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 Lorne Michaels' discovery of Myers at Second City led to his debut as a featured performer and writer on the show in 1989. His SNL career has earned Myers an Emmy nomination for "Best Performance in a Comedy or Variety Show" and an Emmy win for "Best Writing for a Comedy or Variety Show". Among the characters that Myers made popular performing on SNL were German talk show host Deiter, "Coffee Talk" host Linda Richman, the hyperactive-hypoglycemic Phillip, Lothar of the Hill People, Simon the boy in the bathtub and "Wayne's World" host Wayne Campbell.
The big screen adaption of Wayne's World, which Myers wrote, broke box office records and has grossed over $200 million to date. This was followed by the hit sequel Wayne's World 2, also written by Myers.
Between Wayne's World releases, Myers starred as an eccentric Scottish father and his first-generation Scottish-American son in the romantic comedy, So I Married an Axe Murderer. In 1998, he appeared in Miramax's ensemble drama 54, starring Ryan Phillipe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell and Sela Ward, in which he earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of nightclub owner Steve Rubell.
In 1997, Myers created, wrote, produced and starred in the smash hit Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, a parody of the espionage genre. In the film, Myers plays both villain and hero, portraying swinger and spy Austin Powers and his arch-nemesis Dr. Evil. The film has grossed more than $200 million to date, and its success resulted in two sequels, also written, produced and starring Mike Myers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Goldmember. This film franchise has garnered various awards, including several MTV Movie Awards, People's Choice, Grammy, and Blockbuster Entertainment awards, as well as Myers himself earning an American Comedy Award for "Funniest Actor in a Movie".
Myers is also known for lending his voice to the Dreamworks animated series of Shrek films, portraying the title character. The first film won the Oscar for "Best Animated Feature Film" and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. It was also nominated and awarded the People's Choice award in 2002. Shrek grossed a total of $478 million worldwide.
Myers also had the chance to portray the iconic Dr. Seuss character Cat in the Hat, for a live-action adaption of the children's book.
Myers received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California in July 2002. In 2003, he was honoured with the Jack Benny Award by the student body of UCLA. That same year, he recieved the AFI Star Award at the HBO-sponsored U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
On October 22, 2016, Mike Myers published Canada, a part memoir, part history book that explores Myers' relationship with his beloved home.
In 1977, at the age of 14, Mike appeared in the short-lived CBC children's series called Range Ryder and the Calgary Kid.
Party on! Wayne and Garth made their Saturday Night Live debut on February 18th, 1989. Prior to SNL, Mike Myers had performed the character of Wayne Campbell for Canadian-based programs City Limits and It's Only Rock & Roll, for MuchMusic and CBC. After joining the cast of SNL in '89, Myers would breathe new life into Wayne for the "Wayne's World" series of sketches, which he co-starred in alongside comedian Dana Carvey. Fun fact: The premiere "Wayne's World" sketch featured 2012 Cineplex Legends Inductee Phil Hartman playing a convenience store owner, and the host of that SNL episode was fellow Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Leslie Nielsen.