More Mike Myers Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat)Mike Myers, one of the most multifaceted performers of his generation, has brought an astonishing array of characters to life on both film and television.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Myers began his professional career the day he graduated from high school. Mike 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 Troupe, an association that would change his life forever. Saturday Night Live producer Lome Michaels' discovery of Myers at Second City 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 Comedy or Variety Show. Among the characters that Myers made popular performing on SNL are Dieter, the host of the avant-garde German television show Sprockets; Linda Richman in Coffee Talk; Phillip the hyperactive/hypoglycemic six-year-old; Lothar of the Hill People; Simon, the boy in the bathtub; Ron Wood; and Mick Jagger.
Myers successfully brought his popular SNL character, Wayne Campbell, to the big screen in Wayne's World, which he also wrote. The film broke box office records and has grossed over $200 million to date. Then in 1993, he reprised the role of Wayne Campbell in the hit sequel, Wayne's World 2, also written by Myers. Between Wayne's World releases, Myers starred in the romantic comedy, So IMarried an Axe Murderer, where Myers gained critical acclaim by playing dual roles as an eccentric Scottish father and his first-generation Scottish-American son. In 1998 he appeared in the ensemble drama, 54, starring Ryan Phillipe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell and Sela Ward, in which he gained critical notice for his portrayal of club owner Steve Rubell.
In 1997 Myers created, wrote, produced and starred in the smash hit Austin Powers: International Man ofMystery, about a fashion photographer/swinger/spy who is cryogenically frozen in the '60s and is unthawed in the '90s in order to capture his nemesis, a diabolical Dr. Evil, also played by Myers. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery has grossed over $200 million to date, as well as having an enormous following and impact on the culture at large.
In 1999, Myers returned to write, produce and star, by reprising the roles of Austin Powers and Dr. Evil and introducing a hilarious new character, an overweight Scottish double agent named Fat Bastard, in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. The film enjoyed the biggest opening weekend for a comedy in history and in the first weekend, out-grossed what the original Austin Powers made in its entire domestic theatrical run. To date, it has made over $310 million worldwide and its impact on the culture continues to grow. The original movie and the sequel have garnered various awards and award nominations, including several MTV Movie Awards, People's Choice Awards, Grammy Awards, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. Myers himself earned an American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Movie for his work in the film.
In 2002, Myers created history with release of Austin Powers in Goldmember, which had a domestic gross greater than its two predecessors.
Myers lent his voice to the 2001 animated feature Shrek, a modern-day fairy tale about a misunderstood ogre, which has grossed over $450 million worldwide and won the Academy Award* in 2002 as Best Animated Movie. Following his stellar turn as the title character, the fast-talking feline in Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Imagine Entertainment's Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, Myers again lends his voice to the highlyanticipated follow-up to the worldwide hit, Shrek 2, slated for nationwide release May 21, 2004.
Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" (02-Dec-2003)