The two times Primetime Emmy Awards winner Martin Hayter Short was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, and writer. Born on March 26, 1950, he was awarded numerous awards and even was honored to be an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2019.
It’s a Canadian state order and the second-highest honor for merit in the system of orders, decorations, and medals of Canada, after the Order of Merit.
After graduating from McMaster University, he dreamed of pursuing a profession as a social worker, but his interest diverted to acting after he was cast into a Toronto production of Godspell in the same year.
Other members of the production cast were Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Andrea Martin, and Paul Shaffer. In a documentary taken, Love Gilda, Short remarked that he and Gilda were having an on-and-off dating life during the time.
As Short rose to fame, he was eventually cast into multiple television shows and plays that includes the most popular show, Fortune and Men’s Eyes.
Short And His Love
Most of Short’s work was based in Canada until 1979, and it was then he opted to star in the US sitcom, The Associates. It was based on a group of lawyers who work at a Wall Street law firm. And right after this, he continued to act in another sitcom named, I’m a Big Girl Now. Diana Canova and Danny Thomas were also part of this 1980 sitcom.
In 1972, Short met the love of his life, Nancy Dolman. She was a Canadian comic actress, and the couple met while shooting Godspell. And later in 1980, the couple got married, and to become a good mother, Dolman retired from the show in 1985.
The couple adopted three children and spent her whole life raising the children and caring for the family. But unfortunately, Dolman departed from the world in August 2010 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
After his wife’s death, Short was an active participant in the campaigns by the Women’s Research Cancer Fund. In the year 2011, he also received the ‘Courage Award’ on behalf of his deceased wife for bravely fighting cancer.
Furthermore, he was also a member of the Canadian charity Artists against the increasing racism existing in the country. The Saturday Night Live star has achieved two stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
From the characters taken up by the actor, it is clear that he is not the kind of person who feels shy to perform eccentric and dazzling characters like his role in Father of the Bride, 1991.
Also, from his latest character in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, the fans were able to see a stylish Broadway director who turned into a real crime podcaster. And because of his eccentric performances in every role, he was often mistaken as gay.
The veteran comedian made his career-best performances mostly during the 80s and 90s. It was the time when he appeared in countless shows and programs. He is one of the existing funniest personalities in the Hollywood entertainment industry.
And as mentioned above, the comedian cum actor has recently made an appearance in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building. He is acting alongside Steve Martin and Selena Gomez. Steve is one of Short’s long-time friends who have shared screens beforehand.
As recent rumors speak, Short is mistaken as gay due to his arsenal of unnatural and dazzling roles. Lately, while taking the case of his latest show itself, we could see him shining in his printed robes and matching scarves which are the perfect choice to portray a queer-coded broadway director.
Another most appreciated role that Short took up with the same genre was when he shared the screen beforehand with his friend Steve Martin in the film, Father of the Bride. Fans were amused to see Short in such a role in which he excelled without making his fans disappointed.
It was just because he chose to play an array of fabulous queer-coded characters, he was suspected as gay or bisexual. As of now, no evidence defining the veteran comedian cum actor as gay is reported, he is a true gentleman who lives in the memories of his deceased wife.
But as you know, this can’t define that he is not gay or bi. Until today, he hasn’t mentioned or announced anything about his sexuality and no other speculations about his past relationships with men are reported. As a result, we can now leave it up to Short to choose a life he wishes to continue for the rest of his life.
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