Born May 25, 1963 (age 43)
- This article is about the actor. For other uses see Michael Myers
Michael "Mike" Myers (born May 25, 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) is an Emmy-winning British-Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer, whose notable film roles include the titular characters of Wayne's World, the Austin Powers series, and Shrek.
Both of Myers's parents are from Liverpool, England, and Myers has British, as well as Canadian, citizenship. His ethnic heritage is English, Scottish and Irish.
One of Myers' first acting jobs was with Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner in a TV commercial when he was nine years old. Myers graduated from high school in 1982 and was immediately accepted into Toronto's Second City improvisational comedy troupe. He made numerous appearances, including as Wayne Campbell, on Toronto's Citytv in the early 1980s, on the alternative video show "City Limits" hosted by Christopher Ward. In 1985 he was one of the founding members of The Comedy Store Players, an improvisational group based at The Comedy Store in London. The next year, he starred in the British children's TV programme Wide Awake Club, parodying the show's normal exuberance with his own "Sound Asleep Club", in partnership with Neil Mullarkey.
Myers was a member of the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live television program from 1989 to 1995, where he performed characters like Dieter, Linda Richman, and Wayne Campbell from Wayne's World.
The character of Linda Richman was based on Myers's real-life mother-in-law, a woman of New York Jewish extraction who is actually named Linda Richman. Myers has been married to Linda Richman's daughter, Robin Ruzan, since 1993; however, they have filed for divorce.
In 1992, Myers and comedian Dana Carvey took Wayne's World to the silver screen in a full-length motion picture based on the SNL sketch. It ended up being one of the most successful movies of the year and the following year a sequel was made - Wayne's World 2.
In 1997, Myers introduced the world to Austin Powers, with the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Myers played the title role, and other characters in the film. In 1999, he played one of his first non-comedic roles in the film 54 where he played Steve Rubell, proprietor of New York City's famous Studio 54 (a 1970s discoteque). The film was moderately successful, and Myers' performance was widely praised. Myers later parodied the club as "Studio 69" in 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember.
In June 2000, Myers was sued by Universal Pictures for $3.8 million for backing out of a contract to play Dieter, the SNL character, in a feature film. Myers said he refused to honor the $20 million contract because he didn't want to cheat moviegoers with an unacceptable script - one that he himself had written. Myers countersued, and a settlement was reached after several months where Myers agreed to make another film with Universal. That film would be The Cat in the Hat, released in November 2003 and starring Myers as the title character. It was a role he was ecstatic to play. Also in 2003, Myers was given a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
Myers is a member of the band Ming Tea along with former Bangles guitarist and vocalist Susanna Hoffs. They performed the songs BBC and Daddy Wasn't There for the Austin Powers movies.
In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted among the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. As of September 29, Myers has been signed on to play the lead role in the upcoming biopic of The Who drummer Keith Moon. The film will be produced by Roger Daltrey, Nigel Sinclair and Paul Gerber. He also supports Liverpool Football Club. And was at the champions league final, he could not watch the penalties.
Hurricane Katrina controversy
On September 2, 2005, Myers was paired with rapper Kanye West for a 90-second segment, part of a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina relief, A Concert for Hurricane Relief, on NBC. The event stirred criticism when West deviated from the script to criticize the media portrayal of black people in New Orleans and also commented, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" before the camera cut away to comedian Chris Tucker. On October 1, Myers appeared in the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. He was featured in a short clip with West (the musical guest for the episode), and jokingly stated that the US had revoked his citizenship (he is not known to be a U.S. citizen) and that FBI agents are monitoring him.
Myers has spawned many American catch-phrases from both his Saturday Night Live characters and subsequent films. Some lines from the Austin Powers films ("Oh, behave!" "Yeah Baby! Yeah!" "Shagadelic!" "Shall we shag now or shag later?" "Do I make you horny baby, do I?" "Get in mah belly!" "Shh!") Some lines from Wayne's World include ("Not!" "Schwing! and "Party Time, Excellent!"); his angry Scotsman from SNL ("If it's not Scottish, it's crap"), Linda Richman ("Talk amongst yourselves..." "I'm getting verklempt!" "It's like butter!"), Dieter ("Vould you like to touch my monkey?") and more besides. The quotability of Myers' characters increased his popularity, but also led to criticism; illustrated by a scene from the sit-com Frasier, when Frasier's father relentlessly quotes Austin Powers lines during a long car trip until Frasier growls, "Dad, I'm begging you..."
Year Title Role 1992 Wayne's World Wayne Campbell 1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer Charlie Mackenzie/Stuart Mackenzie 1993 Wayne's World 2 Wayne Campbell 1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Austin Powers 1998 The Thin Pink Line Tim Broderick 1998 54 Steve Rubell 1998 Pete's Meteor Pete 1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Austin Powers 1999 Mystery, Alaska Donnie Shulzhoffer 2001 Shrek Shrek (voice) 2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Austin Powers 2003 View from the Top John Witney 2003 Shrek 4-D Shrek (voice) 2003 The Cat in the Hat The Cat 2004 Shrek 2 Shrek (voice) 2007 Shrek the Third Shrek (voice) 2007 Shrek the Halls (TV) Shrek (voice) 2009 See Me Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked for Your Pleasure Keith Moon 2009 Wayne's World 3 Wayne Campbell
The following characters were created by Myers:
- Dieter (Saturday Night Live)
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