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Mike Myers
MikeMyersJune07.jpg
Mike Myers at the Shrek the Third premiere, London in 2007
Birth nameMichael John Myers
Born(1963-05-25) May 25, 1963 (age 50)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
MediumFilm, television, stand up
NationalityBritish, Canadian, and American
Years active1975–present
InfluencesPeter Sellers, Dan Aykroyd, John Cleese, Chevy Chase
SpouseRobin Ruzan (1993–2007)
Kelly Tisdale (2010–present; 1 child)
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live
Wayne Campbell in Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2
The Cat in the Hat in The Cat in the Hat (film)
Austin Powers / Dr Evil / Fat Bastard / Goldmember in the Austin Powers (film series)
Shrek in the Shrek (film series)
 
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Mike Myers
MikeMyersJune07.jpg
Mike Myers at the Shrek the Third premiere, London in 2007
Birth nameMichael John Myers
Born(1963-05-25) May 25, 1963 (age 50)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
MediumFilm, television, stand up
NationalityBritish, Canadian, and American
Years active1975–present
InfluencesPeter Sellers, Dan Aykroyd, John Cleese, Chevy Chase
SpouseRobin Ruzan (1993–2007)
Kelly Tisdale (2010–present; 1 child)
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live
Wayne Campbell in Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2
The Cat in the Hat in The Cat in the Hat (film)
Austin Powers / Dr Evil / Fat Bastard / Goldmember in the Austin Powers (film series)
Shrek in the Shrek (film series)

Michael John "Mike" Myers (born May 25, 1963)[1] is a Canadian actor, comedian, singer, screenwriter, and film producer.[2] He has played the title characters of the films Wayne's World, Austin Powers, Shrek, and The Cat in the Hat. He has also been a recurring member of the cast of the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live.

Early life[edit]

Myers was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of English-born parents Eric Myers (1922–1991), an insurance man and World War II veteran of the Royal Engineers, and his wife, Alice E. (née Hind; born 1926), an office supervisor and veteran of the Royal Air Force.[3] Both of his parents were from Liverpool, England. He has two older brothers, Peter Myers and Paul Myers, an indie rock singer-songwriter, broadcaster and author. Myers is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry,[4] and was raised Protestant.[5] He holds three citizenships, American, British, and Canadian.[2]

Myers attended Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Ontario and then graduated from Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Ontario. He began performing in commercials at age eight, and at ten he made a commercial for British Columbia Hydro Electric, with Gilda Radner playing his mother. When he graduated from high school, he joined the Second City Theatre. He left to tour Britain with comedian Neil Mullarkey.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

One of Myers's first acting jobs was in a TV commercial when he was ten years old.[3] Gilda Radner played his mother. A few months later, according to Myers, his brother was teasing him about his "girlfriend (Radner) being on some stupid show on Saturday". Myers swore that, one day, he too would be on that show, the then-fledgling Saturday Night Live. At the age of twelve he made a guest appearance as Ari[6] on the TV series King of Kensington, of which years later he would name the heroine of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Vanessa Kensington in honor.[7]

Myers graduated from high school in 1982 and was immediately accepted into the Second City Canadian Touring Company, after which he moved to the UK where in 1985 he was one of the founding members of The Comedy Store Players, an improvisational group based at The Comedy Store in London. The next year, he starred in the British children's TV program Wide Awake Club, parodying the show's normal exuberance with his own "Sound Asleep Club", in partnership with Neil Mullarkey. He returned to Toronto and Second City in 1986 as a cast member in the Second City's Toronto main stage show. In 1988 he moved from Second City in Toronto to Chicago. In Chicago, he trained, performed, and taught at the Improv Olympic. He made numerous appearances, including as Wayne Campbell, on Toronto's Citytv in the early 1980s, on the alternative video show City Limits hosted by Christopher Ward. Myers also appeared as his Wayne Campbell character in the music video for Ward's Canadian hit "Boys and Girls". Later, Ward appeared as one of Austin Powers' band members in Ming Tea in Myers's popular movie series. The Wayne Campbell character was featured extensively in the 1986 summer series It's Only Rock & Roll, produced by Toronto's Insight Production Company for CBC Television. Wayne appeared both in studio and in a series of location sketches directed and edited by Allan Novak. Myers wrote another sketch, Kurt and Dieter co-starring with Second City's Dana Andersen and also directed by Novak, which would later turn into the popular "Sprockets" sketch on Saturday Night Live.

On 3 July 2011 Myers returned to The Comedy Store in London to reprise his role 'for one night only' with the improvisational troupe (The Comedy Store Players). The UK comedy website Chortle were full of glowing praise for Myers, claiming "Myers himself excelled, (and was) strikingly adept and quick-witted, when his laughs came they were the biggest squeals of the night...this was no chore for Myers- being funny comes naturally to him- he could’ve spent the whole two hours farting the Canadian national anthem and the audience would’ve still lapped it up."[8]

Film[edit]

Myers' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

In 1992, Myers and Dana Carvey adapted Wayne's World into a full-length motion picture based on the SNL sketch. It was among the most successful movies of the year and the following year a sequel was released—Wayne's World 2. That year Myers also starred in So I Married an Axe Murderer which garnered a cult following. The characters in the movie were based on people Myers knew growing up in the Bridlewood section of Scarborough. After Wayne's World 2, Myers took a hiatus from television.

Myers returned to acting in 1997 with the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, then a sequel in 1999, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, finally topping it off with Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002. Myers played both the title role (Austin Powers) and the villain (Dr. Evil), as well as other characters, in all three Austin Powers films. In 1998, he played one of his rare non-comedic roles in the film 54: Steve Rubell, proprietor of New York City's famous Studio 54, a 1970s discotheque. The film was moderately successful, and Myers's performance was widely praised. Myers later parodied the club as "Studio 69" in Goldmember.

In June 2000, Myers was sued by Universal Pictures for $3.8 million for backing out of a contract to play Dieter, the SNL character, in a feature film. Myers said he refused to honor the $20 million contract because he did not want to cheat moviegoers with an unacceptable script—one that he himself had written. Myers countersued, and a settlement was reached after several months where Myers agreed to make another film with Universal. That film would be The Cat in the Hat, released in November 2003 and starring Myers as the title character. In 2001, Myers played the title character in the DreamWorks animated film Shrek (2001). He reprised this role in Shrek 4-D (a theme park ride) in 2003, Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third, and the Christmas special Shrek The Halls, both in 2007. In 2009 he did another non-comedic role, as British General Ed Fenech, in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. In 2010 Myers returned for what is apparently the last in the Shrek series, Shrek Forever After. Myers made a cameo appearance in Britney Spears' music video 'Boys' as his film character Austin Powers. Myers is a member of the band Ming Tea along with The Bangles' guitarist and vocalist Susanna Hoffs and musician Matthew Sweet. They performed the songs "BBC" and "Daddy Wasn't There" from the Austin Powers movies.

Myers at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted among the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. During a CBS interview in 2007, Myers noted that he normally takes three years between films. He spends one year "living his life" and then writes various screenplays, develops characters, practices them in front of live audiences, and then selects one of the screenplays to film. Myers noted that this was the Marx Brothers' procedure for developing their film material.

Myers received the MTV Generation award in June 2007, making him the second Canadian to win the award (Jim Carrey was the first in 2006), for bringing his unique style of comedy to small and big screens alike.

His upcoming directorial debut, Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon, has been selected to be screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Myers began dating actress and comedy writer Robin Ruzan in the late 1980s after meeting at a hockey game in Chicago, during which Myers caught a puck and used the incident as an icebreaker to strike up a conversation with Ruzan. The couple married in 1993, and Myers later referred to Ruzan as "his muse".[10] The couple filed for divorce in December 2005.[11]

In 2006, cafe owner Kelly Tisdale confirmed reports that she and Myers were dating, telling the National Enquirer, "we're actually surprised you didn't find out about us sooner." Myers and Tisdale wed in New York in the fall of 2010.[12] They have one son, Spike, born in September 2011,[13] and announced in October 2013 that they are expecting a second child.[14]

Myers is a Dungeons & Dragons player[15] and was one of several celebrities to have participated in the Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day in 2006.[16]

Myers has played for Hollywood United F.C., a celebrity football team.[17] He played in the 2010 Soccer Aid for UNICEF UK football match, England vs. R.O.W (Rest of the World) and scored his penalty during a sudden death shootout after the game ended 2-2 (June 6, 2010). The Rest of the World team beat England for the first time since the tournament started. Myers is a fan of Liverpool FC.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Wayne’s WorldWayne CampbellAlso Writer
MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo shared with Dana Carvey
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
soundtrack-Waynes World theme

Film debut

1993So I Married an Axe MurdererCharlie McKenzie/ Stuart McKenzieFirst film doing more than one role.
1993Wayne's World 2Wayne CampbellAlso Writer
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo shared with Dana Carvey
1997Austin Powers: International Man of MysteryAustin Powers / Dr. EvilAlso Writer/ Producer
MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence
MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Comedy
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
199854Steve RubellNominated — Csapnivalo Award for Best Male Performance
1998Thin Pink Line, TheThe Thin Pink LineTim Broderick
1998Pete's MeteorPete
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeAustin Powers / Dr. Evil
Fat Bastard
Also Writer/ Producer
American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Villain
Canadian Comedy Award for Film - Performance - Male
Canadian Comedy Award for Film - Writing - Original
MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo shared with Verne Troyer
MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Teen Choice Award for Film - Choice Sleazebag as Fat Bastard.
Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Comedy
Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Couple shared with Heather Graham
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Fight shared with Verne Troyer
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance shared with Verne Troyer
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Film - Choice Chemistry shared with Mindy Sterling
soundtrack-The Two of Us
1999Mystery, AlaskaDonnie Shulzhoffer
2001ShrekShrekVoice role
Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team shared with Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz
2002Austin Powers in GoldmemberAustin Powers / Dr. Evil
Fat Bastard / Goldmember
Also Writer/ Producer
Canadian Comedy Award for Film - Pretty Funny Male Performance
Canadian Comedy Award for Film - Pretty Funny Writing
MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Nominated — Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor - Comedy
soundtrack- Hard Knocked Life
2003Nobody Knows Anything!'Eye' Witness
2003Cat in the Hat, TheThe Cat in the HatThe Cat in the HatNominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Nominated — Razzie Award for Worst Actor
Nominated — Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with either Thing 1 or Thing 2)
2003Shrek 4-DShrekVoice role
ride
2003View from the TopJohn Witney
2004Shrek 2ShrekVoice role
Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
2006HomeHimself
2007Shrek the ThirdShrekVoice
2008Love Guru, TheThe Love GuruGuru Maurice Pitka/HimselfAlso Writer/Producer
Razzie Award for Worst Actor
Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay
Razzie Award for Worst Picture
Nominated — National Movie Award for Best Performance - Male
2009Inglourious BasterdsGen. Ed FenechBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2010Shrek Forever AfterShrekVoice role
Nominated-Kids Choice Awards for Favorite voice in an Animated film
2013Being Canadian, SometimesHimselfDocumentary
2013Supermensch The Legend of Shep GordonDirectorDocumentary
TBAPepé Le Pew The MoviePepé Le PewLive action/animation

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1975King of KensingtonAriEpisode: "Scout's Honour"
1977Range Ryder and the Calgary KidHimself
1979The Littlest HoboTommyEpisode: "Boy on Wheels"
1980BizarreTimmy Byner
1985John and Yoko: A Love StoryDelivery Boy (uncredited)
1987Meet JulieVoice
1987It's Only Rock & RollWayne Campbell
1989Elvis StoriesCockney Man
1989–95, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2011Saturday Night LiveVarious

Awards[edit]

Myers has won the following awards:

Notable SNL characters[edit]

The following characters were created and played by Myers on SNL:
Characters

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Myers Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Paul Harrison (2005). Mike Myers. Heinemann-Raintree Library. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4109-1088-2. 
  3. ^ a b "Mike Myers Biography". TalkTalk. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Q&A: Mike Myers". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2008-10-23. [dead link]
  5. ^ Elson, Peter (2002-07-27). "Mike Myers - International man of Mirth". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Scout's Honour". 
  7. ^ "King of Kensington (1975–1980)". 
  8. ^ Butler, Marc. "Mike Myers & The Comedy Store Players 3/7/2011". Chortle Live Review. Chortle. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  9. ^ "Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon". TIFF. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  10. ^ "Mike and Kelly wed in secret". New York Post. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  11. ^ "Mike Myers, wife file for divorce: report". MSN. 2005-12-24. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  12. ^ "Mike Myers secretly marries longtime girlfriend". CTV. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  13. ^ "Mike Myers becomes first-time father to baby boy". CTV News. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  14. ^ "Second Child on the Way for Mike Myers". People. October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Mike Myers". Inside the Actors Studio. Season 7. Episode 9. 2001-02-04.
  16. ^ "Dungeons and Dragons Game Day at London Dungeon". Viewlondon.co.uk. 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  17. ^ Philip, Robert (2008-03-05). "Frank Leboeuf ready to act on the ball". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  18. ^ Bourne, Dianne (27 May 2010). "US actor Mike Myers to play football in Manchester for charity". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame database". HWOF.com. 
  20. ^ "Mike Myers". Canada's Walk of Fame. 
  21. ^ http://snl.jt.org/char.php?i=369

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