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Also Known As: John William Ferrell Died:
Born: July 16, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Irvine, California, USA Profession: actor, comedian, screenwriter, sportscaster

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Television viewers grew to love comic actor and writer Will Ferrell through the stable of popular characters he created during his tenure on the perennial "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). But after seven years of playing an earnest male cheerleader, an addled President George W. Bush, and a passionate cowbell player, Ferrell moved on to the big screen where he carved out a niche with leading roles as immature, but likable everymen or as outrageous, larger-than-life supporting characters in ensemble comedies. Ferrell used his inherent mild-mannered personality and all-American looks to his advantage, painting a picture of cheerful suburbia and then subverting it with inappropriate eruptions, uninhibited physical humor and spirited pokes at male ego. After emerging as a comedic force in features with "Old School" (2003), he established his box office popularity with relentlessly funny films like "Elf" (2003), "Anchorman" (2004) and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006). Following an unusual turn into Woody Allen territory with "Melinda and Melinda" (2005), he returned to playing a world class doofus in "Blades of Glory" (2007) and "Semi-Pro" (2008). Thrown into the mix were a pair...

Television viewers grew to love comic actor and writer Will Ferrell through the stable of popular characters he created during his tenure on the perennial "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). But after seven years of playing an earnest male cheerleader, an addled President George W. Bush, and a passionate cowbell player, Ferrell moved on to the big screen where he carved out a niche with leading roles as immature, but likable everymen or as outrageous, larger-than-life supporting characters in ensemble comedies. Ferrell used his inherent mild-mannered personality and all-American looks to his advantage, painting a picture of cheerful suburbia and then subverting it with inappropriate eruptions, uninhibited physical humor and spirited pokes at male ego. After emerging as a comedic force in features with "Old School" (2003), he established his box office popularity with relentlessly funny films like "Elf" (2003), "Anchorman" (2004) and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006). Following an unusual turn into Woody Allen territory with "Melinda and Melinda" (2005), he returned to playing a world class doofus in "Blades of Glory" (2007) and "Semi-Pro" (2008). Thrown into the mix were a pair of acclaimed performances in "The Producers" (2005) and the subtle, more sophisticated comedy "Stranger than Fiction" (2007), which helped widen Ferrell's already enormous appeal.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Get Hard (2015)
2.
 Lego Movie, The (2014)
3.
 Daddy's Home (2014)
4.
 Boondoggle, The (2013)
5.
 Internship, The (2013)
6.
 Anchorman 2 (2013)
7.
 Campaign, The (2012)
8.
 Casa De Mi Padre (2012)
9.
10.
 Megamind (2010)
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Raised in Irvine, CA
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After graduating from USC, worked as a sportscaster for a weekly cable series
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Began peforming stand-up routines
1991:
Moved to Los Angeles
1991:
Began studying improv with The Groundlings; after six months, asked to join the troupe; first worked with fellow "Saturday Night Live" cast members Chris Kattan, Ana Gasteyer and Cheri Oteri
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Created Simpatico, a mock performance artist troupe that appeared in local comedy clubs
1995:
Appeared in the Showtime TV-movie "A Bucket of Blood"
1995:
Joined cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; received 2001 Emmy nomination
1997:
Feature film debut, "Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery"
1998:
Co-wrote (with Chris Kattan and others) and co-starred in the comedy "A Night at the Roxbury"; based on characters created for "SNL"
1999:
Portrayed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward in the satire "Dick"
2000:
Appeared in the "SNL" spin-off movie "The Ladies Man"
2001:
Had supporting role in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"
2001:
Acted in the broad comedy "Zoolander," starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson
2002:
Left "Saturday Night Live" to pursue movie career
2002:
Starred with Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Juliette Lewis in "Old School"
2003:
Cast as the lead Buddy in the Christmas comedy feature "Elf"
2004:
Starred as Ron Burgundy in the comedy "Anchorman"; also co-wrote with Adam McKay who directed
2005:
Cast in Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda," a comedic storyline, one of two (one comic and one tragic) that revolved around the central character of Melinda (Radha Mitchell)
2005:
Co-starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the big-screen adaptation of "Bewitched"
2005:
Cast in the film version of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical "The Producers"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor
2006:
Produced, co-wrote, and starred as stock car racing sensation Ricky Bobby in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"
2006:
Starred in "Stranger than Fiction" as an IRS Agent whose world is turned upside-down when he begins to hear his life being chronicled by a narrator only he can hear; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
2007:
Co-starred with Jon Heder as rival world-class men's singles skaters in the comedy "Blades of Glory"
2008:
Cast opposite Woody Harrelson in the 1970s-era sports comedy "Semi-Pro"
2008:
Co-starred with John C. Reilly as unemployed adults living with their parents in the comedy "Step Brothers"
2009:
Made Broadway debut playing the former U.S. President in the one-man show "You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush"; also aired on HBO; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
2009:
Co-wrote and co-produced (with Adam McKay) the HBO series "East Bound and Down," starring Danny McBride
2009:
Starred in the big-budget feature adaptation of the 1970s series "Land of the Lost"
2010:
Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in "The Other Guys," about two mismatched New York City detectives
2010:
Played the film's main protagonist in the animated comedy "Megamind"
2011:
Cast in a four-episode arc on NBC's "The Office" as an inept branch manager from the home office
2012:
Starred in the Spanish-language American comedy "Case de Mi Padre"
2012:
Went up against Zach Galifianakis in the political comedy "The Campaign"
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Education

University High School: Irvine , California - 1986
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1990

Notes

"Will is the glue that holds the show together. He's the first choice of the writers for almost every sketch. His style is not so strong that it overwhelms the writing."---Lorne Michaels. producer of "Saturday Night Live", quoted in PEOPLE, April 6, 1998

"I thought it would be funny to make fun of the ego and sexism of the '70s. There was so much of it. We thought it would be good to let the ladies know, 'Hey, see? It could be worse.'"---Will Ferrell, on making Anchorman as quoted to People, July 6, 2004.

"Generally, comedians want a lot of attention. They overcompensate for their darkness and their tragic childhoods. But Will's this incredibly grounded, lovely person. He literally has no issues. I think he may not be from our planet."---Anchorman costar Christina Applegate to People, July 6, 2004.

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wife:
Viveca Paulin. Art-house auctioneer. Born c. 1969; met c. 1995 in an acting class; together since 1996; married August 2000.

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father:
Lee Ferrell. Musician. Keyboard player for the Righteous Brothers; divorced from Ferrell's mother.
mother:
Kay Ferrell. Teacher. Divorced from Ferrell's father.
brother:
Pat Ferrell. Actor. Born in May 1970.
son:
Magnus Paulin Ferrell. Born March 7, 2004; mother is Viveca Paulin.
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