Steve Martin reveals plans to retire from film and television after ‘Only Murders in the Building’

Steve Martin has shared some insights into the future of his career after that Only murders in the building.

The 77-year-old comics actor stars in the hit mystery comedy-drama show alongside his longtime partner Martin Short and pop artist Selena Gomez.

The three stars play an unlikely group of crime buff neighbors who start a podcast after a murder occurs on their block of flats.

Since its debut in 2021 only murders has gained loyal fans around the world and is nominated for three awards at the upcoming 2023 Primetime Emmys.

In a new interview, Martin opened up about how a hit TV show wasn’t part of the plan so late in his long career.

Martin and Short, 73, were touring with one of their live comedy shows together at the time only murders came along – something they still enjoy doing together today.

“We were very happy just doing the live show,” said Martin The Hollywood Reporter. “It may have a natural ending — someone gets sick, someone just gets exhausted — but I wouldn’t do it without Marty.”

He later added that only murders concludes that he would not aspire to any other roles on screen.

“Once this television show is finished, I won’t be looking for others,” Martin explained. “I will not look for other films. I don’t want to do cameo appearances. Oddly enough, that’s it.”

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season three of Only murders in the building began airing on Tuesday (8 August); A fourth season has not yet been announced.

The father of the bride star has been in the industry since the 1960s. After retiring from stand-up comedy in the ’80s, Martin starred in several successful films including: Planes, trains and cars (1987), LA history (1991), Bring down the house (2003) and the films Cheaper by the Dozen (2003–2005).

In only murders, Martin is tasked with a plethora of scenes that utilize his slapstick skills. In a season one scene, his character is accidentally drugged and comes into conflict with some elevator doors. The actor told the publication that part of the bizarreness of the moment stems from his idea.

“I didn’t want it to be just a fun walk,” he explained, laughing. “So I lay in bed at night and thought about it. And I started imagining that I was lying on my head and the elevator doors would close in my crotch.

“I laughed to myself for about 20 minutes. The next day I went up and said, ‘Please, just let me try this.'”

Only murders in the building is currently streaming on Disney+ in the UK.

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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