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Acting legend Martin Short swaps plane seats so 7-year-old can sit with her dad – who turned out to be Chance the Rapper

Masked passengers fill a Southwest Airlines flight. (Christopher Reynolds/TNS)
March 02, 2023

Although there are few bigger names in Hollywood, Martin Short has always maintained a reputation for being an approachable, down-to-earth star.

Short earned his reputation yet again after Chance the Rapper described an encounter his family had with the actor while taking a recent flight.

Chancellor Bennett, who uses the stage name Chance the Rapper, was flying with his seven year old daughter Kensli when he realized they’d been seated apart.

Before he could even ask to swap seats, a man stood up and offered his seat to the young girl so they could sit together.

While Chance tweeted that he didn’t realize who the man was until he stood up, his daughter was a huge fan of Santa Clause 3, with the role of Jack Frost played by Short, and “freaked out.”

The Tweet quickly went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of likes.

Currently playing Charles-Hayden Savage, an in-debt, former television star in Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” alongside Steve Martine and Selena Gomez, Short has long had a reputation for kindness and a willingness to poke a little fun at himself.

According to the website Look to the Stars, Short supports the charities Autism Speaks, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the American Humane Association.

In 2015, Short published his autobiography “I Must Say,” in which he details how he became a comedy legend in Hollywood from his childhood in Canada. He also reveals heartbreaks his fans likely didn’t know about: the loss of his parents and brother before he was 20 years old, and the more recent loss of his wife.

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According to the book, these experiences are the foundation on which Short bases his kindness and approach to life.

“The lesson is, I suppose, a major reason why I wrote this book: along the way I’ve picked up the wisdom that bad things happen, and yet the sun still comes up the next day, and it’s up to you to carry on living your life and keeping your setbacks in perspective,” the comedian wrote.

Short’s Hollywood career began after he joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1984, with his comedy sketches and characters being credited for reigniting the popularity of the show. He went on to star in some of the biggest box office comedies of the 1990s and 2000s, including “Three Amigos,” “Mars Attacks,” and “Father of the Bride.”