Steve Carell (born 16.8.1962) is an American comedian and actor. He is counted among Hollywood's 'Frat Pack': a group of comic actors including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Steve Carell has a net worth of 50 million USD.
Childhood: Steve Carell was born to Harriet and Edwin Carrell, in Concord, Massachusetts. His father was born with the surname Caroselli but shortened it to Carrell. Carrell studied at The Fenn School, then Middlesex School and Denison University in Ohio.
His original intention had been to become a radio presenter and whilst he was at Granville, he became a DJ at WDUB. One of Steve Carell's early performances was in a musical comedy entitled Knat Scatt Private Eye. He also appeared in a TV advert for Brown's Chicken in 1989. Two years later, he worked as part of The Second City, a performing troupe in Chicago.
Career: Carrell's first film role came in 1991, when he landed a small role in Curly Sue. 1996 saw Carrell performing in the short-lived 'The Dana Carvey Show', along with Stephen Colbert. The pair also provided the voices of 'The Ambiguously Gay Duo', an animated short produced by Robert Smigel.
Throughout the late 1990s, Carrell made a number of minor appearances in TV shows, such as 'Over The Top', 'Just Shoot Me' and 'Come to Papa'. He also featured in 'Watching Ellie', which ran from 2002-3 and starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In 2005, Steve Carell landed a role in Woody Allen's 'Melinda and Melinda'. The film also featured Will Ferrell, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Sevigny and Amanda Peet. Carrell lost out to Will Ferrell when he auditioned for Saturday Night Live.
Later that year, Steve Carell got his big break when NBC signed him to star in the lead role of David Brent in a remake of 'The Office', a British sitcom written by Ricky Gervais. The original show starred Gervais, as well as Steven Merchant, Mackenzie Crook and Lucy Davis. The US version also starred Raine Wilson and Jenna Fischer. Carrell won a Golden Globe for his performance in the show. Prior to appearing in 'The Office', Carrell had been paving the way for mainstream success when he played Evan Baxter opposite Jim Carrey in 'Bruce Almighty' (He also starred in the sequel, 'Evan Almighty').
This was followed by a critically lauded performance in 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy'. Written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and produced by Judd Apatow, the film also featured Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Christina Applegate and was a huge critical and commercial success. His performance in 'The 40-Year Old Virgin' was also a hit with both critics and audiences alike. In the 2005 remake of 'Bewitched', starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, Steve Carell appeared as the character 'Uncle Arthur', followed by voicing the role of Hammy the Squirrel in the animated Over The Edge.
In 2008, Carrell provided another voice for 'Horton Hears A Who', which was based on a book by Dr. Seuss. Another hit for Carrell was the 2006 film 'Little Miss Sunshine', in which he played Uncle Frank, alongside Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette and Paul Dano. In 2007, Carrell starred in 'Get Smart', playing the lead role of Maxwell Smart.
The film was based on a Mel Brooks' 1960s spy parody of the same name. Steve Carrell starred in the animated family movie 'Despicable Me' before reprising his role in the 2013 sequel. In 2014, Carrell earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of real-life figure John Eleuthère du Pont in the film 'Foxcatcher'. The performance earned carrel a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture in Drama and for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Personal Life: Steve Carell and his wife, Nancy Walls, have two children together, Elisabeth Anne (b.2001) and John (b.2004).
Laurel Hester is a high-ranking New Jersey police detective who is hugely respected at work. While she never fails to earn recognition for her police services, she also manages to catch the eye of a young woman almost 20 years her senior. Stacie Andree's career is less high-flying but the pair find themselves connecting over their shared idyllic fantasies of a home and true love. However, their dreams are about to be shattered when Hester is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, but she wishes to soften the blow by passing on her pension benefits to her Andree, so that she can afford to continue living in their new home. However, under Ocean County laws this is not possible for domestic partners - only married couples, and this is pre-marriage equality reforms. The couple implore the New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to help sort this issue out, but as Hester grows ever weaker, it seems they're running out of time. With the help of Hester's supportive colleague Dane Wells and a gay Jewish activist named Steven Goldstein (the founder of Garden State Equality), they set out to defend the rights of same-sex couples across the state.
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Utterly charming, this silly prequel rewrites the origin story of the minions and sends them on a series of adventures that are gently anarchic and refreshingly low-key for an animated blockbuster. The film has an unusually gentle tone, with some real visual artistry to it rather than the cookie-cutter story structure and imagery in most summer movies. And while it's not riotously funny, children will be mesmerised and adults will be smiling.
It opens at the dawn of time, as minions evolve into yellow pill-shaped sidekicks who serve their evil masters throughout history. When they find themselves without a leader, they try to build a society in an arctic cave, but something just isn't right. So Kevin, Stuart and Bob (voiced in Esperanto-style gibberish by director Pierre Coffin) head off to 1968 New York to find a villain to work for. There they hear about ruthless baddie Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), so they head to Villain-Con in Orlando to meet her. She's impressed by their loyalty and takes them to London to work with her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm) on a nefarious plan to steal the British crown from the Queen (Jennifer Saunders). But nothing goes quite as planned.
Since it's set in the 1960s, the filmmakers give the film a groovy vibe, with sun-drenched animation and hilariously colourful details in every scene. Adults are more likely to catch references to things like the Monkees, Hair or Bewitched, but kids will enjoy the general silliness, including lots of chances to sing along with the minions as they babble through classic tunes. Thankfully, directors Coffin and Kyle Balda resist temptation to use the standard animation formula, opting instead for a meandering pace, a less pushy moral message and action scenes that emerge from the plot, settings and characters. And the starry voice cast refreshingly disappears into the characters.
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Nancy Carell and Steve Carell - Celebrities attend American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award Gala at Dolby Theatre. at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 4th June 2015
Steve Carrell - A variety of stars were snapped as they arrived for Comedy Central's 'Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs' The event was held at the Beacon Theater in New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 1st March 2015
The British actor seemed utterly stunned by his award for Best Actor, and was literally speechless for a few seconds.
In a hotly contested category, Redmayne beat Steve Carell (John Eleuthere du Pont in Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (Chris Kyle in American Sniper), fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch (Alan Turing in The Imitation Game) and the much-fancied Michael Keaton (Riggan Thomson / ‘Birdman’ in Birdman).
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne portraying Prof. Stephen Hawking
Steve Carell - Various stars of film and television were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived for the the EE British Academy of Film and Television Awards which were held at The Opera House in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th February 2015
"Diversity!", cried film buffs across the land.
The Oscars and white nominees go together like cheese and white bread – but in both cases, that doesn’t mean they’re good for you. With the kickoff of awards season 2015 came the inevitable backlash for the lack of diversity on the nominees list, but what are the bloggers saying this time around?
No Selma at this year's Oscars.
This year, it looks like the academy jury didn’t even try to seem unbiased – despite films like Selma and Gone Girl becoming massive critical and commercial successes in 2014, both Gillian Flynn and Ana Duvernay got left out of the race for Best Screenplay and Best Director, respectively. David Oyelowo also got snubbed, leaving us with a total of 0 people of colour in the acting categories. Now, it’s not that Bradley Cooper didn’t deserve his third nomination in three years (Best Actor, American Sniper) or that Steve Carrell’s transition into drama wasn’t nod-worthy (Best Actor, Foxcatcher) or that Richard Linklater didn’t create a masterpiece with Boyhood (Best Director).
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'Foxcatcher' has strong competition at the major awards shows.
Foxcatcher, the new psychological drama by Bennett Miller, hits cinemas in the UK today (January 9, 2014) on the back of critical acclaim stateside and talk of awards glory. Acting from an eerie and disturbing script from E. Max Frye, Foxcatcher features three stunning performances from Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and, notably, Steve Carell.
Steve Carell [L] and Channing Tatum [R] in Foxcatcher
The comedy actor plays John du Pont, the eccentric multi-millionaire who moved a U.S wrestling team to its vast estate in order to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to earn the respect for his disproving mother, du Pont's hunger for success descends into a self-destructive spiral with fatal consequences.
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'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory Of Everything' stars among the 26th annual festival's honourees.
The 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards saw accolades going to some very well-deserved movies from the last year - with some even more well-deserved individuals picking them up.
Unsurprisingly, the Ensemble Cast Award went to the actors from 'The Imitation Game'; a movie depicting the era-defining career of codebreaker Alan Turing during World War II and his subsequent arrest for being homosexual. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, with the likes of Allen Leech, Matthew Beard and Alex Lawther - the latter of whom plays Turing's younger self. Directed by the BAFTA nominated Morten Tyldum, the movie has already been nominated for five Golden Globes, and it definitely looks to be in line for an Academy Award.
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Director Bennett Miller continues to skilfully probe around the edges of true stories with this follow-up to Capote and Moneyball, although this is a much, much darker tale. Actually, it's such an unnerving series of events that it's not easy to watch, and its characters aren't easy to like. But it's so expertly shot and edited, with startlingly full-on performances from the entire cast, that it can't help but get under the skin and chill us to the bone.
It opens after the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and and his big brother David (Mark Ruffalo) both won gold medals for wrestling. But they need help with funding to train for Seoul 1988, and Mark gets a remarkable offer from billionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) to start a wrestling team at his vast Foxcatcher estate in New England, which is known for the thoroughbred horses managed by John's imperious mother Jean (Vanessa Redgrave). Aside from wanting to stay home with his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids, David doesn't trust John, so Mark heads to Foxcatcher on his own. But John's obsession knows no bounds, and soon he lures David and family to join them.
Initially, John's interest in wrestling feels like a mere eccentricity, a way of creating a team of "thoroughbreds" to rival his mother's prize-winning horses. But Carell cleverly plays the role with an insinuating glint that makes us wonder what he's up to, and his wrestlers see it too, going along with his nutty plans simply because the money is so good. Then the squirm-inducing twists and turns start, as John introduces Mark to cocaine and everything starts to spiral out of control. Nearly unrecognisable with a prosthetic hook nose, Carell is genuinely terrifying because his performance burns so slowly.
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Steve Carell's "paranoid thriller" set in North Korea is being scrapped by New Regency.
Following the disastrous hack of Sony Pictures and the subsequent cancelled release of comedy movie The Interview, New Regency has taken the decision to scrap another project set in the controversial state. An untitled thriller - though going by the name Pyongyang - being developed by Gore Verbinski and set to star Steve Carell was due to go into production in March but will now be canned.
Steve Carell [L] is likely to score an Oscar nomination for Foxcatcher
The movie, described a "paranoid thriller" was originally set up in October though sources say that under the current circumstances it makes no sense to move forward. Fox also declined to distribute the film, according to Deadline.
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The Schultz brothers' harrowing story is coming to the big screen this winter.
Foxcatcher, the new movie starring Steve Carell, is now out in cinemas. But it was not an easy road getting here. It’s a brand new direction for Carell, who has built a career on his quirky and, let’s be honest, pretty awkward brand of comedy. Now, he plays millionaire John Dupont, the sponsor of brothers and Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz.
Steve Carell shines as the antihero in Foxcatcher.
Portraying the Schultz brothers are Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo – so not the typical cast you’d expect to see in a sports drama. But they do a stellar job of portraying the harrowing story of Dave’s murder, point blanc, by Dupont.
Natalie Portman has paid tribute to the late director Mike Nichols in a statement. She joins the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Steven Spielberg in expressing her grief via social media or in a media statement.
Natalie Portman at the Childrens' Hospital Gala in Los Angeles in October 2014.
Date of birth
16th August, 1972