Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Myers began his professional career the day he graduated from high school. He took his final exams at nine o'clock in the morning, auditioned for Toronto's famed Second City comedy troupe at noon and was hired at three in the afternoon. This ultimately led to Myers joining Chicago's Second City, an association that would change his life forever. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels discovered him there, which led to his debut as a featured performer and writer on the show in 1989.
For his groundbreaking work on Saturday Night Live, Myers was nominated for an Emmy for Best Performance in a Comedy or Variety Show and won an Emmy for Best Writing for a Comedy or Variety Show. Among the characters Myers made popular on SNL were German talk show host Dieter; Linda Richman in Coffee Talk; the hyperactive-hypoglycemic Phillip; Lothar of the Hill People; Simon the boy in the bathtub; and send-ups of The Rolling Stones' Ron Wood and Mick Jagger.
Myers successfully brought another popular SNL character, Wayne Campbell, to the big screen in Wayne's World, which he also wrote. In 1993, he reprised the role in the hit sequel Wayne's World 2, which he also penned. Between the Wayne's World films, Myers starred as an eccentric Scottish father and his first-generation Scottish-American son in the romantic comedy So I Married an Axe Murderer. In 1998, he appeared in Miramax's ensemble drama 54, earning critical acclaim for his portrayal of nightclub owner Steve Rubell.
In 1997, Myers created, wrote, produced and starred in the smash hit Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The success of the first Austin Powers created an enormous following for the character and had a tremendous impact on our culture. It was followed by Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember.
For his impressive achievements, Myers received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California in July 2002. He will be honored this year with the Jack Benny Award by the student body of the University of California at Los Angeles, and the 2003 AFI Star Award at U.S. Comedy Arts Festival sponsored by HBO in Aspen, as well as a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
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Mike Myers Facts
|Occupation||Actor, Screenwriter, Producer|
|Birthday||May 25, 1963 (57)|
|Birthplace||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Height||5' 7" (1m70) How tall is Mike Myers compared to you?|
|Awards||2003 MTV Movie Awards: Best Comedic Performance (for Austin Powers in Goldmember)|
|2000 MTV Movie Awards: Best On-Screen Duo (for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)|
|2000 MTV Movie Awards: Best Villain (for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)|
|1998 MTV Movie Awards: Best Villain (for Austin Powers)|
|1992 MTV Movie Awards: Best On-Screen Duo (for Wayne's World)|
|The Love Guru|
|Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat|
|Shrek Forever After|
|Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me|
|Shrek the Third|