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Mike Myers Biography,Career,Film,Honours and Personal Life

About Mike Myers

Michael John Myers OC is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer, who holds UK citizenship. He is popularly known for his run as a featured performer on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995,and for playing the title roles in the Wayne’s World, Austin Powers, and Shrek films. He also directed the documentary film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, and had a small role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds in 2009. Myers was born on May 25, 1963 in Scarborough, a suburban district in the east side of Toronto. He was the son of English-born parents Eric Myers (1922–1991), an insurance agent, and his wife, Alice office supervisor and a veteran of the Royal Air Force.

Both his parents were from Liverpool, United Kingdom, and he has two older brothers, Paul, an indie rock singer-songwriter, broadcaster and author, and Peter, a recently laid-off Sears Canada employee. The family is of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. Myers was raised Protestant.Myers reportedly holds Canadian, U.S. and British citizenship. Myers grew up in suburban Toronto districts, both North York and Scarborough,where he attended Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute and then graduated from Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute in 1982.

Mike Myers Career

Myers began performing in commercials at the age of two and at the age of ten, he made a commercial for British Columbia Hydro, with Gilda Radner playing his mother. At the age of 12, he made a guest appearance as Ari on the TV series King of Kensington. After graduating from high school, Myers was accepted into the Second City Canadian touring company. Later he moved to the United Kingdom, where in 1985 he was one of the founding members of The Comedy Store Players, an improvisational group based at The Comedy Store in London.

In the next year, he starred in the British children’s TV program Wide Awake Club, parodying the show’s normal exuberance with his own “Sound Asleep Club”, in partnership with Neil Mullarkey. He returned to Toronto and Second City in 1986 as a cast member in the Second City’s Toronto main stage show, Second City Theatre. In 1988, he moved from Second City in Toronto to Chicago. In Chicago, he trained, performed, and taught at the Improv Olympic. Myers made many appearances, including as Wayne Campbell, on Toronto’s Citytv in the early 1980s, on the alternative video show City Limits hosted by Christopher Ward. Myers also appeared as Wayne Campbell in the music video for Ward’s Canadian hit “Boys and Girls”.

The Wayne Campbell character was featured extensively in the 1986 summer series It’s Only Rock & Roll, produced by Toronto’s Insight Production Company for CBC Television. Wayne appeared both in studio and in a series of location sketches directed and edited by Allan Novak. Myers wrote another sketch, “Kurt and Dieter”, co-starring with Second City’s Dana Andersen and also directed by Novak, which would later turn into the popular “Sprockets” sketch on Saturday Night Live. Myers returned to The Comedy Store in London to perform a one-time reprisal of his role with The Comedy Store Players in 2011 . The UK comedy website Chortle praised his performance.

Mike Myers on Film

Myers and Dana Carvey adapted Wayne’s World into a full-length motion picture based on the SNL sketch ,in 1992. It was among the most successful movies of the year and the following year a sequel, Wayne’s World 2, was released. That year Myers also starred in So I Married an Axe Murderer, which garnered a cult following.He then took a hiatus from television. Myers went back to acting in 1997 with the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, then a sequel in 1999, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and finally Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002. Myers played both the title role”Austin Powers” and the villain”Dr. Evil”, as well as other characters, in all three Austin Powers films.

In 1998, Myers played one of his rare non-comedic roles in the film 54: Steve Rubell, proprietor of New York City’s famous Studio 54, a 1970s discotheque. The film was moderately successful, and Myers’s performance was widely praised. Myers later parodied the club as “Studio 69” in Goldmember.

In June 2000, Myers was sued by Universal Pictures for US$3.8 million for backing out of a contract to play Dieter, the SNL character, in a feature film. Myers said he refused to honor the US$20 million contract because he did not want to cheat moviegoers with an unacceptable script—one that he himself had written. Myers countersued, and a settlement was reached after several months where Myers agreed to make another film with Universal. That film was The Cat in the Hat, which was released in November 2003 and starred Myers as the title character.

Mike Myers photo

Mike Myers photo

In 2001, Myers provided the voice of Shrek in the DreamWorks animated film of the same name, having taken over the role after original planned voice actor Chris Farley died in December 1997. He reprised this role in Shrek 4-D (a theme park ride) in 2003, Shrek 2 in 2004, Shrek the Third, and the Christmas special Shrek The Halls, both in 2007. In 2008, Myers co-wrote, co-produced and starred in The Love Guru. In 2009, he played the part of British general Ed Fenech, in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. In 2010 Myers returned for the latest film in the Shrek series, Shrek Forever After.

Myers made a cameo appearance in Britney Spears’ music video Boys as his film character Austin Powers. Myers is a member of the band Ming Tea along with The Bangles’ guitarist and vocalist Susanna Hoffs and musician Matthew Sweet. They performed the songs “BBC” and “Daddy Wasn’t There” from the Austin Powers movies. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian’s Comedian, he was voted among the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. During a CBS interview in 2007, he noted that he normally takes three years between films. He spends one year “living his life” and then writes various screenplays, develops characters, practices them in front of live audiences, and then selects one of the screenplays to film.

Myers received the MTV Generation Award in June 2007, making him the second Canadian to win the award (following Jim Carrey in 2006). Myers’ 2013 directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, was selected to be screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Mike Myers Personal life

Myers began dating actress and comedy writer Robin Ruzan in the late 1980s after meeting at a hockey game in Chicago, during which Myers caught a puck and used the incident as an icebreaker to strike up a conversation with Ruzan. The couple married on 22 May 1993, and Myers later referred to Ruzan as “his muse”. The couple filed for divorce in December 2005.

In 2006, café owner Kelly Tisdale confirmed reports that she and Myers were dating. Myers and Tisdale wed in New York in a secret ceremony in the fall of 2010. They have three children: son Spike Alan (b. 2011) and daughters, Sunday Molly (b. 2014) and Paulina Kathleen (b. 2015).

Myers is a Dungeons & Dragons player and was one of several celebrities to have participated in the Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day in 2006. He supports the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. He named two characters in the first Austin Powers movie Commander Gilmour and General Borschevsky, after then-Maple Leafs players Doug Gilmour and Nikolai Borschevsky.

Myers has played for Hollywood United F.C., a celebrity soccer team. He played in the 2010 Soccer Aid for UNICEF UK football match, England vs. R.O.W (Rest of the World) and scored his penalty during a sudden death shootout after the game ended 2–2 (June 6, 2010). The Rest of the World team beat England for the first time since the tournament started. Myers is a fan of Liverpool F.C.

Myers starred in a commercial with his brother Peter for Sears Canada in 2014,using “humorous banter to spread the message that, despite rumours, Sears wasn’t shutting down”. Peter at the time was senior director of planning at Sears head office in Toronto, and he was laid off in 2017 without severance despite 36 years of service after Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy protection. In 2016 Myers published a book, Canada, about the country’s history and pop culture.
As of 2016, Myers resides in New York City.

Mike Myers Honours

In 2003, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. For contributions to the motion picture industry, Mike Myers was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7042 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2015, his face was put on a stamp by Canada Post. On June 30, 2017, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston for “his extensive and acclaimed body of comedic work as an actor, writer and producer.”

Mike Myers Movies

  1. Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular
  2. Scared Shrekless
  3. Shrek Forever After
  4. Inglourious Basterds
  5. Shrek the Halls
  6. The Love Guru
  7. Far Far Away Idol
  8. Shrek 2
  9. The Cat in the Hat
  10. Nobody Knows Anything
  11. Shrek4-D
  12. Austin Powers in Goldmember
  13. View from the Top
  14. Pepsi Twist
  15. Mystery,Alaska
  16. The thin Pink Line
  17. Pete’s Meteor
  18. 54
  19. Wayne’s World1 & 2
  20. Elvis Stories
  21. So I married an Axe Murderer
  22. 110 Lombard
  23. Bizarre
  24. It’s Only Rock and Roll
  25. Meet Julie
  26. John and Yoko:A Love Story
  27. The Littlest Hobo
  28. The King of Kensigngton
  29. Range Ryder and the calgary Kid

Mike Myers Awards and Nominations

Mike Myers has been nominated for several awards over the period of time. these awards include:

  • Four American Comedy Awards (Best Film Performance (Male) and Best Writing in 2003 and 2000, for Austin Powers in Goldmember and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, respectively)
  • The 2000 American Comedy Award for Best Lead Actor for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
  • An Emmy Award in 1989 for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program, for Saturday Night Live. He has also been nominated for two other Emmy Award.
  • He has won seven MTV Movie Awards.
  • Nominated for the Worst Actor and Worst Screen Couple Razzie Awards in 2004, for The Cat in the Hat.
  • He was awarded the Lucille Ball Legacy of Laughter Award at the 2008 TV Land Awards. His award was presented to him by Justin Timberlake, his co-star in The Love Guru.
  • Two Razzie Awards in 2008, for Worst Actor and along with co-writer Graham Gordy Worst Screenplay for The Love Guru. The film also won Worst Film and secured 4 other nominations.

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