/ : Mike Myers /


Birthdate: May 25, 1963
Birthplace: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer, Musician, Comedian, Producer
Quote: "Austin Powers was born out of trying to celebrate my father's life. My father's favorites were mine--Peter Sellers, Monty Python, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore...My dad was a guy who loved to be silly; he had a highly prized sense of humor. When I would bring friends home to play table hockey in the basement, if my dad didn't think they were funny, he wouldn't let them in the house. 'They can't come around,' he'd say. 'They're not bloody funny!' " --Biography, June 1999
 
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Claim to Fame: Cast member of Saturday Night Live (1989-1994)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Robin Ruzan, writer, actress; met 1987 at a Hockey game after she got hit by a puck; married May 1993; cowrote Wayne's World: Extreme Close-Up, a book about the making of the film

Family:
Father: Eric Myers, former British army cook, encyclopedia salesman; died November 22, 1991, from complications of Alzheimer's disease
Mother: Alice Myers (aka Bunny Myers), data processor, former actress; studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before moving to Canada and raising a family
Brother: Paul Myers, musician; born 1962; played in the Toronto band Gravelberrys
Brother: Peter Myers; born 1959

Biography
Boyish comic actor Mike Myers began his career with the "Second City" troupe in Toronto and later Chicago before joining the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live". Among the characters Myers created for SNL are Dieter, the sexually ambivalent, West German avant-garde talk show host, and Wayne Campbell, the fiercely suburban heavy-metal connoisseur who broadcasts his own public-access cable TV show from Aurora, Illinois. Along with sidekick Garth (Dana Carvey), Wayne starred in his own feature film spin-off, "Wayne's World" (1992), an enjoyable--and highly profitable--trip through some intensely inane corners of pop culture and its inevitable sequel. 5Joining the ranks of leading men with the romantic comedy-thriller "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (1993), Myers was ingratiating and funny, playing the dual role of a young, commitment-weary poet and his outrageously contrary Scottish Mad Hatter of a father. After a hiatus from filmmaking, he returned with the summer hit "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1997). Inspired by Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love", Myers wrote the script in three weeks, spoofing British spy movies (and Sean Connery's hairy chest) along with the "mod" fashion of the 60s. With a set of choppers that would have made the most inbred rodent blush, Powers managed to get the girl (Elizabeth Hurley) and prevent global destruction at the hands of Dr. Evil (Myers again) all in a short (depending on your point of view) 89 minutes.

Filmography
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Shrek (2001)
The Concert For New York City (2001)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Mystery, Alaska (1999)
54 (1998)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
Wayne's World (1992)
 

Awards:
1989: Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program, Saturday Night Live; shared with staff writers
1992: MTV Movie Award: Best On Screen Duo, Wayne's World; shared with Dana Carvey
1998: MTV Movie Award: Best Dance Sequence, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Factoids:
Was hired by Toronto's Second City Comedy Troupe on the day of his final high school exam (1981)

Education:
Graduated high school in Canada

Agency:
Creative Artists Agency

 


 

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