Canadian-born Hollywood icon Martin Short is undoubtedly one of the most multitalented stars of his generation. He is a comedian, actor, producer, writer, singer and whatever else that is expected of an entertainer. He got really famous in the 1980s for his work on Saturday Night Live which helped launch his career in television and film.
Following that breakout performance on SNL, Short has recorded a countless number of television and movie credits. The iconic actor-comedian has also earned numerous accolades for his brilliant work over the years – including an Emmy Award, a Tony Award, 2 stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame, as well as a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Martin Short’s Biography, Age
This multi-talented star was born Martin Hayter Short on the 25th day of March 1950 in Hamilton, Ontario. His mother Olive Grace (née Hayter) was a musician while his father Charles Patrick Short was a business executive. He is the youngest of his parents’ 5 children and they were all raised in the Roman Catholic faith. His father is originally from Ireland and his mother has English and Irish ancestry. He had his high school education at Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario and for college, he attended McMaster University, also in Hamilton.
Martin Short was quite a late bloomer as he did not take interest in showbiz until after college. His first acting role was in the stage production of the musical Godspell in 1971 and after this debut performance, there has been no turning back for the natural entertainer. He marked his screen debut on the short-lived series Right On (1972), followed by a couple of guest roles.
The multitalented star got to showcase his comedic talents on the sketch comedy show The David Steinberg Show (1976-77) in which he was a regular performer and his career continued on a steady rise through the 1970s and into the 1980s. He had recurring roles on sitcoms like The Associates (1979-80) and I’m a Big Girl Now (1980-81) and he was also on the cast of the comedy show Second City Television (1981-84).
Short got a career-defining opportunity in 1984 when he joined the cast of the late-night live show Saturday Night Live for the 1984-85 season. His performance on the show helped revive its fanbase which had greatly plummeted after the departure of Eddie Murphy. His stint on SNL also gave a major boost to his career in film and television. Even after he left the show in 1985, Martin Short has returned to Saturday Night Live on several occasions either as a host or a guest star.
Martin Short was equally on the star-studded cast of the telefilm Alice in Wonderland (1999), headlined his own talk show The Martin Short Show (1999-2000) and was also the creator and lead star of the comedy series Primetime Glick (2001-03). Short equally voiced the titular role of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (2010-16) and he was a judge on season 1 of the talent contest Canada’s Got Talent (2012).
This multi-talented actor has an impressive number of movie credits to his name and they include Father of the Bride (1991), Clifford (1994), Prince Charming (2001), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), Frankenweenie (2012) and The Wind Rises (2013).
Martin Short has enjoyed a steadily rising career since he first delved into showbiz in the 1970s and thankfully, the multifaceted nature of his talents has ensured that he never goes out of relevance in the industry. The iconic actor has equally featured in several big-budget movies and TV productions over the years. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that he has acquired a great amount of wealth for himself. Short’s net worth is pegged at an estimate of $25 million.
Martin Short’s Wife
Short was married for several years to Nancy Dolman, a former comic actress. The duo first met in 1972 while co-starring in the musical Godspell. They got married on December 22, 1980, after a period of dating. Together, they adopted 3 children; a daughter named Katherine and sons Oliver and Henry. Martin Short’s blissful marital union with Nancy Dolman came to end in August 2010 when the latter passed on. She died of ovarian cancer.
Is He Gay?
Martin Short’s sexuality has never been a subject for debate as he is well known to be straight. In addition to the fact that his longest known relationship was with someone of the opposite sex, the Canadian-born star has never suggested that he was gay. Therefore, until he states otherwise, it is safe to assume that he is not gay.
Height and Other Body Stats
Martin Short is 5 feet 6½ inches (169 cm) in height. The iconic Hollywood funnyman sports an attractively trim physique and maintains a body weight of 68 kg (150 lb).