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Will Ferrell Biography

Will Ferrell (born John William Ferrell, 16.7.1967)

Will Ferrell is an American comedian, scriptwriter and actor. He has featured in a string of hit movies including Talladega Nights, Anchorman and Blades of Glory. He is a member of the 'Frat Pack' - a name attributed to a group of comedic actors, including Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Steve Carell.

Will Ferrell: Childhood

Will Ferrell was born to Lee and Kay Ferrell in Irvine, California. His mother was a teacher and his father was a musician - formerly a keyboardist for The Righteous Brothers. Ferrell attended Turtle Rock Elementary School, followed by Rancho San Joaquin Middle School. He then studied at University High School.

Will Ferrell later enrolled at the University of Southern California. He studied for a degree in Sports Information and after graduating, he joined he comedy group The Groundlings, at which point he began to work on his improvisational skills.

Will Ferrell: Comedy Career

In 1995, Will Ferrell joined the writing and performance team of the popular US TV show Saturday Night Live. Ferrell became known for his talent for impersonations, including his takes on George Bush, Neil Diamond, Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro. After leaving the Saturday Night Live team, Will Ferrell returned as a guest host in 2005 and 2009. On the latter appearance, Ferrell appeared onstage during Queens of the Stone Age's performance of 'Little Sister' and played the cowbell.

Whilst he was still working on Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell made a number of appearances in comedy films, including Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, which starred Mike Myers, Liz Hurley and Heather Graham. He also made an appearance in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and the Ben Stiller vehicle Zoolander.

After leaving Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell began to land a number of lead roles, starting with his performance as Frank 'The Tank' Richard in Old School, landing himself an MTV Movie Awards nomination for Best Comedic Performance.

In 2003, Ferrell took the title role in Elf, which also starred Zooey Deschanel and James Caan. The film roles kept coming, as did the accolades, as he starred in Melinda and Melinda, as well as the hugely popular Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy. The latter film saw him teaming up with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate. The cast was something of a comedic tour de force and Ferrell was soon considered a part of Hollywood's 'Frat Pack' - the most talented US comedians of their time.

2004 saw Ferrell appear n the modern remake of Starsky and Hutch, which starred Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. The following year, Ferrell's earnings were a reported $40 million.

Ferrell's performance in 2006's Stranger Than Fiction displayed a broader acting ability than had previously been seen from him. The film also starred Maggie Gyllenhaal, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. He followed this by another comedy performance in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The film proved to be another huge success for Will Ferrell. At the 79th Academy Music Awards, he performed a musical skit with Jack Black and John C. Reilly, in which they mocked the voters' tendencies to snub comedies in favour of dramas.

Unfortunately for Ferrell, his reputation was not invincible and his 2009 film Land of the Lost, which also stars Anna Friel, was a huge flop, both critically and commercially.

Will Ferrell has also undertaken a great deal of work as a voice actor, including several appearances in Family Guy. He also provided the voice for Bob Oblong in The Oblongs and appeared in King of The Hill, playing an over-the-top politically correct soccer coach.

Will Ferrell launched the website 'Funny Or Die' in 2007. The website hosts a number of streaming comedy videos and skits, including one which featured the website co-founder Adam McKay's two year old daughter as a swearing landlady.

In 2009, Will Ferrell made his Broadway debut when he starred in his one-man show entitled You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush.

Will Ferrell: Personal Life

Will Ferrell married the actress Viveca Paulin in 2000. They have two sons, Magnus and Mattias.

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The Latest Will Ferrell News

Will Ferrell And John C. Reilly To Re-team For New Comedy

16th April 2014

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are teaming up on the big screen for a third time in a new...

Will Ferrell And John C. Reilly Join Forces Once Again With Adam Mckay For 'border Guards'

16th April 2014

Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and director Adam McKay are set to reunite for Sony's upcoming comedy 'Border Guards.'The successful...

Aaron Paul, Sir Ian Mckellen And Will Ferrell Honoured For Social Media Work

8th April 2014

Aaron Paul, Sir Ian Mckellen and Will Ferrell were among the stars honoured for their social media profiles at the...

Will Ferrell To Star In Tennis Drama Match Maker

4th April 2014

Will Ferrell is set to star in tennis drama 'Match Maker'.The 'Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues' actor will play Bobby...

Will Ferrell To Play Bobby Riggs In New Battle Of The Sexes Movie

3rd April 2014

Funnyman Will Ferrell is getting serious again after signing on to play tennis star Bobby Riggs in new movie Match...

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Will Ferrell Footage Film / Movie Reviews

The Lego Movie 2014, Review by Rich Cline

Inventive visuals and a seriously deranged script make this animated adventure far more enjoyable than...

The Internship 2013, Review by Rich Cline

This Wedding Crashers reunion has enough snappy dialog to keep us laughing even if the...

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013, Review by Rich Cline

It's been nearly 10 years since we first met Ron Burgundy, and this sequel is...

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013, Review by Rich Cline

Made in Germany, this raucous adventure merrily refuses to follow the usual Hollywood route of...

Casa De Mi Padre 2012, Review by Rich Cline

This is such a pastiche that it becomes a parody of a parody. So it's...

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Will Ferrell Interviews

Will Ferrell Interview

7th January 2009

The first thing I wanted to ask former "Saturday Night Live" star Will Ferrell when...

Step Brothers

10th September 2008

Interview with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly talk about...

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