Steve Martin: No Joke, He Becomes Dad for First Time at Age 67

Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 12:29 PM

By Michael Mullins

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At the age of 67, actor and comedian Steve Martin has become a dad for the first time.

The funnyman's wife, Anne Stringfield, 41, had the child in December, according to the New York Post, but kept the birth a secret. Recently, the family was spotted near their Los Angeles home.

"How they kept it a secret nobody knows. Steve’s very private," a source told the Post. "They are thrilled. They worked hard to have the baby."

The baby's gender was not reported.

The couple married in 2007.

The former stand-up-comic-turned-actor began his career as a writer for the 1960s television show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." He moved on to perform absurd comic routines before national audiences, which eventually landed him frequent appearances on the 1970s hit show "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."

He quit stand-up in 1981 and ranked in sixth place on Comedy Central's list of 100 greatest stand-up comics, behind the likes of Woody Allen, George Carlin and Richard Pryor, who made the top five.

A native of Waco, Texas, Martin began acting in the 1970s, and his first blockbuster "The Jerk" came out in 1979. Directed by Carl Reiner, the movie grossed upwards of $100 million and was made on a $4 million budget.

Ironically, Martin has starred as a father in several films, including "Bringing Down the House" and "Cheaper by the Dozen" in which he plays a father of 12.

Martin was not close with his own father, and authored a piece in 2008 in Reader's Digest about the impact his father had on his life.

"My father’s attitude toward my show-business accomplishments was critical. After my first appearance on 'Saturday Night Live,' he wrote a bad review of me in the newsletter of the Newport Board of Realtors where he was president," Martin wrote. "In his death, my father did something he could not do in life. He brought our family together."

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