Mike Myers

Mike Myers

Actor
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Life Story

Michael John Myers was born in 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, to Alice E. (Hind), an officer supervisor, and Eric Myers, an insurance agent. His parents were both English, and had served in the Royal Air Force and British Army, respectively.

Myers' television career really started in 1988, when he joined Saturday Night Live (1975), where he spent six seasons. He brought to life many memorable characters, such as Dieter and Wayne Cambell. His major movies include Wayne's World (1992), Wayne's World 2 (1993), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), the Austin Powers movies and The Cat in the Hat (2003).

Family

Kelly Tisdale (22 November 2010 - present) ( 3 children)

Trivia

Collects model soldiers; he finds the building and painting of the soldiers to be relaxing.
Graduated high school in 1982 and was immediately accepted into Toronto's Second City Comedy ensemble.
As a teenager, he would act out his Wayne character to girls at parties.
Has 3 dogs named after hockey players.
Used to take dancing lessons in Toronto.
His character Linda Richman on Saturday Night Live (1975), is based on his ex mother-in-law, Linda Richman.
Appeared with Gilda Radner, in a television commercial when he was nine, he cried on the last day of the shooting. Since then, his brothers called him "Sucky Baby".
Carries a British Passport. He has said in many interviews that he regards himself as British.
His success as Austin Powers in the late 1990s won him a $40 million deal to star in 2 films for Universal. The first was to be Sprockets for which he'd already written the script. In June 2000: he was sued by Universal Pictures for $3.8 million for backing out of his contract to play Dieter in a feature film version of his Saturday Night Live (1975) recurring skit, "Sprockets". Myers was quoted to say he would refuse to honor the $20 million contract rather than "cheating moviegoers with an unacceptable script".
His mother studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before moving to Canada and raising a family.

Personal Quotes 

[June 1999] Austin Powers was born out of trying to celebrate my father's life. My father's favorites were mine -- Peter Sellers, Monty Python, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore . . . my dad was a guy who loved to be silly; he had a highly prized sense of humor. When I would bring friends home to play table hockey in the basement, if my dad didn't think they were funny, he wouldn't let them in the house. "They can't come around", he'd say. :They're not bloody funny!"
I still believe that at any time the no-talent police will come and arrest me.
As a people, the English find male partial nudity and cross-dressing to be very funny. It's definitely a color on our palette, and I follow in that tradition.
Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematic of not being. And a subtle flavour - we're more like celery as a flavour.
[when asked who some of his comic heroes were] Peter Sellers, Dan Aykroyd, the whole original SNL [Saturday Night Live (1975)] cast. Lorne Michaels is a hero of mine. I did a project on him in grade eight. He's a Canadian hero. He's a man of impeccable taste. And Gilda Radner was a big hero of mine.
[of Shrek the Third (2007), in which he again provided the character's voice] The first time you meet him, he's a self-loathing ogre who doesn't feel that he's worthy of love. In the second one, he doesn't feel worthy of marriage, and in this one he doesn't feel he's worthy of being the father of his country or being a father of a child. You know what I mean? It's a smart progression.

Filmography

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