He’s made us laugh for years with roles in hit movies like Parenthood, The Pink Panther and more, but aside from his films, Steve Martin has also poured his energy into being a wonderful father. The legendary Cheaper by the Dozen actor shares his only child, Mary, with his second wife, Anne Stringfield.
Steve and the American writer welcomed their beloved daughter in 2012. The pair, who tied the knot in 2007, couldn’t contain their excitement after they became the doting dad and mom of their little bundle of joy.
“It’s going great because I have a wonderful wife and mother,” the Father of the Bride star told David Letterman on his late night show just a few months after his baby arrived. “I’m paying her a compliment — everything is funny when I try to be serious!”
Steve is, of course, known for playing a lot of dads in his career, but he once told Fox News he “never thought” he would experience parenthood in real life. The Roxanne alum also dished why he waited till he was older to have a kid.
“I think if I’d had a child earlier, I would have been a lousy father because I would have misplaced my attention on my career,” the iconic star explained to AARP magazine in 2017. “I am very forthcoming with her, and it’s great. She’s giving me way more than I’m giving her.”
To this day, Steve is more thrilled than ever to be the loving father of his growing girl. Because the Planes, Trains and Automobiles star — who was previously married to his first spouse, Victoria Tennant, from 1986 to 1994 — has put his Hollywood career on the backburner to focus on his family, he has “lot of time” to enjoy with Anne and Mary.
“Oh, it’s fantastic … you have all the time in the world. You’re all set and secure in life, and you’re not building your career,” he gushed to Australia’s Daily Telegraph in April 2020. “Now, I’m just hanging around the house playing with [my daughter]. It’s great.”
The Only Murders in the Building actor has played a father in multiple cult classics and television shows. In an August 2021 interview with The Irish Times, the comedy legend admitted that his roles in Parenthood, Father of the Bride and Cheaper by the Dozen prepared him for fatherhood.
“I was not a kid person and when I did Parenthood, I would see these kids, who were like little freakish things, and I’d realize: ‘They’re not so bad; I actually like them,'” he confessed. “So, it did pave the way to an understanding that I would like children. Now, I see a kid and I’m staring at it like: ‘Oooh! Ahhh!’ Especially a little toddler.”
Keep scrolling below to meet the Grammy Award winner’s only child, Mary.
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