The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Steve Martin!

Erica Palan

Steve Martin, a Texas native who worked his way from writing comedy for The Smothers Brothers to becoming an accomplished and award-winning actor, comedian, musician and writer, turns 67 today. Let's celebrate with some of his career highlights.

The Dating Game

While attending UCLA in 1968, Martin appeared on The Dating Game.

King Tut

Though Martin has hosted Saturday Night Live 15 times, he has never been a cast member.

Wild and Crazy Guy

Martin's second comedy album, "A Wild and Crazy Guy," spawned one of his most well-known catch phrases.

The Tonight Show

Martin was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, even filling in for Johnny Carson from time to time.

The Jerk

In 1979, Martin co-wrote and starred in his first full-length movie, The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner.

The Muppet Show

A musician since his teenage years, Martin has gained recognition for his banjo playing. Here, he jams with some non-traditional accompanists.


Martin's modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac was a hit in 1987. I just really like this scene.