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August 15, 2019

20 Amazing Vintage Portraits of a Young and Handsome Steve Martin in the 1960s and 1970s

Steve Martin was born August 14, 1945, in Waco, Texas, the son of a real estate executive. When he was five, Martin and his family moved from Waco to Inglewood, California, and then to Garden Grove, California, when he was 10.

As a teenager, Martin sold guidebooks and performed magic tricks at Disneyland and at Knotts Berry Farm. He enrolled in Long Beach State College to study philosophy, but soon transferred to the theater program at the University of California, Los Angeles. He left college altogether to be a comedy writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-68), winning an Emmy Award in 1969.

In the 1970s, Martin performed stand-up comedy in local clubs, wrote for The Sonny and Cher Show (1972-73) and had the first of his many appearances on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. Martin’s big break came when he was guest host on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 1977. His offbeat and irreverent humor made him an instant celebrity.

This was a fertile time creatively for Martin, and he released four comedy albums between 1977 and 1981, winning Grammy Awards for Let’s Get Small and A Wild and Crazy Guy. He also received a gold record for his hit comedy song “King Tut” and wrote his first book Cruel Shoes, in 1977.

Here, below is a gallery of 20 vintage photographs of Steve Martin when he was young in the 1960s and 1970s.


  1. Yes, nice looking. And he plays the banjo really well.
    However, he is also one of the most pretentious, egotistical, pseudo-intellectual snobs to ever walk the planet.




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