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Steve Martin Loved Becoming A First-Time Father at 67

He’s played a father of the bride and a dad of 12 in his blockbuster movies, but did you know Steve Martin only became a dad for the first time at age 67? The notoriously private actor has opened up about what it’s like being the father of a toddler while in his 70s – spoiler alert: it’s actually amazing.

It’s been almost four years since Steve and his journalist wife Anne Stringfield welcomed into the world their daughter – and he’s never revealed her name to the public, only joking that they gave her the moniker ‘Conquistador’ because they ‘didn’t want to go with one of those Hollywood weird names’.

‘I have a lot of time for my daughter’

The 71-year-old spoke to the Daily Telegraph, opening up about becoming an older dad.  “Oh, it’s fantastic—you have all the time in the world,” Steve explains. “You’re all set and secure in life, and you’re not building your career, so you have a lot of time.”

Despite a hugely successful acting career, Steve is content to now spend his days with the apple of his eye. “When I was younger, I was selfish and focused on my career,” he says.” Now I’m just hanging around the house playing with (my daughter). It’s great.”

‘I’m not an action star’

While he played loveable dads in movies including Cheaper By The Dozen, Father Of The Bride and Parenthood, don’t be mistaken into thinking it’s his niche.

“I did some father roles, but I never thought, ‘I’m going to make that my thing,’” he tells the Daily Telegraph. “I’m not an action star, so I can’t be a guy out there with a gun. Those films are sentimental films and that’s not a negative—those were the sorts of films I was drawn to as a kid. People respond to those films.”

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Anita Butterworth

Anita is a journo from country Victoria who swapped the cut and thrust of television news for the joys of raising boys. When not writing about everything parenting, she's searching for the perfect cuppa and Instagram filter.