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Steve Martin was born in 1945 and raised in Inglewood, California. An imaginative youth, Martin nurtured a love for performing at an early age and became a talented musician and magician in college before turning his focus to comedy.

Martin began writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour while in college, and in 1969 won an Emmy Award for his work on the show. Martin cultivated a small but dedicated fanbase in the 1970s for his stand-up routines, but it wasn’t until his 1976 appearance hosting Saturday Night Live that he became a renowned comedian.

Following his breakthrough, Martin transitioned from stand-up comedy to acting and cemented a reputation as a blockbuster movie star, credited with over 45 films.