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Mike Myers, one of the most versatile performers of his generation, has brought an extraordinary array of characters to life on both film and television.
Boyish comic actor Mike Myers began his career with the Second City corporation in Toronto and later Chicago before joining the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in 1989. Initially a alternating member of the cast, Myers, an audience favorite, was soon made a featured regular. His wonderfully diverse characters included Dieter, the sexually wavering, West German avant-garde talk show host, Linda Richman, the "verklempt" drag persona inspired by his mother-in-law; and Wayne Campbell, the fiercely suburban heavy-metal appreciator who broadcast his own public-access cable TV show from Aurora, Illinois. Myers exceptional characters won him a host of celebrity fans as well, leading to memorable "SNL" sketches including Barbra Streisand's surprise guest appearance on superfan Linda Richman's "Coffee Talk" and Madonna's game of truth or dare with Wayne Campbell.
Mike Myers reprised his most popular role in 2002 in "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002). Myers turn as a sharp-tongued flight attendent opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the long-delayed, disappointing comedy "A View From the Top" finally saw the light of day in 2003; his amusing, self-conscious performance almost blessed the film but not quite. In addition, Myers beared no malice with Imagine chief Brian Grazer and accepted the role of the Cat in the hyperactive live version of Dr. Suess's "The Cat in the Hat" (2003). More concerned with production design than storytelling, the disappointing adaptation also wasn't best served by Myers' odd choices, including adopting a Linda Richman-like New Yawk accent and inserting questionable scatalogical humor into the dialogue.
In addition to being nominated for Worst Actor of 2004 at the Razzie awards, for his performance in The Cat in the Hat (2003), Mike Myers was also suggested on the 2004 nominating ballot in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his role in View from the Top (2003). He failed to receive the Supporting Actor nomination, but got the Lead Actor nomination.