Will Ferrell (born John William Ferrell, 16.7.1967) 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.
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.
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.
Personal Life: Will Ferrell married the actress Viveca Paulin in 2000. They have two sons, Magnus and Mattias.
Will Ferrell regrets turning down the chance to play Vince Vaughn's sidekick in comedy hit Wedding Crashers.
The funnyman reveals Vaughn offered him the role Owen Wilson played in the 2005 movie, and he passed.
"I read the script and I kinda was like, 'Great concept...' but I kinda turned that down," Will told U.S. radio host Dan Patrick. "I don't even know if I saw the potential of how big that was gonna be."
Ferrell still landed a small uncredited role in the film - as Chazz Reinhold - but he admits if he reverse time and go back to initial talks with Vaughn, he would have grabbed the part of John Beckwith.
Seth Rogen's wife and Alzheimer's disease advocate Lauren Miller has called out the "misplaced anger" towards Will Ferrell after he dropped out of the controversial comedy about former U.S. president Ronald Reagan.
Last month (Apr16), the Anchorman star pulled out of a film titled Reagan, in which he was poised to portray the ailing politician. The quirky film followed an intern who is given the task of convincing Reagan he is an actor portraying the commander-in-chief in a movie.
The film was met with mixed reactions, with Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis, making it clear she's not a fan of the film - or Ferrell's casting - in a passionate open letter to the actor on her blog, insisting her father's struggle with the disease was no laughing matter.
And Seth's wife Lauren also decided to pen an emotional essay with her own thoughts on the subject, since the actress' mother suffers from the degenerative disease. In addition, she and Seth are founders of the Hilarity For Charity organisation, which aims to raise awareness for Alzheimer's.
Continue reading: Seth Rogen's Wife Pens Essay On Controversial Reagan Comedy
The comedian was reported to have signed on for an ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ based on Reagan’s final days.
Earlier this week it was reported that Will Ferrell would be portraying former US president Ronald Reagan on the big screen in a ‘comedy’ which would focus on politician's struggle with Alzheimer’s, during his final days. However a spokesperson has now confirmed Ferrell will not be starring in the film after all and he never intended to.
Will Ferrell will not be playing Ronald Reagan after all.
A spokesperson for Ferrell told Deadline: “The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means an ‘Alzheimer’s comedy,’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”
Continue reading: Will Ferrell Will Not Be Playing Ronald Reagan In Controversial Comedy
Will Ferrell is no longer attached to star in a new comedy about late U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his battle with Alzheimer's disease after a public uproar.
News of the Anchorman star's new project surfaced on Wednesday (27Apr16), when it was revealed he would portray the 40th president in a film called Reagan. The comedy was set to follow an intern who is given the task of convincing the ailing politician he is an actor portraying the commander-in-chief in a movie.
The idea behind the quirky film was met with mixed reaction, with Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis, making it clear she's not a fan of the film - or Ferrell's casting - in a passionate open letter to the actor on her blog, insisting her father's disease was no laughing matter.
She wrote, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer's and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."
Continue reading: Will Ferrell Drops Out Of Controversial Reagan Comedy
His family are hurt that their ordeal will be turned into a comedy.
One would think that, in this day and age, we'd have learned that there are some things not worth making a joke about. The children of former US President Ronald Reagan have lashed out at recent reports that Will Ferrell is set to portray their father in a comedy about the politician's struggle with Alzheimer's.
Will Ferrell shamed for his upcoming comedy
Patti Davis wrote an open letter to Ferrell on her website yesterday (April 28th 2016) branding the actor 'ignorant' for his intentions to turn her father's turmoil into a comedic movie called 'Reagan' in which he stars and is producing with writer Mike Rosolio. She also explained more fully about how the ordeal affected her and her family.
The daughter of late U.S. President Ronald Reagan has criticised Will Ferrell's casting in a planned comedy about her father's battle with Alzheimer's.
News of the Anchorman star's new project surfaced on Wednesday (27Apr16), when it was revealed he would portray the 40th president in a film called Reagan, in which an intern is given the task of convincing the ailing politician he is an actor portraying the commander-in-chief in a movie.
Many applauded the idea behind the quirky film, but Reagan's daughter Patti Davis has made it clear she's not a fan and she has taken issue with the casting and film itself, writing a passionate open letter to Ferrell on her blog, insisting her father's disease is not a laughing matter.
She wrote, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous.
Continue reading: Ronald Reagan's Daughter Criticises Will Ferrell In Alzheimer's Comedy
Rocker Chad Smith has recruited his Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmates to join the line-up for his upcoming charity bash with lookalike Will Ferrell.
The stars have often poked fun at their likeness and last month (Mar16), they announced they were embracing the fact they look like brothers by throwing a party to benefit their favourite charities.
The Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera will take place at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles on Friday night (29Apr16), and now it's been revealed Smith's Red Hot Chili Peppers pals and Devo will also hit the stage, while comics Jim Gaffigan and Nick Offerman will perform, too.
"I have only one great regret in life and it's that I never actually celebrated my quinceanera (a Latin girl's 15th birthday party)," said Ferrell. "I'd like to think it was just a simple oversight by my mother, but there has been a void inside me for many years.
Will Ferrell is set to take on another U.S. leader when he portrays Ronald Reagan in an upcoming comedy.
The funnyman, who famously impersonated President George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live, has been cast to play the actor-turned-politician in a film titled Reagan.
The movie, penned by screenwriter Mike Rosolio, begins as America's 40th president starts battling dementia. An intern is given the task of convincing Reagan he is an actor portraying the commander-in-chief in a movie.
Ferrell, who is also producing the film, is no stranger to portraying political figures onscreen, having also impersonated U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Cuban President Fidel Castro and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno during his tenure at SNL.
Continue reading: Will Ferrell To Take On President Ronald Reagan In New Comedy
Jesus has had many faces on the big screen, with some more memorable than others.
The story of Jesus has been told many different times on the big screen, with a wide variety of interpretations. But what’s more diverse is the list of actors who have found themselves playing the son of God. Sure we all remember Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ, but did you know Will Ferrell also once donned a wig and a beard to play Jesus?
Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ.
Will Ferrell and his celebrity lookalike Chad Smith are playing on their resemblance once more to raise money for charity.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer has been mistaken for the Anchorman star for years and even started wearing T-shirts that read "I'm not Will Ferrell" because he was constantly being stopped and asked to sign autographs by film fans.
The pair played up to the joke and finally went head-to-head on television by competing against each other in a long-anticipated drum battle on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2014 to raise money for charity.
They are now resuming their double act to host the all-star Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera. A quinceanera is an event held in Latin America to celebrate a girl's 15th birthday.
Continue reading: Will Ferrell And Doppelganger Chad Smith Team Up For Charity Benefit
Date of birth
16th July, 1967
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