Michael John Myers OC (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. He is known for his run as a performer on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995, and for playing the title roles in the Wayne's World, Austin Powers, and Shrek films. He made his directorial debut with the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013) and had a small role in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009).
Myers at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Michael John Myers|
May 25, 1963
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, musician, writer, film producer, director|
(m. 1993; div. 2007)
|Relatives||Paul Myers (brother)|
|Awards||Order of Canada|
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television, theatre, books|
|Genres||Observational comedy, satire, black comedy, self-deprecation, cringe comedy, deadpan|
|Subject(s)||American culture, American politics, current events, religion, Jewish culture, race relations, human sexuality|
Myers was born on May 25, 1963 in Scarborough, a suburban district in the east side of Toronto, Ontario. He is the son of English-born parents Eric Myers (1922–1991), an insurance agent, and his wife, Alice E. Myers (née Hind; born 1926), an office supervisor and a veteran of the Royal Air Force.
Myers grew up in suburban Toronto districts, both North York and Scarborough, where he attended Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute and then graduated from Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute in 1982.
Myers began performing in commercials at the age of two. At the age of ten, he made a commercial for British Columbia Hydro, with Gilda Radner playing his mother. At the age of 12, he made a guest appearance as Ari on the TV series King of Kensington.
After graduating from high school, Myers was accepted into the Second City Canadian touring company. He later moved to the United Kingdom, 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.
He returned to Toronto and Second City in 1986 as a cast member in the Second City's Toronto main stage show, Second City Theatre. In 1988, he moved from Second City in Toronto to Chicago. In Chicago, he trained, performed, and taught at the Improv Olympic.
Myers made many 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 Wayne Campbell in the music video for Ward's Canadian hit "Boys and Girls".
The Wayne Campbell character was featured extensively in the 1986 summer series It's Only Rock & Roll, produced by Toronto's Insight Production Company for CBC Television. Wayne appeared both in studio and in a series of location sketches directed and edited by Allan Novak. Myers wrote another sketch, "Kurt and Dieter", co-starring with Second City's Dana Andersen and also directed by Novak, which would later turn into the popular "Sprockets" sketch on Saturday Night Live.
Myers made his film debut when he and Dana Carvey adapted their Wayne's World SNL sketches into the feature Wayne's World (1992). It was among the most successful movies of the year and was followed in 1993 by Wayne's World 2; Myers starred in So I Married an Axe Murderer the same year. He took a two year hiatus from performing after the end of his time as an SNL regular.
Myers returned to acting with the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), followed by the sequels Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Myers played the title role (Austin Powers) and the villain (Dr. Evil), as well as other characters, in all three films.
One of Myers's rare non-comedic roles came in the film 54 (1998), in which he portrayed Steve Rubell, proprietor of New York City's famous 1970s discotheque Studio 54. The film was not critically or commercially successful, though Myers received some positive notice. He later parodied the club as "Studio 69" in Goldmember.
In June 2000, Myers was sued by Universal Pictures for US$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 US$20 million contract because he did not 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 was The Cat in the Hat, which was released in November 2003 and starred Myers as the title character.
In 2001, Myers provided the voice of Shrek in the DreamWorks animated film of the same name, having taken over the role after original planned voice actor Chris Farley died in December 1997. He reprised this role in Shrek 4-D (a theme park ride) in 2003, Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and the Christmas special Shrek The Halls (2007).
In 2008, Myers co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in The Love Guru. In 2009, he played the part of British general Ed Fenech, in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. In 2010 Myers returned for the latest film in the Shrek series, Shrek Forever After.
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.
Myers is a member of the band Ming Tea along with The Bangles' guitarist and vocalist Susanna Hoffs and musician Matthew Sweet. They performed the songs "BBC" and "Daddy Wasn't There" from the Austin Powers movies.
In 2011 Myers returned to The Comedy Store in London to perform a one-time reprisal of his role with The Comedy Store Players. The UK comedy website Chortle praised his performance.
Myers's 2013 directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, was selected to be screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017, Myers began hosting a reprised version of The Gong Show in heavy makeup as a fictional British host known as Tommy Maitland.
Myers began dating actress and comedy writer Robin Ruzan in the late 1980s after meeting at a hockey game in Chicago, during which Myers caught a puck and used the incident as an icebreaker to strike up a conversation with Ruzan. The couple married on May 22, 1993, and Myers later referred to Ruzan as "his muse". The couple filed for divorce in December 2005.
In 2006, café owner Kelly Tisdale confirmed reports that she and Myers were dating. Myers and Tisdale wed in New York in a secret ceremony in the fall of 2010. They have three children: son Spike Alan (b. 2011) and daughters, Sunday Molly (b. 2014) and Paulina Kathleen (b. 2015).
During a CBS interview in 2007, he noted that he normally takes three years between films. He spends one year "living his life" and then writes various screenplays, develops characters, practices them in front of live audiences, and then selects one of the screenplays to film.
He supports the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. He named two characters in the first Austin Powers movie Commander Gilmour and General Borschevsky, for then-Maple Leafs players Doug Gilmour and Nikolai Borschevsky.
Myers has played for Hollywood United F.C., a celebrity soccer team. He played in the 2010 Soccer Aid for UNICEF UK football match, England vs. R.O.W (Rest of the World) and scored his penalty during a sudden death shootout after the game ended 2–2 (June 6, 2010). The Rest of the World team beat England for the first time since the tournament started. Myers is a fan of Liverpool F.C.
In 2014, Myers starred in a commercial with his brother Peter for Sears Canada, using "humorous banter to spread the message that, despite rumours, Sears wasn't shutting down". Peter at the time was senior director of planning at Sears head office in Toronto, and he was laid off in 2017 after Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy.
In 2016 Myers published a book, Canada, about the country's history and popular culture.
Myers is also a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism. 
|1992||Wayne’s World||Wayne Campbell||film debut
|1993||So I Married an Axe Murderer||Charlie McKenzie / Stuart McKenzie|
|Wayne's World 2||Wayne Campbell||Also writer|
|1997||Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery||Austin Powers / Dr. Evil||Also writer and producer|
|The Thin Pink Line||Tim Broderick|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Austin Powers / Dr. Evil /
|Also writer and producer|
|Mystery, Alaska||Donnie Shulzhoffer|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Austin Powers / Dr. Evil /
Fat Bastard / Goldmember
|Also writer and producer|
|2003||Nobody Knows Anything!||'Eye' Witness|
|The Cat in the Hat||The Cat in the Hat|
|Shrek 4-D||Shrek||voice role|
|View from the Top||John Witney|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Shrek||Voice|
Favorite Voice For an Animated Movie
|2008||The Love Guru||Guru Maurice Pitka / Himself||Also writer and producer|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Gen. Ed Fenech|
|2010||Shrek Forever After||Shrek||voice role|
|2012||Oscar Etiquette||Sir Cecil Worthington||Short film|
|2013||Being Canadian, Sometimes||Himself||Documentary|
|Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon||Himself||Documentary; also director|
|2015||I Am Chris Farley||Himself||Documentary|
|2018||Terminal||Clinton / Mr. Franklyn|
|Bohemian Rhapsody||Ray Foster||Post-production|
|1975||King of Kensington||Ari||Episode: "Scout's Honour"|
|1977||Range Ryder and the Calgary Kid||Himself|
|1979||The Littlest Hobo||Tommy||Episode: "Boy on Wheels"|
|1985||John and Yoko: A Love Story||Delivery Boy||Uncredited|
|1987||Meet Julie||(voice)||Television film|
|It's Only Rock & Roll||Various||13 episodes|
|1989||Elvis Stories||Cockney Man||Television short|
|1989–1995||Saturday Night Live||Various||121 episodes; also writer|
|1997||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Mike Myers/Aerosmith"|
|2008||2008 MTV Movie Awards||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2011||Saturday Night Live||Wayne Campbell||Episode: "Dana Carvey/Linkin Park"|
|2014||Monty Python Live (Mostly)||Himself||Television special|
|Saturday Night Live||Dr. Evil||Episode: "Amy Adams/One Direction"|
|2015||Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special||Wayne Campbell||Television special|
|2017–present||The Gong Show||Tommy Maitland||Game show
|2018||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||Dr. Evil|
Career awards and nominations
Notable Saturday Night Live characters
- Dieter – host of Sprockets
- Linda Richman – hostess of Coffee Talk
- Japanese Game Show Host
- "Handsome Actor" Lank Thompson
- Simon – a little boy who does drawings in the bath and complains about having "prune hands" (the theme song for this segment was a slightly modified version of the theme song from Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings by Edward MacLachlan)
- Wayne Campbell (SNL, the Wayne's World films)
- Pat Arnold (SNL, Bill Swerski's Superfans)
- Stuart Rankin – proprietor of "All Things Scottish"
- Lothar (Of the Hill People)
- Ed Miles (Middle-Aged Man) – An older man who helps young people with their problems
- Phillip – A child of the age of six who is hypoglycemic and hyperactive (quote: "I'm a hyper hypo"). Phillip appears in at least two sketches, one with Nicole Kidman and the other with Kim Basinger. The sketch centers on him at a playground while wearing a helmet and a harness tied to the monkey bars.
- Kenneth Reese-Evans – host of "Theatre Stories"
- In December 2014, Myers appeared in a cameo during the cold open as his character Dr. Evil, a super villain known for his appearances in the Austin Powers film series where he called out North Korea and Sony, in particular the logic of Kim Jong-un, and the 2014 Sony hack. as well as making comparisons between the Guardians of Peace and Grand Old Party.
- Paul Harrison (2005). Mike Myers. Heinemann-Raintree Library. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4109-1088-2.
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- "Mike Myers Biography at". TalkTalk. Archived from the original on 2002-10-16. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- Harris, Sophia (19 July 2017). "Employee featured in hit Sears Canada ad with famous brother Mike Myers loses job and severance". CBC News. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- Elson, Peter (2002-07-27). "Mike Myers: International Man of Mirth". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
- "Mike Myers on his new book 'Canada' and his relationship with his home country" Archived 2016-10-31 at the Wayback Machine.. Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press, via the Ottawa Citizen, October 28, 2016.
- "Mike Myers". The Second City - 50 Years of Funny. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
- O'Sullivan, Michael. "'54': Rise and Fall of a Disco Inferno". WashingtonPost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- "IN '54,' MYERS WON'T SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT". NYDailyNews.com. New York Daily News. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- "Myers settles Dieter dispute". News.BBC.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- Cosgrove-Mather, Bootie. "The Cat In The Hat Is Phat". CBSNews.com. CBS News. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- Evans, Bradford. "'Dieter': The Surprisingly Funny Mike Myers Movie That Never Was". Splitsider.com. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- Adler, Shawn. "MTV MOVIE AWARDS TO HONOR MIKE MYERS WITH GENERATION AWARD; 'NOW I'M SET,' HE SAYS". MTV.com. MTV. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- Darby, Luke. "Mike Myers Filmed His Own Zombie Movie Between Takes for Terminal". GQ.com. GQ. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- Desta, Yohana. "In Perfect Casting News, Mike Myers Is Joining Bohemian Rhapsody". VanityFair.com. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- "Britney on music, 'Boys' and Austin's powers". CNN.com. CNN. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- Thorpe, Vanessa. "Cook tops poll of comedy greats". TheGuardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- "Great Fictional Bands: MING TEA - UPDATE 4/11/14". WarpedFactor.com. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- Butler, Marc. "Mike Myers & The Comedy Store Players 3/7/2011". Chortle Live Review. Chortle. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- "Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon". TIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-09-14. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- Zuckerman, Esther. "Mike Myers' disappearing act". The Outline. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- "Mike and Kelly wed in secret". New York Post. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
- "Mike Myers: Why does everyone want to get into bed with him?". independent.co.uk. July 13, 2002. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
- "Mike Myers, wife file for divorce: report". MSN. 2005-12-24. Archived from the original on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
- "Mike Myers secretly marries longtime girlfriend". CTV. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
- "Mike Myers, 52, and wife Kelly, 40, welcome third child together".
- "Mike Myers becomes first-time father to baby boy". CTV News. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- "Mike Myers Welcomes Daughter". People. April 11, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
- "Mike Myers". Inside the Actors Studio. Season 7. Episode 9. 2001-02-04.
- "Dungeons and Dragons Game Day at London Dungeon". Viewlondon.co.uk. 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
- "Mike Myers as proud as ever of Canadians — Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
- Philip, Robert (2008-03-05). "Frank Leboeuf ready to act on the ball". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
- Bourne, Dianne (May 27, 2010). "US actor Mike Myers to play football in Manchester for charity". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
- "Mike Myers". Canada's Walk of Fame. Archived from the original on 2008-11-10.
- "Hollywood Walk of Fame database". HWOF.com.
- "Canada Post honours Canuck comedians with new stamp series". cbc.ca. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
- "Governor General Announces 99 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". Governor General of Canada. June 30, 2017. Archived from the original on June 30, 2017.
- "WATCH: 'Wayne's World' Returns to 'SNL' to Make Kanye West Sit Down". Variety. February 16, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
- "Cat's out of the bag! #TheGongShow is back for season 2 on ABC". The Gong Show.
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (4 April 2018). "Dr. Evil Gets Fired from Trump's Cabinet" – via YouTube.
- Leeds, Sarene (December 22, 2014). "Mike Myers' Dr. Evil Schools North Korea and Sony Pictures". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
- "Dr. Evil Returns on 'SNL' to Talk Sony and North Korea". Variety. December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.