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.
Myers was nominated for an Emmy for "Best Performance in a Comedy or Variety Show" and won an Emmy for "Best Writing for a Comedy or Variety Show" for or his groundbreaking work on Saturday Night Live. Among the characters that Myers made popular performing on SNL were Deiter, German talk show host; Linda Richman in "Coffee Talk"; the hyperactive-hypoglycemic Phillip; Lothar of the Hill People; Simon the boy in the bathtub; Ron Wood, and Mick Jagger.
Myers successfully brought his popular SNL character, Wayne Campbell, to the big screen in Wayne's World, which he also wrote. The film broke box office records and has grossed over $200 million to date. In 1993, he reprised the role of Wayne Campbell in 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. Austin Powers is a fashion photographer/swinger/spy who was cryogenically frozen in the 60's and thawed in the 90's in order to capture Dr. Evil, his diabolical nemesis (also played by Myers). Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery has grossed more than $200 million to date. The success of the first Austin Powers film created an enormous following for the character and had a tremendous impact on our culture.
In 1999, Myers wrote, produced, and starred in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in which he reprised the roles of Austin Powers and Dr. Evil. This second installment of the series also introduced a hilarious new character, an overweight Scottish double agent named Fat Bastard. In the first weekend the film out-grossed what the original Austin Powers made in its entire domestic theatrical run.
The Austin Powers phenomenon has garnered various awards, including several MTV Movie Awards, People's Choice, Grammy, and Blockbuster Entertainment awards for both films. Myers himself earned an American Comedy Award for "Funniest Actor in a Movie" for his work in the film.
Myers is also known for lending his voice to the Dreamworks animated feature Shrek, a modern-day fairy tale about a misunderstood ogre. The film won the Academy Award in the "Best Animated Feature Film" category 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 most recently starred in Austin Powers in Goldmember ,the third installment of the Austin Powers series. Produced for New Line Cinema Austin Powers in Goldmember was directed by Jay Roach, co-written by Michael McCullers, and produced by John Lyons.
In total box office, the Austin Powers series has grossed nearly one billion dollars, making it the highest grossing comedy franchise of all time. With a worldwide gross nearing $300 million, Austin Powers in Goldmember has out-grossed its two predecessors, making it the only third installment of a comedy to ever do so. The success of the Austin Powers series and Shrek makes Myers the only actor to ever have three $200 million-grossing releases in a row.
Most recently, Myers completed principal photography for Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat , a Universal Pictures/Dreamworks/Imagine Films co-production set for release on November 21, 2003. Myers stars as the mischievous feline in a striped stove-piped hat. The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston and Dakota Fanning.
Myers also rejoined Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz in Shrek 2, Shrek The Third, Shrek 4-D, and lastly in 2010 Shrek Forever After.
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 the University of California at Los Angeles; in 2003 he also recieved the AFI Star Award at the HBO-sponsored U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.