled that Martin Sr. was severe, unemotional, extremely proud and critical of his son. And, although he gave the offspring gifts, the relationship between Glen and Steve went wrong: as a teenager, the future artist did not like his father.
Since the Martin family did not live in luxury, young Steve had to make money with his own hands: the young man worked at the Disneyland amusement park, where he served tennis balls, and also entertained passers-by with tricks and playing the banjo string instrument. In addition, he moonlighted as a loader and a postman: before classes at school, the future actor was delivering morning newspapers.
After graduating from a general education institution, Steve enters the University of California, where he studies philosophy. Perhaps Martin would recite the works of Descartes in the future or tell students about the general principles of John Locke’s worldview, but to the delight of avid moviegoers this did not happen: Martin did not work out with a special form of cognition of the world.
Steve Martin in childhood and adolescence Steve Martin in childhood and adolescence
Stephen thought about acting future by chance: the idea that he would become a successful comedian hit Martin, like thunder in the blue. Therefore, the young man began to realize artistic talent, acting as a standuper in front of a live audience on the stages of clubs and pubs. By the way, another famous American actor Michael Keaton began his creative biography in the same way. Later, Martin admitted that he drew inspiration from the works of other comedians: Charlie Chaplin, Jack Benny, Steve Allen, etc.
In the 1960s, the actor began to get involved in cinema: he wrote scripts, and also composed various dialogs and skits for comedy shows. And, of course, the talented guy was noticed by television producers who invited Stephen to the position of screenwriter for the comedy television program “Hour of Comedy with Sonny and Cher.” The future actor has achieved significant success in this field, and for two albums (“Mad Guy” and “Let’s Do Some”, he won the prestigious American Grammy Award.
Steve Martin’s debut work in front of the director’s cameras was the humorous short film “The Scattered Waiter” (1977), in which the actor made viewers literally shudder with laughter. The plot of this independent film tells the story of a catering worker who in the blink of an eye spoiled the evening for guests of an expensive restaurant: an inattentive young man in a bow tie managed not only to mix up orders, but almost quarreled visitors, arranging a real pogrom in the restaurant. Further, the actor occasionally participated in the filming of the film “Club of the Lonely Hearts of Sergeant Pepper” (1978) and “The Muppet Film” (1979).
But in the movie Carl Reiner “The moron” (1979), the comedian got the first main role. The plot of this ironic and slightly absurd picture revolves around Naveen Johnson, who at one point learns that he is an adopted child. Therefore, the protagonist decides to step aside from the care of his black parents and embarks on free swimming. Thus, a kind but stupid village guy finds himself in a metropolis, and, as you know, life is in full swing in a big city.
Paradoxically, in 1981, Steve Martin tried himself in a non-comedic role: he appeared in Herbert Ross’s musical drama “Pennies from the Sky.” But why the director called the main jovial of America for such a complex role – some moviegoers were unclear. However, the actor surprised viewers and brilliantly coped with his task, playing a serious brown-haired Arthur Parker, who hunts for the money of his beloved father.
A year later, Steve Martin took part in the crime comedy “The Dead Do Not Wear Plaids.” A monochrome picture tells the story of a private detective Rigby Reardon, who goes into all seriouss, investigating a complicated murder case. This film can be considered a pure parody of noir cinema of the 40-50s: the actors and creators of the film managed to dilute the pessimistic and cynical atmosphere of black and white