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Martin Short Biography

Birth Place:
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Comedian, actor, writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Best known for his TV comedy work, which includes SCTV, Saturday Night Live and Primetime Glick
  • Attended college with fellow SCTV cast members Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas
  • Performed in a 1972 Toronto production of Godspell with Levy, Gilda Radner, Victor Garber and Andrea Martin
  • Made his Broadway debut (opposite Bernadette Peters) in 1993 in a musical version of The Goodbye Girl
  • Was a recipient of the Order of Canada in 1994
  • Turned down the opportunity to play accountant Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks' 2001 smash Broadway musical The Producers, and the part went to Matthew Broderick instead
  • Short later played the role in a 2003 Los Angeles production opposite Jason Alexander
  • Revived his most famous characters, including Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley, in his 2006 Broadway show: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me
  • As of 2007, hosts the "O Canada!" educational film at Epcot in Walt Disney World


  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: nominated
  • 2015Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Variety Special: winner
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated