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Facts We Just Learned About Steve Martin That Made Us Say 'Really?'

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Most people know the name Steve Martin, especially if you have ever watched any of his comedies from the '80s and '90s. However, did you know that Martin’s real name is Stephen Glenn Martin and that he is more than just an actor? He also happens to be a comedian, playwright, musician, and producer. Martin has continued to bring joy and laughter to many people globally during his lengthy and distinguished career. With such an influential presence in Hollywood, it’s surprising that there are many facts about him that we don’t know.

Vote up the facts about this enthralling comedian that are most fascinating and surprising to you.

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    He Wrote For ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ While He Was A College Student - And Won An Emmy For It

    Martin attended Long Beach State College in California where he majored in philosophy before transferring to UCLA to major in theater. In 1967, while he was still a student, Martin was already displaying his comedic talents. Martin, a student at the time, was commissioned by The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and signed a contract to write content for them. His comedic content was so well received that in 1969 he won an Emmy award. This early success placed Martin on the path to success, and over the next few years, he began writing for other comedy shows such as The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.

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    For A Time, He Handed Out Pre-Signed Cards When Fans Asked Him For An Autograph

    It’s no secret that many celebrities are often too busy to sign fan autographs despite how much they might want to. Martin was once incredibly overwhelmed with autograph requests that he came up with his own comedic solution: he had pre-signed autograph cards specially made, and he would hand these out to fans whenever they asked him for his autograph. However, this gimmick wasn’t as well-received as he had hoped. After only six months of handing out these pre-signed cards, he abandoned the idea. When asked about why he stopped, Martin stated:

    I realized that when people ask for an autograph, what they really kind of want is a little encounter; to find out what you’re really like in 30 seconds.

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    He Appeared On 'The Dating Game' In 1968

    In 1968, a young Steve Martin appeared on The Dating Game. At the time, he was a relatively unknown comedian writing for The Smothers Brothers. One of three contestants, his goal was to woo the daughter of Dean Martin, Deana - and he succeeded!

    In answer to Deana's first question, "What's wrong with dating?" Martin answered, "Dating is wrong with dating. Dating is really the worst. You should meet like on a street corner or at a flat tire or in a sewer."

    Deana ended up choosing Bachelor #2, Steve Martin, and the two were gifted a trip to Italy.

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    He Has An Impressive Art Collection And Claims It’s His Biggest Hobby

    Comedic legend Martin has an incredibly interesting hobby. Since the age of 21, he has been an avid art collector and has numerous acclaimed works in his collection. He started his collection at 21 years old by purchasing a piece by the esteemed 19th-century American artist James Gale Tyler

    The actor has repeatedly stated how he is an obsessive collector as he views art collecting as a soothing hobby that allows him to escape from his mundane thoughts. In 2001, after keeping his collection quiet for many years, Martin opened a small section of his private art collection for public viewing, much to his fans’ delight. Art critic James Mann commented that the collection was “a very sincerely assembled group of works. He admires what he buys and he has good quality on the whole of these artists.”