Short in September 2014
|Birth name||Martin Hayter Short|
|Born||March 26, 1950|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television, theatre|
|Alma mater||McMaster University|
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, surreal humour, musical comedy, physical comedy, sketch comedy, character comedy, satire|
|Subject(s)||Canadian culture, American culture, current events, pop culture, human sexuality|
(m. 1980;died 2010)
Martin Hayter Short(born March 26, 1950 ) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, singer, and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live . He has starred in comedy films such as Three Amigos (1986), Innerspace (1987), Three Fugitives (1989), Father of the Bride (1991), Pure Luck (1991), Captain Ron (1992), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006). He created the characters Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley. In 1999, he won a Tony Award for his lead performance in a Broadway revival of Little Me .
Short was born in Hamilton, Ontario, the youngest of five children of Olive Grace (née Hayter; 1913–1968), a concertmistress of the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra,and Charles Patrick Short (1909–1970), a corporate executive with Stelco, a Canadian steel company. He and his siblings were raised as Catholics. He had three older brothers, David (now deceased), Michael, and Brian, and one older sister, Nora. Short's father was an Irish Catholic emigrant from Crossmaglen, South Armagh, who came to North America as a stowaway during the Irish War of Independence. Short's mother was of English and Irish descent. She encouraged his early creative endeavours. His eldest brother, David, was killed in a car accident in Montréal, Québec, in 1962 when Short was 12. His mother died of cancer in 1968, his father two years later of complications from a stroke.
Short attended Westdale Secondary School and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work in 1971.
When Short graduated from McMaster University, he intended to pursue a career in social work; however, he became interested in acting once he was cast in a Toronto production of Godspell that same year.Among other members of that production's cast were Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, and Andrea Martin; Paul Shaffer was the musical director. Short stated in the documentary Love, Gilda that he and Gilda Radner dated each other on and off during that time.
He was subsequently cast in several television shows and plays, including the drama Fortune and Men's Eyes (1972).He worked solely in Canada through 1979. In 1979, Short starred in the US sitcom The Associates about a group of young novice lawyers working at a Wall Street law firm. In 1980, he joined the cast of I'm a Big Girl Now , a sitcom starring Diana Canova and Danny Thomas. Canova was offered the sitcom because of her success playing Corinne Tate Flotsky on ABC's Soap and left Soap shortly before Short's newlywed wife Nancy Dolman joined it.
Short was encouraged to pursue comedy by McMaster classmates Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas, whom he joined in the improvisation group The Second City in Toronto, Ontario,in 1977. He came to public notice when the group produced a show for television, Second City Television or SCTV, which ran for several years in Canada, then the United States. Short appeared on SCTV in 1982–83. At SCTV, Short developed several characters before moving on to Saturday Night Live for the 1984–85 season:
Short joined Saturday Night Live for the 1984–85 season.He helped revive the show with his many characters for season ten (the last one produced by Dick Ebersol). "Short's appearance on SNL helped to revive the show's fanbase, which had flagged after the departure of Eddie Murphy, and in turn, would launch his successful career in films and television." His SNL characters included numerous holdovers from his SCTV days, most notably, his Ed Grimley character, depicted on Saturday Night Live as a geeky everyman who finds himself in bizarre situations rather than a miscast bad actor in several film and TV show parodies. He also did impressions of such celebrities as Jerry Lewis and Katharine Hepburn.
Since then he had made multiple appearances on the show including on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special in 2015.
In addition to his work on SCTV and SNL, Short has starred in several television specials and series of his own. In 1985, Short starred in the one-hour Showtime special, Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas.This was Short's first live concert, interspersed with studio sketches and a wraparound featuring Jackie Rogers Jr. Co-produced by the CBC, this aired as The Martin Short Comedy Special in Canada in March 1986. In 1989, Short headlined another one-hour comedy special, this time for HBO, I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood, Short's classic send-up of all things Hollywood. It featured many of his characters including Ed Grimley and Jackie Rogers Jr.
Short has had three television shows called The Martin Short Show, including a sitcom, The Martin Short Show , 1994; a sketch comedy show, The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show, 1995; and a syndicated talk show The Martin Short Show , which ran from 1999 to 2000.
Short starred as Jiminy Glick on Comedy Central's Primetime Glick (2001–2003). He interviewed performers and celebrities as the character Jiminy Glick.The New York Times in 2002 referred to the character as "the most unpredictable and hilariously uninhibited comic creation to hit TV since Bart Simpson was in diapers."
In addition to his own series, Short has guest starred on several shows including Arrested Development (episode titled "Ready, Aim, Marry Me", 2005), Muppets Tonight (1996),Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , and Weeds . He joined the FX drama Damages as lawyer Leonard Winstone in 2010.
Short voiced the Cat in the Hat in the animated TV series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! , which aired from 2010 to 2013.He later voiced the character in a number of related TV specials in 2014 and 2016.
He shot a new comedy special for television in Toronto in September 2011. The special, I, Martin Short, Goes Home follows his return to his native Hamilton, Ontarioand has a cast that includes Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty, and Fred Willard. The special aired on CBC Television on April 3, 2012, and garnered Short a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Program or Series at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards. In 2011, Short joined the cast of How I Met Your Mother for its seventh season, playing Marshall's manic boss and was a judge on the first and only season of Canada's Got Talent (2012).
He, along with Steve Martin and Chevy Chase appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live as part of the "Five-Timers Club", on March 9, 2013, which included those actors who had hosted the show five or more times. However, Short appeared as a waiter, as he had only hosted twice.
From 2014 to 2015, he starred in the Fox sitcom, Mulaney , as Lou Cannon, the boss and the game show host of the title character John Mulaney.
On May 31, 2016, Short debuted a new variety show on NBC, Maya & Marty , which also starred Maya Rudolph.
After doing sketch comedy for several years, Short starred in Three Amigos , Innerspace , The Big Picture , Captain Ron , Clifford , Three Fugitives (1989), directed by Francis Veber, with Nick Nolte and James Earl Jones, the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride and its sequel, and in Pure Luck (1991), directed by Nadia Tass, with Danny Glover and Sheila Kelley.
In 1996, he appeared in Tim Burton's sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks!as lascivious Press Secretary Jerry Ross. In 1997, he appeared as Wall Street broker Richard Kempster in Jungle 2 Jungle , with Tim Allen.
In 2004, he wrote and starred in Jiminy Glick in Lalawood with Jan Hooks as his wife, Dixie Glick.In 2006, he starred in another movie with Tim Allen, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause .
Short also provided the voices of several animated film characters, such as Stubbs in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993), Hubie in The Pebble and the Penguin (1995), Huy in The Prince of Egypt (1998) (alongside Steve Martin as Hotep), Ooblar in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), B.E.N. in Treasure Planet (2002),Preminger in Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (2004), Thimbletack the Brownie in The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), Stefano the sea lion in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012),Kurokawa in the English dub of Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (2013), and The Jester in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014).
Short is the host of a Walt Disney World attraction, O Canada! , a Circle-Vision 360° film at Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park.He also hosted the now-defunct show "The Making of Me" at Epcot's Wonders of Life pavilion, a 15-minute movie about how pregnancy occurs.
Short resumed work in the theatre, playing a lead role in the 1993 musical version of the Neil Simon film The Goodbye Girl , on Broadway, receiving a Tony Award nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award.
He had the lead role in the 1999 Broadway revival of the musical Little Me , for which he received a Tony Award and another Outer Critics Circle Award.
In 2003, Short took to the stage once again in the critically acclaimed Los Angeles run of The Producers . Short played the role of the accountant, Leo Bloom, opposite Jason Alexander's Max Bialystock.Although the role of Leo Bloom was originated on Broadway by Matthew Broderick, Mel Brooks first approached Short about doing the part opposite Nathan Lane. On the subject, Short has stated in numerous interviews that, while he was thrilled by the opportunity, the idea of having to move his family from their Los Angeles home to New York for a year was less than ideal and ultimately proved a deal-breaker.
Short performed in his satirical one-man show, with a cast of six, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway. The show toured several cities in the spring of 2006, prior to opening on Broadway in August 2006; the show closed in January 2007. In it, he performed his classic characters Grimley, Cohen, and Glick.
As Glick, Short brought a member of the audience (usually a celebrity) on stage and interviewed him or her. Jerry Seinfeld was the guest on opening night. The show also featured parodies of many celebrities including Celine Dion, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Tommy Tune, Joan Rivers, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, Renée Zellweger, Jodie Foster, Rachael Ray, and Short's wife, actress Nancy Dolman. The cast album was released on April 10, 2007, and is available from Ghostlight Records, an imprint of Sh-K-Boom Records.
Short has continued to tour in his one-man show, which features many of his best-loved characters and sketches.In addition to Fame Becomes Me, some titles that Short has used for his one-man show include Stroke Me Lady Fame, If I'd Saved, I Wouldn't Be Here, and Sunday in the Park with George Michael .
Short's memoir, covering his 40-year career in show business, I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend, was released on November 4, 2014.
Short met Canadian comic actress Nancy Dolman in 1972 during the run of Godspell . The couple married in 1980. Dolman retired from show business in 1985 to be a stay-at-home mom and raise her family. Short and Dolman adopted [ citation needed ] Dolman died on August 21, 2010, from ovarian cancer.three children: Katherine (b. 1983), Oliver (b. 1986), and Henry (b. 1989).
Short and his family make their home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. He also has a home on Lake Rosseau in Ontario.He is a naturalized US citizen.
Short has two stars on Canada's Walk of Fame.His brother, Michael, is a comedy writer and twice winner of the Emmy Award for comedy sketch writing.
Nancy Dolman's brother, screenwriter/director Bob Dolman (who served as a part of SCTV 's Emmy-winning writing team alongside Short), married their close friend and colleague Andrea Martin, also in 1980. Short is uncle to the couple's two sons, Jack and Joe. Bob Dolman and Andrea Martin have since divorced. Short is a first cousin of Clare Short, a former member of the British Parliament and former British cabinet minister.
Short appeared in a 2001 episode on the Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire hosted by Regis Philbin, winning $32,000 for his charity,Loyola High School.
Short has actively campaigned for the Women's Research Cancer Fund, and he accepted a "Courage Award" on behalf of his late wife at a 2011 gala by the group.
Short is also a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.
|1979||Lost and Found||Engel|
|1986||Three Amigos||Ned Nederlander|
|1987||Cross My Heart||David Morgan|
|1989||Three Fugitives||Ned Perry|
|1989||The Big Picture||Neil Sussman – Nick's Agent||Uncredited|
|1991||Pure Luck||Eugene Proctor|
|1991||Father of the Bride||Franck Eggelhoffer|
|1992||Captain Ron||Martin Harvey|
|1993||We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story||Stubbs the Clown (voice)|
|1995||The Pebble and the Penguin||Hubie (voice)|
|1995||Father of the Bride Part II||Franck Eggelhoffer|
|1996||Mars Attacks!||Press Secretary Jerry Ross|
|1997||Jungle 2 Jungle||Richard Kempster|
|1997||A Simple Wish||Murray|
|1998||The Prince of Egypt||Huy (voice)|
|1998||Akbar's Adventure Tours||Akbar|
|2001||Get Over It||Dr. Desmond Forrest Oates|
|2001||Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Ooblar (voice)|
|2002||Treasure Planet||B.E.N. (voice)|
|2003||101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure||Lars (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2004||Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper||Preminger (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2004||Jiminy Glick in Lalawood||Jiminy Glick / David Lynch||Also writer and producer|
|2006||Khan Kluay||Khan Kluay (voice)||English dub|
|2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Jack Frost|
|2008||The Spiderwick Chronicles||Thimbletack (voice)|
|2011||Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||Kirk (voice)|
|2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Stefano (voice)|
|2012||Frankenweenie||Mr. Frankenstein / Mr. Bergermesiter / Nassor (voices)|
|2013||Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return||Appraiser / Jester (voices)|
|2013||The Wind Rises||Kurokawa (voice)||English dub|
|2014||Inherent Vice||Rudy Blatnoyd|
|2018||The Littlest Reindeer||Lemondrop / Ludzinka / Blitzen (voices)|
|2019||The Addams Family||Grandpa Frump (voice)|
|2020||The Willoughbys||Father Willoughby (voice)||Filming|
|1972||Cucumber||Smokey the Hare||Episode: "Ecology ... Smokey the Hare"|
|1975||Peep Show||Episode: "Goldberg Is Waiting"|
|1976–77||The David Steinberg Show||Johnny Del Bravo||10 episodes|
|1978||For the Record||Weepy||Episode: "Cementhead"|
|1979||The Family Man||Louie||Television film|
|1979–80||The Associates||Tucker Kerwin||13 episodes|
|1980||The Love Boat||Melvin||Season 3 - Episode: 28|
|1980–81||I'm a Big Girl Now||Neal Stryker||14 episodes|
|1981||Taxi||Mitch Harris||Episode: "Jim Joins the Network"|
|1981–84||Second City Television||Various||Cast member; also writer|
|1984–18||Saturday Night Live||Various||Cast member (18 episodes)|
Host or Guest appearances (5 episodes)
|1986||Tall Tales & Legends||Johnny Appleseed||Episode: "Johnny Appleseed"|
|1988|| The Completely Mental|
Misadventures of Ed Grimley
|Various roles||13 episodes; |
also co-creator, writer and executive producer
|1989||Dink, The Little Dinosaur||Narrator|
|1989-90||The Tracey Ullman Show||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1990||The Dave Thomas Comedy Show||Himself||Episode 4|
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Nathan Thurm||Television special|
|1991||Maniac Mansion||Eddie O'Donnell||Episode: "Down & Out in Cedar Springs"|
|1992||Favorite Songs||Mozart (voice)||Episode: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"|
|1994||The Martin Short Show||Marty Short||8 episodes; |
also creator, writer and executive producer
|1996||Muppets Tonight||Himself||Episode: "Martin Short"|
|1999||Alice in Wonderland||Mad Hatter / Chinless Idiot||Television film|
|1999–00||The Martin Short Show||Himself (host)||63 episodes; |
also creator, writer and executive producer
|2001–03||Primetime Glick||Jiminy Glick / Various roles||30 episodes; |
also creator, writer and executive producer
|2001||Prince Charming||Rodney||Television film|
|2002||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Himself||Episode: "The Terrorist Attack"|
|2005||Arrested Development||Uncle Jack||Episode: "Ready, Aim, Marry Me"|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sebastian Ballentine |
|2007|| Bob & Doug McKenzie's |
|2010||Damages||Leonard Winstone||13 episodes|
|2010–19|| The Cat in the Hat |
Knows a Lot About That!
|The Cat in the Hat (voice)||80 episodes, PBS|
|2011||Weeds||Steward Havens||3 episodes|
|2011–12||How I Met Your Mother||Garrison Cootes||3 episodes|
|2012||Canada's Got Talent||Himself (Judge)||Season 1; 22 episodes|
|2013, 14||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||2 episodes|
|2014||Working the Engels||Charles "Chuck" Pastry||Episode: "Jenna vs. Big Pastry"|
|2014–15||Mulaney||Louis "Lou" Cannon||13 episodes|
|2015||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Dr. Grant||Episode: "Kimmy Goes to the Doctor"|
|2015||Difficult People||Himself||Episode: "Pledge Week"|
|2015||Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special||Himself||Television Special, NBC|
|2016||Maya & Marty||Himself / Various roles||6 episodes; also co-creator, writer and producer|
|2016||Hairspray Live!||Wilbur Turnblad||Live musical telecast|
|2016||Modern Family||Mervin "Merv" Schechter||Episode: "Blindsided"|
|2017||BoJack Horseman||Poppy Stilton (voice)||Episode: "The Judge"|
|2017||The Simpsons||Guthrie Frenel (voice)||Episode: "Springfield Splendor"|
|2018||The Last Man On Earth||Man in SUV||Episode: "Karl"|
|2018||Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening |
You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life
|2019||Big Mouth||Gordie||Episode: "Cellsea"|
|2019||Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee||Himself (guest)||Episode: A Dream World Of Residuals|
|2019||The Morning Show||Dick Lundry||2 episodes|
|1993||The Goodbye Girl||Elliot||Marquis Theatre, Broadway|
|1998–1999||Little Me||Various||Criterion Center Stage Right, Broadway|
|2006–2007||Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me||Himself||Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, Broadway|
|2015||It's Only a Play||James Wicker|
|1985||Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas||Various||Showtime|
|1989||I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood||Various||HBO|
|2012||I, Martin Short, Goes Home||Various||CBC|
|2018||Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening |
You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life
|1983||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program||"Sweeps Week", SCTV Network 90||Won|
|"The Christmas Show", SCTV Network 90||Nominated|
|"Joe Walsh", SCTV Network 90||Nominated|
|"Robin Williams, America", SCTV Network 90||Nominated|
|"Towering Inferno", SCTV Network 90||Nominated|
|1998||Outstanding Supporting Actor - Limited Series/Movie||Merlin||Nominated|
|1999||Satellite Award||Supporting Actor - Miniseries||Nominated|
|2000||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Talk Show||The Martin Short Show||Nominated|
|Outstanding Talk Show Host||Martin Short, The Martin Short Show||Nominated|
|2003||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Individual Performance - Variety Program||Primetime Glick||Nominated|
|2010||Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama Series||Damages||Nominated|
|2010||Satellite Award||Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series||Nominated|
|2011||Daytime Emmy Award||Performer in a Animated Program||The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!||Nominated|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Variety Special||AFI Life Achievement Award: Mel Brooks||Won|
|2017||Writers Guild of America Awards||Comedy/Variety Sketch Series||Maya & Marty||Nominated|
|2018||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Variety Special||Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening |
You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life
|Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special||Nominated|
|1993||Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||The Goodbye Girl||Won|
|1993||Theater World Award||N/A||Won|
|1993||Drama Desk Award||Best Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|1993||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|1999||Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Little Me||Won|
|1999||Drama Desk Award||Best Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|1999||Tony Awards||Best Actor in a Musical||Won|
|2007||Drama Desk Award||Best Actor in a Musical||Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me||Nominated|
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