Steve Martin might stop acting, but he’s worn many hats over his long career

Steve Martin might stop acting, but he’s worn many hats over his long career

Published August 12, 2022
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Longtime actor Steve Martin told The Hollywood Reporter he plans to scale back on acting after the end of the hit Hulu show Only Murders in the Building, though he came short of saying he would retire.

Martin got his start in comedy as a writer on the 1960s show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, for which he won an Emmy in 1969. He began hosting Saturday Night Live (which he has hosted 15 times) in the 1970s, and gained further notoriety by performing sold out shows using his offbeat style of stand-up, which often incorporated music and props.

He returned to the craft in 2016 when he opened for Jerry Seinfeld. That same year, he went on a national tour with Only Murders in the Building costar Martin Short and the pair released the Netflix special, An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life, in 2018.

Martin, who was born in Texas and raised in California, began playing the banjo as a teenager and later heavily incorporated the instrument in his stand-up routines in the 1970s. He went on to win a Grammy in 2002 for his cover of Earl Scrugg’s “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.”