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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

The House Trailer


It is every parent's dream come true when their child gets into college - especially when it's the one they've been hoping for. Scott and Kate Johansen are therefore thrilled when their daughter Alex gets into Buckley College. They only problem is, there is no way they can afford the school fees after spending the entire fund. Instead of telling Alex the truth and breaking her heart, they decide that they're going to get the money together no matter what they have to do. A solution arrives in the form of Frank, who introduces them to the world of illegal underground casinos and they decide to band together with their neighbours to make up the thousands of dollars worth of tuition by building the casino in the basement. They make terrible criminals and they run the risk of going to jail for a long time, but how far are they willing to go for the sake of their child's future?

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Will Ferrell attends the Chelsea v Arsenals football match at Stamford Bridge - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 4th February 2017

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly
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Johnny Depp Named Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actor For Second Year In A Row


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Capping off a rather horrid 2016 for Johnny Depp is the news that he’s been judged by Forbes to be Hollywood’s most overpaid actor for the second year in a row, following a handful of big-budget disappointments at the box office this year.

The 53 year old megastar topped Forbes’ annual list of actors whose movies have underperformed at cinemas compared to their budgets, after his much vaunted sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass flopped at the box office in comparison to its predecessor.

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Will Ferrell seen arriving at the Chiltern Firehouse in Mayfair - London, United Kingdom - Monday 14th November 2016

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Kanye West 'Trading Ideas' With Will Ferrell About Biopic


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Kanye West has reportedly been in talks with Will Ferrell to make his life story into a movie.

The rapper, who has in the past expressed his admiration for Ferrell, is said to want to make a comedy biopic and ‘not take himself too seriously’.

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Will Ferrell with his wife Viveca Paulin at The Hammer Museum's Annual Gala in the Garden held at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 8th October 2016

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Will Ferrell at Clayton Kershaw's 4th Annual 'Ping Pong 4 Purpose' Celebrity Tournament held at Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 11th August 2016

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Will Ferrell, Clayton Kershaw, Dennis Gilbert and Ellen Kershaw

The Boss Review

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Melissa McCarthy brings another of her improvisational alter-egos to the big screen with this energetic comedy. The first cause for pause comes because this is a reteaming with her filmmaker husband Ben Falcone, with whom she made the bizarrely unfunny Tammy, as opposed to the filmmaker Paul Feig who directed her to box office triumph with Spy and The Heat and an Oscar nomination in Bridesmaids. Yes, there's a significance difference.

This time she plays hugely popular financial guru Michelle Darnell, whose stardom ends abruptly when she is sent to prison for four months for insider trading. When she's released, everyone she stepped on as she rose to the top turns their back on her, and her nemesis/ex Renault (Peter Dinklage) is still determined to get revenge. The only person who will talk to her is former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell), so Michelle moves in with her family. Unable to restart her business, she also takes over the Dandelion Scout troup of Claire's daughter Rachel (Ella Anderson), pushing the girls to take aggressive measures to sell their cookies.

As always, McCarthy throws herself into the role, creating a vivid character who indulges in a lot of outrageously silly slapstick. As with Tammy, the humour centres more on abusive interaction and humiliation than actual wit. McCarthy and Falcone strain to get laughs from physical wackiness rather than anything based on the character, so the movie only ever feels mildly amusing thanks to its high energy. But there's nothing engaging about Michelle, and it's only in a few cute-warm scenes with the terrific Bell that the film springs to anything resembling life. Thankfully, her scenes with the likeable Tyler Labine (as a potential boyfriend) have a loose humour to them. And Dinklage is surprisingly amusing as the sputtering cartoonish villain, while Kathy Bates generates a few sparks as Michelle's sassy mentor.

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Will Ferrell Will Not Be Playing Ronald Reagan In Controversial Comedy


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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.

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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.”

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From Jim Caviezel And Christian Bale To Will Ferrell: 7 Actors Who Have Played Jesus


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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?

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Daddy's Home Rekindles The Rivalry Between Wahlberg And Ferrell


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"We weren't necessarily actively looking to work together again," admits Ferrell. "However, it goes without saying that at the end of that movie, after it was released and the reaction to it, we both were like 'If there's another opportunity, then, for sure.' And this came along."

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The 48-year-old Ferrell says that their prickly on-screen interaction isn't that difficult to generate. "Mark is one of those people who doesn't ever have to worry about looking or acting cool," he says, rolling his eyes. "He's the man who already has a perfectly faded leather jacket in his closet. And every morning, Mark is already doing a two-hour workout, while I'm still in REM sleep. I'm much more like the straight-laced guy I play in the movie. Well, maybe not that nerdish! I'm perfectly fine with my level of masculinity or lack thereof. But I don't know how to do or fix anything. Mark probably doesn't either, but he could figure it out in a half hour."

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Will Ferrell Talks About Step-Parents, Mark Wahlberg And Basketball In 'Daddy's Home' Interview


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Comedy legend Will Ferrell spoke exclusively to Contactmusic about his new movie Daddy’s Home, in which he stars alongside Mark Wahlberg. Out on December 25th in the US and the following day in the UK, it concerns a father and a stepdad who compete for the affections of their child.

“There’s so many blended families now, whether it’s a stepmom or stepdad,” Ferrell said of the movies premise. “The dynamic of that, and how it can be tricky at times, and then at other times it can turn out to be a good thing, it’s fun to examine that as a comedy.”

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'Daddy's Home' Star Will Ferrell Wants More Recognition For Comedy Films


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Actor Will Ferrell has said he believes comedy films deserve more recognition from award shows. Speaking at the UK premiere of his new film Daddy’s Home, Ferrell praised The Golden Globes for leading the way, but said that there’s still more to be done.

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"I think comedians are used to not being recognised for the most part, but I appreciate the Golden Globes has a comedy category, It feels like award shows should expand their critiquing and realise that doing comedy is difficult.”

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Will Ferrell - Actors Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell arriving at their London hotel following a guest appearance on 'Good Morning Britain'. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 9th December 2015

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Sam Smith Receives GQ’s Solo Artist Of The Year Award, Hours After Announcing ‘Spectre’ Theme Song


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Sam Smith had a pretty good day on Tuesday (8th September). The 23-year-old ‘Stay With Me’ singer won the GQ Solo Artist of the Year award and also announced he’s singing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre.

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Will Ferrell

Date of birth

16th July, 1967

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

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Will Ferrell Movies

The House Trailer

The House Trailer

It is every parent's dream come true when their child gets into college - especially...

The Boss Movie Review

The Boss Movie Review

Melissa McCarthy brings another of her improvisational alter-egos to the big screen with this energetic...

Zoolander 2 Movie Review

Zoolander 2 Movie Review

With virtually the same blend of wit and idiocy as the 2001 original, this fashion-scene...

Zoolander 2 - Relax Trailer

Zoolander 2 - Relax Trailer

Though Derek and Hansel have left the world of fashion modelling behind them, a part...

Daddy's Home Movie Review

Daddy's Home Movie Review

An odd mix of sentimental family warmth and gross-out antics, this comedy doesn't have the...

Zoolander 2 - Trailer Trailer

Zoolander 2 - Trailer Trailer

Derek, Hansel and some other familiar faces are back in Zoolander 2! After offering their...

Zoolander 2 - Teaser Trailer

Zoolander 2 - Teaser Trailer

After a disastrous return to the fashion industry following his retirement, which almost ended in...

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Daddy's Home Trailer

Daddy's Home Trailer

Brad is a good-natured and very correct radio executive who has also wanted to have...

Get Hard Movie Review

Get Hard Movie Review

Audiences may be divided over whether this comedy crosses the line as it looks for...

Get Hard Trailer

Get Hard Trailer

James King (Will Ferrell) has been accused of tax evasion. He is sentenced to spend...

Tammy Movie Review

Tammy Movie Review

Melissa McCarthy is clearly in a rut: the title character in this film isn't very...

The Lego Movie Movie Review

The Lego Movie Movie Review

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

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Movie Review

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Movie Review

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

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer

The legend of San Diego's Channel 4 news team may have long since dissolved over...

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