'Only Murders In The Building': Meet Steve Martin and cast of Hulu's mystery comedy

When the unexpected murder turns an entire apartment complex into suspects, three unlikely neighbors are determined to solve the case

                            'Only Murders In The Building': Meet Steve Martin and cast of Hulu's mystery comedy
Mabel (Selena Gomez), Oliver (Martin Short) and Charles (Steve Martin), as seen in 'Only Murders In The Building' (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

How well do you think you know your neighbors? For some, they are like family and to others, they might just be no more than strangers. But for the residents of Arcadia, a sudden murder of a resident named Tim sends everyone into a frenzy, especially since everyone in the entire apartment complex is now a suspect.

Written by celebrated comedian and actor Steve Martin and starring Selena Gomez and Martin Short, 'Only Murders In The Building' follows the story of an unlikely trio of neighbors that comes together to solve a said murder and make a podcast about it. After all, who doesn't love a good true-crime podcast? But now, they might have bitten off more than they can chew! If you're looking for similar titles, you might want to check out 'The Flight Attendant' and 'Good Girls'.


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Steve Martin

Stephen Glenn Martin is an actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. Martin has earned multiple awards over the course of his career -- he has won Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center Honors, and an AFI Life Achievement Award. 

Martin was born on August 14, 1945, in Waco, Texas, to Mary Lee ( and Glenn Vernon Martin, who was a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He attended  Garden Grove High School and was a cheerleader. His first job was at Disneyland, selling guidebooks on weekends and full-time during his school's summer break. He learned magic tricks by visiting the Main Street Magic shop and eventually took a paying job at the Magic shop in Fantasyland, having mastered illusions, juggling, and creating balloon animals. He attended Santa Ana College, taking classes in drama and English poetry. He also joined a comedy troupe at Knott's Berry Farm.

His works include 'Cruel Shoes', 'Caroline', 'Love the Coopers', 'It's Complicated', 'Baby Mama', 'The Pink Panther' franchise, 'Cheaper by the Dozen' franchise, Shopgirl', 'Jiminy Glick in Lalawood', 'Cheaper by the Dozen', 'Looney Tunes: Back in Action', 'Bringing Down the House', 'Novocaine', 'Joe Gould's Secret', 'Bowfinger', 'The Out-of-Towners' and 'The Prince of Egypt'. 

As per his character synopsis on 'Only Murders In The Building' -- "Known as America's favorite '90s TV Detective Brazzos, Charles has lived in the Arconia for almost 30 years. And yet his tendency to keep to himself means he knows nearly no one in the building. As acting opportunities have dried up, Charles has turned his meticulous nature into an obsession with true crime, carefully documenting clues alongside his favorite podcasts. Longing for friendship and a sense of purpose, Charles is reenergized when an unusual death at the Arconia scratches his suspicions."

Charles (Steve Martin), as seen in 'Only Murders In The Building' (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)



Martin Short

Martin Hayter Short is a Canadian actor, comedian, singer, and writer.  On March 26, 1950, Short was born in Hamilton, Ontario, to Olive Grace, a Hamilton Symphony Orchestra concertmistress, and Charles Patrick Short, a corporate executive with Stelco, a Canadian steel company. He attended Westdale Secondary School and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work.

His works include 'Saturday Night Live', 'Three Amigos', 'Innerspace', 'Three Fugitives', 'Clifford', 'Father of the Bride', 'Pure Luck', 'Captain Ron', 'Mars Attacks!', 'Jungle 2 Jungle', 'The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause', 'The Prince of Egypt', 'Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius', 'The Spiderwick Chronicles', 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' and 'Frankenweenie'.

As per his character synopsis on 'Only Murders In The Building' -- "Oliver is a notorious theater director who created some of Broadway's biggest successes and … one of its largest flops. A perennial showman, his Arconia apartment was a salon to the city's most prestigious theater crowd but now sits as a time capsule to his past. Oliver searches for his next triumph while doting on his beloved bulldog, Winnie, and trying to reconnect with his estranged family. When a neighbor's death proves mysterious, Oliver senses a chance at redemption by starting a podcast with Charles and Mabel, two unlikely neighbors-turned-friends."

Oliver (Martin Short) as seen in 'Only Murders In The Building' (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)



Selena Gomez

Selena Marie Gomez is a singer and actress. She began her acting career on the children's television series 'Barney & Friends'.  On July 22, 1992, she was born in Grand Prairie, Texas to Ricardo Joel Gomez and former stage actress Amanda Dawn 'Mandy' Cornett. Her parents divorced when she was five years old, and her mother raised her. Gomez was homeschooled and earned her high-school diploma in May 2010. As a musician, Gomez has sold over seven million albums and 22 million singles worldwide. Apart from music and acting she also launched her own makeup line, a clothing line, a handbag line, and a fragrance line.

Her acting credits include 'The Suite Life of Zack & Cody', 'Wizards of Waverly Place', 'Princess Protection Program', 'Ramona and Beezus', 'The Muppets', 'Spring Breakers', 'Hotel Transylvania', 'Girl Rising', 'The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex', 'Rudderless' and 'The Fundamentals of Caring'.

As per her character synopsis on 'Only Murders In The Building' -- "A stylish woman in her 20s, Mabel is full of contrasts and mystery. She lives alone in a vast Arconia apartment she shouldn't be able to afford. She sporadically talks about her past, old friends and regrets – but it's always a bit unclear what is real or a lie. While she self-admittedly has trouble bonding with people, Mabel's own passion for true crime leads her into a partnership with Charles and Oliver to solve the curious death of their neighbor. Her keen instincts and smarts make her a sophisticated detective."

Mabel (Selena Gomez) as seen in 'Only Murders In The Building' (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)



Aaron Dominguez

Dominguez plays the role of Oscar in the series. He is an actor, whose works include 'Diminished', 'Two Sides', 'Pink Opaque', 'Words on Bathroom Walls', 'With Interest', 'Like a Boss', 'Limbo', 'SEAL Team', 'Should I Do It?', 'Shaft', 'Codes Dealt', 'NCIS: New Orleans', 'Los Lobos', 'The Run Saga: Breathe' and 'Codes Abided'. 



'Only Murders In The Building' premieres on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, on Hulu. 

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