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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A Week In Movies: Stars Stage Photo-Calls As Apes, Greek Gods And Musicians, While Will Ferrell Films In Los Angeles

4th July 2014 -

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It was a week for photo-calls, as the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gathered in San Francisco. Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and director Matt Reeves were all...

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4th July 2014 -

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Will Ferrell And Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Chad Smith Finish Their Feud With Drum Battle On 'Tonight Show'

24th May 2014 -

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Lookalike's, Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Chad Smith, went head-to-head to on Thursday night's episode of the 'Tonight Show' to end their hilarious feud once and for all. The two stars engaged in...

Lookalikes Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Settle The Score With An Epic 'Tonight Show' Drum Off

23rd May 2014 -

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The drum battle of the century has finally happened as Will Ferrell took on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith during Thursday’s ‘Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’. Whilst Chad might have been the obvious...

Will Ferrell And Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Chad Smith Set For Drum Battle On 'Tonight Show'

17th May 2014 -

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16th April 2014 -

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Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and director Adam McKay are set to reunite for Sony's upcoming comedy 'Border Guards.'The successful trio, who have worked together on hugely popular films such as 'Step Brothers' and 'Talladega...

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17th March 2014 -

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Seinfeld fans can breathe easy after panic ensued following rumors of Wayne Knight’s death on social media site Twitter. The rumors claimed that the 58 year old had been involved in a fatal car crash,...

Will Ferrell Mocks Robert Redford's Charity Work In New Skit

14th March 2014 -

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Funnyman Will Ferrell takes aim at Robert Redford's environmental campaigning in a hilarious new fundraising skit.The Anchorman star has shot a spoof charity video for comedy website FunnyOrDie.com in which he suggests falling water levels...

Best Shirtless Performance? Who Should Win The Less Serious MTV Movie Awards?

7th March 2014 -

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The MTV Movie Award nominations have been announced and you know what? It’s so refreshing to see some different movies thrown into the mix! The MTV Movie Awards don’t take themselves quite as seriously as...

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24th February 2014 -

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22nd February 2014 -

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The Lego Movie went down so well with the critics and fans alike, Warner Bros. have set a release date for its sequel while the first one is still in cinemas. May 26, 2017 is...

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22nd February 2014 -

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They say you should ‘never judge a book by its cover’ but when you start watching a movie and immediately a great opening line hits you, you know that you’re likely in for a good...

The Lego Movie

13th February 2014 -

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10th February 2014 -

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The Lego Movie has emerged as the weekend's most popular film, having opened last Friday in the USA to a promising $17.1 million and surpassing expectations with a total weekend box office gross of $69.1...

'The Lego Movie' Building To Weekend Box Office Success [Trailer + Pictures]

9th February 2014 -

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The Lego Movie is on a strong trajectory to claim the title of the weekend's hottest movie after an astonishing cinema turn-out from audiences in the USA, where the new animated comedy premiered on Friday...

Chad Smith challenges Will Ferrell to drum-off

8th February 2014 -

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith has challenged actor Will Ferrell to a ''drum-off''. Fans often comment on how the pair bear more than a passing resemblance to each other and now drummer Chad has...

The Lego Movie Set For Release Later This Week

5th February 2014 -

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Danish company The Lego Group have partnered up with Warner Brothers for the first feature length Lego film, The Lego Movie, set to hit the big screen in 2014. A child's imagination is what made...

'The Lego Movie' Blows Critics Away With Hilarious, Far From Plastic, 3D Adventure [Trailer + Pictures]

4th February 2014 -

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The wide release of The Lego Movie is now only days away and as reviews filter through, reasons to watch this brand new, animated adventure stack up like the iconic, colourful building blocks. It seems...

'Saturday Night Live' Makes China Debut, Despite Censorship Triggers

2nd January 2014 -

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Saturday Night Live has been made available to Chinese viewers since a video streaming website, Sohu Video, began to exclusively show the popular US comedy sketch show. Ten episodes of the show's current 39th season...

'The Hobbit 2' Still Dominates Box Office Despite 'Frozen' Festive Surge [Trailer]

30th December 2013 -

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has maintained its number one position in the box office charts for a third week. Peter Jackson's sequel has fought of competition from Disney animation Frozen, comedy Anchorman: The...

You Can't Budge Smaug - 'The Hobbit' Fights off 'Anchorman 2' Competition

23rd December 2013 -

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has continued its journey at the top of the box office, decimating the competition with its solid franchise state, huge CGI set pieces and epic proportions. It even managed...

Box Office: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smuag' Holds Top Spot For Second Week Despite Strong Push From 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

23rd December 2013 -

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The epic fantasy sequel 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' remains in the top position at the North American box office despite the release of the well-publicised comedy 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'.Martin Freeman as...

'Anchorman 2' Staying Classy To Top US Box Office This Weekend

22nd December 2013 -

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Anchorman 2: The Lengend Continues has been lighting up cinema screens since Wednesday (18 December) this week and looks set to continue its impressive run into next week and emerge as the top grossing film...

The Legend Continues, But Was 'Anchorman 2' Worth the Effort?

20th December 2013 -

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It's been nine years since we first met Ron Burgundy, as inhabited by Will Ferrell in 2004's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. The film wasn't a massive hit when it opened, but over the...

There Will Be No 'Elf' Sequel, Since Will Ferrell Is Too Old To Prance Around In Tights

20th December 2013 -

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Even though plenty of people love (ironically or not) Will Ferrell’s 2003 Christmas film Elf, the actor himself isn’t keen on reprising his role. Ferrell said as much during a recent appearance on Watch What...

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

19th December 2013 -

 Movie Review

It's been nearly 10 years since we first met Ron Burgundy, and this sequel is just as random and silly as expected. It's also more like a series of referential gags than an actual movie...

Will Ferrell And Judd Apatow Spotted With Baxter At 'Anchorman 2' NY Premiere - Part 6

18th December 2013 -

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The cast and crew of 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' are seen arriving at the long-awaited New York premiere held at the Beacon Theatre. Among them are main star and writer Will Ferrell, who stars...

The Reviews Are In For 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' And It Looks (Mostly) Good

18th December 2013 -

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Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner are back as everyone's favourite news team in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It's been almost 10 years since 2004's unparalleled look into the inner workings...

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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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