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Also Known As: Richard Dene Gervais Died:
Born: June 25, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Reading, England, GB Profession: actor, writer, comedian, director, pop musician

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active; or Daniel Radcliffe of "Harry Potter" fame who plays up hitting puberty by letting his hormones kick into overdrive. The show, which was slated to conclude after two seasons, earned more metal for the Gervais mantle, including an Emmy and a BAFTA for Gervais.With two successful international shows now under his belt, Gervais began fielding offers from Hollywood and England for a host of appearances and side projects. These included several motion pictures, including a small role as a smarmy British producer in Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration" (2005) and the museum director in Ben Stiller's hit "A Night at the Museum" (2006). He also contributed his vocals and ideas to a 2006 episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ) and a dramatic turn as a bomber in a 2004 episode of "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06). He also hosted a series of interviews with his favorite comic performers and writers for BBC Four under the title of "Ricky Gervais Meets" (2006-07), for which he talked with Larry David, Christopher Guest and Garry Shandling. The latter proved so uncomfortable for both parties â¿¿ due mostly to Shandling's standoffish manner â¿¿ that Gervais swore off any future specials. In 2007, Gervais...

active; or Daniel Radcliffe of "Harry Potter" fame who plays up hitting puberty by letting his hormones kick into overdrive. The show, which was slated to conclude after two seasons, earned more metal for the Gervais mantle, including an Emmy and a BAFTA for Gervais.

With two successful international shows now under his belt, Gervais began fielding offers from Hollywood and England for a host of appearances and side projects. These included several motion pictures, including a small role as a smarmy British producer in Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration" (2005) and the museum director in Ben Stiller's hit "A Night at the Museum" (2006). He also contributed his vocals and ideas to a 2006 episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ) and a dramatic turn as a bomber in a 2004 episode of "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06). He also hosted a series of interviews with his favorite comic performers and writers for BBC Four under the title of "Ricky Gervais Meets" (2006-07), for which he talked with Larry David, Christopher Guest and Garry Shandling. The latter proved so uncomfortable for both parties â¿¿ due mostly to Shandling's standoffish manner â¿¿ that Gervais swore off any future specials. In 2007, Gervais premiered another stand-up show, "Fame," which broke box office records for ticket sales. He also made heavily criticized appearances at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium and at Live Earth in July of that year â¿¿ with technical problems leaving Gervais fumbling for time at the Live Earth show, while his use of an expletive on live television at Live Earth earned brickbats from certain press circles. Despite that misstep, Gervais continued to earn praise for his television work, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for "Extras" in 2007 and taking home a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Comedy or Musical for the series in 2008.

Satisfied at having conquered television comedy in both the U.K. and the U.S., Gervais began to focus on a big screen future with his first starring role in "Ghost Town" (2008). The romantic comedy about a surly dentist with the ability to speak to the dead was well received by critics, though not highly visible at the box office. The same could not be said for his supporting role alongside Ben Stiller in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (2009), an enormous blockbuster sequel to the family adventure film. For the first time sans Merchant, Gervais made his debut as a writer-director later that year with "The Invention of Lying" (2009), in which he starred as a man who brings the concept of lying into an alternate world where it does not exist, only to have its immediate benefits give way to drawbacks. Although a first time director, Gervais' reputation was strong enough to woo major Hollywood talents Jennifer Garner and Jonah Hill for substantial supporting roles. The dawn of the new year brought the airing of "The Ricky Gervais Show" (HBO, 2009- ), an animated reworking of the comedianâ¿¿s U.K. radio shows with Merchant and Pilkington, which in turn, were also released as Internet podcasts. Using classic Saturday morning cartoon animation, the show illustrated the previously audio-only jokes in a literal fashion. A big screen adaptation of Gervais' popular children's book series Flanimals was his next project, and it marked his debut at the helm of an animated film. With all the projects on his docket, Gervais found time to host the Golden Globe Ceremony in January 2010, bringing down the house with his witty, sometimes cutting remarks.

For his filmmaking follow-up, Gervais returned to England for a film co-written and co-directed with Merchant. "Cemetery Junction" (2010) was a 1970s-set comedy about a group of young adults working in the insurance business, starring Gervais and British talents Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson and Matthew Goode. A return to stand-up comedy came in the form of another cable special, "Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2" (HBO, 2010), in addition to an appearance on the star-studded "Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education" (Comedy Central, 2010), hosted by Jon Stewart. Gervais and Merchant continued their ongoing collaboration with the well-received effort "An Idiot Abroad" (Sky1, 2010), a reality-comedy series in which the team sent their reluctant friend Karl Pilkington on bizarre trips around the globe to see the seven wonders of the world.

Always the comedic provocateur, Gervais made headlines for his caustic return as master of ceremonies for "The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards" (NBC, 2011), where he mercilessly skewered everyone from Tim Allen to Robert Downey, Jr. to Cher. Reactions from audience members â¿¿ both in attendance and at home â¿¿ were mixed, with some opining that the comedian was his usual hilarious self, even as others declared that he had simply gone too far and was too mean-spirited. Less ambiguous were the odds that Gervais would he hosting the 69th iteration of the event, or for that matter, even be invited back as an attendee. While defending his performance and choice of material, Gervais conceded after the show, "I probably wonâ¿¿t be here next year." After the media furor died down, Gervais and Merchant conceived the mockumentary series "Lifeâ¿¿s Too Short" (HBO, 2011- ). Similar in tone to "The Office" and "Extras," the show followed the fictionalized, day-to-day travails of the vertically-challenged actor Warwick Davis as he attempted to revitalize his career. Brief guest spots on the U.S. version of "The Office" and Larry Davidâ¿¿s "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000- ), preceded the shocking announcement â¿¿ to some, at least â¿¿ that Gervais had accepted an offer from the Hollywood Foreign Press to host the Golden Globes for a third time, despite the controversial fallout following his brutal skewering of all things Hollywood earlier that year. The busy comic also contributed one of many celebrity cameos in the highly-anticipated revival of Jim Hensonâ¿¿s beloved felt-covered cut-ups "The Muppets" (2011) and again, with the help of Merchant, put Pilkington through a "bucket list" hell for season two of "An Idiot Abroad 2" (Sky1, 2011). Gervais next appeared in the gentle comedy "Derek" (Netflix 2012- ), in which he played the title role of a nursing home worker, inspired by members of his family who worked with the elderly and infirm, Gervais also wrote and directed the mockumentary-style series. In 2014, Gervais announced that he was planning a feature film starring his breakthrough character David Brent, for possible release in 2015.

ring then little-known comic actor Steve Carell as Michael Scott, a slightly less abrasive but no less thick-skulled version of David Brent â¿¿ head of a small paper supply company in Pennsylvania. After a rocky start as a midseason replacement, the show caught on with viewers â¿¿ many of whom came onboard once Carell suddenly hit paydirt that same summer in the sleeper comic feature, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005) â¿¿ and brought home Emmys for Best Comedy Series in 2006 and Outstanding Writing in 2007, among numerous other accolades. Gervais and Merchant remained adamant about not contributing to the show beyond their producer titles, but recanted as fans themselves, penning an episode in 2006.

Meanwhile, Gervais and Merchant began work on a new series in 2005 called "Extras," which took the documentary approach of "The Office" and applied it to the life of aspiring actor Andy Millman as he struggles to find work in British film and television. Gervais' Millman was a more approachable character than David Brent, but he still managed to find himself in deeply mortifying situations, this time with a host of real-life performers, who frequently lampooned their own screen and media personas. Only Gervais could get actors to send themselves up â¿¿ such as Orlando Bloom, who in an episode of "Extras," cannot believe that not a single woman is finding him attr

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Performed with a pop band called "Seona Dancing"; group released two singles
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Hired as DJ for London radio station XFM, where he met future writing partner Steve Merchant
1998:
Portrayed a bigoted news reporter on "The 11 O¿Clock Show" (Channel 4)
2000:
Hosted "Meet Ricky Gervais" (Channel 4)
2001:
Co-created with Steve Merchant and starred on BBC comedy hit "The Office"
2001:
With Merchant co-created "The Ricky Gervais Show," a weekly online audio program; aired on Xfm in weekly periods for months at a time throughout 2002, 2003, 2004, and mid-2005
2003:
Toured the U.K. with stand-up show "Animals"
2004:
Produced American version of "The Office" (NBC) with co-creator Greg Daniels
2004:
Published first childrens book <i>Flanimals</i>; illustrated by friend Rob Steen
2005:
Co-created "Extras," (BBC2) with Stephen Merchant; also starred as Andy Millman, an actor whose career is stuck in background extra parts (aired on HBO in the U.S.); earned Emmy nominations in 2007 for Best Directing for the episode "Orlando Bloom" and Best Writing for the episode "Daniel Radcliffe"; also received Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy nominations in 2008 for Best Actor
2006:
Became first guest star on "The Simpsons" (Fox) to also write the episode on which he guest starred; episode titled "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife"
2006:
Cast as a studio executive in Christopher Guest directed comedy "For Your Consideration"
2008:
Received Emmy nominations for Acting, Directing and Writing for "Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale" (HBO)
2008:
First starring role in a feature film, "Ghost Town"
2008:
Performed the comedy special "Out of England" (HBO); earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
2009:
Co-starred with Ben Stiller in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
2009:
Headlined sixth annual New York Comedy Festival at Carnegie Hall
2009:
Co-directed and starred in comedy "The Invention of Lying"; also wrote and produced
2010:
Hosted 67th Golden Globe Awards
2010:
Together with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, created HBO animated series "The Ricky Gervais Show"
2011:
Returned for another controversial hosting of 68th Golden Globe Awards
2011:
With Merchant, wrote, directed, and appeared on BBC series "Life's Too Short"; series starred Warwick Davis
2012:
Despite controversial remarks targeting nominees and presenters during previous year's Golden Globes, was invited back to host 69th annual awards ceremony
2012:
Executive produced and appeared on Channel 4 series "Derek"
2013:
Voiced character of Mr. James Bing in computer animated feature "Escape from Planet Earth"
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Education

University College London: - 1979

Notes

"It's the work that excites me. I don't like the fame ... that's the worst thing about it for me. I don't like being recognized shopping for pants."---Ricky Gervais People March 23, 2004

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