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Saturday, November 13, 2004
New York Post Online
Nov 13, 6:31 PM EST
Steve Martin Gets Career Achievement Honor
AP Entertainment Writer
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Too much praise can turn Steve Martin into a wild and insincere guy. The star of "The Jerk" and "Bringing Down the House" accepted the American Cinematheque career achievement honor with mock cynicism.
The former "Saturday Night Live" star played aloof during the Friday ceremony, with friends in the audience that included Robin Williams, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Martin Short, Dana Delany, Eugene Levy, "Dead Men Don't Where Plaid" filmmaker Carl Reiner and "Parenthood" director Ron Howard.
"There are so many familiar faces tonight, people I've worked with, people I haven't seen in years and I just thought, 'Why can't we wear name tags? What would be so wrong?'" Martin joked.
"But this evening is especially meaningful to me," Martin added, "because when I was a kid my friends and I used to meet after school and get all dressed up and play 'American Cinematheque awards show.'"
Friends cheered him and movie clips showcased his joking, dancing, dramatic acting and singing.
Rick Nicita, chairman of the organization's board, said they chose to honor Martin because he is a "Renaissance man" who has excelled not only as an actor and comedian but as a playwright, novelist, art collector - even banjo player.
A telecast of the evening was set for broadcast Jan. 23 on the cable channel AMC.
Nicole Kidman was last year's honoree, and previous recipients include Eddie Murphy, Mel Gibson, Sean Connery and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
American Cinematheque, a nonprofit arts organization, operates the landmark Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and uses proceeds from its annual awards ceremony to host screenings and other events.