Steve Martin received the American Film Institute’s life achievement award, its highest honor, on June 4.
Steve Carell, Diane Keaton and Martin Short were among those who joined Steve Martin at the Los Angeles ceremony.
Tina Fey called the actor “the first rock star comedian”, while Jack Black sang The Thermos Song from The Jerk.
Steve Martin said, as he received the award: “How do I top this parade of stars who have been so, so funny?
“Tonight is especially meaningful to me, because when I was a kid, I used to get all dressed up and play AFI Lifetime Achievement Award,” he added.
Steve Martin, who turns 70 this year, is best known for movies including Parenthood, The Man With Two Brains, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Roxanne.
The comedian is also an author and a prolific banjo player, releasing a Bluegrass album in 2009 called The Crow.
Steve Martin was presented with the award by Mel Brooks, who received the same honor in 2013.
The comedian, who has won an Emmy, four Grammys, a Kennedy Center Honor and an Honorary Oscar, concluded on a humble note: “Last year I was walking down the street and a young girl about 17 said to me: <<Did you do that (1979) movie The Jerk?>> I said, <<Yes, I did>>.
Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi will accept Oscar statuettes at the film academy’s Governors Awards ceremony Saturday night in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.
Angelina Jolie, 38, will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, while the others will accept honorary Academy Awards for their distinguished careers.
Angelina Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
The black-tie dinner ceremony is untelevised to preserve a sense of intimacy and allow for ample tributes to each honoree.
This is the fifth year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has presented its honorary awards at a separate ceremony. Clips from the event may be included in the March 2 Oscar telecast.
Actor Steve Martin has become a father for the first time at the age of 67.
Steve Martin and his wife Anne Stringfield, 41, are believed to have welcomed a baby into their lives back in December.
Although the fiercely-private couple had managed to keep their happy news a secret until now, they were recently spotted doting on their child near their Los Angeles home.
A source told the New York Postnewspaper: “They’ve had a baby, and how they kept it a secret nobody knows.
“Steve’s very private. They are thrilled. They worked hard to have the baby.”
Steve Martin – who played a father of 12 in the comedy movie Cheaper By The Dozen – and Anne Stringfield married in July 2007 after three years together.
Their wedding took place at Steve’s Los Angeles home with former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey presiding over the ceremony, while Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels acted as best man.
Guests, who included Tom Hanks and Diane Keaton, did not know the couple were getting married and instead thought they had been invited to a party.
Steve Martin and his wife Anne Stringfield are believed to have welcomed a baby into their lives back in December
Steve Martin was previously married to actress Victoria Tennant for nearly 8 years.
It’s reported that Anne Stringfield – a writer for The New Yorker magazine – encouraged Steve Martin to pen his hugely successful autobiography, Born Standing Up, released in 2007.
The memoir chronicles Steve Martin’s early life, days working for Disneyland, working at low tier coffee shops and clubs as a comedic act and also his later days of the Bird Cage, his relationships, his eventual fame, and the reason why he quit stand-up altogether in 1981.