Martin Short

Martin Short

Life Story

Martin Short was born on March 26, 1950 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Martin Hayter Short. He is an actor and writer, known for Inherent Vice (2014), The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) and ¡Three Amigos! (1986). He was previously married to Nancy Dolman.


Nancy Dolman (22 December 1980 - 21 August 2010)( 3 children)


Received the Earl Grey Award for his work in SCTV (1976) at the Gemini Theatre in Toronto. [1995]
Was trained to be a social worker but got bit by the acting bug after taking a part in a production of "Godspell" in Toronto, Ontario.
His older brother died when Martin was 12, and, by age 20, both parents were dead, as well.
Graduated from Westdale High school in Hamilton, Ontario.
Won a Tony Award for best actor in a musical for his performance in the Broadway revival of Little Me. [1999]
Brother-in-law of Bob Dolman.
Was supposed to host the 1994 season premiere of Saturday Night Live (1975), but he had to back out at the last minute. He was replaced by Steve Martin.

Personal Quotes 

What's great about being a character actor is you know that you can survive forever. It's not about the gloss of your eyebrows . . One of my great influences was Don Knotts as Barney Fife."
[asked why he remains in show business] Two words, sweetie: balloon mortgage. And the need to be loved.
[in 2000] I'm totally aware of how lucky I am. I have health, family, children. I do work that gives me total joy and allows me to make a living, and maybe, if I'm lucky enough, I'll feel I've fulfilled a little bit of service to society because I brought other people some laughter.


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