VJ Books Presents Author Martin Short!
Martin Short was born in Hamilton, Ontario, where he lived and worked until he eventually graduated from McMaster University with a degree in social work. His comedic talents were undeniable, and his prowess for slapstick supreme. It was no surprise when he chose a career in comedy.
He started out small, with tiny roles on American television. His first big break came in 1982, in the form of a role on SCTV: Network 90, the American version of the hit Canadian comedy series SCTV.
After a year he returned to his country of birth to appear in the original SCTV. Short won an Emmy, a Gemini, and the Earl Grey Award for his work in SCTV. The show brought him to the attention of the country and also to fellow Canuck-turned-television producer Lorne Michaels. Short was lured south of the border once more to appear in Michaels' Saturday Night Live where he stayed for only a year. The year was enough however for Americans to take notice. Short was ready for bigger things, and bigger screens.
One of Short's signature characters, Jiminy Glick, got him his big screen debut in Three Amigos, a film which starred fellow SNL alums, Chevy Chase and Steve Martin. Since then he continued to appear in comedic films, usually in co-starring and supportive roles, such as the character Franck, in Steve Martin's Father of the Bride films.
Along with his feature film work, Short has also always had a penchant for the stage. Soon after his graduation from McMaster he appeared in the stage production of Godspell. Other Canadian stage productions include You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (he played Snoopy), What's a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This?, The Apple Tree, Harry's Back in Town and Second City.
Short appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's musical version of The Goodbye Girl. He received a Tony Award nomination as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Theater World Awards for it. He has also starred in director Lawrence Kasdan's production of John Patrick Shanley's Four Dogs and a Bone at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Between films and stage productions, Short has also worked in television. He has written and produced three comedy specials. Martin Short's Concert for the North Americas won a Cable Ace Award, as did I, Martin Short Goes Hollywood, and The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show won him an Emmy.
His more recent film credits include Innerspace, Mars Attacks!, and Jimmy Neutron.
In 1994, Short was awarded Canada's highest civilian honor, The Order of Canada. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.