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'Father of the Bride' Actor Steve Martin Embraced Fatherhood at 67 with Wife of 13 Years | "It's Fantastic"
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'Father of the Bride' Actor Steve Martin Embraced Fatherhood at 67 with Wife of 13 Years | "It's Fantastic"

Martin has played the role of a dad on the silver screen but never found the time to be one in real life until he met the love of his life.

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 11, 2020. It has since been updated.

Many people have a neat set of goals for themselves and milestones to meet by a certain age. But not everyone follows the plan as each of us has different emotional needs at various stages of our lives. Many let life takes its course and chooses to go with the flow. Ace comedian Steve Martin, 74, who has played a father on-screen many times, got a chance to become a real-life father at 67. Now, that might scare a lot of people but not him. While many people get ready to play with their grandchildren in their 60s, the Cheaper by the Dozen actor took a leap of faith with his journalist wife journalist Anne Stringfield, 48, and went ahead with it. He finds fatherhood a "fantastic" role and was more than ready for it. 

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Stringfield and the Father of the Bride actor welcomed their first and only child, daughter Mary Martin, in 2012, and he wouldn't have it any other way. "Oh, it’s fantastic—you have all the time in the world. You’re all set and secure in life, and you’re not building your career, so you have a lot of time," he told Australia’s Daily Telegraph. "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."