Michael John Myers, OC is a Canadian actor, comedian, director, producer, and screenwriter who was born on May 25, 1963. Seven MTV Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award are among his achievements.
He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. For “his wide and celebrated body of comic work as an actor, writer, and producer,” he was awarded an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017.
Myers rose to prominence after a series of performances on Canadian television shows, including Saturday Night Live (1989–1995), for which he earned the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
He went on to win multiple awards and praise for his roles as the titular character in the Wayne’s World (1992–1993), Austin Powers (1997–2002), and Shrek (2001–2010) movies, the latter of which is the second-highest-grossing animated film franchise.
Michael Joh Myers was born on May 25, 1963, in Scarborough, Ontario. His father, Eric Myers, was an insurance agent, and his mother, Alice “Bunny” E. Myers (née Hind), was a Royal Air Force veteran and office supervisor.
They were from Liverpool, England, and had moved to Canada. Paul and Peter are Myers’ older brothers. He attended Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute in suburban Toronto and graduated from Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute in 1982.
Starting a Career
Myers first appeared in ads when he was two years old. He appeared in a commercial for British Columbia Hydro with Gilda Radner when he was ten years old. He joined The Second City Canadian touring company after graduating from high school. He then relocated to the United Kingdom, where he co-founded the improv group The Comedy Store Players.
Mike appeared on the British children’s show Wide Awake Club with comic Neil Mullarkey around the same time. He returned to Toronto in 1986 and joined the cast of The Second City Toronto’s main stage production. He relocated to Chicago in 1988 to train, perform, and teach at the Improv Olympic.
Salaries of Notables
Mike got $1 million for his role in “Wayne’s World” in 1992. For the sequel, he was paid $3.5 million.
For the first “Austin Powers” film, he made $3.5 million, $7 million for the second, and $25 million for the third.
He earned $3 million in the first “Shrek” film, $10 million in the second, and $15 million in the third and fourth.
The preceding salaries are only for his performing roles in the flicks. As a producer and developer of his different properties, particularly Shrek, Make has amassed hundreds of millions of dollars. Saturday Night Live is a sketch comedy show that airs on NBC
Myers joined the cast of Saturday Night Live on NBC in 1989. Mike played renowned roles such as Linda Richman, Dieter, Wayne Campbell, and many others on Saturday Night Live. Myers and fellow SNL cast member Dana Carvey got their own movie based on the Wayne character, named “Wayne’s World” (1992).
“Wayne’s World,” which grossed $183 million worldwide, was a critical and commercial success. Myers took a break from acting after two additional films, “Wayne’s World 2” (1993) and “So I Married an Axe Murderer” (1993), and three years on “Saturday Night Live.”
Austin Powers (film)
With the 1997 film “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” Myers made a comeback. The sequels “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” (1999) and “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2000) followed (2002).
Both sequels were huge hits, grossing $312 million and $296.6 million, respectively. Myers played not just Austin Powers, but also Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard, and Goldmember in the Austin Powers franchise.
Myers made his directing debut with the film “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” (2013). It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. Along with Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet, Myers is a member of the band Ming Tea. For the Austin Powers flicks, they sang the songs “BBC” and “Daddy Wasn’t There” together.
Myers appears in the documentary telefilm “Monty Python: The Meaning of Life” as a Monty Python fan, and he also appeared on stage at the O2 Arena on the final night of their live concert “Monty Python Live (Mostly).”
After meeting at an ice hockey game in Chicago in the late 1980s, Myers began dating actress and comic writer Robin Ruzan. They tied the knot in May 1993 and divorced in December 2005. He began dating Kelly Tisdale in 2006. They married in late 2010 in New York City and have three children together.
Mike spent $14.675 million on a four-bedroom condo in New York City’s Tribeca area in January 2017. He was dissatisfied with the property for some reason and sold it four months later for $14 million. That’s a good way to spend $700,000.
In 2014, he paid $1.65 million for an 8-acre lakefront house in Colchester, Vermont. He bought a property in New York City’s SoHo district for $8 million in 2007. He had this property advertised for $17 million at one point, but it was eventually taken off the market.