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Steve Martin to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement honor June 4

Steve Martin to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement honor June 4

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) --Steve Martin is to be honored with the 43rd American Film Institute Life Achievement Award at a June 4 gala tribute in Los Angeles.
Karen Butler
Jim Parsons, Rihanna to voice animated characters in 'Home'

Jim Parsons, Rihanna to voice animated characters in 'Home'

LOS ANGELES, July 22 (UPI) --New Dreamworks film "Home" follows a human girl named Tip (Rihanna) and an alien named Oh (Jim Parsons) as they team up to save Earth.
Annie Martin
Steve Martin refutes 'Father of the Bride III' report

Steve Martin refutes 'Father of the Bride III' report

LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) --Steve Martin says he hasn't been offered any role in "Father of the Bride III."
Kate Stanton
Steve Martin to return for 'Father of the Bride 3'

Steve Martin to return for 'Father of the Bride 3'

LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) --Steve Martin will reprise his role as George Banks in "Father of the Bride 3," which is said to focus on his son Matty's gay wedding.
Annie Martin
Storm puts Southern California under threat of mudslides

Storm puts Southern California under threat of mudslides

LOS ANGELES, March 1 (UPI) -- Thousands of people in the Los Angeles area were under evacuation orders Saturday as heavy rain threatened to bring mudslides on steep hillsides.
Jim Lange, 'Dating Game' emcee, dead at 81

Jim Lange, 'Dating Game' emcee, dead at 81

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. radio and television personality Jim Lange, famous as host of "The Dating Game," has died of a heart attack in San Francisco, TMZ said Thursday. He was 81.
'Dating Show' host Jim Lange dead at 81

'Dating Show' host Jim Lange dead at 81

MILL VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Original {i:Dating Show} host Jim Lange died Tuesday at age 81 after suffering a heart attack at his home in California.
Annie Martin
Virginia lawmaker rants on Facebook: a pregnant woman is just a 'host'

Virginia lawmaker rants on Facebook: a pregnant woman is just a 'host'

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- In a lengthy Facebook rant, Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin called pregnant women “hosts,” adding parenthetically, “some refer to them as mothers.”
Kris Giuliani
Aaron Sorkin to be presented with Screenwriters Tribute at film fest

Aaron Sorkin to be presented with Screenwriters Tribute at film fest

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Aaron Sorkin is to be presented with the Screenwriters Tribute at the 19th annual Nantucket Film Festival in Massachusetts.
Philip Seymour Hoffman remembered by Hollywood friends and colleagues

Philip Seymour Hoffman remembered by Hollywood friends and colleagues

NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday at age 46.
Kate Stanton
Steve Martin apologizes for 'racist' tweet

Steve Martin apologizes for 'racist' tweet

Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Steve Martin has apologized for a tweet that was meant as a joke but was deemed to be racist by many of his followers.
Veronica Linares
At year's end: Batman, Lennon's tooth kept news weird in 2013

At year's end: Batman, Lennon's tooth kept news weird in 2013

When history books talk about 2013, they may want to omit the time a toothbrush shut down part of an airport or the dentist who wanted to clone John Lennon.
BEN HOOPER, United Press International

Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury get honorary Oscars

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin accepted honorary Oscars at the Academy's Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood.
Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury accept honorary Oscars

Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury accept honorary Oscars

Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Steve Martin, Angelina Jolie fight back tears at Academy's Governors Awards ceremony Saturday.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com

Angela Lansbury to receive honorary Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- British actress Angela Lansbury will receive an Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' fifth Governors Awards, officials said.
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Actor Steve Martin attends a special screening of his new film "ShopGirl" in New York. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician and composer.

Martin was born in Waco, Texas, and raised in Southern California, where his early influences were working at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm and working magic and comedy acts at these and other smaller venues in the area. His ascent to fame picked up when he became a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. 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, he has become a successful actor, playwright, pianist, banjo player, and juggler, eventually earning Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards.

Martin was born in Waco, Texas, the son of Mary Lee Martin and Glenn Vernon Martin, a real estate salesman and an aspiring actor. Martin was raised in Inglewood, California, and then later in Garden Grove, California, in a Baptist family. One of his earliest memories is of seeing his father, as an extra, serving drinks onstage at the Call Board Theatre on Melrose Place. During World War II, in England, Martin's father had appeared in a production of Our Town with Raymond Massey. Years later, he would write to Massey for help in Steve's fledgling career, but would receive no reply. Expressing his affection through gifts of cars, bikes, etc., Martin's father was stern, not emotionally open to his son. He was proud but critical, with Martin later recalling that in his teens his feelings for his father were mostly ones of hatred. Martin's first job was at Disneyland, selling guidebooks on weekends and full-time during the summer school break. That lasted for three years (1955–1958). During his free time he frequented the Main Street Magic shop, where tricks were demonstrated to potential customers. By 1960, he had mastered several of the tricks and illusions, and took a paying job there in August. There he perfected his talents for magic, juggling, and creating balloon animals, frequently performing for tips. In his authorized biography, close friend Morris Walker suggests that Martin could "be described most accurately as an agnostic he rarely went to church and was never involved in organized religion of his own volition".

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