When discussing the greatest comedians of all time, often legends like Richard Pryor and George Carlin come to mind first, but during the ’60s and ’70s, there were few better than Steve Martin. From appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to starring in classic comedies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and The Jerk, the Texas native has been making people laugh over 50 years. He’s won an Emmy, multiple Grammys, hosted Saturday Night Live 15 times and in 2000, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy. In celebration of Steve Martin’s 74th birthday, here are 15 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about comedy legend. Enjoy!
15. Was Never A SNL Cast Member
Steve Martin is well known for his connection to Saturday Night Live, but some fans might be surprised to learn that the comedian was never actually a member of the cast. Despite making a record 25 guest appearances on the show, hosting 15 times, and becoming the first and fasted member to join the Five-Timers Club, the comedian was never a regular member
Martin became a member of the Five-Timers Club in only 546 days, the only other member to do so in under four years is Buck Henry, who joined in 671 days.Source: Brian Ach/AP Images for Premier Exhibitions