Canadian actor, comedian, writer, and producer Martin Short is one of the most prolific figures in the entertainment industry. He has been a standout performer in film and TV for several decades, earning international stardom and critical acclaim throughout his career. In this article, we delve into Martin Short’s net worth and take a closer look at his impressive career and current wealth.
Martin Hayter Short was born on March 26, 1950, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His mother, Olive, was a concertmistress with the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra, while his father, Charles was an executive with the Canadian steel company Stelco. Martin grew up in a Catholic household with four older siblings.
Tragedy struck the Short family when Martin’s brother David died in a car accident when he was only 12 years old. Olive passed away from cancer in 1968, two years before Charles died from a stroke. Martin studied at Westdale Secondary School and went on to earn a B.A. in Social Work from McMaster University in 1971. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature in 2001 from the same university.
Martin Short made his television debut on the Canadian shows “Right On” and “Cucumber” in 1972. He also appeared on several episodes of “The David Steinberg Show” (1976-77) and joined Toronto’s The Second City improv group in 1977. This led to a writing job on “Second City Television,” where he was a performer from 1982 to 1983. Short was then cast in “Saturday Night Live” in 1984 and although he was only a cast member for one season, he has returned to the show several times as a host.
Short was a co-creator of the animated series “The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley” (1988) and NBC variety show “Maya & Marty” (2016). He also created “Primetime Glick” (2001-2003) as well as two versions of “The Martin Short Show;” the first was a sitcom in 1994 and the second was a syndicated talk show in 1999. Martin has guest-starred on several TV shows, such as “Arrested Development” (2005), “How I Met Your Mother” (2011-2012), and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (2015). In 2018, he starred alongside Steve Martin in the Netflix special “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.”
Short’s first film was 1979’s “Lost and Found,” and he returned to the big screen after years of television work in 1986’s “Three Amigos” co-starring with Steve Martin and Chevy Chase. He appeared in several other films such as “Innerspace” (1987), “Cross My Heart” (1987), “Three Fugitives” (1989), and “The Big Picture” (1989). Short reunited with Steve Martin in 1991 for “Father of the Bride” and later reprised his role in the 1995 sequel “Father of the Bride Part II.” With over 40 film credits to his name, Short has also lent his voice to several animated projects like “The Prince of Egypt” (1998), “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (2012), and “The Addams Family” (2019).
In 1993, Short starred in Neil Simon’s “The Goodbye Girl” on Broadway, earning his first Tony nomination. He won a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical in 1999 for his performance in “Little Me,” and in 2003, he played Leo Bloom in a Los Angeles production of “The Producers.” Martin starred in the one-man show “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me” on Broadway from August 2006 to January 2007. He returned to the same theater, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, in 2015 to star as James Wicker in “It’s Only a Play.”
Martin Short dated Gilda Radnor after meeting her during a 1972 production of “Godspell.” In 1974, he began a relationship with Gilda’s understudy, Nancy Dolman, and the two were married on December 22, 1980. The couple adopted three children together: daughter Katherine (born in 1983), son Oliver (born in 1986), and son Henry (born in 1989). Unfortunately, Nancy passed away from ovarian cancer in August 2010.
Martin Short is a Canadian citizen and holds citizenship in the United States, England, and Ireland. He is a passionate philanthropist who has supported several charities, including the Women’s Research Cancer Fund. Martin is also a member of Artists Against Racism.
Martin Short’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Martin Short’s net worth is $50 million as of 2021. He has accumulated his wealth from several years in the entertainment industry as an actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Martin Short continues to create engaging and comedic content that keeps his fans entertained. With a successful career that has spanned decades and numerous accolades, Martin Short is undoubtedly one of the most talented performers to emerge from Canada.