A Father That Knows Best: Steve Martin (5 of 7)

In honor of Father’s Day I decided to highlight the famous fathers of television and film.

Steve Martin

The ”Father Who Knows Best” is Stephen Glenn “Steve” Martin.  The second film father on the list, Steve  is famously known for many roles but a few can identify him as the overprotective George Banks from the Father of the Bride.

Martin was born in  Waco, Texas and raised in  Inglewood, California. He dropped out of college at the age of 21 to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. His first break came in 1967, writing for  The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. In the 70’s he made appearances on many popular shows such as The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Gong Show, and Saturday Night Live.

“During his frequent SNL guest appearances, Martin popularized the air quotes gesture, which uses four fingers to make double quote marks in the air.”

In Father of the Bride, he played the typical overprotective father that refuses to let go of his “little girl”. He did eventually, through comedy and antics, comes to grip with the reality of his daughter becoming a woman.

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