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August 14

Steve Martin

Steve Martin received the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2005 and was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2007.

Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

1945: A Wild and Crazy Guy
Steve Martin is born in Waco, Texas
Perhaps “zany” is the perfect word to describe this funny Renaissance man who juggles like a pro, dances with happy feet, and plays a mean banjo like no ordinary country star. Steve Martin’s goofy comedy stunts—from wearing a fake arrow through his head to twisting together balloon animals during his show—have endeared him to countless fans.

Even with a white-hot standup career propelled to new heights by his work on “Saturday Night Live,” Martin tried acting, with lead roles in hilarious films like The Jerk, Roxanne, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, among others. In recent years, he’s branched out: writing short stories and plays and appearing regularly with the bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers.
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