The news about beloved actor Steve Martin comes as a shock

Perhaps Steve Martin is prepared to put his banjo away.

The Emmy and Grammy-winning performer suggested in a recent interview that after the conclusion of “Only Murders in the Building,” the Hulu real crime parody he co-created, he would “work a bit less.”

“I’m not going to look for others once this television program is over. I won’t look for other films. I reject doing cameos. Strangely, this is it “Martin told The Hollywood Reporter. He will be 77 years old on Sunday.

He told the publication, however, that he would not completely withdraw from the situation: “Really, I have no interest in retiring. I’m not. I would, however, simply work a bit less. Maybe.”

Martin claimed that by reducing his professional obligations, he would have more time to spend with his wife, writer Anne Stringfield, and their 9-year-old daughter.

I lead a wonderfully nice family life, he remarked. “I’m no longer willing to move somewhere else to live or film a movie. I’m not allowed to vanish for three months.”

Martin is one of the great Renaissance men of contemporary entertainment. He is a 15-time “Saturday Night Live” presenter as well as an actor, comedian, author, and playwright. He has five Grammy Awards, is a skilled banjo player, and still performs across the nation.

He began to reduce the number of Hollywood movies he appeared in in recent years. The performer’s most recent full-length acting role was in Ang Lee’s 2016 film “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

Morgan Neville, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of earlier Apple TV+ documentaries on the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and children’s television pioneer Fred Rogers, will focus his future film on Martin’s 60-year career. The project will be co-produced by indie powerhouse A24.

Martin received three nominations for Emmy Awards this year for “Only Murders in the Building,” including best comedy series, best comedy series writing, and best lead actor in a comedy series. The second season of the program is about to end.

He portrays a lonely Manhattanite in “Only Murders” who works up with a strange theatrical director (Martin Short) and a sarcastic millennial (Selena Gomez) to record a podcast about a string of murders that have taken place in their opulent apartment building.

The prolific and well-liked singer struck a modest note in his interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “There’s a point in your career when people are longing to see you,” he said. “I have to show up now more than ever in my professional life.”