Cinematheque wild, crazy for Martin

Org's 19th recipient was committee's unanimous choice

This article was updated at 7:51 p.m.

The American Cinematheque will salute Steve Martin during its annual benefit gala Nov. 12.

The org’s 19th recipient, Martin was the selection committee’s unanimous choice. Since 1986, the org has annually feted an actor, director or writer who is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture.

“Steve Martin is a unique Hollywood star — a Renaissance man,” American Cinematheque Board chairman Rick Nicita said. “His eclectic career has brought him to the forefront of Hollywood as both a writer and actor in some of the most memorable comedies of the past 20 years.”

Tribute, to be held at the BevHilton, will be executive produced by Paul Flattery and Barbara Smith, and produced by Irene Crinita. Co-chairs will be announced as they are confirmed. AMC will telecast the ceremony on Jan. 23.

Event is earmarked as the Cinematheque’s most important benefit, providing funds for the org’s programs throughout the year and for the operation of the landmark Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard as well as the soon-to-open Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue.

Martin joins previous recipients including Eddie Murphy, Ron Howard, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nicole Kidman.

Martin is lensing “Birth of the Pink Panther” for MGM. He is co-writing the script, and plays Inspector Clouseau.

Martin has also wrapped Touchstone’s “Shopgirl,” which he adapted from his novel of the same name.