Steve Martin is a multiple award-winning American comedian, actor, and writer who first gained notice as a writer for the 'Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.' He began his career as a stand-up comedian and performed his routines in local clubs. He eventually ventured into television and made his first appearance on 'The Steve Allen Show' following which he also appeared on 'The Virginia Graham Show.' Having made a successful foray into television he achieved much popularity during the mid-1970s and performed in various shows. He became particularly famous after a guest appearance in NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' (SNL) and was invited to be the show's guest host 15 times. Steve Martin achieved even greater success with the release of his comedy albums; his album 'A Wild and Crazy Guy' peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Pop Albums Chart and was accredited double-platinum. By this time he had garnered a huge fan following, and he realized the time was ripe for him to foray into films. His first substantial film appearance was in a short film, 'The Absent-Minded Waiter,' which earned an Academy Award nomination. In addition to being an actor and a comedian, he is also a musician and is well known for his love for the banjo.