Steve Martin to Get AFI Life Achievement Award

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Steve Martin

The wild and crazy guy will be honored June 4 at a gala tribute in Los Angeles that will be broadcasted on TNT

Steve Martin will receive the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award.

The accolade will be presented to the accomplished multihyphenate on June 4 at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, Howard Stringer, chair of AFI's board of trustees, announced Friday.

"Steve Martin is an American original," said Stringer. "From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multilayered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author — and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head."

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For the third year, the ceremony will be broadcast as a tribute special on TNT in June, with encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies.

Now a highly awarded actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician, Martin first came to fame as a notable stand-up act. He won an Emmy for his work writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1969 and spent the '70s delivering laughs via comedy essays and albums as well as memorable appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. After writing and starring in the Oscar-nominated short The Absent-Minded Waiter, he starred in such films as The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Three Amigos!, Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the Father of the Bride films, The Pink Panther and Shopgirl. He next stars in Disney's Magic Camp, which he co-wrote.

He also has released four comedy albums between 1977 and 1981, including the Grammy winners Let's Get Small and A Wild and Crazy Guy, and wrote his first book in 1977, Cruel Shoes.

The AFI announcement is made just as Martin premieres his new musical Bright Star at San Diego's Old Globe Theater, featuring original music by Martin and songwriter Edie Brickell that is inspired by their Grammy-winning song, "Love Has Come for You."

The list of AFI Life Achievement Award recipients follows:

1973   John Ford
1974   James Cagney
1975   Orson Welles
1976   William Wyler
1977   Bette Davis
1978   Henry Fonda
1979   Alfred Hitchcock
1980   James Stewart
1981   Fred Astaire
1982   Frank Capra
1983   John Huston
1984   Lillian Gish
1985   Gene Kelly
1986   Billy Wilder
1987   Barbara Stanwyck
1988   Jack Lemmon
1989   Gregory Peck
1990   David Lean
1991   Kirk Douglas
1992   Sidney Poitier
1993   Elizabeth Taylor
1994   Jack Nicholson
1995   Steven Spielberg
1996   Clint Eastwood
1997   Martin Scorsese
1998   Robert Wise
1999   Dustin Hoffman
2000   Harrison Ford
2001   Barbra Streisand
2002   Tom Hanks
2003   Robert De Niro
2004   Meryl Streep
2005   George Lucas
2006   Sean Connery
2007   Al Pacino
2008   Warren Beatty
2009   Michael Douglas
2010   Mike Nichols
2011   Morgan Freeman
2012   Shirley MacLaine
2013   Mel Brooks
2014   Jane Fonda

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