The highest honor for an American actor will go to legendary funny man Steve Martin.
The American Film Institute announced last week to honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The AFI award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015.
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The 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its third year on TNT when it airs in June 2015, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
"Steve Martin is an American original," said Stringer. "From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award."
One of the most diversified performers and acclaimed artists of his generation, Steve Martin is an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician. Recipient of an Emmy, four Grammy Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and an Honorary Oscar, Martin first rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian and quickly established himself as a leading man with a body of work defined by his unique creative voice.
Steve Martin had this to say on Twitter:
What a way to start the day: I'm getting the AFI Life Achievement Award!— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) October 4, 2014
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69-year-old Steve Martin hasn't done any new movies in a while, but he just got a musical out with Edie Brickell titled Bright Star.