Martin Short, comedian, actor (born at Hamilton, Ont 26 Mar 1950). Martin Short is a celebrated comedic performer. He appeared in the 1972 Toronto production of Godspell shortly after graduating from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work, and then worked part-time as a social worker while establishing himself in the Toronto comedy scene.
In 1977, Short joined the Second City comedy troupe, where he stayed for a number of years and learned, says Short, "how to write and how to trust my instincts onstage." He worked on some small-scale American television before appearing in the American version of SCTV (1982). Just months later Short moved back north to appear in the original Canadian version, displaying his versatility as an artist and his superb comic timing. Short won both an Emmy and a Genie Award for his writing on the show. This brought him to the attention of fellow Canadian Lorne Michaels, who asked Short to join the Not-for-Prime-Time Players on the hit show Saturday Night Live. Although Short stayed with SNL for only one year (1986), it led him to a new forum for comedy: feature films.
Three Amigos (1986) was Martin Short's movie debut. Since then he has flourished as a character actor, lending his talents to films including Innerspace (1987), Three Fugitives (1989), Captain Ron (1992), Clifford (1994), A Simple Wish (1996), Mars Attacks! (1996), Merlin (1998), Mumford (1999), Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (2004, voice), The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008, voice) and The Blue Elephant (2008, voice). Short charmed movie audiences with his clever and quirky interpretation of the flamboyant wedding planner Franck Eggelhoffer in the Father of the Bride (1991, 1995) films.
Short's career has not been limited to the film industry. While maintaining his reputation as a film actor he has appeared in numerous stage productions, including reviews comprising his own material as well as mainstream productions. Some of his Canadian stage credits include You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; What's a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This?; The Apple Tree; and numerous Second City mainstage productions in Toronto. Other highlights include The Goodbye Girl and Little Me on Broadway.
For television, he hosted the briefly aired The Martin Short Show (1994), which was nominated for 8 Emmy Awards. He wrote and produced 3 comedy specials, all of which won major awards. One of Short's televised hits was the somewhat controversial Primetime Glick on Comedy Central, in which he appeared as an overweight and obnoxious talk show host. In 2004, Short took this character to the big screen for the feature Jiminy Glick in Lalawood. Since then he has had guest roles on the popular series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Arrested Development, and played lawyer Leonard Winstone in 9 episodes of Damages. He has contributed voice work to the series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! and appeared in the popular series How I Met Your Mother and Weeds. In 2011 he signed up for a stint as a judge on Canada's Got Talent and hosted the TV specials Long Story Short, celebrating the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 75th birthday and I, Martin Short, Goes Home.
He created an autobiographical one-man show, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, for Broadway and began touring with it in 2006, reprising some of his most popular characters, among them Jiminy Glick and the nerdy Ed Grimley.
Martin Short has received many awards, beginning with an Emmy in 1982 for his SCTV work. He has won the Outer Critics Circle Award twice in his career, for the Broadway shows The Goodbye Girl and Little Me, in 1993 and 1999 respectively. Little Me also earned him the 1999 Tony Award for best actor in a musical, and in 2002 Short was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Primetime Glick. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance in the series Damages.
In 1994, Short was the recipient of Canada's highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada. As part of the SCTV cast, he was honoured with the Earle Grey Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. He received the Sir Peter Ustinov Award at the Banff Television Festival in 1999. He was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2000 and the following year was given an honorary Doctor of Literature from McMaster University. In 2002 Martin Short was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding achievement.