Meet Oliver Patrick Short, Martin Short’s Son

Oliver Patrick Short is the son of Martin Short, a renowned Canadian actor, comedian, and writer, and his late wife, Nancy Dolman. He is the second of three children adopted by Martin Short and his wife, as they had no biological children. Not so much is known about Oliver Short, but he is currently 35 years old, as he was born on April 29, 1989.

Despite Martin’s effort to encourage his children to become actors, Oliver and his other two siblings have followed different career paths from their father.

Summary of Oliver Patrick Short’s Biography

  • Full name: Oliver Patrick Short
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: April 29, 1989
  • Oliver Patrick Short’s Age: 35
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Nationality: American
  • Zodiac Sign:  Taurus
  • Oliver Patrick Short’s Parents: Martin Short and Nancy Dolman
  • Siblings: Katherine Short and Henry Short
  • Famous for: Being Martin Short’s adopted child

Oliver Patrick Short Is Not Martin Short’s Biological Child

Oliver Patrick Short was born on the 29th of April 1989, but he was not born as the biological child of Martin Short and Nancy Dolman. The couple adopted him and his two other siblings: Katherine and Henry while they were still young. Unfortunately, exact details about the year they were adopted is not known to the public.

Oliver Patrick Short

Growing up as a child, you would hardly know that Oliver and his siblings were adopted. It is on record that his foster parents (as they should be addressed) raised him and his sibling as their own and gave them the best of everything they could afford.

Before the death of Nancy (and even after her death) Oliver and his siblings have been spotted at red carpet events with their parents.

Oliver Patrick Short Is A Producer

Most Hollywood kids, especially those who are born to actors, more often than not end up following the same career paths as their celebrity parents, however, the same is not the case with Oliver Patrick Short.

Though he worked in the entertainment industry, he has chosen a quite dissimilar path. Oliver Short prefers working behind the cameras as a film producer, rather than the more glamourous path of acting.

He studied Film and Television production at University of Notre Dame, and graduated in 2008. While in college he was the coach for the women’s ice hockey team. He was also the captain for the men’s snowboard.

He Has Worked as a Producer For Several Renowned Production Companies

After graduating from college, Oliver Short started his career as an assistant producer to William Morris Endeavor in October 2008. By April 2011, he became an executive producer for Warner Bros. Pictures. He continued in this position until February 2013 when he went to work with Fox Sports as a broadcast associate producer. After one year and six months of working as an associate producer for Fox Sports, he became senior associate producer.

In April 2015, he became a broadcast associate producer for MLB Network. By August the same year, he was promoted to become an associate producer. He held his position at NBC Sports Group till August 2019.

Between February 2020 to April 2023, he worked as an associate producer for A. Smith & Co. Productions. In April 2020, he started working as a contestant producer for the game show “Generation Gap”. The job lasted till July 2022.

Oliver Patrick Short Lives A Private Life

Most of the information available online about Oliver Patrick are either gotten from the little his father reveals or his LinkedIn profile. Aside from those, Oliver keeps his life private.

As a result, nothing is know about whether or not he is in any relationship. Oliver is not the only person who stays private. His father, Martin Short, does not reveal so much about his children to the media.

His Parents Were Married For Three Decades

As already mentioned, Oliver Patrick Short was adopted and fostered by Hollywood icon, Martin Short and his now-late wife, Nancy Dolman. Both of his foster parents were popular faces in the entertainment industry were married for three decades. The love birds met in 1972 when they were both working on the production of Godspell.

Oliver Patrick Short

Oliver Patrick Short’s father, Martin Short, is an award winning actor, comedian and writer. He is well known for featuring in productions like The Spiderwick Chronicles, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, and 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure among others.

In 2015, he started a comedy tour around the United States with colleagues like Steve Martin. The theme of the 2015 tour was “A Very Stupid Conversation”. In 2017, the tour was titled “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” and it was filmed and released on Netflix as a special. The 2021 tour was titled “The Funniest Show in Town at the Moment”.

Oliver’s mother, Nancy Dolman, on the other hand, is a Canadian singer and comic actress. She is best known for playing the recurring role of Annie Selig Tate on the sitcom ‘Soap’. She had also performed in productions like Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell.

However, in 1985, she decided to retire from acting to become a full time homemaker and take care of the family. At that time, she lived in Pacific Palisades, California, with her family. Nancy and her husband also had a vacation home that was located at Lake Rosseau, Ontario.

Oliver Patrick Short’s Mother Died Of Cancer

After 30 years of marriage, the Short Family lost Nancy Dolman to the cold hands of death. On the 21st of August 2010, Nancy Dolman died of ovarian cancer. Details about when she was diagnosed of cancer and how the family managed the situation up until her death is not available to the public.

According to Martin Short, before his wife’s death, she told him that when she dies, she doesn’t want a memorial, rather she wants a party. Nancy wanted to be celebrated rather than to be mourned.

When she passed on, her body was cremated and her husband did as she requested. He threw a party that was attended by 30 close friends and family. During the party, Oliver, his father, and siblings sailed off in a boat to sprinkle Nancy’s ashes in the river.

In 2012, Martin revealed that since his wife died in 2010, it was not such a smooth ride for his children. Her death left a void in Martin’s heart as well as the hearts of her three children, including Oliver. 

Meet Oliver Patrick Short’s Siblings

Oliver Patrick Short

Katherine Elizabeth Short

Katherine Patrick Short is Oliver Short’s elder sister. She was born on the 3rd of December 1983. She is a bachelor’s degree holder from New York University were she studied Psychology and Gender Sexuality.

She is a licensed social worker who works for UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Currently she works part time at a clinic – Amae Health.

Henry Hayter Short

Henry was born on the 4th of August 1989. He studied finance at the University of Notre Dame. Henry has worked at the Royal Bank of Canada as a managed solutions group consultant. Currently, he works at Malibu Coast Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant.

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