Martin Short’s Kids: Meet His 3 Grown Up Kids

Ahead of Martin Short’s appearance in ABC’s ‘Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration,’ here’s the scoop on his three adopted children.

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  • Martin Short is the proud father of three children.
  • He and his wife, Nancy Dolman, adopted daughter Katherine and sons Oliver and Henry.
  • Katherine sadly passed away in 2010 from ovarian cancer.

It’s a tale as old as time, and one person helping to tell it is Martin Short. The Only Murders in the Building star is part of ABC’s Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebrating, marking three decades since the movie helped establish a second golden age of Disney animation. The two-hour reimagining features Josh Groban as the Beast, H.E.R. as Belle, and Joshua Henry as Gaston. Martin, 72, will play the amorous candlestick, Lumière, opposite David Alan Grier’s Cogsworth. While many Beauty and the Beast fans (of all ages!) are sure to tune in, three viewers are undoubtedly ready to see Martin sing “Be Our Guest”: his children.

Martin Short may be known as one of America’s most talented actors and beloved comedians, but he’s also a doting dad. The Only Murders in the Building star has three children, including Katherine, 39, Oliver, 36, and Henry, 33, all of whom he adopted and shared with his late wife, Nancy Dolman (sadly, Nancy passed away of ovarian cancer in 2010.)

“It’s been a tough two years for my children. This is the thing of life that we live in denial about, that it will ever happen to us or our loved ones, and when it does, you gain a little, and you suffer a little. There’s no big surprise,” he told The Guardian in 2012 when discussing how his kids were coping with his wife’s passing.

Find out more about Martin and Nancy’s kids and their lives with them below.

Katherine Short

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Martin Short and his daughter Katherine Short. (Alex Berliner/BEI/Shutterstock)

Katherine was born on Dec. 3, 1983. She has reportedly worked as a social worker at various points in her life. Although she tends to live a private life, for the most part, she has appeared on red carpets with her dad in the past. One event included the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2011. She happily posed with him while looking gorgeous in a teal strapless gown.

She also showed up to the 2008 premiere of The Spiderwick Chronicles in Los Angeles, CA, and stayed by her dad’s side for photos throughout the night. She looked incredible at that event as well as she donned a navy blue long-sleeved dress with a plunging neckline.

Oliver Short

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All three of Martin Short’s kids, including Oliver on the right. (Gregory Pace/BEI/Shutterstock)

Oliver is Martin and Nancy’s second-born child. He was welcomed into the world on April 29, 1986, and was confirmed to work as a senior associate producer at NBC Sports in 2019. Martin gushed over him and his other kids in an interview with Conan O’Brien and revealed that although he “pushed” his kids to get into show business, none of them were really interested and went on to work in other impressive careers.

Other than his dad revealing his career on Conan’s talk show, Oliver has been pretty private like his other siblings. He has appeared on red carpets, including the one for the opening night of Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, which can be seen above, in New York in 2006.

Henry Short

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Martin Short with his youngest son Henry. (Dave Allocca/Starpix/Shutterstock)

Martin and Nancy’s youngest child is Henry. He was born on Aug. 4, 1989, and has led a private life, when he’s not appearing at events with his famous dad. One memorable event he attended with Martin was the premiere of the film Inherent Vice in New York in 2014. They both looked dashing in black and white suits with ties and posed with smiles on the carpet of the event.

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