Six Underrated Steve Martin Film Performances

Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter in Novocaine
Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter in Novocaine
Artisan Entertainment

Renaissance man Steve Martin will take the stage at the Meyerson Symphony Center tonight, but he won't just be wielding a microphone. The funny man also happens to be an author, playwright, songwriter and Grammy-award winning banjo player, who has not one but two #1 bluegrass albums (The Crow and Rare Bird Alert, both with The Steep Canyon Rangers) under his belt -- aside from his gold, platinum and double platinum comedy albums, of course.

Tonight's show is about bluegrass, yes, but rather than treading upon the musical territory of DC9, we're talking Martin from a different angle.

In honor of the wildest and craziest guy of them all, we take a look back at a few of Steve-a-rino's more underrated performances. Check them out after the jump.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) Dr. Maxwell Edison

Stevie's feature film debut just happened to be a musical one, playing the serial killer turned plastic surgeon Dr. Maxwell Edison in

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

, which also starred The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton and was based primarily on The Beatles' 1967 album of the same name. You can definitely see elements from Martin's signature stand-up style here, as well as the groundwork being laid for the character of Orin Scrivello, DDS in 1986's

Little Shop of Horrors

. In short, things get creepy.

The Muppet Movie (1979) Insolent Waiter

Steve Martin! Muppets! The banjo! What's not to love? Seriously, if this combination of things doesn't put a smile on your face, it's likely that there is a black ball of felt where your heart is supposed to be.

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) Rigby Reardon

That's a montage of the film's funniest scenes but you'll probably only need to watch the first one to be reminded why Detective Rigby Reardon made this list.


reteamed Martin with his


director, Carl Reiner...not that Carl Reiner is a know what I mean. Anyhoo, there's an art form to pulling off film noir parody and Martin & Co. did it, see. See, right there, I just proved with that unfunny noir reference that it's a feat in itself. Anyhoo times two, the black and white flick also gave us a look at what Martin looks like with dark hair. Seriously, did that guy come out of the womb with his signature white locks?

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