Martin Short

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Biography

Born in Ontario, Canada, Martin Short began his career on Canada's SCTV Comedy Network, where his work garnered an Emmy Award. Short's proven ability as a comedic chameleon and his host of hilarious impressions brought him to the attention of Saturday Night Live. After only one season, Martin Short was instantly recognized for his standout performances and on-the-mark impressions of such characters as Ed Grimley, Jackie Rogers Jr., legendary songwriter Irving Cohen and lawyer Nathan Thurm. With the tremendous exposure he gained on Saturday Night Live, he was on the Hollywood fast track and quickly crossed over into feature film work.

Short made his big screen debut in Three Amigos. where he worked along side former Saturday Night Live colleagues Chevy Chase and Steve Martin. Over the years he has continued to land plum comedic roles in theatrical releases such as Inner Space, Tim Burton's Mars Attacks, Jungle to Jungle and The Big Picture, among others. Perhaps his most memorable role was that of the scene-stealing Franck the wedding planner in Father of the Bride. He later reprised the hilarious portrayal for Father of the Bride II.

Not limiting himself to acting, Martin Short has also written, produced and starred in three highly acclaimed comedy specials for television. For these efforts, which included Martin Short's Concert for the North Americas, for Showtime, I Martin Short, Goes Hollywood, for NBC, and The Show Formerly Known As The Martin Short Show, for NBC, he won two Cable Ace awards and an Emmy Award, respectively.

Short's work in television also includes his co-starring, Emmy-nominated role in the NBC mini-series Merlin, one of the highest-rated programs in the network's history. And following that he co-starred in the critically acclaimed Alice in Wonderland, for NBC as the Mad Hatter.

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