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On this Day in Movie History, August 14, 1945: Steve Martin born

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On this day, August 14, 1945 American actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, musician and composer Stephen Glenn “Steve” Martin was born.

Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show.

In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours.

In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics.

Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, Martin has become a successful actor in both comedic and dramatic roles, as well as an author, playwright, pianist, and banjo player, eventually earning Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards, among other honors.

2005: Recipient of the 8th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, awarded by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

His performance as "Navin Johnson" in The Jerk (1979) was ranked #99 among Premiere Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time (2006).

2007: Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Other recipients that year were Leon Fleisher, Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, and Brian Wilson.

Birthdays
1926 – Alice Ghostley (actress: Designing Women, Bewitched, Mayberry R.F.D., The Graduate, To Kill a Mockingbird, With Six You Get Eggroll; died Sep 21, 2007)

1946 - Antonio Fargas (actor: Car Wash, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!, Shaft, Starsky and Hutch)

1961 - Susan Olsen (actress: The Bradys, The Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Bunch)

1966 – Halle Berry (Academy Award-winning actress: Monster’s Ball [2001]; Living Dolls, Knots Landing, Boomerang, Jungle Fever, Losing Isaiah, Executive Decision, Bulworth, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, X-Men; first runner-up: Miss USA [1986])

1968 – Catherine Bell (actress: JAG, Mother of the Bride, Crash Dive, Black Thunder, The Time Shifters)

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