The American Film Institute has just announced the next recipient of the most honored award in the filmmaking industry, the Lifetime Achievement Award — and Steve Martin’s the big winner. Martin has gifted American pop culture with a range of iconic performances, from his famous “King Tut” “SNL” sketch to romantic comedy “L.A. Story” to David Mamet drama “The Spanish Prisoner.” (He also is a prolific writer, producer and banjo player.)
“Steve Martin is an American original,” says Chairman of AFI’s Board of Trustees Sir Howard Stringer. “From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award.”
As a recipient of the award, Martin will join actors such as Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro and Tom Hanks.
The award will be presented to Martin on June 4th, 2015 at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, and the 43rd AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Special will air on TNT in the same month with encore presentations on Turner Classic Movies.