Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950), is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer, singer and producer.
Short, youngest of five children, was born into an Irish Canadian family in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the son of Olive (née Hayter), a violinist, and Charles Patrick Short, a corporate executive with Stelco, a Canadian steel company. He had three older brothers, David, Michael, and Brian, and one older sister, Nora. Short’s father was a Catholic refugee from Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Northern Ireland, who came to North America as a stowaway during the Irish War of Independence. Short’s mother, who was the concertmaster of the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra, encouraged Martin’s early creative endeavours. His eldest brother, David, was killed in a car accident in 1962, when Short was 12. His mother died of cancer when he was 17; and, two years later in 1969, his father died of complications from a stroke.
Short attended Westdale Secondary School and graduated in 1972 from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work.
When Short graduated from McMaster University, he intended to pursue a career in social work; however, he became interested in acting once he was cast in a Toronto production of Godspell that same year. Among other members of that production’s cast were Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, and Andrea Martin; Paul Shaffer was the Musical Director. He was subsequently cast in several television shows and plays, including the intense topical drama Fortune and Men’s Eyes. He worked solely in Canada through 1979.
In 1979, Short starred in the U.S. sitcom The Associates about a group of young novice lawyers working at a Wall Street law firm. In 1980, he joined the cast of I’m a Big Girl Now, a sitcom starring Diana Canova. Canova was offered the sitcom because of her success playing Corinne Tate Flotsky on ABC’s Soap and left Soap shortly before Short’s newlywed wife Nancy Dolman joined it.
Short was encouraged to pursue comedy by McMaster classmates Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas, whom he joined at improv troupe The Second City in 1977. Short came to public notice when the troupe produced a show for television, Second City Television or SCTV, which ran for several years in Canada and the United States. At SCTV, Short developed several characters before moving on to Saturday Night Live for the 1984–1985 season:
- Talk show host Brock Linehan, based on the Canadian interviewer Brian Linehan.
- Aged songwriter Irving Cohen, loosely based on American composer Irving Caesar.
- Spurious albino entertainer Jackie Rogers, Jr.
- Current-events commentator Troy Soren
- Industrialist and art patron Bradley P. Allen
- Defense attorney Nathan Thurm
- Oddball man-child Ed Grimley, later featured in his own animated television series, The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley.
Saturday Night Live
At SNL, Short helped revive the show with his many characters after Eddie Murphy left. Short’s SNL characters included Wheel of Fortune fan Ed Grimley, which he borrowed from his SCTV days. The Grimley character became Short’s best-known original character. He also was recognized for his impersonations of celebrities, notably Jerry Lewis and Katharine Hepburn, and for the character of Nathan Thurm. SNL proved to be the springboard to a long career in film and TV.
In addition to his revered work on SCTV and SNL, Short has starred in several television specials and series of his own. In 1985, Short starred in the one-hour Showtime special, Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas. This is Short’s first live concert, interspersed with studio sketches and a wraparound featuring Jackie Rogers Jr. Co-produced by the CBC, this aired as The Martin Short Comedy Special in Canada in March 1986. In 1989, Short headlined another one-hour comedy special, this time for HBO, I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood, Short’s classic send-up of all things Hollywood. It featured many of his characters including: Lawrence Orbach, Ed Grimley, Jackie Rogers Jr, Bradley P Allen, Troy Soren, and Dale O’Day (the dancing fence); released on VHS, it is now out of print. Martin Short has had no less than three shows called The Martin Short Show, including a sitcom (The Martin Short Show, 1994), a sketch comedy show (The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show, 1995), and a syndicated talk show (The Martin Short Show, 1999). Short starred as Jiminy Glick on Comedy Central’s Primetime Glick (2001–03). In addition to his own series, Short has guest starred on several shows including Arrested Development, Muppets Tonight, Law & Order: SVU and most recently in a critically acclaimed turn as Leonard Winstone on FX’s Damages. As of August 2010, Short is the voice of the Cat in the Hat in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! on the Public Broadcasting Service. Short recently revealed that he would be shooting a new comedy special for HBO in Toronto in summer 2011.  On June 28, 2011 it was reported that Short is going to join the cast of How I Met Your Mother for its upcoming seventh season, playing Marshall Eriksen’s new boss.
After doing sketch comedy for several years, Short focused on film—appearing in ¡Three Amigos!, Innerspace, The Big Picture, Captain Ron, Clifford, and the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride and its sequel. In 1996, he appeared in Tim Burton’s sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks! as image-obsessed, hormonally driven Press Secretary Jerry Ross. In 2004, he wrote and starred in Jiminy Glick in Lalawood with Jan Hooks as his wife, Dixie Glick. Also in 1997, he appeared as Wall Street broker Richard Kempster in Jungle 2 Jungle starring Tim Allen. In 2006, he starred in another movie with Tim Allen, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Short was in Pure Luck, directed by Nadia Tass, with Danny Glover and Sheila Kelley and in Three Fugitives, directed by Francis Veber, with Nick Nolte and James Earl Jones. He has also provided the voices of several animated film characters, such as Huy in The Prince of Egypt (alongside Steve Martin as Hotep), Stubbs in We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, Hubie in The Pebble and the Penguin, B.E.N. in Treasure Planet, Ooblar in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Thimbletack the Brownie in The Spiderwick Chronicles.
On August 31, 2007, he appeared as the new host of O Canada!, a 360° Circlevision film premiering at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park.
He was cast as Jai the messenger bird in the 2008 direct to DVD movie The Blue Elephant, presented by the Jim Henson Company Discoveries. It was an award winner for the Film Advisory Board Inc. award of excellence.
Short also resumed work in the theater, taking a role in the 1993 musical version of the Neil Simon work The Goodbye Girl, receiving a Tony Award nomination and an Outer Critic Circle Award.
He had the lead role in the 1999 Broadway revival of the musical Little Me, which earned him a Tony Award and another Outer Celtic Circle Award.
In 2003, Short took to the stage once again in the critically acclaimed Los Angeles run of The Producers. Short played the role of the accountant, Leo Bloom, opposite Jason Alexander’s Max Bialystock. Although the role of Leo Bloom was originated on Broadway by Matthew Broderick, Mel Brooks first approached Short about doing the part opposite Nathan Lane. On the subject, Short has stated in numerous interviews that, while he was thrilled by the opportunity, the idea of having to move his family from their Los Angeles home to New York for a year was less than ideal and ultimately proved a deal-breaker.
Short performed in his satirical one-man show, with a full cast of six, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway. The show toured several cities in the spring of 2006: began previews July 29; opened August 17; and closed January 7, 2007. In it, he performed his classic characters Grimley, Cohen, and Glick.
As Glick, Short brought a member of the audience (usually a celebrity) on stage and interviews him or her. Jerry Seinfeld was the guest on opening night and the subjects have included Al Roker, Bebe Neuwirth, Ben Stiller, Bernadette Peters, Bette Midler, Bill Maher, Bob Costas, Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, Chris Noth, Conan O’Brien, David Hasselhoff, David Schwimmer, Dennis Miller, Diane Keaton, Doris Roberts, Dylan Baker, Gene Simmons, Goldie Hawn, Isaac Mizrahi, James Belushi, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jerry Springer, Jimmy Fallon, Joe Scarborough, Jon Stewart, Kathleen Turner, Kathryn Erbe, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Pollak, Kristin Chenoweth, Larry King, Mariska Hargitay, Martha Stewart, Michael Kors, Michael Riedel, Molly Shannon, Nathan Lane, Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Simon, Nia Vardalos, Regis Philbin, Richard Kind, Rita Wilson, Roseanne, Rosie O’Donnell, Sean Hayes, Spencer Breslin, Stanley Tucci, Stephen Colbert, Steve Martin, Susan Lucci, Tom Burg, Toni Senecal, Tracey Ullman, Tucker Carlson, Victor Garber and many more.
The show also featured parodies of many celebrities including Celine Dion, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Tommy Tune, Joan Rivers, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, Renée Zellweger, Jodie Foster, Rachel Ray, and Short’s wife, actress Nancy Dolman. The cast album was released on April 10, 2007, and is available from Ghostlight Records, an imprint of Sh-K-Boom Records.
Since the closure of Fame Becomes Me, Short has continued to tour in his one-man show, which features many of his best-loved characters and sketches. In addition to Fame Becomes Me, some of the titles Short has used for his one-man show include “Stroke Me Lady Fame”, “If I’d Saved, I Wouldn’t Be Here”, and, in more conservative markets, “Sunday in the Park with George Michael”. Short revealed in March 2011 that he plans to pen a memoir, covering his 40 year career in showbiz. 
|Productions||Date of Productions|
|It’s Only a Play
[Play, Comedy, Original]
|Oct 09, 2014 – Jun 07, 2015|
|Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me
[Musical, Comedy, Sketches, Original]
|Aug 17, 2006 – Jan 07, 2007|
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
|Nov 12, 1998 – Feb 07, 1999|
|The Goodbye Girl
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
|Mar 04, 1993 – Aug 15, 1993|
Short met Canadian comic actress Nancy Dolman in 1972 during the run of Godspell. The couple married in 1980.
Dolman retired from show business in 1985 to be a homemaker and raise her family. Short and Dolman had three children: Katherine, Oliver, and Henry. Short and his family make their home in Pacific Palisades, California; Short is a naturalized U.S. citizen, as well as a citizen of the United Kingdom. The Shorts also have a home on Lake Rosseau in Ontario, Canada. Nancy Dolman Short died August 21, 2010, reportedly from cancer.
Short has two stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame. He is a Roman Catholic. His brother Michael Short is a comedy writer and twice winner of the Emmy Award for comedy sketch writing.
Dolman’s brother, screenwriter/director Bob Dolman (who served as a part of SCTV’s Emmy-winning writing team alongside Short), married their close friend and colleague Andrea Martin, also in 1980. Dolman and Short are aunt and uncle to the couple’s two sons, Jack and Joe. Dolman and Martin have since divorced. Short is the first cousin of Clare Short, a former member of the British Parliament and a former British cabinet minister.
Awards and Honors
- 1972: Bachelor of Arts in social work: McMaster University
- 1982: Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program, SCTV Comedy Network; award shared
- 1982: Nelly Award: Outstanding Writing, SCTV Comedy Network
- 1993: Outer Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Actor in a Musical, The Goodbye Girl
- 1993: Theater World Award
- 1994: Member of the Order of Canada
- 1995: Earl Grey Life Time Achievement Award
- 1999: Outer Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Little Me
- 1999: Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Little Me
- 2000: Canada Walk of Fame
- 2001: Doctor of Letters honoris causa: McMaster University
- 2002: Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal
- 2010: Emmy Awards Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Damages (TV Series)
- 2010: Satellite Awards Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Damages (TV Series)
|1972||Cucumber||Smokey the Hare||TV series|
|Right On||Regular||TV series|
|1975||Peep Show||?||TV series|
|1976||The David Steinberg Show||Johnny Del Bravo||TV series|
|1978||For The Record||Weepy||TV series|
|1979||Lost & Found||Engel|
|The Associates||Tucker Kerwin||TV series (Unknown episodes)|
|The Family Man||Louie||(TV)|
|1980||The Love Boat||Melvin||TV series|
|I’m A Big Girl Now||Neal Stryker||TV series|
|1981||Second City TV||Pancho||TV series|
|Taxi||Mitch Harris||TV series|
|1982||Miss Peach of the Kelly School||(Voice)||TV series|
|1982–1983||SCTV Network 90||Various||TV series|
|1983||Sunset Limousine||Bradley Z. Coleman||(TV)|
|1983–1984||SCTV Channel||Various||TV series|
|1986||Tall Tales and Legends||Johnny Appleseed||TV series|
|¡Three Amigos!||Ned Nederlander|
|1987||Really Weird Tales||Shucky||(TV)|
|Cross My Heart||David Morgan|
|1988||The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley||Ed Grimley / Emil Gustav / Various (voice)||TV series|
|1989||The Making of Me|
|Dink, the Little Dinosaur||Narrator||(TV)|
|Andrea Martin… Together Again||Dr. August Allwoman / Kennedy||(TV)|
|I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood||Lawrence Orbach / Bradley P. Allen / Ed Grimley / Jackie Rogers, Jr. / Dale O’Day / ‘Baby’ Estelle O’Day / Troy||(TV)|
|Three Fugitives||Ned Perry|
|The Big Picture||Neil Sussman, Nick’s Agent||(Uncredited)|
|1989–1990||The Tracey Ullman Show||Lou, Football fan / Doc The Elvis Presley Freak||TV series|
|1990||The Dave Thomas Comedy Show||TV series|
|1991||Pure Luck||Eugene Proctor|
|Maniac Mansion||Eddie O’Donnell||TV series|
|Father of the Bride||Franck Eggelhoffer||Film|
|1992||Captain Ron||Martin Harvey|
|1992||The Real Story of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star||Mozart (voice)|
|1993||Money For Nothing||Harrison Kilray||TV Film (BBC Screen One series)|
|We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story||Stubbs the Clown (voice)|
|The Martin Short Show||Marty Short||TV series (Unknown episodes)|
|1995||The Pebble and the Penguin||Hubie (voice)||Animated Film|
|Father of the Bride Part II||Franck Eggelhoffer||Film|
|Mars Attacks!||Press Secretary Jerry Ross|
|Muppets Tonight||Himself||TV series (guest appearance)|
|1997||Jungle 2 Jungle||Richard Kempster|
|The Three Stooges Greatest Hits||Emcee|
|A Simple Wish||Murray|
|1998||Akbar’s Adventure Tours||Akbar|
|The Prince of Egypt||Huy (voice)|
|1999||Alice in Wonderland||Mad Hatter / Chinless Idiot||(TV)|
|2001||Get Over It||Dr. Desmond Forrest-Oates|
|Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Ooblar (voice)|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||Himself|
|Treasure Planet||B.E.N. (voice)|
|2003||101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure||Lars (voice)||(V)|
|2001–2003||Primetime Glick||Jiminy Glick / Miss Gathercole / Various||TV series|
|2004||Jiminy Glick in Lalawood||Jiminy Glick / David Lynch|
|Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper||Preminger (voice)||(V)|
|2005||Arrested Development||Uncle Jack||TV series|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sebastian Ballentine / Henry Palaver||TV series|
|1984–2005||Saturday Night Live||Jiminy Glick / Host / Various||TV series|
|2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Jack Frost|
|2008||The Spiderwick Chronicles||Thimbletack (voice)|
|2010||Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil||The Woodsman (voice)||Completed|
|The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!||The Cat in the Hat (voice)||TV series|
|Damages||Leonard Winstone||TV series
Nominated for Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, 2010
Nominated for Satellite Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, 2010
|2011||Weeds (TV Series)|
|2012||Frankenweenie||Mr. Walsh||Voice Role|
|1981||Second City TV||TV series|
|1982–1983||SCTV Network 90||TV series|
|1983–1984||SCTV Channel||TV series|
|1985||Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas||(TV)|
|1984–1985||Saturday Night Live||TV-series|
|1988||The Best of SCTV||(TV)|
|The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley||TV series|
|1989||The 1989 Gemini Awards||(TV)|
|I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood||(TV)|
|1994||The Martin Short Show||TV series (Unknown episodes)|
|1995||The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show||(TV)|
|1999||The Martin Short Show||TV series (Unknown episodes)|
|2001||Primetime Glick||TV series (Unknown episodes)|
|2003||Martin Short Shorts||(TV)|
|2004||Jiminy Glick in Lalawood|
|2011||Catdog Movie||Rancid Rabbit|
|1994||The Martin Short Show||TV series (Unknown episodes), (executive producer)|
|1999||The Martin Short Show||TV series (Unknown episodes), (executive producer)|
|2001||Primetime Glick||TV series (Unknown episodes), (executive producer), (producer)|
|2003||Martin Short Shorts||(TV) (producer)|
|2004||Jimmy Glick in Lalawood||(Producer)|
|1993||Friends of Gilda||(TV)|
- As Irving Cohen: “What hell kind of name is Roy!?“
- As Irving Cohen: “Give me a C, a bouncy C.“
- As Irving Cohen (as his standard conclusion to an improvised song, of which he’s sung a few bars, accompanied by replacing his cigar in his mouth): “…a dot dot dot, dee dee dee, and whatever the hell else you want to put in there.“
- As Ed Grimley (indrawn breath): “I must say…“.
- As Ed Grimley (clutching his burning fingers after removing a batch of cookies from the oven without using an oven mitt): “That’s a pain that will tend to linger.“
- As Bradley Allen: “You can’t tell me that a woman who plays the tuba doesn’t have a boyfriend somewhere… I mean who’s going to carry the damn thing?”
- As Bradley Allen (drinking Scotch and declining tissues after a productive cough): “No, I got it.“
- As Franc Eggelhoffer…”Every party has a pooper, that’s why we invited you, party pooper, GEORGE BANKS! That’s who!”
- As Jimminy Glick (talking about his past, moreso his weight problem) : “I was a loner as a child, a loner as a child because people would point, and children can be cruel.“
- As Jack Frost (talking to a little girl who told him to chill) : “I invented chill!“
- As Jack Frost (talking to the other members of the Legendary Council) “Excuse me! Did you accuse me of being skillful and delicious? Guilty as charged!“
- As Huy…. “You’re playing with the big boys now!“
- As Nathan Thurm (after being disproved): “I know that! You don’t think I know that?“
- As Nathan Thurm (talking to the audience about his interviewer): “Is it me, or is it him? It’s him, right?“
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