|Martin Short Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||March 26, 1950|
Martin Short is a Canadian comedian, actor, and writer, best known for his outstanding roles in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), Inherent Vice (2014) and Three Amigos! (1986). The journey of this Canadian actor to becoming an award-winning actor-comedian began a bit late in his life. After graduating from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Social Work in 1971, he was prompted by friends to go into acting. He was cast in Godspell, a Toronto production musically directed by Paul Shaffer, alongside the following cast members; Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, and Andrea Martin. Later on, he diverted into comedy and became public notice after joining Second City Television, SCTV.
Working exclusively in Canada till 1979, Martin starred in The Associates, a US sitcom 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, and later went on to create his own television shows; a sitcom, The Martin Short Show (1994); a sketch comedy show, The Martin Short Show (1995); and a talk show The Martin Short Show (1999-2000). Returning home for a short while, he starred in a special show I, Martin Short, Goes Home that follows Martin’s return to his native Hamilton, Ontario, featuring cast members Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty, and Fred Willard. This show aired in 2012. He has appeared in other varieties of TV shows as a guest and made a ton of movies. Martin keeps his personal life private, hardly active on social media unlike his best friend, Steve Martin.
Martin Hayter Short
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Palisades, California, United States
Short studied at McMaster University.
Actor, Standup Comedian, Voice Actor, Writer, and Producer
- Father – Charles Patrick Short (Corporate Executive) (Deceased)
- Mother – Olive Hayter (Concert Mistress) (Deceased)
- Siblings – David Short (Older Brother) (Deceased), Brian Short (Older Brother), Nora Short (Older Sister) (Anesthesiologist), Michael Short (Older Brother) (Actor)
Martin Short is managed by –
- Brillstein-Grey Entertainment (Manager), California, USA
- William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment (Talent Agent Voice/Commercial), Beverly Hills, California, USA
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Martin Short has dated –
- Gilda Radner (1972-1974) – Martin Short started dating Gilda Radner, an American comedienne, and actress in 1972. They dated for almost 2 years before breaking up in 1974.
- Nancy Dolman (1980-2010) – Martin married Nancy Dolman, a Canadian comic in 1980. They both met during the run of the 1972 Toronto production of Godspell. They adopted 3 children – Katherine (b. 1983), Oliver (b. 1986), and Henry (b. 1989). In 2010, Nancy died from Ovarian Cancer.
He is of Irish and English ancestry.
Martin Short has endorsed brands such as –
- Black’s Photography stores
- Biography Channel (2001)
- VISA credit card
- Old Navy (2012)
Best Known For
- His roles in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), Inherent Vice (2014), and Three Amigos! (1986)
- His character in SCTV and SNL, playing Jiminy Glick
Martin Short made his feature film debut in the 1979 comedy classic, Lost and Found, portraying the character, Engel.
First TV Show
Martin Short made his first TV show appearance in a youth variety show, Right On in 1972.
Martin’s personal trainer is not known as he hardly expresses any interest in the workout during interviews. However, from his well-toned body and good-looking physique, we can conclude that he takes care of his diet.
Martin Short Facts
- He was raised as a Roman Catholic, the youngest of 5 children in Canada.
- He has been surrounded by family tragedies. His oldest brother David, died in a car accident in Montréal, Québec, in 1962 at the time young Short was 12 years old, his mother, Olive Grace, a renowned concert-mistress, died of cancer in 1968, and his father followed 2 years later from a stroke.
- He has acted in numerous movies 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).
- In mid-1980, Marty joined Saturday Night Live, receiving recognition in the United States of America. His many characters revived the show in those years.
- He resumed theatre work going on to receive a Tony Award nomination for playing the lead role in The Goodbye Girl, a 1993 musical version of the Neil Simon film on Broadway. In the later years, Martin finally bagged the award for Little Me, another Broadway musical.
- During the course of his entire career (until early 2019), he has been nominated for more than 40 awards and has won 9, including 2 Primetime Emmy awards.
- He is involved in several charity works, campaigning actively for the Women’s Research Cancer Fund, and is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.
- Martin has expressed displeasure against the Donald Trump administration and considers Trump’s presidency a “typo”.
- After the death of his wife, he has not been seen or associated with a girlfriend or partner.
- He is very close friends with Steve Martin.
- His autobiography, I Must Say: My Life As A Humble Comedy Legend, was published in 2014.
- He doesn’t seem to be active on social media.
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