Steve Martin may have given up on acting, but he’s worn many hats during his career: NPR

Charles (Steve Martin), Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Oliver (Martin Short) are featured in the third episode of Hulu’s Only murders in the building.

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Charles (Steve Martin), Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Oliver (Martin Short) are featured in the third episode of Hulu’s Only murders in the building.

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Longtime actor Steve Martin told The Hollywood Reporter he plans to cut back on his acting role after the hit Hulu show ends Only murders in the building, although he did not say he would retire.

“When this TV show is over, I’m not going to look for any more,” he said. “I’m not going to look for other films. I don’t want to do cameos. Weirdly, that’s it.”

In his six-decade long career, Martin has been a jack-of-all-trades and is one Tony Award away from becoming an EGOT (Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony) winner.

If Martin decides to step away from his stellar career in entertainment, here’s a look back at the many talents he’s showcased.


Martin made his comedy debut as a writer on the 1960s show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hourfor which he won an Emmy in 1969. He began hosting saturday night live (which he hosted 15 times) in the 1970s, and gained notoriety performing sold-out shows using his quirky stand-up style, which often incorporated music and props.

He retired from stand-up comedy in the 1980s and continued to act, later receiving the Mark Twain Award for American Humor in 2005.

He returned to the business in 2016 when he opened for Jerry Seinfeld. That same year, he went on a national tour with Only murders in the building costar Martin Short and the pair released the Netflix special, An evening you will forget for the rest of your life, in 2018.

famous actor

Martin has starred in dozens of films, including three amigos (1986), Planes, trains and automobiles (1987), bow finger (1999) and the father of the bride and Cheaper by the dozen franchisees.

Although he was never nominated for an Oscar, he received an honorary award in 2013.

In 2016, Martin helped write and compose his first Broadway musical, Shining starset in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1940s. It received five Tony nominations for the play.

Since 2021, Martin is a co-creator and has acted as an amateur podcaster in Only murders in the buildingwho is currently nominated for seven Emmy Awards, including three for Martin.

Grammy-winning musician

Martin, who was born in Texas and raised in California, began playing the banjo as a teenager and then incorporated the instrument heavily into his stand-up routines in the 1970s. He went on to win a Grammy in 2002 for his cover of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” by Earl Scrugg.

He released his first music-only album, The Crow: new songs for the 5-string banjoin 2009, for which he won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010.

Martin won three more Grammys for his contributions to the bluegrass genre.

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