After almost 60 years in Hollywood, Steve Martin may be ready to step out of the spotlight. He’s currently starring in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, one of the year’s most Emmy-nominated shows; touring the country with his costar, Martin Short; and working on his 12th book. But after Only Murders solves its final case, the 76-year-old actor says he’s planning to scale it all back.
“I’m really not interested in retiring,” Martin recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not. But I would just work a little less. Maybe.” The performer, who is up for three Emmys this year (Outstanding Comedy Series as producer, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and outstanding lead actor in a comedy series), has already committed to a third season of Only Murders. However, “When this television show is done, I’m not going to seek others. I’m not going to seek other movies. I don’t want to do cameos. This is, weirdly, it.”
Martin’s decades of work include films such as The Jerk, Roxanne, Parenthood, Father of the Bride, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. He’s also a novelist, playwright, Grammy-winning musician, and influential stand-up comedian who has hosted Saturday Night Live a staggering 15 times. Martin’s prolific career will be at the center of a forthcoming Apple TV+ documentary from A24 directed by Oscar winner Morgan Neville, who has helmed docs about Anthony Bourdain and Fred Rogers.
Curtailing his professional obligations will also give Martin more time to spend with his wife, Anne Stringfield, and their nine-year-old daughter. “I have a family life that’s really fun,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “To film a movie now, to go someplace else to live, I’m not willing to do that anymore. I can’t disappear for three months.” But Martin won’t be leaving without a fight, he said, adding, “My wife keeps saying, ‘You always say you’re going to retire, and then you always come up with something.”