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Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, singer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has also starred in several comedic films such as Mars Attacks! and Father of the Bride.

Early life

Short, youngest of five children, was born in Hamilton, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker, the son of Olive (née Hayter), a violinist, and Charles Patrick Short, a corporate executive with Stelco, a Canadian steel company. Short's father came to North America in 1921 as a stowaway Roman Catholic refugee from South Armagh, Northern Ireland during the Irish War of Independence. His mother, who was the concertmaster of the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra, encouraged his early creative endeavours.

Short attended Westdale Secondary Schoolmarker and graduated in 1972 from McMaster Universitymarker with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work. His eldest brother, David, was killed in a car accident in 1962, when Short was 12. His mother died of cancer when he was 17; two years later, his father died of complications from a stroke in 1970.

Career

Early career

When Short graduated from McMaster University, he intended to pursue a career in social work, but he became interested in acting once he was cast in a Torontomarker production of Godspell in 1972 (among the other members of that production's cast: Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas and Andrea Martin, with Paul Shaffer as musical director.) He was subsequently cast in several television shows and plays, including an intense topical drama, Fortune and Men's Eyes. (He worked solely in Canada from 1972 through 1979.)

In 1979, Short starred in the TV sitcom The Associates about a group of young novice lawyers working at a Wall Streetmarker law firm.

Short then joined the cast of I'm a Big Girl Now, a sitcom vehicle for Diana Canova in 1980. Canova was offered the sitcom due to her success playing Corinne Tate Flotsky on ABC's Soap, and she left the cast of the latter show in the fall of 1980 in order to accept the offer shortly before Short's newlywed wife Nancy Dolman joined it.

SCTV

Short was encouraged to pursue comedy by McMaster classmates Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas, both notable comedians in their own right. He joined Levy and Thomas at improv troupe The Second City in 1977. Short came to public notice when the troupe produced a show for television, called Second City Television or SCTV, which ran for several years in Canadamarker and the United Statesmarker. Short was a cast member and performed several recurring characters. He was a member of the troupe for several years before moving on to Saturday Night Live for the 1984-1985 season. At SCTV, Short developed many characters which he later used at SNL:



Saturday Night Live

At SNL, Short helped revive the show after Eddie Murphy left with his many characters, including the Wheel of Fortune fan Ed Grimley he borrowed from his SCTV days. The Grimley character became perhaps Short's best known original character. He also was recognized for his impersonations of celebrities, notably Jerry Lewis and Katharine Hepburn, and for the character of Nathan Thurm. SNL proved to be the springboard to a long career in film & TV.

Film

After doing sketch comedy for several years, Short focused on film roles, appearing in many films, including ¡Three Amigos!, Innerspace, The Big Picture, Captain Ron, Clifford, Mars Attacks!, and the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride as well as the sequel. In 2004 he wrote and starred in Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, with Jan Hooks as his wife, Dixie Glick. Also in 1997 he appeared as Richard Kempster in Jungle 2 Jungle which starred Tim Allen. He starred in another movie with Tim Allen in 2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Short was also in Pure Luck directed by Nadia Tass with Danny Glover and Sheila Kelley, and in Three Fugitives directed by Francis Veber with Nick Nolte and James Earl Jones. He also played Thimbletack the Brownie from theSpiderwick Chronicles.

Live performances

Short also resumed work in the theater, taking a role in the 1993 musical version of the Neil Simon work The Goodbye Girl, receiving a Tony Award nomination as well an Outer Critic Circle Award. He had the lead role in the 1999 revival of the musical Little Me, which earned him a Tony Award and another Outer Critic Circle Award.

Short performed in his satirical one-man show (with a full cast of six), Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, at the Bernard B.marker Jacobs Theatremarker on Broadway. The show toured several cities in the spring of 2006, began previews on July 29, 2006, opened on August 17 and closed on January 7, 2007. In it, he performed his aforementioned classic characters Grimley, Cohen, and Glick. As Glick, Short brought a member of the audience (usually a celebrity) on stage and interviews him or her. Jerry Seinfeld was the guest on opening night and the subjects have included Bill Maher, Kristin Chenoweth, Tom Burg, Regis Philbin, Neil Simon, Diane Keaton, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Kind, David Schwimmer, David Hasselhoff and many more. 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, Rachel 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.

During 2008 and 2009 Short continues to tour his comedy show, which features many of his best loved characters and skits.

Personal life

Relationships

Short met Canadianmarker comic actress Nancy Dolman during the run of the 1972 production of Godspell. After that production, Short dated costar Gilda Radner, then began dating Dolman (Radner's understudy) in 1974. The couple married in 1980.

Dolman retired from show business in 1985 to be a homemaker. Short and Dolman have three children: Katherine Elizabeth (born December 2, 1983), Oliver Patrick (born April 29, 1986), and Henry Hayter (born August 4, 1989). Short and his family make their home in Pacific Palisades, Californiamarker, and Short has become a naturalized U.S. citizen, as well as a citizen of the United Kingdom. The Shorts also have a home on Lake Rosseau in Ontariomarker, Canadamarker.

Short has two stars on Canada's Walk of Fame. He is a Roman Catholic. His brother, Michael Short, is a comedy writer and twice winner of the Emmy Award for comedy sketch writing.

Extended family

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. Dolman and Short are aunt and uncle to the couple's two sons, Jack (born 1981) and Joe (born 1983). Bob Dolman and Andrea Martin have since divorced. Short is the first cousin of Clare Short, a member of the British Parliamentmarker and a former Britishmarker cabinet minister.

Awards and honors



Filmography

Actor
Year Film Role Other notes
1972 Cucumber Smokey the Hare TV series
Right On Regular TV series
1975 Peep Show ???? TV series
1976 The David Steinberg Show Johnny Del Bravo TV series
1978 For The Record Weepy TV series
1979 Lost & Found Engel
The Associates Tucker Kerwin TV series (Unknown episodes)
The Family Man Louie (TV)
1980 The Love Boat Melvin TV series
I'm A Big Girl Now Neal Stryker TV series
1981 Second City TV Pancho TV series
Taxi Mitch Harris TV series
1982 Miss Peach of the Kelly School (Voice) TV series
1982-1983 SCTV Network 90 Various TV series
1983 Sunset Limousine Bradley Z. Coleman (TV)
1983-1984 SCTV Channel Various TV series
1986 Tall Tales and Legends Johnny Appleseed TV series
¡Three Amigos! Ned Nederlander
1987 Really Weird Tales Shucky (TV)
Innerspace Jack Putter
Cross My Heart David Morgan
1988 The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley Ed Grimley / Emil Gustav/Various (voice) TV series
1989 The Making of Me
Andrea Martin... Together Again Dr. August Allwoman / Kennedy (TV)
I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood Lawrence Orbach / Bradley P. Allen / Ed Grimley / Jackie Rogers, Jr./ Dale O'Day / 'Baby' Estelle O'Day / Troy (TV)
Three Fugitives Ned Perry
The Big Picture Neil Sussman, Nick's Agent (Uncredited)
1989-1990 The Tracey Ullman Show Lou, Football fan / Doc The Elvis Presley Freak TV series
1990 The Dave Thomas Comedy Show TV series
1991 Pure Luck Eugene Proctor
Maniac Mansion Eddie O'Donnell TV series
Father of the Bride Franck Eggelhoffer
1992 Captain Ron Martin Harvey
1993 Money For Nothing Harrison Kilray TV Film (BBC Screen One series)
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story Stubbs the Clown (voice)
1994 Clifford Clifford Daniels
The Martin Short Show Marty Short TV series (Unknown episodes)
1995 The Pebble and the Penguin Hubie (voice) Animated Film
Father of the Bride Part II Franck Eggelhoffer
1996 Creature Crunch (Voice) (VG)
Mars Attacks! Press Secretary Jerry Ross
1997 Jungle 2 Jungle Richard Kempster
A Simple Wish Murray
1998 Akbar's Adventure Tours Akbar
Merlin Frik (TV)
The Prince of Egypt Huy (voice)
1999 Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter / Chinless Idiot (TV)
Mumford Lionel Dillard
2001 Get Over It Dr. Desmond Forrest Gates
Prince Charming Rodney (TV)
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Ooblar (voice)
2002 CinéMagiquemarker George
Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself
Treasure Planet B.E.N. (voice)
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Lars (voice) (V)
2001-2003 Primetime Glick Jiminy Glick / Miss Gathercole / Various TV series
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Jiminy Glick / David Lynch
Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper Preminger (V)
2005 Arrested Development Uncle Jack TV series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sebastian Ballentine / Henry Palaver TV series
1984-2005 Saturday Night Live Jiminy Glick /Host / Various TV series
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Jack Frost
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Thimbletack (voice)
2010 Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil The Woodsman (voice) Completed
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! The Cat in the Hat TV series


Writer
Year Film Other notes
1981 Second City TV TV series
1982-1983 SCTV Network 90 TV series
1983-1984 SCTV Channel TV series
1985 Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas (TV)
1984-1985 Saturday Night Live TV-series
1988 The Best of SCTV (TV)
The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley TV series
1989 The 1989 Gemini Awards (TV)
I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood (TV)
1994 The Martin Short Show TV series (Unknown episodes)
1995 The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show (TV)
1999 The Martin Short Show TV series (Unknown episodes)
2001 Primetime Glick TV series (Unknown episodes)
2003 Martin Short Shorts (TV)
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood


Producer
Year Film Other notes
1994 The Martin Short Show TV series (Unknown episodes), (executive producer)
1999 The Martin Short Show TV series (Unknown episodes), (executive producer)
2001 Primetime Glick TV series (Unknown episodes), (executive producer), (producer)
2003 Martin Short Shorts (TV) (producer)
2004 Jimmy Glick in Lalawood (Producer)


Director
Year Film Other notes
1993 Friends of Gilda (TV)


In-character quotes

  • As Irving Cohen: "What hell kind of name is Roy!?"
  • As Irving Cohen: "Give me a C, a bouncy C."
  • As Irving Cohen (as his standard conclusion to an improvised song, of which he's sung a few bars, accompanied by replacing his cigar in his mouth): "...a dot dot dot, dee dee dee, and whatever the hell else you want to put in there."
  • As Ed Grimley (indrawn breath): "I must say...".
  • As Ed Grimley (clutching his burning fingers after removing a batch of cookies from the oven without using an oven mitt): "That's a pain that will tend to linger."
  • As Bradley Allen: "You can't tell me that a woman who plays the tuba doesn't have a boyfriend somewhere... I mean who's going to carry the damn thing?"
  • As Bradley Allen (drinking Scotch and declining tissues after a productive cough): "No, I got it."
  • As Franc Eggelhoffer..."Every party has a pooper, that's why we invited you, party pooper, GEORGE BANKS! That's who!"
  • As Jack Frost (talking to a little girl who told him to chill) : "I invented chill!"
  • As Jack Frost (talking to the other members of the Legendary Council) "Excuse me! Did you accuse me of being skillful and delicious? Guilty as charged!"
  • As Huy.... "You're playing with the big boys now!"


References

  1. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102729/


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