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Trivia (23)

Has Austrian Jewish and Russian Jewish ancestry.

Named honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades, California (2002).

Turned down the role of Josh Baskin in Big (1988), which eventually went to Tom Hanks.

Turned down the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984) in favor of playing Carey Mahoney in Police Academy (1984).

The writers of The Simpsons (1989) pay tribute to Guttenberg in the episode "Homer the Great", (Sixth Season; episode 2F09) where he appears as a cartoon and mentioned in the song sung by the Stonecutters ("Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star? We do! We do!").

In a recent article in Entertainment Weekly about Police Academy (1984), the author had issues contacting Guttenberg and had no clue why his calls were never returned. Eventually, the author bumped into Guttenberg by sheer coincidence at a restaurant and learned that Guttenberg felt burned by EW in the past and -- although he had no personal issues with the author himself -- declined the interview based on that.

Parents are Stanley Guttenberg and Ann Guttenberg.

Spent a week volunteering at the Houston Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina hit.

While on the set of Cocoon: The Return (1988), told an interviewer how his mother, Ann, had locked him outdoors. In order to wake him for school, after several failed attempts, she did so while he was still dressed for bed.

Has a website of "Steve Guttenberg Facts" dedicated to him.

One-time boyfriend of Anna Gilligan. They have planned a Chinese adoption as they have both done extensive charity work in and around Beijing (2008).

Attended and graduated from Plainedge High School in North Massapequa, New York (1976).

Attended the Julliard School, State University of New York at Albany and the University of California at Los Angeles.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6411 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 12, 2011.

Started the Guttenhouse Project, which provides housing in south Los Angeles for at-risk foster care youth when they turn 18 and have nowhere else to go. Has also organized a campaign to provides glasses for poor children whose families cannot afford eye care.

Is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Steve's co-star in The Boys from Brazil (1978), Gregory Peck, sponsored him for academy membership in 1978.

According to his autobiography, "The Guttenberg Bible", Steve is tied with Gene Hackman as the Screen Actors Guild member who worked on the most projects between 1980 and 1990.

Godson of Michael Bell.

Turned down the lead in Sharknado (2013), which he regretted upon seeing how the movie had become a cult hit. He later accepted a role in Syfy's Lavalantula (2015) and appeared in the Sharknado installment Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016).

Shares a birthday with Barret Oliver, his co-star in Cocoon (1985) and Cocoon: The Return (1988).

Despite often playing fathers, he has never had children.

Despite having a career spanning over 40 years, as of January 2021, he has only appeared in one film which grossed over $100 million at the North American box office: Three Men and a Baby (1987) which was the biggest domestic hit of 1987 grossing over $167 million.

As of 2020, he was never appeared in a film nominated for Best Picture Oscar.