Martin Short – Biography, Career, Net Worth

Martin Short Biography

Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian entertainer who also acts, writes, sings, and produces. His comedy work, particularly on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, is what makes him famous. He has also starred in many popular comedic films such as Three Amigos, Innerspace, Pure Luck, Jungle 2 Jungle, Mars Attacks!, Father of the Bride, and Father of the Bride Part 2.

Real Name/Full NameMartin Hayter Short OC
Date Of BirthMarch 26, 1950
Age 74 years old
BirthplaceHamilton, Ontario, Canada
Zodiac signAries
Height5 feet 7 inch
Weight 70 kg
SpouseNancy Dolman
ChildrenHenry Short, Katherine Elizabeth Short, Oliver Patrick Short
SiblingsMichael Short, David Short, Brian Short, Nora Short
ProfessionActor, Comedian, and Writer
Net worth$30 million


On March 26, 1950, Charles Patrick Short and Olive Grace were the parents of Martin Hayter Short, who was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was raised by his father, who was an executive at a steel company, and his mother, who was a concert pianist. Three sons and a daughter were among the other five children in the family, Short being the youngest. Three years before his graduation, his mother succumbed to cancer, and his father died two years after his mother’s death.

Martin Short displayed his talents as an actor, mimic and entertainer right from the time when he was a child and his mother provided him with all the encouragement that he needed in order to pursue his dreams. Westdale Secondary School was where he studied in his hometown of Hamilton. In 1971, Martin Short attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and obtained his bachelor’s degree in social work.

Personal Life

Short became romantically involved with Radner during the production, but he wound up marrying her Godspell understudy, actress Nancy Dolman. The couple was planning to adopt three children. Dolman died of ovarian cancer in 2010.


Dec. 3, 1983 is when Katherine Elizabeth Short was born. Katherine’s practice is private and she also works part-time at Amae Health clinic, where she specializes in community outreach, family support groups, peer support, and psychotherapy.

April 29, 1986 marked Oliver Patrick Short’s birth. Although Oliver may not be in front of the camera, he has pursued a career as a behind-the-scenes professional in the industry. In the past, he held the position of executive assistant at Warner Bros. In a 2012 interview with The Guardian, Martin confirmed that there were pictures. He went on to work at FOX Sports, the MLB Network, and NBC Sports, where he held different producing roles.

Henry Hayter Short was brought into this world on August 4, 1989. Martin informed The Guardian that Henry had been backpacking around Europe in 2012. He went on to start his career at the Royal Bank of Canada where he served as a managed solutions group consultant, before moving on to his role as an analyst. At Malibu Coast Animal Hospital today, he is employed as a veterinary assistant. Henry and his father have been on the red carpet at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards and the Take Off, Eh: An All-Star Benefit in July 2017, both of which were attended by Henry.


Short became a professional stage actor in 1972 when he appeared in a Toronto production of Godspell. The cast included Levy, Andrea Martin, Gilda Radner, and Victor Garber, as well as musical director Paul Shaffer.

His successful career as a comedian was paved by the zany improvisations he did with the Second City comedy group, which he joined in 1977. Before starting his film career, he was a regular on Saturday Night Live (1984–85). He has appeared on film in Father of the Bride (1991), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), and Mars Attacks! Mumford in 1998, followed by (1996). In the TV play of Alice in Wonderland (1999), Short played the role of the Mad Hatter.

He was both executive producer of and actor in The Martin Short Show (1994–95) on television, and 1999 he launched a talk show called The Martin Short Show (1999–2000), followed by Primetime Glick (2001) starring the character Jiminy Glick, played by Short. The list of made-for-TV movies includes Prince Charming (2001).


Martin received a Daytime Emmy award nomination as “Outstanding Talk Show Host” for The Martin Short Show in 2000, and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination in 2002 for his series Primetime Glick. His work in the crime drama ‘Damages’ resulted in him receiving his fourth Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series’ in 2010. In 1983, he received his first Emmy award for ‘Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program’ for SCTV Network 90 alongside 11 other writers.

The inaugural Canadian Screen Awards were hosted by Martin in 2013 and Martin returned to host again in 2014. In 2016, the Canadian Screen Awards honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. For his role as The Cat in the Hat in the animated TV show The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween, he received a Canadian Screen Award in 2018.

Net Worth

Martin Short is based in Canada and has a net worth of $30 million as an actor, comedian, writer, and producer. During the years 1981–1984, Martin Short wrote and performed on the sketch comedy show ‘SCTV’ and was a member of Toronto’s Second City comedy troupe before moving to New York. His international fame began when he was cast on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1984.


Martin Short’s net worth is a testament to his steady accomplishments and economic prosperity in the entertainment industry. He has been a part of the industry for more than fifty years. Short’s current residence is Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, USA and he is the father of three kids.

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