Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, singer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live.
Short, youngest of five children, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the son of Olive (née Hayter), a violinist, and Charles Patrick Short, a corporate executive with Stelco, a Canadian steel company. Short's father came to North America in 1921 as a stowaway Roman Catholic refugee from South Armagh, Northern Ireland during the Irish War of Independence. His mother, who was the concertmaster of the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra, encouraged his early creative endeavours.
Short attended Westdale Secondary School and graduated in 1972 from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work. His eldest brother, David, was killed in a car accident in 1962, when Short was 12. His mother died of cancer when he was 17; two years later, his father died of complications from a stroke in 1970.
When Short graduated from McMaster University, he intended to pursue a career in social work, but he became interested in acting once he was cast in a Toronto production of