The American Film Institute's Board of Trustees will honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015. 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.
"Steve Martin is an American original," said AFI board chairman Sir Howard 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 joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen for this distinguished honor since its inception in 1973.
1973 John Ford
1994 Jack Nicholson
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