Mike Myers created some of the more memorable comedic characters of the late 1980s and early ’90s on “Saturday Night Live” and a run of movies.
An alumnus of the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto and Chicago, Myers appeared on “SNL” from 1989 to 1995 in any number of guises — as Dieter, the black-clad, avant-garde host of the German pseudo-talk show “Sprockets”; as Middle-Aged Man, a bespectacled, balding and potbellied advisor to young adults; and as Linda Richman, the Barbra Streisand-obsessed host of the New York pseudo-talk show "Coffee Talk." But his breakout character was heavy-metal headbanger Wayne Campbell, who would go on to be the focus of the 1992 film “Wayne’s World” and a sequel.
Myers’ movie career continued with the cult hit “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” also in 1992, as well as his turn as an “international man of mystery” in three “Austin Powers” films. And in 2001, he was at the center of another franchise, “Shrek,” by voicing the titular ogre. (Actually, we’re pretty sure Wayne would appreciate the term “titular ogre.”) Myers also had a small role in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film “Inglourious Basterds.”