Steven Robert Guttenberg (born August 24, 1958) is an American actor, author, businessman, producer, and director. He starred in 1984's Police Academy, and went on to perform in lead roles in Hollywood films of the 1980s, including Cocoon, Three Men and a Baby, Three Men and a Little Lady and Short Circuit.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Awards
- 4 Publications
- 5 Philanthropy
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Filmography
- 8 Dancing with the Stars
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Guttenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Ann Iris (née Newman), a surgical assistant, and Jerome Stanley Guttenberg, an electrical engineer. He has two sisters. He had a Jewish upbringing in North Massapequa, New York, where he graduated from Plainedge High School in 1976 (according to some sources, he transferred to New York City's High School of Performing Arts two years before graduating). During high school, he attended a summer program at the Juilliard School where he studied under John Houseman, and he won a role in an off-Broadway production of The Lion in Winter. After his high school graduation, he attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany for a year. He moved to California to pursue an acting career. Guttenberg left for Los Angeles with $300 in his pocket, salami from his mother, and his father's briefcase. As Guttenberg recounts, within weeks he was cast in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial playing opposite Colonel Sanders.
Guttenberg's film career has spanned four decades. He has been an actor, director, writer and producer. His production company, "Mr. Kirby Productions", is named after Gerald J. Kirby, his high school drama teacher.
Guttenberg's first credit was in a TV movie Something for Joey (1977). He had an uncredited bit part in Rollercoaster then played the starring role in the 1977 California high school comedy The Chicken Chronicles. The picture, set in Beverly Hills in the Spring of 1969, was not a big box-office success, but did become a cult classic after extensive showings on premium cable networks in the United States. He also appeared in the 1978 film The Boys From Brazil, based on the Ira Levin best seller, and guest starred on the show Family. Guttenberg starred in the short lived TV series Billy (1979), based on Billy Liar. He had a support role in the tennis romance film Players (1979). In 1980, a Coca-Cola commercial featured him trying to help a non-English-speaking woman whose car stalled. They share a common bond in their love of Coke.
Guttenberg starred in the TV movie To Race the Wind (1980) playing blind lawyer Harold Krents. The same year he starred in the Nancy Walker-directed-Allan Carr produced movie Can't Stop the Music—a semi-autobiographical movie about the disco group Village People. Guttenberg played Jim Craig in another true life-inspired TV movie Miracle on Ice (1981). He had a key role in Barry Levinson's Diner (1982) then starred in another short-lived TV series No Soap, Radio (1982). Guttenberg starred in the action comedy The Man Who Wasn't There (1983) and had a support part in the television movie The Day After (1983). He starred in The Ferret (1984) a pilot for a TV series that was not picked up.
Police Academy, Cocoon and Short Circuit
Guttenberg starred in an enormous hit when he played the lead role in Police Academy (1984). It was quickly followed by Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985). Guttenberg then had the romantic male lead in Cocoon (1985), another box office success. A comedy he starred in, Bad Medicine (1985), was not particularly successful. Guttenberg played Pecos Bill in an episode of Tall Tales & Legends then was in Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986). Guttenberg starred in Short Circuit (1986) opposite Ally Sheedy, another very popular film. He changed pace with the thriller The Bedroom Window (1987), directed by Curtis Hanson, then made Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987), his last Police Academy Film.
Three Men and a Baby
Guttenberg had the biggest financial success of his career to date with Three Men and a Baby (1987) with Tom Selleck and Ted Danson. He supported Peter O'Toole and Daryl Hannah in High Spirits (1988), which flopped. Cocoon: The Return (1989) was a commercial disappointment as was Don't Tell Her It's Me (1990). 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990) however was a hit. In 1989 he appeared in the Michael Jackson music video "Liberian Girl".
In 1990 he replaced Timothy Hutton in the lead role of Prelude to a Kiss at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway. He also performed in London's West End, where he starred in The Boys Next Door. He appeared in the world stage premiere production of Furthest From the Sun, which Woody Harrelson directed and co-authored.
He directed "Love Off Limits" for CBS Schoolbreak Special in 1993 and starred in The Big Green (1995) in England. He was among the ensemble in Home for the Holidays (1995) and starred in It Takes Two (1995) with Kirstie Alley and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. He also starred in Zeus and Roxanne (1997), Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997) and alongside Kirsten Dunst in Disney's Tower of Terror (1997), based on the attraction at the Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In the late 90s he made some action films, Airborne (1998) and Overdrive (1998) and the comedy Home Team (1998).
His first film as director/producer/co-screenwriter/star was P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002), a film adaptation of a novel and Broadway play by James Kirkwood, Jr.. He starred in Mojave Phone Booth (2006) as Barry, and Making Change as Trafton. In Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus and its sequel Meet the Santas, he played the starring role of Nick. He had a recurring role on the 2005-2006 season of the television series Veronica Mars as Woody Goodman, a wealthy businessman and community leader. He appeared as a lead in the NBC made-for-TV remake of The Poseidon Adventure, which aired on November 20, 2005, playing Richard Clarke, a failing writer having an affair with a massage therapist. He also appeared in According to Jim episode "Two for the Money" in 2008
On August 25, 2008, Guttenberg released a video entitled "Steve Guttenberg's Steak House" on funnyordie.com. There are rumors that he will star as comedian Tony Martin in a movie adapted from Martin's book, A Nest of Occasionals. Guttenberg took part in the 2008 spring season of Dancing with the Stars with professional pro Anna Trebunskaya and was eliminated on April 1. During an interview on November 4, 2009, Guttenberg mentioned that Disney was developing a second sequel to Three Men and a Baby, entitled Three Men and a Bride. Guttenberg stated that his co-stars, Ted Danson and Tom Selleck, would return for the sequel. Guttenberg also mentioned how he would like to make another Police Academy and Cocoon movie, saying they are surefire hits if they were to be made.
In an interview published August 1, 2010, Guttenberg revealed that David Diamond and David Weissman were writing a script for Police Academy 8. Eight days later, actor Bobcat Goldthwait released a statement urging Hollywood to reboot the Police Academy series with a new group of actors instead of the original cast members. Goldthwait confirmed that Steve Guttenberg would return and that movie bosses were trying to get Kim Cattrall and Sharon Stone to return for an eighth sequel though Goldthwait said he had no desire to return to the series.
Guttenberg also played himself in an episode of the Starz comedy Party Down that originally aired May 21, 2010. Guttenberg starred in Season 7 Episode 6 of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (air date: November 8, 2007) He appeared on Broadway in late 2011 to early 2012 in Woody Allen's one-act play "Honeymoon Hotel" which was part of the show Relatively Speaking. Guttenberg can be seen on History Channel's 2015 miniseries Sons of Liberty. He plays Jack Bonner. In Fall 2014, Guttenberg wrapped production on SyFy Channel's Lavalantula, scheduled to premiere Summer 2015. Guttenberg was also featured in the Season 6, Episode 8 of Community, "Intro to Recycled Cinema", which aired on Yahoo Screen in April 2015.
Guttenberg starred in the Cinderella pantomime at Churchill Theatre in Bromley, UK, playing the Baron (father of Cinderella) in 2008. To celebrate Guttenberg's involvement, the local Empire Cinema screened Police Academy on 19 November. Guttenberg introduced the film and answered questions. On November 12, Guttenberg appeared as a guest on the British talk show The Paul O'Grady Show, he said he made the video for Will Ferrell's Funny or Die website, but then decided to release it virally "as if it were real". As part of challenge set on the show, he then went on to become the Guinness World Record Holder for preparing the most hot-dogs in one minute.
The sixth-annual Fire Island Golden Wagon Film Festival honored Guttenberg with the 2008 Tony Randall Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the entertainment industry, as well as his community service efforts. The award was created in tribute to the first Golden Wagon honoree, Tony Randall, and is given to a member of the entertainment industry who embodies the same love of Fire Island, independent spirit, and community service that Randall shared.
On December 12, 2011, Guttenberg received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located at 6411 Hollywood Blvd. On October 19, 2014, Guttenberg received a key to the city from Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine for his work with Fun Paw Care, raising awareness for animal rights.
- The Guttenberg Bible - A memoir published in May 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
- The Kids from D.I.S.C.O. (September 2014)
Guttenberg is involved with charities whose goal is to improve opportunities for the homeless and for young people. In 2016, a trust in Guttenberg's honor was established to provide support services to the homeless population of Los Angeles. The Entertainment Industry Foundation, Hollywood's charity arm, selected him to be Ambassador for Children's Issues because of his work on behalf of children and the homeless.
At the 2016 New York Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases in Brooklyn, Guttenberg announced to attendees, via a pre-recorded message, that he had joined the Lymphatic Education & Research Network's (LE&RN's) Honorary Board. Since then, Guttenberg has been active in raising awareness for lymphedema (LE) and lymphatic diseases (LD), which affect an estimated 10 million people in the United States and over 100 million people worldwide.
Guttenberg married model Denise Bixler on September 30, 1988. They separated in June 1991 and were divorced in 1992. He has lived with WCBS-TV reporter Emily Smith since 2014; the couple announced their engagement in December 2016.
|1977||The Chicken Chronicles||David Kessler||credited as Steven Guttenberg|
|1978||The Boys from Brazil||Barry Kohler||credited as Steven Guttenberg|
|1979||Players||Rusty||credited as Steven Guttenberg|
|1980||Can't Stop the Music||Jack Morell|
|1982||Diner||Edward 'Eddie' Simmons|
|1983||The Man Who Wasn't There||Sam Cooper|
|1984||Police Academy||Carey Mahoney|
|1985||Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment|
|1985||Bad Medicine||Jeff Marx|
|1986||Police Academy 3: Back in Training||Sergeant Carey Mahoney|
|1986||Short Circuit||Newton Crosby|
|1987||The Bedroom Window||Terry Lamdbert|
|1987||Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol||Carey Mahoney|
|1987||Amazon Women on the Moon||Jerry||segment "Two I.D.s" (credited as Steven Guttenberg)|
|1987||Three Men and a Baby||Michael Kellam||also known as "3 Men and a Baby"|
|1988||High Spirits||Jack Crawford|
|1988||Cocoon: The Return||Jack Bonner|
|1990||The Boyfriend School||Gus Kubieck||also known as "Don't Tell Her It's Me"|
|1990||Three Men and a Little Lady||Michael Kellam||also known as "3 Men and a Little Lady"|
|1995||The Big Green||Sheriff Tom Palmer|
|1995||Home for the Holidays||Walter Wedman|
|1995||It Takes Two||Roger Callaway|
|1997||Zeus and Roxanne||Terry Barnett|
|1997||Casper: A Spirited Beginning||Tim Carson||Direct-to-Video|
|1998||Home Team||Mr. Butler|
|2002||P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!||Jimmy Zoole||also Director/Producer/Writer|
|2003||The Stranger||The Stranger||Short film|
|2006||Mojave Phone Booth||Barry|
|2008||Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous||Sidney Green|
|2009||Fatal Rescue||Jacob Jones|
|2009||The Gold Retrievers||Wade Black|
|2009||Heidi 4 Paws||Sebastian (voice role)|
|2009||Help Me, Help You||Steve|
|2010||Ay Lav Yu||Christopher|
|2010||Duckwalls||Mickey Beasn||Short film|
|2011||A Novel Romance||Nate Shepard||also Executive Producer|
|2012||Highway to Hell||JJ||Direct-to-Video|
|2012||I Heart Shakey||Stubbs|
|2012||Making Change||Trafton||also Executive Producer|
|2013||Quick to Duck||Mickey Beans|
|2014||At the Top of the Pyramid||Principal Dickson|
|2015||A Man Before His Time||Narrator (voice role)||Documentary|
|2015||Running on Empathy||unknown role||Short film|
|2016||Alternative Universe: A Rescue Mission||Verstag|
|2017||Ay Lav Yu Tuu||Christopher|
|2017||Chasing the Blues||Dan McKenna|
|2018||Hangover in Death Valley||unknown role||Direct-to-Video|
|2018||The Adventures of Bunny Bravo||unknown role (voice role)||post-production|
|TBR||Roe v. Wade||Justice Powell||filming|
|1977||Something for Joey||Mike Cappelletti||Television Movie|
|1979||Family||Philip||Episode: "An Apple for the Teacher"|
|1979||Billy||Billy Fisher||series regular (8 episodes)|
|1980||To Race the Wind||Harold Krents||Television Movie|
|1980||Magic Night||Himself||Television Movie|
|1981||Miracle on Ice||Jim Craig||Television Movie|
|1982||No Soap, Radio||Roger||series regular (5 episodes)|
|1983||The Day After||Stephen Klein||Television Movie (credited as Steven Guttenberg)|
|1984||The Ferret||Sam Valenti||Television Movie|
|1986||Tall Tales & Legends||Pecos Bill||Episode: "Pecos Bill"|
|1986||Saturday Night Live!||Himself (Host)||Episode: "Steve Guttenberg/The Pretenders"|
|1988||CBS Schoolbreak Special||N/A||Executive Producer (Episode: "Gangs")|
|1990||The Joan Rivers Show||Himself (Guest)||Episode: "9.18.1990"|
|1991||48th Golden Globe Awards||Himself (Host)||Television Special|
|1993||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Tom Hardgrove||also Director|
Episode: "Love Off Limits"
|1997||The Wonderful World of Disney||Buzzy Crocker||Episode: "Tower of Terror"|
|2004||Rocket Power||Billie Joe (voice role)||Episode: "Island of the Menehune"|
|2004||Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus||Nick||Television Movie|
|2005||The Poseidon Adventure||Richard Clarke||Television Movie|
|2005||Meet the Santas||Nick||Television Movie|
|2005–2006||Veronica Mars||Woody Goodman||recurring role (8 episodes)|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Clay Darren, Sr.||Episode: "Courtship"|
|2008||Dancing with the Stars||Himself (Contestant)||series regular – 7 episodes (season 6)|
|2008||According to Jim||Himself||Episode: "Two for the Money"|
|2010||Party Down||Himself||Episode: "Steve Guttenberg's Birthday"|
|2012||Watch What Happens: Live||Himself (Guest)||Episode: "Steven Guttenberg/Joey Lawrence"|
|2015||Sons of Liberty||Jack Bonner||Television Miniseries
Episode: "A Dangerous Game"
|2015||Community||Maury||Episode: "Intro to Recycled Cinema"|
|2015||The Mysteries of Laura||Himself||Episode: "The Mystery of the Deceased Documentarian"|
|2015||Lavalantula||Colton West||Television Movie|
|2015||Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens||Colton||Television Movie|
|2016||2 Lava 2 Lantula!||Colton West||Television Movie|
|2017||The Other F Word||Professor George Mueller||2 episodes|
|2017||Ballers||Wayne Hastings, Jr.||recurring role (8 episodes)|
|2018||Paper Empire||Saul||Episode: "#1.1"|
|1990||The Boys Next Door||unknown role||Comedy Theatre in London, England|
|1989||"Liberian Girl"||Himself||Artist: Michael Jackson (directed by Jim Yukich)|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||unknown (voice role)||Released for Microsoft Windows|
Dancing with the Stars
Season 6 performances
|Week#||Dance / Song||Judge's scores||Result||Ref|
|1||Foxtrot / "(Up a) Lazy River"||6||6||6||No Elimination|||
|2||Mambo / "I Got a Girl"||6||5||5||Safe|
|3||Tango / "Jalousie"||7||7||7||Eliminated|
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