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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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An exceptionally dry wit with a keen understanding of the embarrassing side of human nature, Ricky Gervais was the co-creative force behind the television series "The Office" (BBC Two, 2001-03) and "Extras" (BBC Two/HBO, 2005-07), alongside his creative partner of over a decade, Stephen Merchant. In addition to co-writing and co-producing both shows, Gervais played the lead in both series - the self-deluded and thoroughly inappropriate office manager David Brent on "The Office," and the hapless wannabe actor Andy Millman on "Extras" - which earned him numerous awards and praise from fellow writers and performers on both sides of the Atlantic. A multimedia renaissance man, Gervais went on to star in the feature films "Ghost Town" (2008) and "The Invention of Lying" (2009), taped several stand-up comedy specials, created the truly bizarre children's book series Flanimals, and saw his highly-rated Xfm radio show with Merchant and Karl Pilkington - later re-aired as internet podcasts - transformed into the hit animated series "The Ricky Gervais Show" (HBO, 2009- ). Additionally, he served as host on more than one occasion for the annual Golden Globe Awards, eliciting praise from some and scorn from...

An exceptionally dry wit with a keen understanding of the embarrassing side of human nature, Ricky Gervais was the co-creative force behind the television series "The Office" (BBC Two, 2001-03) and "Extras" (BBC Two/HBO, 2005-07), alongside his creative partner of over a decade, Stephen Merchant. In addition to co-writing and co-producing both shows, Gervais played the lead in both series - the self-deluded and thoroughly inappropriate office manager David Brent on "The Office," and the hapless wannabe actor Andy Millman on "Extras" - which earned him numerous awards and praise from fellow writers and performers on both sides of the Atlantic. A multimedia renaissance man, Gervais went on to star in the feature films "Ghost Town" (2008) and "The Invention of Lying" (2009), taped several stand-up comedy specials, created the truly bizarre children's book series Flanimals, and saw his highly-rated Xfm radio show with Merchant and Karl Pilkington - later re-aired as internet podcasts - transformed into the hit animated series "The Ricky Gervais Show" (HBO, 2009- ). Additionally, he served as host on more than one occasion for the annual Golden Globe Awards, eliciting praise from some and scorn from others, due to his relentless roasting of celebrity insiders. Gervais was simply a man whose witty brilliance knew no cultural or ethnic boundaries.

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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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