Who is Mike Myers, really? The actor has played so many different characters that it's hard to pin the man behind 'Austin Powers,' 'Shrek' and 'Wayne Campbell' down. Michael John Myers was born on May 25, 1963, in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Mike's first acting job came when he was only nine, appearing alongside a pre-SNL Gilda Radner. After graduating from high school in 1982, he began working with the famed comedy troupe Second City, touring with their Canadian company. After a stint in the UK, he returned to work in Canada and in 1988 moved to Chicago to work with Second City. It was there that he was discovered by Lorne Michaels and in 1989 he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, where he created such memorable characters as 'Dieter' and 'Linda Richman.' In 1992, Mike and Dana Carvey took 'Wayne' and his sidekick 'Garth' to the big screen in Wayne's World. The film was a surprising success, as very few movies that stared out as SNL sketches made the transition to the cinema and was followed up with a sequel the next year. The year of 1993 also marked the release of So I Married an Ax Murderer, where Mike played the dual role of a man afraid of love and his eccentric Scottish father. Although a critical and commercial flop, the film has become somewhat of a cult favorite and showed Mike's versatility. Mike pushed the bounds of his versatility in 1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, wherein he played the groovy but slightly inept secret agent as well as his arch nemesis 'Dr. Evil.' The movie was a box-office juggernaut and spawned two sequels, a ton of merchandise and more catch phrases than any other movie in the '90s. Mike tried his hand at a serious role, receiving critical praise for his portrayal of club owner 'Steve Rubell' in the otherwise awful 54. Heading back to what he does best, comedy, Mike voiced a lovable ogre in 2001's animated film Shrek, which has proven to be one of the screen's most successful franchises, with two sequels, a Christmas special and a ride at Universal Studios. 2003's The Cat in the Hat didn't fare quite as well, earning Mike a Razzie award nomination for worst actor. Fortunately, Mike's been able to bounce back, with the summer 2008 release of The Love Guru and a fourth Shrek. With his knack of losing himself in the roles he plays, Mike is surely one of Hollywood's favorite characters.
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