Michael John "Mike" Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter and film producer. He was a long-time cast member on the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live in the late 1980s and the early 1990s and starred as the title characters in the films Wayne's World, Austin Powers, Shrek and The Love Guru.
Myers graduated from high school in 1982 and was immediately accepted into the Second City Canadian Touring Company, after which he moved to the UK where in 1985 he was one of the founding members of The Comedy Store Players, an improvisational group based at The Comedy Store in London. The next year, he starred in the British children's TV program Wide Awake Club, parodying the show's normal exuberance with his own "Sound Asleep Club", in partnership with Neil Mullarkey. He returned to Toronto and Second City in 1986 as a cast member in the Second City's Toronto main stage show. In 1988 he moved from Second City in Toronto to Chicago. In Chicago, he trained and performed at the Improv Olympic. He made numerous 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 appeared as his Wayne Campbell character in the music video for Ward's Canadian hit "Boys and Girls". Later, Ward would appear as one of Austin Powers' band members in Ming Tea in Myers' popular movie series.
In 1992, Myers and comedian Dana Carvey adapted Wayne's World into a full-length motion picture based on the SNL sketch. The movie turned out to be one of Myers' greatest successes and one of the few Saturday Night Live-based films to be considered worthwhile by both audiences and film critics. It was among the most successful movies of the year and the following year a sequel was released - Wayne's World 2. Myers also starred in So I Married an Axe Murderer that same year. In 1997, Myers introduced Austin Powers in the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery later coming out with his sequel in 1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Myers played both the title role and the villain in the film. The same year, he played one of his rare non-comedic roles in the film 54 where he played Steve Rubell, proprietor of New York City's famous Studio 54 (a 1970s discotheque). The film was moderately successful, and Myers' performance was widely praised. Myers later parodied the club as "Studio 69" in 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember.
In June 2000, Myers was sued by Universal Pictures for $3.8 million for backing out of a contract to play Dieter, the SNL character, in a feature film. Myers said he refused to honor the $20 million contract because he didn't want to cheat moviegoers with an unacceptable script - one that he himself had written. Myers countersued, and a settlement was reached after several months where Myers agreed to make another film with Universal. That film would be The Cat in the Hat, released in November 2003 and starring Myers as the title character. In 2001, Myers played the title character in the DreamWorks animated film Shrek (2001). He reprised this role in Shrek 3-D in 2003, Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek The Third, and the Christmas special Shrek The Halls, both in 2007.
Myers is a member of the band Ming Tea along with Bangles guitarist and vocalist Susanna Hoffs and musician Matthew Sweet. They performed the songs BBC and Daddy Wasn't There for the Austin Powers movies.
In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted among the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. As of September 29, Myers has been signed on to play the lead role in the upcoming biopic of The Who drummer Keith Moon. The film will be produced by Roger Daltrey, Nigel Sinclair, and Paul Gerber.
During a CBS interview in 2007, Myers noted that he normally takes three years between films. He spends one year "living his life" and then writes multiple screenplays, develops characters, practices them in front of live audiences, and then selects one of the screenplays to film. Myers noted that this was the Marx Brothers' procedure for developing their film material.
On June 3, 2007, Myers received the MTV Generation award, making him the 2nd Canadian to win the award (Jim Carrey was the first in 2006), for bringing his unique style of comedy to small and big screens alike.
|1985||John and Yoko: A Love Story (TV)||Delivery Boy|
|1989||Elvis Stories||Cockney Man|
|1992||Wayne's World||Wayne Campbell|
|1993||So I Married an Axe Murderer||Charlie Mackenzie/Stuart Mackenzie|
|Wayne's World 2||Wayne Campbell|
|1997||Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery||Austin Powers/Dr. Evil|
|1998||The Thin Pink Line||Tim Broderick|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Austin Powers/Dr. Evil/Fat Bastard|
|Mystery, Alaska||Donnie Shulzhoffer|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Austin Powers/Dr. Evil/Fat Bastard/Goldmember|
|2003||View from the Top||John Witney|
|Shrek 4-D||Shrek (voice)|
|Nobody Knows Anything!||'Eye' Witness|
|The Cat in the Hat||The Cat|
|2004||Shrek 2||Shrek (voice)|
|2006||Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Event For Autism Education (TV)||Donald Q. Cashington|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Shrek (voice)|
|Shrek the Halls (TV)||Shrek (voice)|
|2008||The Love Guru||Pitka|
|2009||Inglorious Bastards||Gen. Ed Fenech||filming|
|2010||Shrek Goes Fourth||Shrek (voice)||filming|
The following are notable characters who Myers has portrayed in film, but who were originally created by other writers: