[[caption-width-right:300:A wild and crazy guy.]]
->''"I loved to make people laugh in high school, and then I found I loved being on stage in front of people. I'm sure that's some kind of ego trip or a way to overcome shyness. I was very kind of shy and reserved, so there's a way to be on stage and be performing and balance your life out."''

Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, author, and musician who first became famous as a writer for ''Series/TheSmothersBrothersComedyHour'' and as a frequent guest on ''Series/TheTonightShow''. After appearing on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' as a guest host, he [[ColbertBump quickly became]] (and still is) one of the most popular comedians in the United States. Since the 1980's, he has focused more on acting than stand-up comedy. Martin is also well known as an accomplished banjo player and would often play the instrument during stand-up comedy shows in the 1970's. He has released two albums of bluegrass music: 2009's ''The Crow: New Songs for the 5 String Banjo'' (for which he won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album) and 2011's ''Rare Bird Alert''. He has recently returned to touring, but instead of stand-up comedy, it's with the bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers.

He was never a cast member of ''SNL'' ([[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer a common misconception]])--he was a cast member on Lorne Michaels' failed ABC prime-time sketch series ''The New Show'', but was only a frequent host on ''SNL''--but Martin still became very close with several of the cast members, including Gilda Radner. On the day Radner died from ovarian cancer in 1989, Martin was to host ''SNL''; after introducing a video clip of him and Radner appearing in a 1978 sketch, he became [[ManlyTears overcome with grief and started to cry.]]

Steve Martin is a [[HiddenDepths surprisingly deep guy;]] he has a degree in philosophy. He has done a significant amount of writing, not only penning screenplays for some of his best movies (''LA Story'', ''Roxanne'', ''Bowfinger'') but also stage plays (''Picasso at the Lapin Agile'') and novellas (''Shop Girl'', ''The Pleasure of My Company''.) He is also the owner of one of southern California's finest private collections of modern art--and it has been implied by many, including Martin, that [[MoneyDearBoy expanding his collection]] is the motivation behind his taking such roles as ''Bringing Down the House'' and ''The Pink Panther''.

Martin has guest-hosted ''Saturday Night Live'' 15 times. When he made his 11th appearance in 1989, he surpassed Buck Henry as the most frequent host in the history of the show, a title he held for 22 years until Creator/AlecBaldwin overtook him in 2011 with 16.

Not to be confused with Dick Martin, co-host of ''Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In''.
* ''Film/TheAbsentMindedWaiter'' (1977)
* ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' (1978)
* ''Film/TheJerk'' (1979)
* ''Series/PenniesFromHeaven'' (1981)
* ''Film/DeadMenDontWearPlaid'' (1982)
* ''Film/TheManWithTwoBrains'' (1983)
* ''Film/TheLonelyGuy'' (1984)
* ''Film/AllOfMe'' (1984)
* ''Film/ThreeAmigos'' (1986)
* ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' (1986)
* ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' (1987) - Martin considers this his best performance.
* ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'' (1987)
* ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels'' (1988)
* ''Film/{{Parenthood}}'' (1989)
* ''Film/MyBlueHeaven'' (1990)
* ''Film/{{Father of the Bride| 1991}}'' (1991)
* ''Film/GrandCanyon'' (1991)
* ''Film/LAStory'' (1991)
* ''Film/LeapOfFaith'' (1992)
* ''Father of the Bride Part II'' (1995)
* ''Film/SgtBilko'' (1996)
* ''Film/TheSpanishPrisoner'' (1997)
* ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' (1999)
* ''Film/{{Novocaine}}'' (2001)
* ''Film/BringingDownTheHouse'' (2003)
* ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen'' (2003)
* ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' (2003)
* ''Cheaper by the Dozen 2'' (2005)
* ''Shopgirl'' (2005) - Martin starred in the film and also wrote the novella upon which it's based.
* ''Film/{{The Pink Panther|2006}}'' (2006)
* ''Film/ThePinkPanther2'' (2009)
* ''Film/ItsComplicated'' (2009)
* ''Film/TheBigYear'' (2011)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'' (2014)
* ''Film/BillyLynnsLongHalftimeWalk'' (2016)

* ''Let's Get Small'' (1977)
* ''A Wild and Crazy Guy'' (1978)
* ''Comedy Is Not Pretty!'' (1979) - Final standup album.
* ''The Steve Martin Brothers'' (1981) - Standup and songs.
* ''The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo'' (2009) - First album entirely of songs.
* ''Rare Bird Alert'' (2011) (with the Steep Canyon Rangers)
* ''So Familiar'' (2015) (with Edie Brickell) - Later adapted into the Broadway show ''Bright Star''.

!!Associated Tropes:
* UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardsCeremonies: Hosted the show on 3 occasions, to great acclaim. Although he never earned a competitive nomination for his work as an actor or writer (despite some saying he could have for ''Film/AllOfMe'' or ''Film/{{Roxanne}}''), he was eventually given an Honorary Oscar of his own in 2013.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: His OneHitWonder song "King Tut" uses the rhyme "''Born in Arizona'' [=/=] ''Moved to Babylonia''" which is a great rhyme, though UsefulNotes/{{Tutankhamun}} was neither born in Arizona nor ever went to Babylonia.
* CatchPhrase: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zANvYB93u2g Well EXCUUUUUUUUSE ME!]]" for a while there during his stand-up days.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: [[invoked]]As mentioned above, Steve Martin was never a cast member on ''Saturday Night Live'' (contrary to popular belief), but he hosted so many times and was a memorable part of the show in its early days that he could have been one of them. Martin ''was'' on Creator/LorneMichaels failed prime-time sketch show ''The New Show'' (which was such a critical and ratings failure that it made Lorne Michaels consider coming back to ''SNL'' after leaving the show from 1980 to 1985).
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: One of his TV specials had a short film of Martin acting out the storyline from Marty Robbins' song "El Paso" with all the other characters played by chimps.
* FunnyForeigner: He and Creator/DanAykroyd played Georg and Yortuk Festrunk, Czech immigrants and swinging bachelors, in a series of early ''SNL'' sketches. Steve also carried over the voice to his stand-up.
* JustLikeMakingLove: "Hosting the Oscars is much like making love to a woman. It's something I only get to do when Billy Crystal is out of town."[[note]]He has hosted the Academy Awards three times, most famously in 2003 (the one where Creator/MichaelMoore made his anti–Iraq War scene when ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'' won the Best Documentary Oscar).[[/note]]
* MisaimedFandom: Besides his natural shyness, another of the reasons why he's become a ReclusiveArtist is because he noticed that the people he talked to in social settings would very often take everything he said as a joke and laugh even at what he meant seriously.
* MoralityBallad: "Grandmother's Song", a staple of his early stand-up act, parodies this trope by turning into WordSaladLyrics.
* NamesTheSame: [[invoked]]No, he wasn't the lead singer of the BaroquePop band The Left Banke back in TheSixties, even though he is an accomplished musician.
** Nor was he in the American footage from ''[[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters1956 Godzilla: King of the Monsters!]]''.
* OneOfUs: One of his conditions for ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' was the presence of a [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek.]]
* {{Punchline}}: {{Averted|Trope}}. Along with Creator/MontyPython, Martin was one of the first comedians on the 1970s comedy scene who experimented with comedy that had no punchlines, making him an early example of what would eventually become "alternative" comedy. In his autobiography, he described it as not allowing the audience the release of tension which came with a designated cue to laugh, keeping them on their toes and making sure they clung to his every word.
* ReclusiveArtist: Rarely, if ever, signs autographs, instead handing out cards that read "This is irrefutable proof that you met me and think I'm a great guy." [[note]]In his youth, Creator/JuddApatow wrote to Martin asking for an autograph, but was turned down. Apatow wrote back, angrily demanding his autograph and received a signed photo which read "[[SarcasmMode Sorry]], I didn't realize I was speaking to ''[[SmallNameBigEgo the]]'' [[SmallNameBigEgo Judd Apatow]]."[[/note]]
* SilverFox: His hair was already greying in the late 70's, but still looks good.
** Even Rachel Ward (of ''Literature/TheThornBirds'' fame), who was regarded as quite a beauty in her prime, admitted that Steve Martin was one of the few comedians who was attractive (calling him a "hunk"). Even if her compliment turned into something that was slightly backhanded (as she mentioned that once Martin started talking, all of his hunk-ness faded away).
* SmallNameBigEgo: Since the beginning, his stage persona has been someone who genuinely believes he's the funniest, most talented performer ever whether or not the audience agrees with him (this was initially to combat stage fright). It eventually evolved into [[ItsAllAboutMe total arrogance]], with a never-ending supply of backhanded compliments.
* SpellingSong: One line in "Ramblin' Man."
--> "R-A-M-B-L-I-N. ({{Beat}}) Apostrophe."
* TaughtByExperience: Martin ''taught himself'' how to play banjo by slowing down bluegrass records and learning note-for-note. He's never had a formal lesson.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]He auditioned for the British version of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''. Oddly enough, the producers turned him down.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: When he plays fathers, this is generally part of the character's dilemmas.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: In his younger days. His hair went white very early, but he's hardly aged since, making him a rare example of both this and OlderThanTheyLook.