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American Film Institute honors Steve Martin with career spanning award

Friday, June 05, 2015 - 01:00

Steve Martin is surrounded by fellow comedic actors as he's honored with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. Francis Maguire reports.

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Steve Martin was saluted by his industry peers on Thursday (June 4) when he was awarded the 43rd American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. Stars from the film industry and fellow comedians hit the red carpet in Hollywood to honor the award-winning entertainer. Among those on hand were the likes of Martin Short, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman and Jack Black. Martin, who was given an honorary Oscar for his achievements in entertainment in 2013, said he was overwhelmed with the award. SOUNDBITE (English) LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT STEVE MARTIN, SAYING: "I didn't plan it that way, but it turned out to be very important and significant, so I wasn't just an actor waiting on a script, you know I could really create things, make music and really live a full life that I liked." Born in Texas and raised in Southern California, Martin rose to fame in the late 70s with stand up comedy, his shows filling stadiums like a rock star. His movies include "Father of the Bride" "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," and "Roxanne". He is also a bestselling author and won a Grammy award for his bluegrass musical collaboration.

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American Film Institute honors Steve Martin with career spanning award

Friday, June 05, 2015 - 01:00