Steve Martin To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

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It's official, Steve Martin is being acknowledged for having enriched American culture.

Next year, actor, comedian and musician Steve Martin will receive the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.

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According to the AFI website
, the award's criteria are difficult to meet. "The recipient should be one 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."

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Martin, 69, joins former recipients including Jane Fonda, Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Barbara Streisand, Harrison Ford, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

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Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees, explained why Martin is receiving the honor in a statement.

"Steve Martin is an American original," said Stringer. "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."

Martin will be honored with the 43rd Life Achievement Award on June 4, 2015 at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, and the tribute special will air on TNT and TCM in June 2015.

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