Steve Guttenberg
Actor in Film, Theater, and TV

Steve Guttenberg was only in his 20s when he became one of the biggest comedic and dramatic box-office draws in the world. Cast in Barry Levinson’s 1982 classic Diner alongside Mickey Rourke and Kevin Bacon, Guttenberg went on to become the sensation of the decade, headlining seven hit films over the course of four years including the worldwide #1 hit Police Academy, Cocoon, Short Circuit, and Three Men and a Baby. With a dozen films to his name that have grossed a hundred million dollars at the American box-office, Guttenberg received the 2,455 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2011, fittingly placed in front of the Police Activities League on Hollywood Blvd. In the same year, the Brooklyn-born actor returned to New York to appear in Broadway’s critically-acclaimed “Relatively Speaking”, a trio of one-act plays written by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen, and Elaine May—Guttenberg starred in Woody Allen’s “Honeymoon Hotel”, directed by John Turturro.


Guttenberg has also appeared in acclaimed dramatic hits such as Franklin Schaffner’s The Boys from Brazil, and Curtis Hanson’s Bedroom Window. His television credits include the post-nuclear war thriller The Day After—the second highest rated television film drama of all time—and his critically acclaimed recurring role as Woody Goodman on Veronica Mars.


Active also as a director and producer, Steve Guttenberg won the award for best feature at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival for A Novel Romance—which he produced and also starred in opposite Shannon Elizabeth and Milena Govich. He wrote, directed, and starred in P.S., Your Cat Is Dead, the film version of the respected James Kirkpatrick play. Guttenberg recently returned from London where he received rave reviews for his comedic performance as Baron Hardup in Cinderella at the Churchill Theater in Bromley during their legendary staging of Pantomime.


In addition to his film and television work, Steve Guttenberg is devoted to the issue of children who have been phased out of foster care programs. He developed the Guttenhouse project to provide free, clean, and supervised housing for kids who would otherwise end up on the streets—the first Guttenhouse in the Compton area has accommodated a half dozen kids for varying lengths of time for the past seven years, with additional houses in the planning stage. Guttenberg also headed a $7,000,000 campaign to provide glasses for 50,000 sight-challenged children whose families could not afford eye care, along with many other national campaigns for the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Lauded by the Red Cross for his personal, hands-on work in Houston after Hurricane Katrina, Steve Guttenberg has campaigned nationally to assist the Red Cross in drawing desperately-needed volunteers. With the understanding that fame can directly influence the way society is cultivated, Guttenberg is deeply invested in his community. With the little spare time he has on his hands, he also enjoys surfing and golf, and runs his own Mr. Kirby Productions.

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“Forget being an actor. You don’t have the look, you don’t have the talent, and your name is ridiculous. You are the last guy I would ever pick to be a movie...

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The Highs and Lows of Hollywood, and the Determination to Get There:
“Forget being an actor” was the first piece of advice Steve Guttenberg ever received from an agent, “You don’t have the look, you don’t have the talent, and your name is ridiculous. You are the last guy I would ever pick to be a movie star.” Like many other times in his life, Steve Guttenberg didn’t listen. From early days spent sneaking onto the Paramount lot (pretending to be Michael Eisner’s son) and meeting more celebrities and casting agents than most aspiring actors ever would, to living with worldwide celebrity, Guttenberg’s sense of humor and self-awareness throughout the ups and downs of fame make his one of the most sympathetic and unguarded Hollywood stories to date.
Making the World a Better Place, Personally
Steve Guttenberg discusses his philanthropic efforts, from the Guttenhouse project for children phased out of foster care, to working 16 hours a day taking care of those that lost their homes and families to Hurricane Katrina. Having learned of the hard-earned rewards of the heart that come with such work, Steve talks about community, and what fame can positively contribute to the world.
An Evening with Steve Guttenberg: Becoming Anything You Want to Be
After filming his first feature, a mere 10 months into his life in Hollywood, Steve Guttenberg nearly returned home to pursue dentistry. Guttenberg talks about finding his calling as an artist, the challenges of the business and the traits that have kept him grounded along the way.

Praise for The Guttenberg Bible
"It’s impossible to stop reading."
Publishers Weekly

"From his first scene on I knew Steve Guttenberg would be a winner. He's proven it on the screen and now he's doing it as an author."
—Robert Evans, author of The Kid Stays in the Picture

"Steve Guttenberg has written a wonderfully funny memoir of his coming-of-age in Hollywood. The Guttenberg Bible is an on-the-money account of what an actor's life is really like."
—Marlo Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of Growing Up Laughing