Film & Theater Personalities » Directors » MIKE MYERS
|Full name||: Mike Myers|
|Alias||: Mike Myers|
|Animals||: The Rabbit|
|Father||: Eric Myers|
|Mother||: Alice E.|
|Siblings||: Peter Myers, Paul Myers|
|Wife||: Robin Ruzan (1993–2007), Kelly Tisdale (2010–present)|
|Education||: Bishopbriggs Academy Macdonald Collegiate Institute Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute|
|Activists||: Directors , TV and Movie Producers, Actor, Comedian|
Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star, Mike Myers has successfully managed to make the move from television to films. He is best known for his Austin Power series of films, through which he gained immense success and worldwide acclaim. Born in Ontario, Canada, to British parents, Mike Myers began his career in the entertainment industry as a child star. By the age of eight he had appeared in a number of television commercials. After he graduated from high school he began appearing on Canadian TV shows and later joined the Second City Theatre, an improvisational comedy group in Chicago. Soon he made his debut as an actor in the comedy film, ‘Wayne’s World’. His first Austin Power series of film was ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’. The subsequent films include, ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’ and ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’. He has also played voice roles in the series of ‘Shrek’ films. He is a passionate footballer and is also a Dungeons & Dragons player, which is a fantasy role playing game.
He began his career as a child star. At the age of 12, he made an appearance on the Canadian TV sitcom, ‘King of Kensington’ as Ari.
He later relocated to the United Kingdom, where in October 1985 he became one of the co-founders of ‘Comedy Store Players’, a group of improvisational comedians, who performed at ‘The Comedy Store’, London.
In 1986, he starred in, ‘Wide Awake Club’, a UK based children’s TV series. The same year, he became one of the cast members of a Second City Theatre stage show in Toronto.
In 1988, he relocated to Chicago, where he became a member of the improvisational comedy theatre group, ‘ImprovOlympic’. He was trained here and he also simultaneously performed and taught.
In 1989, he auditioned to be a part of the American sketch comedy and variety show, ‘Saturday Night Live’. The same year, he was selected to join the cast as one of the featured players.
In the late 1980s, he made numerous appearances, some of them include his role of ‘Wayne Campbel’ on ‘Citytv’ and the music video, ‘Boys and Girls’ and on the video show ‘City Limits’‘
In 1992, he played, ‘Wayne Campbell’ in his debut comedy film, ‘Wayne’s World’, which was directed by Penelope Spheeris. The film was a commercial success and received positive reviews.
In 1993, he played double roles as ‘Charlie McKenzie’ and ‘Stuart McKenzie’ in the film, ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer’. The same year he reprised his role as ‘Wayne Campbell’ in the film, ‘Wayne’s World 2’.
In 1997, he wrote, produced and acted in the film, ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’. In the film he played the role of ‘Austin Powers / Dr. Evil’. The film was a moderate success.
In 1998, he played the role of ‘Steve Rubell’ in the drama film titled, ‘54’, which was directed by Mark Christopher. That year, he was also seen in the films, ‘The Thin Pink Line’ and ‘Pete’s Meteor’.
In 1999, he reprised his role in the second Austin Power series of films titled, ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’. The film earned an Academy Award nomination. The same year, he was seen in the film, ‘Mystery, Alaska’.
In 2001, he played a voice role in the animated film titled, ‘Shrek’. The following year, he reprised his role in the third Austin Power series of films titled, ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’.
In 2003, he played voice roles in the films, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Shrek 4-D’. The same year, he played the role of ‘John Witney’ in the romantic comedy film titled, ‘View from the Top’.
In 2004, he played a voice role in the film, ‘Shrek 2’ and also in the subsequent sequels, ‘Shrek the Third’ and ‘Shrek Forever After’. After two years, he played as himself in the Emmy Award winning documentary, ‘Home’.
In 2008, he starred, co-wrote and co-produced the romantic comedy film, ‘The Love Guru’. The following year, he played ‘General Ed Fenech’ in the Academy Award winning film, ‘Inglourious Basterds’.
In 2013, he appeared in the documentary film, ‘Being Canadian, Sometimes’. The same year, he directed the American documentary film titled, ‘Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon’.
His role as ‘Austin Powers / Dr. Evil’ in the film, ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’ was selected on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest screen characters.
Michael John Myers was born on May 25, 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to British parents, Eric Myers, an insurance man and World War II veteran and Alice E, an office supervisor and veteran of the Royal Air Force.
He is the younger of two brothers - Peter Myers and Paul Myers, the latter is an indie rock singer-songwriter. He was raised a protestant.
He attended the Bishopbriggs Academy, renamed later as Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Ontario. He later graduated from the Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Ontario.
Since he turned eight, he began appearing in various commercials and by the time he was a ten years old, he created a commercial for British Columbia Hydro Electric.
In 1982, after he graduated from high school, he became a member of the Second City Theatre, an improvisational comedy group in Chicago. He later went on a tour to Britain with comedian, Neil Mullarkey.
In 1993, he married his girlfriend, comedy writer, Robin Ruzan. The couple filed for divorce in 2005.
In 2006, he took part in the Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day. He is a Dungeons & Dragons player, which is a fantasy role playing game.
In 2010, he married café owner, Kelly Tisdale with whom he has a son.
A football lover, he has played for the celebrity football team, Hollywood United F.C. In 2010, he played the Soccer Aid for UNICEF UK football match.
In 1989, he was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for the category of ‘Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program’ for ‘Saturday Night Live’.
In 2000, he was the recipient of the American Comedy Award for the category of ‘Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)’ for ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’.
In 2003, he won the Canadian Comedy Award for the category of ‘Film - Pretty Funny Writing’ for ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’.
In 2010, he received the Screen Actors Guild Award for the category of ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’ for ‘Inglourious Basterds’.