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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 24 August 1958Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameSteven Robert Guttenberg
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Steve Guttenberg was born on August 24, 1958 to Ann Newman and Stanley Guttenberg in Boropark, Brooklyn.The family moved from Brooklyn, to Queens, and then to N. Massapequa, where Steve graduated Plainedge High School in 1976. He studied acting both on Long Island and in N.Y.City, moving to L.A. to pursue a film career. His work has ranged from broad comedy to suspense and drama, including number one box office hits and The AFI's chosen 100. Guttenberg made his acting debut in The Boys From Brazil with Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck. From that recognition, he attracted a variety of leading roles including the film classic Diner(1983), which was chosen by Vanity Fair as the Best Film of the Last Thirty Years, and the broad comedy, Police Academy(1984) which continues to be one of the highest earning film franchises ever. in 1985 Guttenberg's fame increased with Cocoon, a life affirming film of the highest order. The science fiction genre continued with Short Circuit(1986), John Badham's ground breaking artificial intelligence film. Steve worked opposite Isabelle Hupert in Curtis Hansen's Bedroom Window(1986), the heralded Hitchcockian thriller, In 1987, Disney released Three Men and a Baby, Leonard Nimoys popular movie about bachelors raising a child. The film went on to announce itself as the number one grossing film of the year ,and provided a successful sequel. On the legitimate stage, Guttenberg appeared in The Boys Next Door(1993) in London's West End, Prelude to a Kiss (1995) on Broadway, and Furthest From The Sun (2000) at the june Lune Theatre in Minneapolis animist recently playing Henry Percy in (20150 The Hudson Warehouse Theatre's production of Henry IV. He has produced an Emmy nominated television special, Gangs, performed in the original Miracle On Ice, and also ABC's The Day After, still one of the most watched television events of this century. Steve has written The Guttenberg Bible, a comedic account of his first ten years in the film industry, and The Kids from DISCO, a superhero children's book relating a story about his nieces and nephews. He guested on Veronica Mars, Party Down, Community and Law and Order,(as every N.Y. actor should). Guttenberg has the record for most original films to go to franchises in film history, and appearing in the most films in The Screen Actors Guild from 1980-1990 tying Gene Hackman. He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and continues to learn and study his beloved craft. In 2016 Emily Smith and he became happily engaged.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Denise Bixler (30 September 1988 - 1992) (divorced)

Trivia (18)

Has Austrian Jewish and Russian Jewish ancestry.
Named honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades, California (2002).
Turned down the role of Josh Baskin in Big (1988), which eventually went to Tom Hanks.
Turned down the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984) in favor of playing Carey Mahoney in Police Academy (1984).
The writers of The Simpsons (1989) pay tribute to Guttenberg in the episode "Homer the Great", (Sixth Season; episode 2F09) where he appears as a cartoon and mentioned in the song sung by the Stonecutters ("Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star? We do! We do!").
In a recent article in Entertainment Weekly about Police Academy (1984), the author had issues contacting Guttenberg and had no clue why his calls were never returned. Eventually, the author bumped into Guttenberg by sheer coincidence at a restaurant and learned that Guttenberg felt burned by EW in the past and -- although he had no personal issues with the author himself -- declined the interview based on that.
Spent a week volunteering at the Houston Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina hit.
While on the set of Cocoon: The Return (1988), told an interviewer how his mother, Ann, had locked him outdoors. In order to wake him for school, after several failed attempts, she did so while he was still dressed for bed.
Has a website of "Steve Guttenberg Facts" dedicated to him.
Boyfriend of Anna Gilligan. They have planned a Chinese adoption as they have both done extensive charity work in and around Beijing (2008).
Attended and graduated from Plainedge High School in North Massapequa, New York (1976).
Attended the Julliard School, State University of New York at Albany and the University of California at Los Angeles.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6411 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 12, 2011.
Started the Guttenhouse Project, which provides housing in south Los Angeles for at-risk foster care youth when they turn 18 and have nowhere else to go. Has also organized a campaign to provides glasses for poor children whose families cannot afford eye care.
Is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Steve's co-star in The Boys from Brazil (1978), Gregory Peck, sponsored him for academy membership in 1978.
According to his autobiography, "The Guttenberg Bible", Steve is tied with Gene Hackman as the Screen Actors Guild member who worked on the most projects between 1980 and 1990.
Godson of Michael Bell.

Personal Quotes (5)

[addressing the rumours of a Police Academy/Mahoney spin-off film] Definitely. It's coming. People will look down at the idea, but they're in the same business of making money too. The Police Academy (1984) films gave me so much opportunity, and I've got nothing but a good attitude towards them. I sure hope they do it. If the script's right - I'm definitely in. You never know, I may direct.
I just want to do good stories. That's the trap. When people say, "Oh, I don't want to do this again" -- well, if they're good at it, why not do it? I don't care about switching from comedy to drama -- I just like to be able to jump from work to work. I just like to be doing good work -- that's all I want to do. I just want to work.
[on Charles Bubba Smith's death] Bubba was my friend. His generosity was much larger than his physical stature. Only his gift for caring about his friends and family could compare with his achievements on the football field, film and television. He also laughed like no other.
If you're an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you don't fit in, if you're not as pretty as the others, you can still be a hero.
[1985] If there's a role for a spear carrier, and it's in a good film, I'll do it. I'd rather have two lines in a good movie than the lead in a piece of doody.

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