Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American actor who plays Garrison Cootes, a senior partner of Honeywell & Cootes,how I met your mother


Short was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He attended Westdale Secondary School and graduated in 1972 from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work.

In 1979, Short starred in the U.S. sitcom The Associates. In 1980, he joined the cast of I'm a Big Girl Now, a sitcom starring Diana Canova and Danny Thomas.

Short joined at improv troupe The Second City in Toronto in 1977. Short came to public notice when the troupe produced a show for television, Second City Television or SCTV, which ran for several years in Canada, then the United States. At SCTV Short developed several characters before moving on to Saturday Night Live for the 1984–1985 season.

Short played the lead role in the 1993 musical version of the Neil Simon film The Goodbye Girl, on Broadway, receiving a Tony Award nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award.

He had the lead role in the 1999 Broadway revival of the musical Little Me, for which he received a Tony Award and another Outer Critics Circle Award.

Short has guest starred on several shows including Arrested Development, Muppets Tonight, Law & Order: SVU, Weeds and Damages.

He is a judge on the upcoming Canadian reality show Canada's Got Talent.

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