1999 Tony Winner: Martin Short (Leading Actor, Musical, Little Me)

By Sean McGrath
06 Jun 1999

Tony winner Martin Short.
Tony winner Martin Short.
Photo by Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Martin Short won the 1999 Tony Award for his multiple roles in Little Me, including Noble Eggleston, Amos Pinchley, Benny Buchsbaum, Val du Val, Fred Poitrine, Otto Schnitzler, Prince Cherney, and The Drunk.

Martin Short won the 1999 Tony Award for his multiple roles in Little Me, including Noble Eggleston, Amos Pinchley, Benny Buchsbaum, Val du Val, Fred Poitrine, Otto Schnitzler, Prince Cherney, and The Drunk.

A native Canadian, Short received a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut role in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (for which he received a Theater World Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award). His most recent New York stage appearance was as part of the Encores! Series in Neil Simon's Promises, Promises.

He began his theatrical career in the Toronto production of Godspell. In 1982 he joined the "SCTV Comedy Network" where he won an Emmy Award. Following his work on "SCTV," he joined the "Saturday Night Live" troupe in 1984, where he created such memorable characters as Ed Grimley, Jackie Rogers, Jr., and lawyer Nathan Thurm.

Other TV credits include "Martin Short's Concert for North America" (Ace Award), "I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood" (Ace Award), "The 1995 Martin Short Special" (Emmy Award) and "Merlin" (Emmy nomination). He made the jump to the big screen in 1986 with "Three Amigos" and "Innerspace." Among his other films are "Three Fugitives," "The Big Picture," "Clifford," "Father of the Bride I & II," "Mars Attacks," "Jungle 2 Jungle" and next year's "Mumford." In 1994, Mr. Short was awarded Canada's highest civilian honor, The Order of Canada.