Born on March 26, 1950 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Martin Short is an actor, writer and singer best known for his works on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, in addition to several comedic features such as Three Amigos, Jungle 2 Jungle, Mars Attacks! And Father of the Bride. The son of a violinist and a corporate executive, he attended Westdale Secondary School and eventually McMaster University with a degree in social work in 1972.
Despite studying social work, Short became interested in acting after being cast in a Toronto production of Godspell in 1972, the same year he graduated. That cast also included Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin. He worked in Canada until 1979, until starring in a sitcom called The Associates. He then joined the cast of I’m a Big Girl Now in 1980, appearing opposite Diana Canova.
Short joined classmates Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas at improve troupe The Second City in 1977, the start of Second City Television which ran for years in Canada and the US. He moved to Saturday Night Live for the 1984 to 1985. He helped revive the show after Eddie Murphy left. Among his most recognized impressions include Jerry Lewis and Katherine Hepburn.
Short’s other screen credits include the hour-long Showtime special Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas, his first live concert filled with studio sketches and a feature starring Jackie Rogers, Jr. He starred as Jiminy Glick on Comedy Central’s Primetime Glick from 2001 to 2003, in addition to guest spots on Arrested Development, Law and Order: SVU and Damages, where he played Leonard Winstone.