How much is Martin Short worth?

Net Worth:$45 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:March 26, 1950
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Who Is Martin Short

Martin Short is a comedy legend: the only comedian to ever appear in the casts of both SCTV and Saturday Night Live, a star of movies and television, a talk show host, a Tony award-winning stage performer and a creator of an endless series of memorable characters including Ed Grimley and Jiminy Glick. Beyond being a very underrated comedian, Short is just a terrific all-around entertainer.

Canadian–American actor, comedian, singer, and writer Martin Short has a net worth of $45 million dollars, as of 2020. Short is best known on TV programs, especially for his skits on SCTV and Saturday Night Live.

Quick Facts:

  • Martin Short was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario.
  • He planned to pursue a career in social work, but joined a production of Godspell in college and turned his focus to theater.
  • Short began performing improv comedy at Second City Toronto inn 1977.
  • In 1982, he joined the cast of the Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV.
  • Short joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1984 and stayed for one season.
  • His first hourlong comedy special, Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas, premiered in 1985. His second special, The Martin Short Comedy Special, premiered in 1986 and his HBO special, I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood, debuted in 1989.
  • His first major film role came opposite Steve Martin and Chevy Chase in the 1986 comedy Three Amigos!, co-written by Lorne Michaels.
  • He has had a successful career on stage, winning the Tony for his performance in 1999’s Little Me.
  • In 2011, he filmed a new comedy special that aired on CBC in Canada, called I, Martin Short, Goes Home.

Martin Short, ‘SCTV’ and ‘SNL’

A veteran of Second City in Toronto, Short joined the cast of the Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV during its fourth season in 1981. There, he created a number of memorable characters like the excitable and bizarre Ed Grimley and has-been entertainer Jackie Rogers Jr. He remained with the show through its sixth and final season in 1984.

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Short joined the cast of Saturday Night Live later the same year as part of the “ringer” cast (that also included Billy Crystal and Christopher Guest), who signed one-year deals with the show when it was struggling in the ratings following the departure of Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo. Short left after a season and began a successful film career, but has returned to host several times.

Select Filmography:

  • Three Amigos! (1986)
  • Innerspace (1987)
  • The Big Picture (1989)
  • Pure Luck (1991)
  • Father of the Bride (1991)
  • Captain Ron (1992)
  • Mars Attacks! (1996)
  • Mumford (1999)
  • Jiminy Glick in LaLaWood (2004)
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
  • Frankenweenie (2012)

Additional Facts:

  • Also in the cast of the college production of Godspell that gave Short his start were Gilda Radner, Dave Thomas, Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin, the latter of three of whom would star on SCTV alongside Short.
  • In 1988, NBC aired The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley, a Saturday morning animated series based on Short’s popular character. It was canceled after only 13 episodes.
  • In 1994, he starred on his own sitcom, The Martin Short Show, which lasted only three episodes.
  • He followed up The Martin Short Show with a 1995 sketch comedy show, The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show.
  • He hosted his own syndicated talk show, again called The Martin Short Show, for one season from 1999 to 2000.
  • His one man show, Fame Becomes Me, began a Broadway run in 2006. Though it closed in 2007, Short continues to perform it from time to time.
  • He was inducted into Canda’s Walk of Fame in 2000.
  • From 2001 to 2003, he hosted Primetime Glick on Comedy Central in character as the overweight Jiminy Glick.
  • In 2010, Short began voicing The Cat in the Hat on the animated PBS series The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!.
  • Short became a judge on the first (and only) season of Canada’s Got Talent in 2012.


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