The Jerk (1979)
Not Martin's first movie that'd be 1978's misbegotten Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band but The Jerk was the first time we looked at the stand-up comic and thought, ''That prematurely white-haired guy could be a movie star.'' As the goofy dullard inventor who endures a roller-coaster ride of fame and fortune, Martin solidified the good-natured slapstick persona that would serve him well throughout his career.
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With ''Born Standing Up,'' the actor/writer's superb new memoir in book stores, we look back at the roles -- from ''The Jerk'' to ''Little Shop of Horrors'' to ''Shopgirl'' -- that turned a Wild and Crazy Guy into a movie star