Mike Myers

Mike Myers

Cast member of Saturday Night Live (1989-1994)
Background:“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!’” Mike MyersActor/producer/writer Mike Myers gained worldwide fame with his impersonation of an oversexed British secret agent in the sleeper hits Austin Powers series, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers: Gold Member (2002), in which he nabbed five MTV Movie Awards and an American Comedy Award. Myers is also best-known for playing a heavy metal-loving couch potato in the successful Wayne’s World (1992). Due to his bright performance, Myers won a MTV Movie Award in 1992. Showcasing his versatility as a dramatic actor, Myers received praise for his fine portrayal of disco-owner Steve Rubell in 1998’s mediocre 54. Myers’ film credits include Wayne’s World (1993), The Thin Pink Line (1998), Pete's Meteor (1998), Mystery, Alaska (1999), the animated hits Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004) and The Cat in the Hat (2003). “Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematic of not being. And a subtle flavour - we're more like celery as a flavour.” Mike MyersOff screen, Canadian-born Myers stated he considers himself to be British although he is also very vocal about being a proud Canadian. He has dual citizenships, British and Canadian. One of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, Myers received $1,000,000 for Wayne's World (1992), $3,500,000 for Wayne's World 2 (1993), $3,000,000 for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), $7,000,000 for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), $3,000,000 for Shrek (2001), $25,000,000 against 21% of the film’s gross for Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and$10,000,000 for Shrek 2 (2004). One of the most powerful celebrities, according to 2003 Forbes Top 100 Celebrity List, Myers teamed up with rapper Kanye West for a 90-second segment, part of a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina relief on NBC, on September 2, 2005. As for his private life, Myers spends life outside the limelight with his wife Robin Ruzan, whom he married in 1993. Monty Python AdmirerChildhood and Family:Son to England-born parents, Eric Myers (ex-British army chef, died of complications of Alzheimer in 1991) and Alice Myers (actress), Michael Myers was born on May 25, 1963, in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Along with his two brothers, Paul Myers (born in 1962) and Peter Myers (born in 1959), Mike was raised in the town of Scarborough, outside of Toronto. Young Mike was introduced to the Monty Python and James Bond movies early, an exposure that would inspire his unusually brilliant comic style. Mike started acting in commercials when he was nine, landing spots for products like Datsun, Pepsi, Kmart, and Apple Jacks, among others. One of his early commercials including a performance with Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner who played his mother. Mike continued to appear in many local TV shows, and upon graduation from Stephen Leacock High School, Mike joined the Second City Comedy Troupe. He performed with the group in Toronto and Chicago. In 1993, Mike Myers married actress Robin Ruzan (born in 1964), whom he met six years before. Before their marriage, the two co-wrote Wayne’s World: Extreme Close Up, about the making of his first hit film. Mike and his wife currently reside in Los Angeles. Wayne's WorldCareer:Starting out as a kid model for TV commercials, Mike Myers received his first real acting job in 1975 when he appeared as Ari in an episode of “King of Kensington,” and two years later, landed a spot in the TV series Range Ryder and the Calgary Kid (1977). After his high school graduation in 1982, Myers developed his talents by joining Toronto’s Second City improvisational comedy troupe and toured with the group to such cities as Toronto and Chicago. In 1985, he reappeared on TV as a delivery boy in the made-for-TV movie John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985), and as Wayne Campbell in the series “It's Only Rock and Roll” (1987). Myers’ first brush toward fame arrived when he was recruited by producer Lorne Michaels to become an actor and a writer for the syndicated comedy show “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) in 1989. Portraying various characters such as Dieter, a German host of the dance party/talk show “Sprockets,” Linda Richman, the New York Jewish host of “Coffee Talk;” Lank Thompson, the “Handsome Actor,” as well as his most famous alter-ego, heavy metal enthusiast Wayne Campbell, Myers was well-remembered as one of the popular series’ youngest actors who owned a collection of characters for himself. He also nabbed an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program in 1989. Lured by the huge success of “Wayne’s World” on SNL, Myers brought it to a movie version in 1992, in which Myers co-scripted and starred in, alongside fellow SNL cast member Dana Carvey as Wayne Campbell’s muted helper Garth Algar. Their performance was so impressive that MTV handed the two actors an award for Best On Screen Duo. Moreover, Wayne’s World received $200 million in combined box office and video sales, and ended up being one of the most booming movies of the year. Myers’ second motion picture came in the following year when he was hired to play the dual role of commitment-shy beat poet and his loony Scottish dad, Charlie Mackenzie/Stuart Mackenzie, in the comedy So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993). The same year, Myers also reprised his role of Wayne Campbell for the sequel Wayne's World 2 (1993). Unlike its predecessor, the film only had moderate success. In 1995, Myers left SNL and decided to take a two-year hiatus.In 1997, Myers made a victorious comeback as a writer and a star with the release of the spy spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Thanks to Myers’ comical dual performances as the libidinous Powers and his nemesis Dr. Evil, the movie was a hit in movie theaters and received even more success in video sales. As for Myers, he took home two MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain and Best Dance Sequence. He followed that up with a serious performance as Steve Rubell, the owner of famous New York discotheque of the 1970s, Studio 54, in the mediocre 54 (1998). The movie was moderately successful and his dramatic acting won Myers praise. Also in 1998, Myers found himself acting with Jennifer Aniston and Carrie Aizley in the comedy The Thin Pink Line (1998) and played the title character in Pete's Meteor (1998), starring opposite Alfred Molina and Brenda Fricker. At the end of decade, Myers again attracted crowds with the much-anticipated Austin Powers sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), in which he added a third character, the henchman Fat Bastard. Helmet by Jay Roach, the film received even bigger success than the original, earning $54.7 million in its first weekend, making it the third highest opening ever. Myers netted two MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain and Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Verne Troyer) and an American Comedy for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture. After rejoining director Jay Roach for the 1999 Mystery, Alaska, Myers announced plans to star in a film based on his SNL character Dieter, the Germanic host of a program called Sprockets. However, he left the project due to lack of enthusiasm over the final script. Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment filed a lawsuit trying to force Myers to fulfill his commitment. Myers countersued and an agreement was reached after several months, with Myers agreeing to make another film with Universal In 2001, Myers lent his voice for the title character/green ogre in the Dreamworks animated movie Shrek. A popular among children and adults alike, Shrek scored big in the 2001 summer movie season, easily holding its own against such heavies as The Mummy Returns and Pearl Harbor. In 2003, Myers reprised his roles for Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Returning as Dr. Evil and Fat Basard, the third installment also saw Myers create the newest master criminal, the titular Goldmember. Like its forerunners, Austin Powers in Goldmember was also a smash hit at the box office. Because of his bravura acting, Myers picked up a sixth MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance. He also won an U.S. Comedy Arts Festival for AFI Star in 2003. 2003 saw the actor work on three wide screen projects. He first starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in Miramax's romantic comedy A View From the Top (2003) before being featured as ‘Eye’ Witness in Nobody Knows Anything (2003). Myers next played the title character in Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003). In the following year, Myers rejoined the cast members of the 2001’s animated hit Shrek for its installment Shrek 2 (2004). Myers will also return for the third sequel, Shrek 3, in 2007. Additionally, Myers is scheduled to reprise his coveted roles for the 2007 sequel to Austin Powers' films. Spreading rumors said that Myers is reportedly in negotiation to cast British rocker Rod Steward as the spoof spy’s brother. Demi Moore and Jennifer Lopez are reportedly frontrunners to portray Powers’ latest love interest in the new film. Myers will also star as The Who’s raucous drummer Keith Moon for the forthcoming untitled biopic (2007). The film will be produced by Roger Daltrey, Nigel Sinclair and Paul Gerber.Awards: Teen Choice: Ultimate Choice Award, 2004 MTV Movie: Best Comedic Performance, Austin Powers: Gold Member, 2003 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival: AFI Star Award, 2003 Teen Choice: Film - Choice Sleazebag, 2000 American Comedy: Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, 2000 MTV Movie: Best On-Screen Duo, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, shared with Verne Troyer, 2000 MTV Movie: Best Villain, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, 2000 MTV Movie: Best Dance Sequence, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 1998 MTV Movie: Best Villain, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 1998 MTV Movie: Best On Screen Duo, Wayne's World, shared with Dana Carvey, 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program, Saturday Night Live, shared with staff writers, 1989
Everything I do is autobiographical in some way. 'Wayne's World' was me growing up in the suburbs of Toronto and listening to heavy metal, and 'Austin Powers' was every bit of British culture that my father, who passed away in 1991, had forced me to watch and taught me to love.More Mike Myers quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I once thought I had mono for an entire year. It turned out I was just really bored.More Mike Myers quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Dr. Evil got shortchanged in the first one. The family dynamic between Scott and Dr. Evil - the adventures of being an evil single parent - needed to be explored.More Mike Myers quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
With fame there is a crosswire between intensity and intimacy. You have decoy intimacy, but you are also very much alone.More Mike Myers quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
My father was a very funny man, and one of my strongest recollections is hearing him laugh. He didn't like people who had no sense of humour.More Mike Myers quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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