Steve Martin received the American Film Institute’s life achievement award, its highest honor, on June 4.
Steve Carell, Diane Keaton and Martin Short were among those who joined Steve Martin at the Los Angeles ceremony.
Tina Fey called the actor “the first rock star comedian”, while Jack Black sang The Thermos Song from The Jerk.
Steve Martin said, as he received the award: “How do I top this parade of stars who have been so, so funny?
“Tonight is especially meaningful to me, because when I was a kid, I used to get all dressed up and play AFI Lifetime Achievement Award,” he added.
Steve Martin, who turns 70 this year, is best known for movies including Parenthood, The Man With Two Brains, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Roxanne.
The comedian is also an author and a prolific banjo player, releasing a Bluegrass album in 2009 called The Crow.
Steve Martin was presented with the award by Mel Brooks, who received the same honor in 2013.
The comedian, who has won an Emmy, four Grammys, a Kennedy Center Honor and an Honorary Oscar, concluded on a humble note: “Last year I was walking down the street and a young girl about 17 said to me: <<Did you do that (1979) movie The Jerk?>> I said, <<Yes, I did>>.
The American Film Institute (AFI) has put 11 movies on its recently released top 10 list for 2014.
The top includes coming-of-age tale Boyhood, Birdman and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Foxcatcher, Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Nightcrawler and British code-breaking drama The Imitation Game also feature.
For the first time the jury chose 11 films instead of 10, with many already gaining momentum this awards season.
Whiplash, Into the Woods, Selma and American Sniper complete the list.
The AFI selection comes ahead of the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations later this week.
All three tend to highlight which films will be the Oscar frontrunners when the nominations for the Academy Awards are announced on January 15.
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood – which stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette and was filmed over 12 years – has already gathered a head of steam, picking up several awards.
In the past fortnight it has been named best picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle.
It also picked up best international independent film at the British Independent Film Awards.
The AFI list is the first notable awards season mention for Unbroken, which is based on the life of Olympian Louis Zamperini, as well as forthcoming Disney musical Into the Woods and space fantasy Interstellar.
Showbusiness satire Birdman also leads the nominations at this year’s Spirit Awards and star Michael Keaton was named best actor by Boston’s critics on December 7.
They AFI jury also selected its top television program of 2014, which includes Mad Men, Game of Thrones, The Americans and Orange is the New Black.
Newcomers Fargo, Silicon Valley, How to Get Away with Murder, Jane the Virgin, The Knick and Transparent were the AFI’s other top TV picks.
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