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Mike Myers

Mike Myers
Myers at the 2017 Invictus Games
Born
Michael John Myers

(1963-05-25) May 25, 1963 (age 61)[1]
Citizenship
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Occupations
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • filmmaker
  • singer
  • musician
  • producer
Years active1973–present
Spouses
Robin Ruzan
(m. 1993; div. 2006)
Kelly Tisdale
(m. 2010)
Children3
RelativesPaul Myers (brother)

Michael John Myers OC (born May 25, 1963)[1] is a Canadian-born actor, comedian, and filmmaker. His accolades include seven MTV Movie & TV Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2002, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2017, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for "his extensive and acclaimed body of comedic work as an actor, writer, and producer."

Following a series of appearances on several Canadian television programs, Mike Myers came to recognition during his six seasons as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995, which won him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. He subsequently earned praise and numerous accolades for playing the title roles in the Wayne's World (1992–1993), Austin Powers (1997–2002), and Shrek (2001–2010) franchises, the latter of which is the second highest-grossing animated film franchise. Myers also played The Cat in the Hat in the 2003 live-action adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book The Cat in the Hat.

Myers acted sporadically in the 2010s, having supporting roles in Terminal and Bohemian Rhapsody (both 2018). He made his directorial debut with the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He created and starred in the 2022 Netflix original series, The Pentaverate, and appeared in David O. Russell's Amsterdam.

Early life

Michael John Myers was born in the Scarborough district of Toronto on May 25, 1963,[1] to data processor Alice "Bunny" E. (née Hind) and insurance agent Eric Myers. His parents were British immigrants from the Old Swan area of Liverpool.[2][3] Both were World War II veterans, his mother having served in the Women's Royal Air Force and his father in the Royal Engineers. He has distant Scottish ancestry.[4][5][6] He has two older brothers: Paul, a musician, and Peter, who worked for Sears Canada.[7] He grew up in Scarborough and North York,[8] where he attended Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute. He graduated from Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute in 1982.

One of his neighbours and schoolmates was prominent voice actor Maurice LaMarche.[9]

Career

Early career

Myers began performing in commercials at two years old. At the age of 10, he made a commercial for British Columbia Hydro, with Gilda Radner playing his mother.[5] At 12, he made a guest appearance as Ari on the TV series King of Kensington. At 16, he was the guest star of the season 1 episode "Boy on Wheels" of the TV series The Littlest Hobo.

After graduating from high school, Myers was accepted into The Second City Canadian touring company. He moved to the United Kingdom, and 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 program Wide Awake Club, parodying the show's normal exuberance with his own "Sound Asleep Club", in partnership with Neil Mullarkey.

He returned to Toronto and The Second City in 1986 as a cast member in The Second City's Toronto main stage show, Second City Theatre.[10] In 1988, he moved from Second City in Toronto to Chicago. There, he trained, performed and taught at the Improv Olympic.

Myers made many appearances, including as Wayne Campbell, on Toronto's Citytv in the early 1980s, on the alternative video show City Limits hosted by Christopher Ward; Myers also made several appearances after the launch of MuchMusic, for which City Limits was essentially the prototype. Myers also appeared as Wayne Campbell in the music video for Ward's Canadian hit "Boys and Girls".

The Wayne Campbell character was featured extensively in the 1986 summer series It's Only Rock & Roll, produced by Toronto's Insight Production Company for CBC Television. Wayne appeared both in-studio and in a series of location sketches directed and edited by Allan Novak. Myers wrote another sketch, "Kurt and Dieter", co-starring with Second City's Dana Andersen and also directed by Novak, which later became the popular "Sprockets" sketch on Saturday Night Live.

Saturday Night Live

Myers began appearing on Saturday Night Live on January 21, 1989 and eventually became the first repertory player added to the show's cast in over two years. "He quickly became one of the show's biggest draws thanks to his talent for creating oddball characters with memorable catchphrases," according to Entertainment Weekly.[11] In addition to "Wayne's World" and "Sprockets", Myers starred in the recurring sketches "Lothar of the Hill People", "Stuart Rankin, All Things Scottish", "Lank Thompson", "Middle-Aged Man", "Simon", "Coffee Talk with Linda Richman", "Theatre Stories", "Phillip the Hyper Hypo", and "Scottish Soccer Hooligan Weekly". Myers's last episode as a cast member aired on January 21, 1995 (exactly six years to the day after his first episode aired). He returned to host in 1997 and made an appearance as his movie character Dr. Evil in 2014.

Saturday Night Live characters

  • Dieter – host of Sprockets
  • Linda Richman – hostess of Coffee Talk
  • Japanese Game Show Host
  • "Handsome Actor" Lank Thompson
  • Simon – a young British boy who makes drawings in his bath tub and complains about having "prune hands" (the theme song for this segment was a slightly modified version of the theme song from Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings by Edward MacLachlan)
  • Wayne Campbell (SNL, the Wayne's World films)
  • Pat Arnold (SNL, Bill Swerski's Superfans)
  • Stuart Rankin – proprietor of "All Things Scottish"
  • Lothar (Of the Hill People)
  • Ed Miles (Middle-Aged Man) – An older man who helps young people with their problems
  • Kenneth Reese-Evans – host of "Theatre Stories"
  • Johnny Letter – an Old West citizen who writes polite, well-written letters of complaint.

Film

Myers in 1994

Myers made his film debut when he and Dana Carvey adapted their "Wayne's World" Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketches into the feature Wayne's World (1992). It was among the most successful films of the year and was followed in 1993 by Wayne's World 2; Myers starred in So I Married an Axe Murderer the same year. He took a two-year hiatus from performing after the end of his time as an SNL regular.

Myers returned to acting with the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), followed by the sequels Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Myers played the title role (Austin Powers) and the villain (Dr. Evil) in all three films as well as a henchman (Fat Bastard) and another villain (Goldmember) in the sequels.

One of Myers's rare non-comedic roles came in the film 54 (1998), in which he portrayed Steve Rubell, proprietor of New York City's famous 1970s disco nightclub Studio 54. The film was not critically or commercially successful, though Myers received some positive notice.[12][13]

In June 2000, Myers was sued by Universal Pictures for US$3.8 million for backing out of a contract to make a feature film based on his SNL character Dieter. Myers said he refused to honor the US$20 million contract because he felt his script was not ready. Myers countersued and a settlement was reached after several months where Myers agreed to make another film with Universal. That film, The Cat in the Hat, was released in November 2003 and starred Myers as the title character.[14][15][16] It received negative reviews and was unsuccessful at the box office.

In 2001, Myers provided the voice of the eponymous character, Shrek in the animated film of the same name, having taken over the role after the originally planned voice actor Chris Farley died in December 1997 before recording all of his dialogue. He reprised this role in Shrek 4-D (a theme park ride) in 2003, Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), the Christmas and Halloween television specials Shrek the Halls (2007) and Scared Shrekless (2010), and Shrek Forever After (2010).

Myers received the MTV Generation Award in June 2007, making him the second Canadian to win the award (following Jim Carrey in 2006).[17]

In 2008, Myers co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the poorly received The Love Guru, and in 2009 had a minor role as British general Ed Fenech in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

In 2018, after an eight-year hiatus from feature films, Myers appeared in supporting roles in Terminal (2018)[18] and Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).[19]

As of May 2022, Myers would neither confirm nor deny plans for Austin Powers 4.[20][21]

Other work

Myers had a cameo appearance in Britney Spears' music video "Boys" as Austin Powers.[22] Britney Spears, in turn, made a cameo in Austin Powers in Goldmember, performing "Boys". In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted among the top 50 comedy acts by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.[23]

Myers is a member of the band Ming Tea along with The Bangles' guitarist and vocalist Susanna Hoffs and musician Matthew Sweet. They performed the songs "BBC" and "Daddy Wasn't There" from the Austin Powers films.[24] In 2011 Myers returned to The Comedy Store in London to perform a one night only comeback of his role with The Comedy Store Players. The UK comedy website Chortle praised his performance.[25]

Myers's 2013 directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, was selected to be screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[26]

From 2017 to 2018, Myers hosted a re-boot of The Gong Show in heavy makeup as a fictional British host known as Tommy Maitland,[27] though his identity was not confirmed until the second season.[28]

An avid follower of the Monty Python comedy troupe, in July 2014, Myers appeared on stage at the O2 Arena on the final night of their 10 dates live show, Monty Python Live (Mostly), and also appears on the documentary telefilm Monty Python: The Meaning of Live.[29]

In April 2019, Variety reported that Myers will be starring in and executive producing a comedy series for Netflix, which will last for six episodes and involve him playing multiple characters.[30] In June 2021, the series title was announced as The Pentaverate, which serves as a spin-off of So I Married an Axe Murderer.

In March 2022, author and security specialist Gavin de Becker shared that segments of The Gift of Fear Master Class had been directed by Myers. [31]

Personal life

Myers at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010

Myers began dating actress and comedy writer Robin Ruzan in the late 1980s after meeting at an ice hockey game in Chicago, during which Myers caught a puck and used the incident as an icebreaker to strike up a conversation with Ruzan. The couple married on May 22, 1993, and Myers later referred to Ruzan as "his muse".[32] The couple filed for divorce in December 2005.[33]

In 2006, Kelly Tisdale confirmed reports that she and Myers were dating. Myers and Tisdale married in New York City in a secret ceremony in late 2010. Tisdale is a scenic artist who works in the entertainment industry and a former cafe owner.[34][35] They have a son[36] and two daughters.[37] They reside in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City.[38]

Myers is a Dungeons & Dragons player[39] and was one of several celebrities to have participated in the Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day in 2006.[40] He supports the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team,[41] and named two characters in the first Austin Powers film Commander Gilmour and General Borschevsky, after then-Maple Leafs players Doug Gilmour and Nikolai Borschevsky.[42] He is also a fan of his parents' hometown football team Liverpool FC.[43]

Myers has played for Hollywood United FC, a celebrity soccer team.[44] He played in the 2010 Soccer Aid for UNICEF UK football match, England vs. R.O.W (Rest of the World) and scored his penalty during a sudden-death shootout after the game ended 2–2 (June 6, 2010). The Rest of the World team beat England for the first time since the tournament started.

In 2014, Myers starred in a commercial with his brother Peter for Sears Canada, using "humorous banter to spread the message that, despite rumours, Sears wasn't shutting down". Peter at the time was senior director of planning at Sears' head office in Toronto, and he was laid off in 2017 after Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy.[7]

In 2016, Myers published a book, Canada, a memoir interwoven with reflections on his native country's history and popular culture and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.[10]

In June 2018, during a guest appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Myers stated that England is a "rooting interest" for him during soccer games in part because of his parents and because he is also a citizen of the country.[45]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Actor Writer Producer Role Notes
1992 Wayne's World Yes Yes No Wayne Campbell
1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer Yes Yes (uncredited) No Charlie McKenzie / Stuart McKenzie Extensively rewrote the script with Neil Mullarkey
Wayne's World 2 Yes Yes No Wayne Campbell
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Yes Yes Yes Austin Powers / Dr. Evil
1998 54 Yes No No Steve Rubell
The Thin Pink Line Yes No No Tim Broderick
Pete's Meteor Yes No No Pete
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Yes Yes Yes Austin Powers / Dr. Evil / Fat Bastard
Mystery, Alaska Yes No No Donnie Shulzhoffer
2001 Shrek Yes No No Shrek, Blind Mouse, Opening Narration Voice
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Yes Yes Yes Austin Powers / Dr. Evil / Fat Bastard / Goldmember
2003 Nobody Knows Anything! Yes No No 'Eye' Witness
View from the Top Yes No No John Witney
The Cat in the Hat Yes No No The Cat in the Hat
2004 Shrek 2 Yes No No Shrek Voice
2006 Home Yes No No Himself Documentary
2007 Shrek the Third Yes No No Shrek Voice
2008 The Love Guru Yes Yes Yes Guru Maurice Pitka / Himself
2009 Inglourious Basterds Yes No No General Ed Fenech
2010 Shrek Forever After Yes No No Shrek
2012 Oscar Etiquette Yes No No Sir Cecil Worthington Short film
2013 Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Yes No Yes Himself Documentary; also director
2015 Being Canadian Yes No No Himself Documentary
I Am Chris Farley Yes No No Himself
2017 Last Knight Yes No No Vodyanoy Voice
2018 Terminal Yes No No Clinton / Mr. Franklyn
Bohemian Rhapsody Yes No No Ray Foster
2022 Amsterdam Yes No No Paul Canterbury

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1975 King of Kensington Ari Episode: "Scout's Honour"
1977 Range Ryder and the Calgary Kid Himself
1979 The Littlest Hobo Tommy Episode: "Boy on Wheels"
1980 Bizarre Various
1983—1984 City Limits Wayne Campbell various episodes
1985 John and Yoko: A Love Story Delivery Boy Uncredited
Television film
1986–1987 Wide Awake Club Sound Asleep Club 2 episodes
1987 Meet Julie (voice) Television film
It's Only Rock & Roll Various 13 episodes
110 Lombard Street Mike Television pilot
1989 Elvis Stories Cockney Man Television short
1989–2015 Saturday Night Live Various 121 episodes; also writer
1991 Saturday Night Live: Halloween Special Wayne Campbell Television special
1992 Saturday Night Live: All the Best for Mother's Day Himself
1997 1997 MTV Movie Awards Himself (host)
2007 Shrek the Halls Shrek Voice
Television special
2008 2008 MTV Movie Awards Himself (host) Television special
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers Himself
2010 Scared Shrekless Shrek Voice
Television special
2014 Monty Python Live (Mostly) Himself Television special
2015 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Himself Episode: "Canada"
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special Wayne Campbell Television special
2017–2018 The Gong Show Tommy Maitland (host) 20 episodes; also executive producer
2018 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Dr. Evil 2 episodes[46]
2022 The Pentaverate Various roles Also creator, writer, and executive producer; 6 episodes

Theme parks

Year Title Voice role
1994 Hurler Wayne Campbell
2003 Shrek 4-D Shrek

Music videos

Awards and honours

Honours

Myers's Hollywood Walk of Fame star


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