Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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As long as I can remember, Steve Martin has had grey hair. Now his hair is more white than grey, but the point is that he always seemed to have hair that betrayed his true age. When he starred in his first major motion picture, 1979’s The Jerk, he was only 34, and his hair was already grey. I just assumed he came out of the womb that way, but I was wrong.

I recently stumbled across one of Steve’s very early television appearances. In the late-1960’s, he was a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.┬áThat’s where he got his big break as a stand-up comedian, which eventually led to superstardom in the 1970s and beyond. Just look at those dark locks!

Since that auspicious beginning on network TV, we’ve come to know and love Steve Martin in All of Me; Three Amigos; Little Shop of Horrors; Roxanne; Planes, Trains & Automobiles; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Parenthood; My Blue Heaven; LA Story; Father of the Bride; Grand Canyon; Bowfinger; Cheaper by the Dozen; The Big Year… Wow, he’s starred in a lot of good movies. And he didn’t always have grey hair.

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