American comedian, actor and writer famous for such films as The Jerk, Little Shop of Horrors, and Father of the Bride.
Martin began his career as a TV writer when he left college in 1967. He became a comedy writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-68), for which he won an Emmy Award in 1969. His first feature was a short film he wrote called The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977), which was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1979, he starred in his first full-length feature film, The Jerk, before going on to star in the identity-swapping comedy All of Me (1984) with Lily Tomlin. Martin received Best Actor awards from both the New York Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review for his performance in All of Me. He also won rave reviews for his portrayal of a demented dentist in Frank Oz's Little Shop of Horrors (1986).
In 1987, Martin stretched his talent even further by co-writing, executive-producing and starring in Roxanne (1987), a modern interpretation of the story of Cyrano De Bergerac. For his work in Roxanne he won a Best Actor award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association as well as an award for Best Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. In 1991, Martin wrote, starred in and co-executive produced L.A. Story. He also starred in the Disney remake of Father of the Bride (1992) and its 1995 sequel. In 2003, Martin starred opposite Queen Latifah in the romantic comedy Bringing Down the House, which debuted at a surprising No. 1 at the box office. In 2004, Martin costarred with Bonnie Hunt to reprise the 1950s comedy Cheaper by the Dozen. He then wrote and starred in another remake, 2006's Pink Panther, which performed well at the box office.
For his body of work, Martin received an honorary Oscar in 2013.