Steve Guttenberg

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Steve Guttenberg
Steve Guttenberg 2013.jpg
Guttenberg in October 2013
Steven Robert Guttenberg

(1958-08-24) August 24, 1958 (age 62)
  • Actor
  • author
  • producer
  • director
  • businessman
Years active1977–present
Denise Bixler
(m. 1988; div. 1992)
Emily Smith
(m. after 2019)

Steven Robert Guttenberg (born August 24, 1958)[citation needed] is an American actor, author, businessman, producer, and director. He is known for his lead roles in Hollywood films of the 1980s and 1990s, including Cocoon, Police Academy, Three Men and a Baby, Diner, The Bedroom Window, Three Men and a Little Lady, The Big Green, and Short Circuit.[1]

Early life[edit]

Guttenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York,[2] the only son, along with his two sisters, of Ann Iris (née Newman), a surgical assistant, and Jerome Stanley Guttenberg, an electrical engineer.[citation needed] He had a Jewish upbringing[3] in the Flushing neighborhood of the borough of Queens[2] before his family moved to North Massapequa, New York, where he graduated from Plainedge High School in 1976.[4][5][6] 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.[4][6] After his high school graduation, he attended the State University of New York at Albany for a year. He moved to California to pursue an acting career.[4][6] As Guttenberg recounts,[where?] 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.[4]

Early films[edit]

After playing an uncredited bit part in Rollercoaster,[7] Guttenberg had his first screen credit in the TV movie Something for Joey (1977). He then played the starring role in the 1977 California high-school comedy The Chicken Chronicles, set in Beverly Hills in 1969. He also appeared in the 1978 film The Boys From Brazil, based on the Ira Levin bestseller, and guest-starred on Family. Guttenberg starred in the short-lived TV series Billy (1979), based on Billy Liar. He had a supporting 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.[citation needed]

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 Can't Stop the Music, a semiautobiographical movie about the disco group Village People.

Guttenberg played Jim Craig in the TV movie Miracle on Ice (1981). He appeared in Barry Levinson's Diner (1982), then starred in another short-lived TV series No Soap, Radio (1982). He starred in the action-comedy The Man Who Wasn't There (1983) and had a supporting part in the television movie The Day After (1983). Guttenberg starred in The Ferret (1984) a pilot for a TV series that was not picked up.[citation needed]

Police Academy and busiest actor[edit]

Guttenberg starred in an enormous hit when he played the lead role in Police Academy (1984). He then became a very busy star over the next four years, appearing in nine starring roles, tying with Gene Hackman for busiest actor.[8] Police Academy was quickly followed by a sequel, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985). Guttenberg then had the romantic male lead in Cocoon (1985), another box-office success. A comedy in which he starred, 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.

Guttenberg had a cameo in Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) and supported Michael Caine and Sally Field in Surrender (1987).

Three Men and a Baby[edit]

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".[9]


In 1990, he replaced Timothy Hutton in the lead role of Prelude to a Kiss at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway.[10] 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..[4] 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 titled "Steve Guttenberg's Steak House"[11] on Guttenberg took part in the 2008 spring season of Dancing with the Stars with professional dancer Anna Trebunskaya, and was eliminated on April 1.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]


In an interview published August 1, 2010, Guttenberg revealed that David Diamond and David Weissman were writing a script for Police Academy 8.[15] 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 to return for an eighth sequel, though Goldthwait said he had no desire to return to the series.[16]

Guttenberg also played himself in an episode of the Starz comedy Party Down that originally aired May 21, 2010. Guttenberg starred in season seven, episode six 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.[10] 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.[17] Guttenberg was also featured in season six, episode eight of Community, "Intro to Recycled Cinema", which aired on Yahoo Screen in April 2015.[18]

Guttenberg starred in the Cinderella pantomime at Churchill Theatre in Bromley, UK, playing the Baron (father of Cinderella) in 2008.[19] To celebrate Guttenberg's involvement, the local Empire Cinema screened Police Academy on 19 November. Guttenberg introduced the film and answered questions.[20][21] 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"[22] as part of a 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.[23]

On September 3, 2018, Guttenberg told a fan on Twitter that a new Police Academy film was being planned.[24]


On May 21, 2020, Guttenberg appeared on Holey Moley II: The Sequel. Later, on August 2, he appeared on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, via Cameo. On September 27, 2020, during an interview on a Zoom call with Norm Macdonald, Guttenberg confirmed that filming had begun on an eighth Police Academy film. He confirmed that his character was returning, and was using a wheelchair, having lost his foot in the line of duty.


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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]


  • 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.[28] In 2016, a trust in Guttenberg's honor was established to provide support services to the homeless population of Los Angeles.[29] 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.[30]

At the 2016 New York Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases in Brooklyn, Guttenberg announced, via a pre-recorded message, that he had joined the Lymphatic Education & Research Network's (LE&RN) Honorary Board.

Personal life[edit]

Guttenberg married model Denise Bixler on September 30, 1988.[31] They separated in June 1991[32] and divorced in 1992.[citation needed]

Guttenberg has lived with WCBS-TV reporter Emily Smith since 2014.[33] On December 25, 2016, the couple announced their engagement.[34][35] The couple married on January 19, 2019.[36]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Rollercoaster Messenger uncredited
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 Cocoon Jack Bonner
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 Surrender Marty
1987 Three Men and a Baby Michael Kellam
1988 High Spirits Jack Crawford
1988 Cocoon: The Return Jack Bonner
1990 Don't Tell Her It's Me Gus Kubieck
1990 Three Men and a Little Lady Michael Kellam
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 Airborne Bill McNeil
1998 Overdrive Matt Stricker
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
2005 Domino One Casey
2006 Mojave Phone Booth Barry
2008 Jackson Businessman
2008 Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Sidney Green
2009 Fatal Rescue Jacob Jones
2009 Shannon's Rainbow Ed
2009 The Gold Retrievers Wade Black
2009 Heidi 4 Paws Sebastian (voice role)
2009 Help Me, Help You Steve
2009 Cornered! Morty
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 Affluenza Philip Miller
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 Lookin' Up Edgar
2016 Alternative Universe: A Rescue Mission Verstag
2017 Ay Lav Yu Tuu Christopher
2017 Chasing the Blues Dan McKenna
2017 After Party Alan
2018 Miss Arizona Gary
2018 Bigger Louis Weider
2018 Lez Bomb Mike
2018 Hangover in Death Valley JJ direct-to-video
2019 Heckle Ray Kelly
2019 Trauma Center Dr. Jones
2020 Rifkin's Festival Jake
2020 Original Gangster Jean-Baptiste Philippe
2020 Roe v. Wade Justice Powell


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Something for Joey Mike Cappelletti TV 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 TV movie
1980 Magic Night Himself TV movie
1981 Miracle on Ice Jim Craig TV movie
1982 No Soap, Radio Roger series regular (5 episodes)
1983 The Day After Stephen Klein TV movie (credited as Steven Guttenberg)
1984 The Ferret Sam Valenti TV 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 executive producer (episode: "Gangs")
1990 The Joan Rivers Show Himself (Guest) episode: "9.18.1990"
1991 48th Golden Globe Awards Himself (Host) TV 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 TV movie
2005 The Poseidon Adventure Richard Clarke TV movie
2005 Meet the Santas Nick TV 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 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 TV movie
2016 Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens TV movie
2016 2 Lava 2 Lantula! TV 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"
2019–2020 The Goldbergs Dr. Katman 5 episodes
2019 Schooled 1 episode
2020 Paper Empire Saul 2 episodes
2020 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Himself 1 episode


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Boys Next Door Jack Palmer Comedy Theatre in London, England

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 "Liberian Girl" Himself artist: Michael Jackson (directed by Jim Yukich)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent unknown (voice role) released for Microsoft Windows

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Season 6 performances[edit]

Week# Dance / Song Judge's scores Result Ref
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
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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