Born 24 August 1958 in Brooklyn, New York, Steve Guttenberg grew up in Massapequa, Long Island, and attended New York 's High School for the Performing Arts, as well as Julliard and the Actors Studio. Still a teenager, he made his off-Broadway debut in The Lion in Winter. He first appeared on the small screen in the 1976 made-for-TV movie Something for Joey, and debuted on the big screen the following year in The Chicken Chronicles. In 1979, he was starring in a television series, Billy, even as he scored critical acclaim for his roles in feature films like The Boys from Brazil (1978) and Diner (1982).
In the Eighties, Guttenberg was perhaps best known for his role as Officer Carey Mahoney in the hit comedy Police Academy (1984). He subsequently appeared in three sequels -- Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), and Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987). At the same time, he landed roles in serious dramas such as Cocoon (1985) and The Bedroom Window (1987). For the most part, though, his films under-utilized his considerable acting skill; he gained a reputation as an amiable and competent star of lightweight comedies.
In 1991, Guttenberg made his Broadway debut in Prelude to a Kiss, and also starred in The Boys Next Door at The Comedy in London 's West End. He made several children's films, such as Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997) and Zeus and Roxanne (1997). His interest in the welfare of children led the Entertainment Industry Foundation to name him Ambassador for Children's Issues. He was instrumental in the Sight for Students program, which provided glasses for over 50,000 visually impaired school children. He is associated with other charitable organizations -- The Starlight Foundation and Friends of the Children, among them. He was executive producer of a CBS School Break Special entitled Gangs and made his directorial debut with Love Off Limits (1993), another School Break Special.
Recently, Guttenberg has not only starred and directed, but also produced and co-wrote the screenplay for an adaptation of a classic Broadway hit, P.S.Your Cat Is Dead, and won critical acclaim for appearing in Furthest From the Sun, directed and co-authored by Woody Harrelson.
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Q & A With Steve Guttenberg:
PR & S: What is your favorite motto to live by?
Guttenberg: Attitude is everything.
PR & S: When did you know exactly what you wanted to achieve?
Guttenberg: I always knew I wanted to make the world a better place.
PR & S: Of the Four Essential and Attainable Elements for fulfillment and success – TALENT, RAGE, TEAM and LUCK – in what order would you rank your possession of them?
PR & S: Who are/were 3 of your greatest support team members?
Guttenberg: My mother, father and best friend.
PR & S: What was the luckiest moment in your career?
Guttenberg: Every day . . . and the day I met Larry Thompson.
PR & S: What would you most like to be remembered for?
Guttenberg: Contributing to popular culture and being a good person.
PR & S: How do you give back to your community and the world?
Guttenberg: Many philanthropic works.
PR & S: How are you a source of inspiration for others?
Guttenberg: I try to raise the consciousness wherever I am.
PR & S: What charitable organizations do you support?
Guttenberg: PBA, Foster Programs and more.
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