Michael John Myers
25 May 1963
(m. 1993; div. 2006)
|Relatives||Paul Myers (brother)|
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television, theatre, books|
|Genres||Observational comedy, satire, black comedy, self-deprecation, cringe comedy, deadpan|
Michael John Myers OC (born 25 May 1963) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, director, producer and screenwriter. He is known for his run as a performer on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995 and for playing the title roles in the Wayne's World, Austin Powers and Shrek film franchises. He made his directorial debut with the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013). He semi-retired from acting in 2012, though he had supporting roles in Terminal and Bohemian Rhapsody (both 2018).
Michael John Myers was born in Scarborough, Ontario, on 25 May 1963, to British immigrant parents from the Old Swan area of Liverpool, England. His father, Eric Myers, was an insurance agent, and his mother, Alice "Bunny" E. Myers (née Hind), was an office supervisor and a veteran of the Royal Air Force. He has two older brothers: Paul, a musician and Peter, who worked for Sears Canada. He grew up in suburban Toronto districts, both North York and Scarborough, where he attended Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute. He then graduated from Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute in 1982.
Myers began performing in commercials at two years old. At the age of ten, he made a commercial for British Columbia Hydro, with Gilda Radner playing his mother. At 12, he made a guest appearance as Ari on the TV series King of Kensington. At 16, he was the guest star of Season 1 Episode 10 "Boy On Wheels" of the TV series The Littlest Hobo.
After graduating from high school, Myers was accepted into The Second City Canadian touring company. He moved to the United Kingdom, and in 1985 he was one of the founding members of The Comedy Store Players, an improvisational group based at The Comedy Store in London.
He returned to Toronto and The Second City in 1986 as a cast member in The Second City's Toronto main stage show, Second City Theatre. In 1988, he moved from Second City in Toronto to Chicago. In Chicago, he trained, performed, and taught at the Improv Olympic.
Myers made many appearances, including as Wayne Campbell, on Toronto's Citytv in the early 1980s, on the alternative video show City Limits hosted by Christopher Ward; Myers also made several appearances after the launch of MuchMusic, for which City Limits was essentially the prototype. Myers also appeared as Wayne Campbell in the music video for Ward's Canadian hit "Boys and Girls".
The Wayne Campbell character was featured extensively in the 1986 summer series It's Only Rock & Roll, produced by Toronto's Insight Production Company for CBC Television. Wayne appeared both in-studio and in a series of location sketches directed and edited by Allan Novak. Myers wrote another sketch, "Kurt and Dieter", co-starring with Second City's Dana Andersen and also directed by Novak, which later became the popular "Sprockets" sketch on Saturday Night Live.
Saturday Night Live
Myers began appearing on Saturday Night Live on January 21, 1989 and eventually became the first repertory player added to the show's cast in over two years. "He quickly became one of the show's biggest draws thanks to his talent for creating oddball characters with memorable catchphrases," according to Entertainment Weekly. In addition to "Wayne's World" and "Sprockets", Myers starred in the recurring sketches "Lothar of the Hill People", "Stuart Rankin, All Things Scottish", "Lank Thompson", "Middle-Aged Man", "Simon", "Coffee Talk with Linda Richman", "Theatre Stories", "Phillip the Hyper Hypo" and "Scottish Soccer Hooligan Weekly". Myers' last episode as a cast member aired on January 21, 1995 (exactly six years to the day after his first episode aired). He returned to host in 1997 and made an appearance as his movie character Dr. Evil in 2014.
Myers made his film debut when he and Dana Carvey adapted their "Wayne's World" Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketches into the feature Wayne's World (1992). It was among the most successful films of the year and was followed in 1993 by Wayne's World 2; Myers starred in So I Married an Axe Murderer the same year. He took a two-year hiatus from performing after the end of his time as an SNL regular.
Myers returned to acting with the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), followed by the sequels Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Myers played the title role (Austin Powers) and the villain (Dr. Evil) in all three films as well as a henchman (Fat Bastard) and another villain (Goldmember) in the sequels.
One of Myers' rare non-comedic roles came in the film 54 (1998), in which he portrayed Steve Rubell, proprietor of New York City's famous 1970s discotheque Studio 54. The film was not critically or commercially successful, though Myers received some positive notice.
In June 2000, Myers was sued by Universal Pictures for US$3.8 million for backing out of a contract to make a feature film based on his SNL character Dieter. Myers said he refused to honor the US$20 million contract because he felt his script was not ready. Myers countersued, and a settlement was reached after several months where Myers agreed to make another film with Universal. That film, The Cat in the Hat, was released in November 2003 and starred Myers as the title character. It received negative reviews and was unsuccessful at the box office.
In 2001, Myers provided the voice of Shrek in the DreamWorks animated film of the same name, having taken over the role after the originally planned voice actor Chris Farley died in December 1997. He reprised this role in Shrek 4-D (a theme park ride) in 2003, Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), the Christmas and Halloween television specials Shrek the Halls (2007) and Scared Shrekless (2010), and Shrek Forever After (2010).
In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted among the top 50 comedy acts by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.
Myers is a member of the band Ming Tea along with The Bangles' guitarist and vocalist Susanna Hoffs and musician Matthew Sweet. They performed the songs "BBC" and "Daddy Wasn't There" from the Austin Powers films.
Myers' 2013 directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, was selected to be screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017, Myers began hosting a reprised version of The Gong Show in heavy makeup as a fictional British host known as Tommy Maitland.
An avid follower of the Monty Python comedy troupe, in July 2014 Myers appeared on stage at the O2 Arena on the final night of their 10 dates live show, Monty Python Live (Mostly), and also appears on the documentary telefilm Monty Python: The Meaning of Live.
In April 2019, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Myers will be starring in and executive producing a comedy series for Netflix, with it to last for six episodes and him playing multiple characters.
Myers began dating actress and comedy writer Robin Ruzan in the late 1980s after meeting at an ice hockey game in Chicago, during which Myers caught a puck and used the incident as an icebreaker to strike up a conversation with Ruzan. The couple married on May 22, 1993, and Myers later referred to Ruzan as "his muse". The couple filed for divorce in December 2005.
In 2006, café owner Kelly Tisdale confirmed reports that she and Myers were dating. Myers and Tisdale married in New York City in a secret ceremony in late 2010. They have three children: a son born in September 2011 and two daughters.
He supports the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. He named two characters in the first Austin Powers film Commander Gilmour and General Borschevsky, after then-Maple Leafs players Doug Gilmour and Nikolai Borschevsky.
Myers has played for Hollywood United F.C., a celebrity soccer team. He played in the 2010 Soccer Aid for UNICEF UK football match, England vs. R.O.W (Rest of the World) and scored his penalty during a sudden-death shootout after the game ended 2–2 (June 6, 2010). The Rest of the World team beat England for the first time since the tournament started. Myers is a fan of Liverpool F.C.
In 2014, Myers starred in a commercial with his brother Peter for Sears Canada, using "humorous banter to spread the message that, despite rumours, Sears wasn't shutting down". Peter at the time was senior director of planning at Sears head office in Toronto, and he was laid off in 2017 after Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy.
In 2016, Myers published a book, Canada, about the country's history and popular culture.
Myers is also a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.
Awards and honours
|1992||Wayne's World||Wayne Campbell||Also writer|
|1993||So I Married an Axe Murderer||Charlie McKenzie / Stuart McKenzie|
|Wayne's World 2||Wayne Campbell||Also writer|
|1997||Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery||Austin Powers / Dr. Evil||Also writer and producer|
|The Thin Pink Line||Tim Broderick|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Austin Powers / Dr. Evil / Fat Bastard||Also writer and producer|
|Mystery, Alaska||Donnie Shulzhoffer|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Austin Powers / Dr. Evil / Fat Bastard / Goldmember||Also writer and producer|
|2003||Nobody Knows Anything!||'Eye' Witness|
|View from the Top||John Witney|
|The Cat in the Hat||The Cat in the Hat|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Shrek||Voice|
|2008||The Love Guru||Guru Maurice Pitka / Himself||Also writer and producer|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Gen. Ed Fenech|
|2010||Shrek Forever After||Shrek||Voice|
|2012||Oscar Etiquette||Sir Cecil Worthington||Short film|
|2013||Being Canadian, Sometimes||Himself||Documentary|
|Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon||Himself||Documentary; also director|
|2015||I Am Chris Farley||Himself||Documentary|
|Bohemian Rhapsody||Ray Foster|
|1975||King of Kensington||Ari||Episode: "Scout's Honour"|
|1977||Range Ryder and the Calgary Kid||Himself|
|1979||The Littlest Hobo||Tommy||Episode: "Boy on Wheels"|
|1985||John and Yoko: A Love Story||Delivery Boy||Uncredited|
|1986–1987||Wide Awake Club||Sound Asleep Club||2 episodes|
|1987||Meet Julie||(voice)||Television film|
|It's Only Rock & Roll||Various||13 episodes|
|1989||Elvis Stories||Cockney Man||Television short|
|1989–1995||Saturday Night Live||Various||121 episodes; also writer|
|1997||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Mike Myers/Aerosmith"|
|2007||Shrek the Halls||Shrek||Voice|
|2008||2008 MTV Movie Awards||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2011||Saturday Night Live||Wayne Campbell||Episode: "Dana Carvey/Linkin Park"|
|2014||Monty Python Live (Mostly)||Himself||Television special|
|Saturday Night Live||Dr. Evil||Episode: "Amy Adams/One Direction"|
|2015||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Himself||Episode: "Canada"|
|Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special||Wayne Campbell||Television special|
|2017–2018||The Gong Show||Tommy Maitland (host)|
|2018||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||Dr. Evil||2 episodes|
- Madonna: "Beautiful Stranger" (1999) as Austin Powers.
- Britney Spears: "Boys" (2002) as Austin Powers.
Career awards and nominations
Notable Saturday Night Live characters
- Dieter – host of Sprockets
- Linda Richman – hostess of Coffee Talk
- Japanese Game Show Host
- "Handsome Actor" Lank Thompson
- Simon – a little boy who does drawings in the bath and complains about having "prune hands" (the theme song for this segment was a slightly modified version of the theme song from Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings by Edward MacLachlan)
- Wayne Campbell (SNL, the Wayne's World films)
- Pat Arnold (SNL, Bill Swerski's Superfans)
- Stuart Rankin – proprietor of "All Things Scottish"
- Lothar (Of the Hill People)
- Ed Miles (Middle-Aged Man) – An older man who helps young people with their problems
- Phillip – A child of the age of six who is hypoglycemic and hyperactive (quote: "I'm a hyper hypo"). Phillip appears in at least two sketches, one with Nicole Kidman and the other with Kim Basinger. The sketch centers on him at a playground while wearing a helmet and a harness tied to the monkey bars.
- Kenneth Reese-Evans – host of "Theatre Stories"
- Johnny Letter – an Old West citizen who writes polite, well-written letters of complaint
- In December 2014, Myers appeared in a cameo during the cold open as his character Dr. Evil, a super villain known for his appearances in the Austin Powers film series where he called out North Korea and Sony, in particular the logic of Kim Jong-un, and the 2014 Sony hack, as well as making comparisons between the Guardians of Peace and the Grand Old Party.
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- on YouTube, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (November 1, 2018)
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- O'Sullivan, Michael (August 28, 1998). "'54': Rise and Fall of a Disco Inferno". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- Rush, George; Molloy, Joanna; Baram, Marcus; K. C.; Baker (August 17, 1998). "IN '54,' MYERS WON'T SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT". New York Daily News. Tronc. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- "Myers settles Dieter dispute". BBC News. BBC. August 11, 2000. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- Cosgrove-Mather, Bootie (March 7, 2002). "The Cat In The Hat Is Phat". CBS News. CBS. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- Evans, Bradford (October 9, 2013). "'Dieter': The Surprisingly Funny Mike Myers Movie That Never Was". Vulture. New York Media, LLC. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- Adler, Shawn (May 31, 2007). "MTV Movie Awards To Honor Mike Myers With Generation Award; 'Now I'm Set,' He Says". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- Darby, Luke (April 5, 2018). "Mike Myers Filmed His Own Zombie Movie Between Takes for Terminal". GQ. Condé Nast. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- Desta, Yohana (September 12, 2017). "In Perfect Casting News, Mike Myers Is Joining Bohemian Rhapsody". Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- "Britney on music, 'Boys' and Austin's powers". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System. August 2, 2002. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- Thorpe, Vanessa (January 2, 2005). "Cook tops poll of comedy greats". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- "Great Fictional Bands: MING TEA - UPDATE 4/11/14". Warped Factor. November 4, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- Butler, Marc (July 6, 2011). "Mike Myers with the Comedy Store Players". Chortle. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
- "Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon". TIFF. Archived from the original on September 14, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- Zuckerman, Esther (May 18, 2018). "Mike Myers' disappearing act". The Outline. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
- Harvey, Dennis. Film Review: ‘Monty Python: The Meaning of Live’. Variety 2 May 2015
- "Mike Myers to Star in Netflix Comedy Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
- "Mike and Kelly wed in secret". New York Post. News Corp. March 4, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
- Hanks, Robert (July 13, 2002). "Mike Myers: Why does everyone want to get into bed with him?". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
- "Mike Myers, wife file for divorce: report". Ninemsn. December 24, 2005. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
- "Mike Myers secretly marries longtime girlfriend". CTV Television Network. CTV Inc. March 4, 2011. Archived from the original on March 6, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
- "Mike Myers becomes first-time father to baby boy". CTV Television Network. CTV Inc. September 29, 2011. Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
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- "Mike Myers". Inside the Actors Studio. Season 7. Episode 9. February 4, 2001. Bravo.
- "Dungeons and Dragons Game Day at London Dungeon". View. November 3, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
- "Mike Myers as proud as ever of Canadians". Sportsnet. October 25, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- Winsa, Patty. "Mike Myers gives thanks to 'thriving' Invictus Games athletes," Toronto Star, Saturday, September 23, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2021
- Philip, Robert (March 5, 2008). "Frank Leboeuf ready to act on the ball". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
- Bourne, Dianne (May 27, 2010). "US actor Mike Myers to play football in Manchester for charity". Manchester Evening News. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
- "Groovy, Baby: Is Mike Myers' New Pad Worthy of Austin Powers?". January 5, 2017.
- "Artists". Artists Against Racism.
- "Mike Myers". Canada's Walk of Fame. Archived from the original on November 10, 2008.
- "Mike Myers". Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- "Canada Post honours Canuck comedians with new stamp series". CBC News. CBC Inc. August 29, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
- "Governor General Announces 99 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". Governor General of Canada. June 30, 2017. Archived from the original on June 30, 2017.
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (April 4, 2018). "Dr. Evil Gets Fired from Trump's Cabinet" – via YouTube.
- Leeds, Sarene (December 22, 2014). "Mike Myers' Dr. Evil Schools North Korea and Sony Pictures". The Wall Street Journal. News Corp. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
- "Dr. Evil Returns on 'SNL' to Talk Sony and North Korea". Variety. Michelle Sobrino-Stearns. December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.