Mike Myers is a successful comedian most known for his work on Saturday Night Live and in various film roles. Before reaching mainstream fame, Myers spent his time honing his craft in Toronto, London, and Chicago at different comedic institutions, including The Second City. After he was hired on Saturday Night Live, he made a name for himself through the variety of characters he brought to the table. His film roles range from a British spy to an ogre who lives in a swamp, and he has often played multiple roles in a single film.
Growing up in Canada, Myers was a part of show business early on. After graduating from high school, he auditioned for the Second City Touring Company through Toronto, and was accepted. Eventually, Myers moved to the UK, where he helped found the improvisational troupe The Comedy Store Players, a group that is still performing today. After his time in the UK, he joined the Mainstage cast in Toronto and wrote and performed in two revues, “Not Based on Anything by Stephen King” and “Bob Has Seen the Wind”. While acting and studying improv in Chicago after his time in Toronto, Myers was offered a job with Saturday Night Live.
In 1989, Myers began his six-year stint on SNL. Two of his most popular characters, Wayne Campbell and Dieter, had actually premiered on The Second City stage only a few years prior. For his work on the show, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program in 1989. Throughout his tenure, he was known for offbeat characters and accent work. In 2015, Rolling Stone ranked him fourth on their list of best SNL characters of all-time.
During his time on SNL, Myers filmed Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2, which were both commercial and critical successes. Once he left SNL in 1995, he began work on the Austin Powers franchise. He both wrote and produced Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and was both the titular role and the main antagonist, Dr. Evil. He reprised these roles, along with two more characters, in the subsequent sequels. Aside from Austin Powers, he voiced the role of Shrek in all four Shrek films, had a small role in Inglourious Basterds, directed the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, and more. It was recently announced that he would be playing Del Close in the upcoming film Del, based on the life of one of his improv mentors.