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Steve Guttenberg
Celebrity Profile
Birth Date 24 August 1958 (1958-08-24) (age 65)
Hometown Brooklyn, New York
Known For Actor

Dancing with the Stars 6

Partner(s) Anna Trebunskaya
Placement 10th
Highest Score 21 (Tango)
Lowest Score 16 (Mambo)
Average Score 18.3

Steven Robert "Steve" Guttenberg is a celebrity from Season 6 of Dancing with the Stars.

Early Life[]

Guttenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Ann Iris (née Newman), a surgical assistant, and Jerome Stanley Guttenberg, an electrical engineer. He has two sisters. He had a Jewish upbringing in North Massapequa, New York, where he graduated from Plainedge High School in 1976 (according to some sources, he transferred to New York City's High School of Performing Arts two years before graduating). During high school, he attended a summer program at the Juilliard School where he studied under John Houseman, and he won a role in an off-Broadway production of The Lion in Winter. After his high school graduation, he moved to California to pursue an acting career. Guttenberg left for LA with three hundred dollars in his pocket, salami from his mother, and his father's briefcase. As Guttenberg recounts, within weeks he was cast in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial playing opposite Colonel Sanders.



Guttenberg's film career has spanned nearly four decades. In that time, he has served as an actor, director, writer and producer. His production company, "Mr. Kirby Productions", is named after Gerald J. Kirby, his high school drama teacher.

Guttenberg's first credit (after an uncredited bit part in Rollercoaster) was the starring role in the 1977 California high school comedy The Chicken Chronicles. The picture, set in Beverly Hills in the Spring of 1969, was not a big box-office success, but did become a cult classic after extensive showings on premium cable networks in the United States. He also appeared in the 1978 film The Boys From Brazil, based on the Ira Levin best seller.

In 1980 Guttenberg starred in the Nancy Walker-directed, Allan Carr-produced movie Can't Stop the Music, a semi-autobiographical movie about the disco group Village People.

In the 1980s, Guttenberg starred in three film franchises: Police Academy (1984), Cocoon (1985), and Three Men and a Baby (1987). He also appeared in the films Diner (1982), The Bedroom Window (1987), Short Circuit (1986), and High Spirits (1988).

Guttenberg was seen less during the 1990s. He starred in It Takes Two (1995) with Kirstie Alley and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. He also starred alongside Kirsten Dunst in Disney's Tower of Terror (1997), based on the attraction at the Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

His first film as director/producer/co-screenwriter/star was P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002), a film adaptation of a novel and Broadway play by James Kirkwood, Jr. He starred in Mojave Phone Booth (2006) as Barry, and in Making Change as Trafton. In Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus and its sequel, Meet the Santas, he played the starring role of Nick.

During a 4 November 2009 interview, Guttenberg mentioned that Disney was developing a second sequel to Three Men and a Baby, entitled Three Men and a Bride. Guttenberg stated that his co-stars Ted Danson and Tom Selleck would return for the sequel. Guttenberg also mentioned how he would like to make another Police Academy and Cocoon movie, saying they are surefire hits if they were to be made.

In an interview published 1 August 2010, Guttenberg revealed that David Diamond and David Weissman were writing a script for Police Academy 8. Eight days later, actor Bobcat Goldthwait released a statement urging Hollywood to reboot the Police Academy series with a new group of actors instead of the original cast members. Goldthwait confirmed that Steve Guttenberg would return and that movie bosses were trying to get Kim Cattrall and Sharon Stone to return for an eighth sequel, though Goldthwait said he had no desire to return to the series.


Guttenberg's television films include the critically acclaimed Miracle on Ice (1981), To Race the Wind (1980), Something for Joey (1977) and the controversial nuclear holocaust picture, The Day After (1983). Prior to becoming well known, Guttenberg played the title role in the short-lived 1979 sitcom Billy as a teenage boy with a Walter Mitty complex. In 1980, a Coca-Cola commercial featured him trying to help a non-English-speaking woman whose car stalled. They share a common bond in their love of Coke.

He had a recurring role in the 2005-2006 season of the television series Veronica Mars as Woody Goodman, a wealthy businessman and community leader. He appeared as a lead in the NBC made-for-TV remake of The Poseidon Adventure, which aired 20 November 2005, playing Richard Clarke, a failing writer having an affair with a massage therapist. He also appeared in the According to Jim episode "Two for the Money" in 2008

On 25 August 2008, Guttenberg released a video entitled "Steve Guttenberg's Steak House" on funnyordie.com. There are rumors that he will star as comedian Tony Martin in a movie adapted from Martin's book A Nest of Occasionals.

Guttenberg also played himself in an episode of the Starz comedy Party Down that originally aired 21 May 2010. Guttenberg starred in Season 7 Episode 6 of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In Fall 2014, Guttenberg wrapped production on SyFy Channel's Lavalantula, which premiered 25 July 2015. Guttenberg was also featured in the Season 6, Episode 8 of Community, "Intro to Recycled Cinema", which aired on Yahoo Screen in April 2015. Guttenberg appeared in History Channel's 2015 Sons of Liberty (miniseries). He played Jack Bonner.


In 1990 he replaced Timothy Hutton in the lead role of Prelude to a Kiss at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway.

He also performed in London's West End, where he starred in The Boys Next Door. He appeared in the world stage premiere production of Furthest From the Sun, which Woody Harrelson directed and co-authored.

Guttenberg starred in the Cinderella pantomime at Churchill Theatre in Bromley, England, playing the Baron (father of Cinderella) in 2008. To celebrate Guttenberg's involvement, the local Empire Cinema screened Police Academy on 19 November. Guttenberg introduced the film and answered questions.

He appeared on Broadway in late 2011 to early 2012 in Woody Allen's one-act play Honeymoon Hotel which was part of the show Relatively Speaking.


In 1989 he appeared in the Michael Jackson music video "Liberian Girl".

On 12 November, Guttenberg appeared as a guest on British Channel 4's The Paul O'Grady Show, he said he made the video for Will Ferrell's Funny or Die website, but then decided to release it virally "as if it were real". As part of challenge set on the show, he then went on to become the Guinness World Record Holder for preparing the most hot-dogs in one minute.

Personal Life[]

Guttenberg married model Denise Bixler 30 September 1988. They separated in June 1991 and were divorced in 1992. He has lived with WCBS-TV reporter Emily Smith since 2014; the couple announced their engagement in December 2016.

Dancing with the Stars 6[]

Guttenberg took part in the 2008 spring season of Dancing with the Stars with professional pro Anna Trebunskaya and was eliminated 1 April. They placed 10th.


Week # Dance/Song Judges' Scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "(Up a) Lazy River" 6 6 6 No elimination
2 Mambo/ "I Got a Girl" 6 5 5 Safe
3 Tango/ "Jalousie" 7 7 7 Eliminated