Dr Evil and Mini Me – Hard Knock Life
Mike Myers is best known as the mad and crude Austin Powers who managed to seduce Liz Hurley despite with his unusual appearance!
Michael John Myers was born on 25 May 1963 in Scarborough, Canada, the son of British-born parents insurance salesman and WWII veteran Eric and his wife Alice. He has two older brothers and holds three citizenships, American, Canadian and British.
He began his acting career as a child, in TV adverts in Canada, and a move to the UK led him to some performances at the Edinburgh Festival.
During his time with a theatre troupe in Chicago, he was spotted by ‘Saturday Night Live‘ producer, Lorne Michaels.
In 1989, he joined the SNL team as a writer and recurring cast member, and he eventually became a regular.
Four years later, Mike debuted as an actor and co-writer in ‘Wayne’s World‘ (1992), based on characters created for ‘Saturday Night Live‘. He then starred in ‘Wayne’s World 2‘ and ‘So I Married An Axe Murderer‘ in 1993. Myers married his first wife Robin Ruzan in May of that year.
They started dating in the late 1980s after meeting at a hockey game in Chicago at which Myers caught a puck and used this as an ice-breaker. Following his marriage, he took a four-year hiatus from television and film.
In 1997, Mike made a successful return as writer and star of ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery‘, a spoof of 1960s spy films. He went on to write and star in ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me‘ in 1999 and ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember‘ in 2002. A fourth Austin Powers has been announced but no further details have been released.
In the year 2000 Mike announced that he planned to star in a film based on his SNL character Dieter, the Germanic host of a programme called Sprockets, but he left the project after expressing displeasure with the final script.
Mike was then sued by Universal for breach of contract. Mike counter-sued and the matter was eventually settled out of court.
As the animated monster in ‘Shrek‘ in 2001, Mike excelled and the film won the Best Animated Film Oscar. This became his second successful movie franchise as he went on to write and voice the lead in ‘Shrek 2‘ (2004), DVD extra ‘Far Far Away Idol‘ (2004), ‘Shrek The Third‘ in 2007, Christmas special ‘Shrek The Halls‘ (2007) and ‘Shrek Forever After‘ in 2010.
More recently Mike has reprised the role of Austin Powers for the third time, and has played the title role in Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Cat in the Hat‘ (2003). Myers has also acted in the main role of ‘The Love Guru‘ (2008) and in a small part in ‘Inglorious Basterds‘ (2009). He continued to appear on ‘Saturday Night Live’ until 2011.
During this period, Myers divorced his wife Robin in 2005 and met café owner Kelly Tisdale, who confirmed they were dating in 2006. They married in New York in 2010 and have a son called Spike, who was born in 2011.