Date of Birth : Mar 26th 1950
Canadian/American comedian, actor, writer, singer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has been nominated for an Emmy Award.
In 1979, Short starred in the ill-fated TV sitcom “The Associates” about a group of young novice lawyers working at a Wall Street law firm. The show was cancelled after only 9 of the 13 episodes where aired, but received 2 Golden Globe nominations after its cancellation.
Short then joined the cast of “I’m A Big Girl Now”, a sitcom vehicle for Diana Canova that also starred Danny Thomas, in 1980. Canova was offered the sitcom due to her success playing Corinne Tate Flotsky on ABC’s “Soap”, and she left the cast of the latter show in the fall of 1980 in order to accept the offer shortly before Short’s newlywed wife Nancy Dolman joined it.
At “SNL”, Short helped revive the show after Eddie Murphy left with his many characters, including the Wheel of Fortune fan Ed Grimley he borrowed from his SCTV days. The Grimley character became perhaps Short’s best known original character. He also was recognized for his impersonations of celebrities, notably Jerry Lewis and Katharine Hepburn. SNL proved to be the springboard to a long career in film & TV.
After doing sketch comedy for several years, Short focused on film roles, appearing in several films, including Three Amigos, Innerspace, and the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride.
Short also resumed work in the theater, taking a role in the 1993 musical version of the Neil Simon work The Goodbye Girl. He had the lead role in the 1999 revival of the musical Little Me, which earned him a Tony Award.
Short met Canadian comic actress Nancy Dolman during the run of the 1972 production of Godspell. After that production, Short dated costar Radner, then began dating Dolman (Radner’s understudy) in 1974. The couple married in 1980. Dolman was most notable for her recurring role on the ABC cult sitcom “Soap”, SCTV, and “Custard Pie”.
Dolman’s brother, screenwriter/director Bob Dolman (who served as a part of SCTV’s Emmy-winning writing team alongside Short), married their close friend and colleague Andrea Martin, also in 1980. Dolman and Short are aunt and uncle to the couple’s two sons, Jack (born 1981) and Joe (born 1983). Bob Dolman and Andrea Martin have since divorced.
Also, Short is the first cousin of Clare Short, a member of the British Parliament and a former British cabinet minister.