Martin Short

Actor, Writer, TV producer
An astonishingly energetic comedic player in film and on television for over three decades, the ever-youthful looking Martin Short floored audiences with his livewire performances on the legendary Canadian sitcom "SCTV" ... Read more »
Born: 03/25/1950 in Hamilton, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (141)

2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Mulaney 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Hollywood Game Night 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd, DDS (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return 2014 (Movie)

The Appraiser/The Jester (Voice)

Real Time with Bill Maher 1984 - 1985, 2000 - 2005, 2008 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wind Rises 2013 (Movie)

Kurokawa (Voice)

Frankenweenie 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Frankenstein / Mr. Burgemeister / Nassor (Voice)

How I Met Your Mother 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside Comedy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

Stefano (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1984 - 1985, 2000 - 2003, 2009 - 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Host

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil 2011 (Movie)

Kirk the Woodsman (Voice)

Weeds 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Damages 2000 - 2003, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 1984 - 1985, 2000 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marriage Ref 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

America the Beautiful 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spiderwick Chronicles 2008 (Movie)

Thimbletack (Voice)

Sit Down Comedy With David Steinberg 2005 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Khan Kluay 2006 (Movie)

(English language version) (Actor)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 (Movie)

Jack Frost (Actor)

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

Jiminy Glick (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Squares 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Prince Charming 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Lars (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Treasure Planet 2002 (Movie)

Voice of B.E.N. (Actor)

Get Over It 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Desmond Forrest-Oates (Actor)

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2001 (Movie)

of Ooblar (Voice)

John Candy: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martin Short Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice in Wonderland 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Lionel Dillard (Actor)

Nick Nolte 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Merlin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

of Huy (Voice)

A Simple Wish 1997 (Movie)

Murray (Actor)

I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jungle2jungle 1997 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

The Three Stooges Greatest Hits 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Makes You Laugh? 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Jerry Ross (Actor)

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Father of the Bride Part II 1995 (Movie)

Franck Eggelhoffer (Actor)

John Candy: A Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Money For Nothing 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martin Short Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pebble and the Penguin 1995 (Movie)

of Hubie (Voice)

Addicted to Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Clifford 1994 (Movie)

Clifford Daniels (Actor)

TV's All Time Classic Comedy 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Spinal Tap Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

of Stubbs the Clown (Voice)

Birth of the Team 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Captain Ron 1992 (Movie)

Martin Harvey (Actor)

Kings of Comedy 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Father of the Bride 1991 (Movie)

Franck Eggelhoffer (Actor)

Pure Luck 1991 (Movie)

Proctor (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (01/25/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Andrea Martin: Together Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Second City's 15th Anniversary Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of SCTV 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Fugitives 1989 (Movie)

Ned Perry (Actor)

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1988 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Cross My Heart 1987 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

Jack Putter (Actor)

Women of the Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin Short Concert For the North Americas 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

Ned Nederlander (Actor)

The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

SCTV Network 1977 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Associates 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm a Big Girl Now 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

White and Reno 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Man 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost and Found 1979 (Movie)

Engel (Actor)

The Outsider 1978 (Movie)

Boy Leader (Actor)

The Imperial Grand Band 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

A Long Winter's Nap (TV Show)

Voice

Flight of the Penguin (TV Show)

Voice

Maniac Mansion (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Too Many Stars (TV Show)

Performer

Really Weird Tales (TV Show)

Actor

Reindeer Games (TV Show)

Voice

Snowman's Land (TV Show)

Voice

Sunset Limousine (TV Show)

Actor

Working The Engels (Tv Show)

Actor
Music (3)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 (Movie)

("The Christmas Song") (Song Performer)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

("Playing with the Big Boys") (Song Performer)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

("The Ballad of the Three Amigos" "My Little Buttercup" "Blue Shadows") (Song Performer)
Writer (2)

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

(from character) (Source Material)

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

An astonishingly energetic comedic player in film and on television for over three decades, the ever-youthful looking Martin Short floored audiences with his livewire performances on the legendary Canadian sitcom "SCTV" (Global/CBC/NBC, 1976-1984) before becoming an international star thanks to "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), "Three Amigos!" (1986), and "Primetime Glick" (Comedy Central, 2001-03). Short's most memorable characters - the manic Ed Grimley; the obese, obtuse Jiminy Glick - burst out of the screen with a volcanic energy that was riveting to watch and even harder to contain in formulaic Hollywood comedies. Television and the stage were his best showcases; the perfect environment for his improvisational skills to be unleashed to their fullest potential. An Emmy-nominated shift towards the dramatic in the third season of the popular series "Damages" (FX, 2007- ) showed that Short's versatility was apparently limitless, and the admiration for and accolades showered on his talents were richly deserved.

Relationships

Nancy Dolman Actor

Wife
Met during the run of the 1972 production of "Godspell" Began dating in 1974 Married December 1980 until Dolman's death from ovarian cancer on Aug. 21, 2010

Bob Dolman Actor

Brother-In-Law
Worked together on Canadian series "SCTV" (1981-84)

Michael Short Writer

Brother

Olive Short

Mother
Former child prodigy; played classical violin; first female concertmaster in North America Died of cancer c. 1970

Charles Short

Father
Irish; came to North America as a stowaway Died c. 1972 a year and a half after the death of his wife

Katherine Short

Daughter
Born Dec. 3, 1983; mother, Nancy Short

Henry Short

Son
Born in 1990; mother, Nancy Short

Oliver Short

Son
Born in 1986; mother, Nancy Short

David Short

Brother
Died in a 1962 car crash

EDUCATION

McMaster University

Hamilton , Ontario 1972
First majored in pre-med and switched to sociology before turning to social work; became interested in acting and writing; met actors Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas

Milestones

2012

Voiced Mr. Frankenstein and other characters in animated film "Frankenweenie," based on director Tim Burton’s characters and story

2012

Voiced character of Stefano in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

2011

Guest starred on Showtime's "Weeds" and CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother"

2010

Joined the cast of FX's "Damages"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

2008

Lent his voice to the fantasy film "The Spiderwick Chronicles"

2006

Played Jack Frost in "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause"

2006

Performed (also co-wrote) the autobiographical Broadway musical "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me"

2005

Brought his talk-show host alter ego Jiminy Glick to the big screen in the comedy "Jiminy Glick in La La Wood"

2002

Voiced the character B.E.N in the Disney animated feature "Treasure Planet"

2001

Returned to features in "Get Over It"

2001

Portrayed celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick in the Comedy Central mock talk show "Primetime Glick"; earned an Emmy nomination (2003)

1999

Starred in the syndicated variety series "The Martin Short Show"

1998

Announced deal with King World to star on own syndicated TV series

1998

Returned to Broadway as star of a revival of the musical "Little Me"; won Tony Award

1997

Starred as a fairy godmother in the disappointing "A Simple Wish"

1995

Reprised role of Franck in "Father of the Bride Part II"

1994

Starred on his own short-lived NBC sitcom "The Martin Short Show"

1993

Directorial debut, the Gilda Radner tribute special special "Friends of Gilda" (CBC)

1993

Debuted on Broadway with "The Goodbye Girl"; received a Tony nomination

1992

Made American musical theater debut in Chicago production of Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl"

1991

Offered another scene-stealing turn as the wedding planner Franck Eggelhoffer in the remake of "Father of the Bride"

1989

Received raves for a scene-stealing uncredited performance as a smarmy agent in "The Big Picture"

1988

Created (also produced, wrote, and lent voice) the NBC Saturday morning cartoon "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley"

1987

Cast in first romantic lead "Cross My Heart"

1986

Made U.S. feature debut, co-starring in "Three Amigos!"

1985

Starred (also wrote) in his own "Showtime Comedy Spotlight" special "Martin Short Concert for the North Americas"

1984

Joined the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

1982

Joined the ensemble of "SCTV Comedy Network" during its fifth season as a writer-performer

1979

Made feature acting debut in "Lost and Found"

1979

Landed U.S. debut as a TV regular on "The Associates," an acclaimed but short-lived ABC sitcom

1972

Made professional stage debut in Toronto production of "Godspell," co-starring Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Paul Shaffer, and Dave Thomas

1972

Performed in musicals and cabarets in Canada

1969

Met future Second City collaborator Dave Thomas in college

Joined Toronto unit of Second City comedy troupe

Co-starred with Thomas in "Macbeth," with Short as Lennox and Thomas as Banquo

Appeared in a production of "Fortune and Men's Eyes"

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Landed first professional acting job, as a giant Visa card in a TV commercial

Bonus Trivia

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"I could retire in a second. I don't know. I want my exit to be as cool as my entrance. I kind of feel that when you do what I do, you make a deal with the audience. Do they really need to see you wheeled out on a stretcher? But I do know this – I love performing." – Short quoted in The Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2006

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"He's fearless," says [fellow "SCTV" alumnus Andrea] Martin. "He'll do the same thing in his living room that he'll do for millions of people on TV. I remember I was sitting at home watching Johnny Carson. Bette Davis came on first. Then Marty came on and broke out into a very accurate impersonation of Bette Davis to Bette Davis. My heart was in my mouth; I was afraid he'd insulted her, but it was like he'd been in show business for 95 years, like George Burns. He's completely uninhibited." – from Premiere, August 1991

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Short was named a member of the Royal Order of Canada in 1994.

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"What's great about being a character actor is you know that you can survive forever. It's not about the gloss of your eyebrows. One of my great influences was Don Knotts as Barney Fife." – Short in Us, April 1997

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Displaying perhaps a bit too much confidence, Short commenting to Michael Starr of the New York Post (Sept. 13, 1999) on his new daytime series: "I've always liked myself on talk shows. I can objectively look at myself and say, that's me being kind of loose at a party. I buy that."

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