Paper: An Analysis of Last Seen in: Austin Powers in Goldmember

But eventually, in the case of Myers, it's a non- argument. Because he's British. Well, kind of... Mike Myers was born on the 25th of May, 1963, in the Scarborough district of Toronto, known to the snobbier townsfolk as Scarberia - a cultural wasteland. His father, Eric, was formerly a cook in the British Army, while his mother, Alice, known as Bunny and formerly in the RAF, was an aspiring actress who'd attended London's Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Both hailing from Liverpool, they married in 1955 and emigrated to Canada the next year, producing three sons - Paul (later in Toronto band The Gravelberrys), Peter and finally Mike, all of them holding British passports. Learning the English language from Eric and Bunny, Mike spoke with a Scouse accent until the age of 6. Once in Canada, Bunny would give up on the acting to raise her sons and work as a data processor. Eric, meanwhile, would sell the Encyclopaedia Britannica - Mike still wears the ring he received for outstanding service. Throughout his early years, Mike would be immersed in British culture. With his dad, he'd watch Bond movies, The Saint and The Avengers. The folks from back home would send over Beatles boots, clothes and even albums, making Mike the only kid in Toronto to wear an olive- green Nehru jacket and support Liverpool FC. And there was comedy, too. Eric prized humour above most things and introduced young Mike to the Goons, to Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau, to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and to Monty Python. When Mike had friends over to play table-hockey in the basement, Eric would actually refuse entry to any child he considered to not be funny. Indeed, as he grew older, Mike began to rely on Eric as a barometer for his own humour. If dad laughed, it was good. He claims that, despite trying for years, he didn't make "the house" laugh till he was 11. When he finally managed it, it was one of the biggest moments of his life....