Is an accomplished banjo player and appears playing the instrument in Earl Scruggs and Friends video for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", for which he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance. This makes him rare in that he has won Grammies for both comedy and music.
Stanley Kubrick liked his work in The Jerk (1979) and once considered having him play Bill Harford in Eyes Wide Shut (1999); the role which later went to Tom Cruise.
Dated Anne Heche.
Is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and collects the art of Georgia O'Keeffe, Richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, Helen Frankenthaler, Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Pablo Picasso.
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He is in the horn section of B.B. King's "In The Midnight Hour" music video.
Studied philosophy at California State University at Long Beach, and for a while, considered becoming a philosophy professor instead of an actor-comedian.
Once had a job at Disneyland in the Magic Shop on Main Street, USA. He also worked for neighboring amusement park Knott's Berry Farm as a comedian in their "Birdcage Theatre". It was during these jobs that he honed his skills in live performance, such as improv comedy, banjo playing, juggling, and lassoing.
Dated Bernadette Peters and Helena Bonham Carter.
Graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1963. He attended Rancho Alamitos High School in the beginning of his high school career, but then Garden Grove opened. At that point he lived in the attendance area that went to Grove and had to start going there. He was also a cheerleader at Rancho and often did his King Tut dance.
Member of "Saturday Night Live" (1975)'s "Five Timers Club" by hosting 14 times (the most one person has ever hosted).
Contrary to popular belief, Martin was never a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). However, he holds the records for guest appearances (25) on the show (followed closely by Buck Henry), hosting (at 14 times, he sets the standard for the SNL "Five Timers Club"), and hosting in a single season (3). He is also the only person to have hosted a season premiere, a season finale, and a Christmas show.
Hosted the 75th Annual Academy Awards.
He is a fan of _"Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969) (TV)_ . This led to him being the host/narrator of the documentary Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python (1989) (TV).
As a vegetarian, he made fun of hotdogs in a 1970s standup act.
His study of philosophy was a source of much of his material for his 1970s standup act.
Was an extra in Bruce Lee's second movie, Jing wu men (1972). He plays a policeman who shoots Bruce at the very end of the film.
Was listed as #50 in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" List (2003).
Played the banjo in his guest appearance on the _"Muppet Show, The" (1976)_ .
Was voted Most Talented by his classmates at Garden Grove high school.
Chosen as #6 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time
Is skilled with a rope or lasso, and did his own ropework in ¡Three Amigos! (1986). He also plays the harmonica.
As his insistence, the 1987-1988 season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" (1975) (hosted by Martin) went on, despite the fact that there hadn't been a dress rehearsal. There was a fire in a nearby studio and the cast and crew were evacuated from Rockefeller Center just before dress rehearsal was scheduled to begin.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actor category for the films Bringing Down the House (2003) and Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), as well being listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his role in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). He did not receive either nomination.
Attended Lampson Intermediate School (now Ralston Intermediate) in Garden Grove, California.
Recipient of the 8th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2005, awarded by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Has worked with actor 'Eugene Levy' on four different films, Father of the Bride (1991), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Bringing Down the House (2003) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).
His performance as Navin Johnson in 'The Jerk' (1979) was ranked #99 among Premiere Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time (2006).
Was considered for the role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
Is a fan of Doctor Who