The American Film Institute has revealed that it will bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award on comedian and renaissance man Steve Martin, USA Today reports.
Martin, 69, has carved out an impressive resume as a comedian, actor, producer, author, playwright and banjo picker.
“Martin will get the 2015 American Film Institute Life Achievement award, becoming the 43rd recipient and only the second mainly comic performer to receive AFI’s highest film-career honor. Mel Brooks won in 2013,” the story reports.
The piece notes that the AFI presents the award to someone “whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time.”
Said Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI: “From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author — and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head.”
The award will be presented June 4 at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles.