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

Updated May 20, 2021 9.3k votes 2.4k voters 174.6k views15 items

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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 And His Wife Surprised Party Guests With A Spontaneous Wedding Ceremony

    Most people have heard of a surprise birthday party, but not many have ever had the privilege of attending a surprise wedding. In 2007, Martin and his wife Anne Springfield managed to pull off this feat when the pair hosted a party with a star-studded guest list. 

    Unsurprisingly, it was reported that everyone was left incredibly shocked when the couple walked out in wedding clothes. After the initial shock wore off, it’s believed the pair had a spectacular wedding. They definitely left an impression in the minds of the reported 75 guests who were in attendance.

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    He Suffers From Tinnitus That Was Caused By A Scene In ‘Three Amigos’

    Interestingly, more than 50 million people in the United States suffer from tinnitus - a ringing of the ears - and amongst these people, there are presidents, musicians, and actors. Martin began suffering from this affliction during the production of one of his most well-known films, Three Amigos. While filming was underway in 1986, Martin was exposed to a gunfight scene which led to the ringing in his ears.

    As many are aware, this condition can be incredibly debilitating, but when Martin was once asked about his experience with the condition, he stated, "You get used to it." His dedication to his craft allows him to continuously push past this roadblock and continue to make media that people love.

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    He, Martin Short, And Tom Hanks Have Colonoscopy Parties Together Regularly

    Now it’s common knowledge that colonoscopy appointments are anything but a good time. However, Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Tom Hanks have managed to circumvent some of the discomforts felt when it comes time for the next appointment. The three schedule and routinely get together to enjoy what they call a colonoscopy party the night before the appointment. Martin once revealed that the event was something they all looked forward to and that it was a brilliant idea to make an unpleasant compulsory event bearable.

    He also revealed that the party was catered and that they would all drink copious amounts of fluids throughout the evening while watching a movie or playing poker. After an enjoyable evening, it was reported that they would all travel together to the doctor and argue about who would go last.

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    He Is An Exceptional Banjo Player

    Martin is best known for his comedic personality and phenomenal acting skills, but his passion and skill as a musician might not be popularly known. Under the surface of his charming persona and self-deprecating jokes is an old soul who has an incredible talent for playing the banjo. Many who have witnessed Martin playing the banjo have often stated that he is a bluegrass extraordinaire. In recognition of his superb banjo skills, Martin won a Grammy award for his debut album titled The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo.

    In addition to winning a Grammy award, Martin has also impressively performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he even toured with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Additionally, as a way to showcase those whose talent lies with the banjo, Martin and his wife launched The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass award in 2008.

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