Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician.
Martin is reserved by nature, so talking to him is not easy, and he doesn’t try to make it easier. When I meet him at the Louisville Palace theater in March, during his Evening You Will Forget tour, he bypasses the comfortable green room set aside for performers. Instead, insisting he likes the quiet, he leads me up several flights to a tiny, bare garret that has all the warmth of a police interrogation room. I am out of breath, but, at 71, he is not. Martin looks virtually the same as he did 30 years ago — “the charm,” says Short, “of looking 70 when you’re 30.” Tall and slim, Martin moves like a much younger man. “I do exercise, but gently,” he says. “I go on a treadmill and listen to a novel or watch television. I lift weights, but I just do my chest and arms.” Having a younger wife, and a child — his first — still in nursery school, is to Martin a responsibility as well as a pleasure. “I do it for myself,” he says, “but I do it for them, as well.” One senses he was more than ready for fatherhood, as he wrote not one but two kids books before his daughter was born.
Performing was always stressful, he recalls. The memory of his stand-up days makes Martin cringe. “I was in clubs. And they’re seedy, and there’s cheap wine and talking and noise.”
According to Harry Bliss in his interview with PETA Steve Martin is vegetarian.
Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You
Martin credits “diligence” for his success. But he’s quick to clarify that he’s not referring to working hard over time. What he really means is staying diligent in his interest in the one field he was trying to master; being able to ignore the urge to start working on other projects at the same time.
It can be hard to ruthlessly whittle down your ambitions to a needle-thin point. But Martin is clear on this point: if you don’t saturate your life in a single quest, you’ll dilute your focus to a point where becoming outstanding becomes out of reach.
On the Tonight show, that Steve Martin told how he used to drink heavily during his early, difficult years as a comedian. Lacking confidence in his ability to win over an audience, he began emptying a bottle of gin as part of his act. Martin said that today he only drinks wine, at meals and special occasions.