Actor Mike Myers gained world fame after entering the big screens of the Austin Powers trilogy. A purposeful man in his childhood dreamed of becoming a doctor, but fate made its own adjustments, thanks to which a new star was lit in the cinematic sky.
On May 25, 1963, a son of the British Army Eric Meyers and his wife Alice had a son named Mike. The family lived in the town of Scarborough (Ontario, Canada).
Despite the fact that Mike is not the only child in the family (there are older brothers Paul and Peter), the future actor was not left to his own devices. Parents vigilantly ensured that each of the three children did not hang around idle. Myers began his acting career when he was only eight years old: he starred in commercials and managed to appear in Pepsi commercials, Kit Kat chocolates, and even Datsun cars.
After graduating from high school, the aspiring actor went to Chicago, where for a couple of months he was engaged in comedy performances in the Second City group. In 1985, Mike moved to the UK, where, together with like-minded people, he founded the comedy ensemble The Comedy Store Players. A year later, the actor returned to Canada, where he continued to perform with Second City, first in Toronto, and then in Chicago. By the beginning of the 90s, he had a number of memorable performances on local television and participation in various media projects.
From 1989 to 1995, Mike Myers was a member of the NBC television show. In Saturday Night Live, he portrayed a character named Wayne Campbell. In 1992, Myers, along with television colleague Dana Carvey, adapted a series of well-known thematic sketches from this show into the feature film Wayne’s World. A year later, the sequel “Wayne-2 World” was released. At the same time, another successful film with the participation of the actor “I Married a Killer with an Ax” saw the light, for which Myers received a fee of two million dollars.
Myers in the movie “I Married an Ax Killer”
In 1997, Austin Powers: Man Is a Mystery on an International Scale was released on the big screens. In the comedy spy action movie, Mike played two roles – Agent Austin Powers and Doctor Evil. The film performed well at the box office and raised seventy million dollars (with an initial budget of 20 million).
Two years later, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Seduced Me came out. In addition to the main antagonist and protagonist of the picture, Myers played the role of a hero named Fat Bastard. It is worth noting that the actor, whose height is 173 cm and weight is 80 kg, did not have to get better for this role: the painting used a false body that Mike wore for several hours a day. Before the release of Austin Powers-2, Myers also managed to play the first non-comedic role in the Studio 54 film (1998), where he tried on the image of the owner of a popular New York club.
Later, the actor played another famous role: Mike voiced the ogre Shrek in the cult animated film of the same name. It is reliably known that Shrek was originally supposed to be duplicated by Chris Farley, but due to the fact that the actor died suddenly, the creators brought Myers to work. He awarded his character a deliberately Scottish accent, thereby emphasizing his rudeness and uncouthness.
In 2002, the premiere of the third part of the comedy spy film “Austin Powers: Goldmember”, where Mike’s colleague on the set was singer Beyoncé. For this role, Myers received a record $ 25 million in his career. The third part earned almost 300 million dollars at the box office.
In 2003, the actor finished work on the American film “Nobody Knows Nothing.” Following was a children’s film with sparkling humor Bo Welch’s “Cat”. Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin also appeared in the adventure picture. Later, voicing of the sequels of “Shrek” followed: “Shrek-2” (2004), “Shrek the Third” (2007) and “Shrek Forever” (2010).
In 2007, Mike was awarded the MTV Generation Generation Recognition Award. He became the second Canadian after Jim Carrey to have a similar award. In addition to this award, in 1998 Myers received awards for the best dance episode and best villain in Austin Powers, in 2000 for the best screen duet and again for the best villain (Austin Powers 2). And finally, for the third spy movie, the actor won an award for best comedic role.
In 2009, the audience liked the picture of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” where, in addition to Myers, Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Christoph Waltz and Melanie Loren played. A year later, Mike announced himself in the comedy “The Secret Life of Walter Mitya” directed by Norman Z. MacLeod. In 2009, Mike Myers received the Golden Raspberry Award for the worst male role in Sex Gurus.
It is worth noting that the biography of the actor has a couple of years of downtime in his career, which is why there are not many roles in Mike’s track record for a twenty-year career.