Will Ferrell

Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/15/1967 in Irvine, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (130)

Daddy's Home 2015 (Movie)

Brad Whitaker (Actor)

Get Hard 2015 (Movie)

James (Actor)

2013 MTV EMA 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Russ & Roger Go Beyond 2014 (Movie)

Russ Meyer (Actor)

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 1995 - 2002, 2007 - 2008, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Lego Movie 2014 (Movie)

Lord Business/President Business/The Man Upstairs (Voice)

The Spoils Of Babylon 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

WWE Tribute to the Troops 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome To Sweden 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Zeroville 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 (Movie)

Ron Burgundy (Actor)

Eastbound and Down 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside Comedy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Casa De Mi Padre 2012 (Movie)

Armando Alvarez (Actor)

Conan 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1995 - 2002, 2007 - 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2012 Do Something Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Campaign 2012 (Movie)

Cam Brady (Actor)

2011 MTV Video Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Everything Must Go 2011 (Movie)

Nick Porter (Actor)

Funny or Die Presents... 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Office 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fight for Your Right Revisited 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Megamind 2010 (Movie)

Megamind (Voice)

The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Guys 2010 (Movie)

Allen Gamble (Actor)

2009 MTV Movie Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Land of the Lost 2009 (Movie)

Dr Rick Marshall (Actor)

Man vs. Wild: Will Ferrell 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live: Best of Will Ferrell 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard 2009 (Movie)

President impersonator (Actor)

King of the Hill 1995 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Man vs. Wild 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Semi-Pro 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Step Brothers 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

Jackie Moon (Actor)

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

Brennan Huff (Actor)

The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Blades of Glory 2007 (Movie)

Chazz Michael Michaels (Actor)

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Blades of Glory 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 MTV Movie Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wendell Baker Story 2007 (Movie)

Dave Bix (Actor)

Curious George 2006 (Movie)

Ted, the Man with the Yellow Hat (Voice)

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger Than Fiction 2006 (Movie)

Harold Crick (Actor)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Ricky Bobby (Actor)

The 2006 MTV Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Winter Passing 2006 (Movie)

Corbit (Actor)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

Jack Wyatt/Darren (Actor)

Kicking & Screaming 2005 (Movie)

Phil Weston (Actor)

Melinda and Melinda 2005 (Movie)

Hobie (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Bewitched 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (02/27/05) 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

Franz Liebkind (Actor)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

Ron Burgundy (Actor)

Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Anchorman 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Commies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Easter Egg Adventure 2004 (Movie)

(Voice)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

Buddy (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Old School 2003 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The 2003 MTV Movie Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Teen Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: The Ladies Man 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 (Movie)

Federal Wildlife Marshall Willenholly (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live: Mothers' Day Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Strangers With Candy 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Oblongs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Undeclared 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

Jacobim Mugatu (Actor)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Drowning Mona 2000 (Movie)

Cubby (Actor)

The Ladies Man 2000 (Movie)

Lance DeLune (Actor)

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

Mustafa (Actor)

Canned Ham: A Night at the Roxbury 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cow and Chicken 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Dick 1999 (Movie)

Bob Woodward (Actor)

Superstar 1999 (Movie)

Sky Corrigan/Jesus (Actor)

The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Suburbans 1999 (Movie)

Gil (Actor)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

Steve Butabi (Actor)

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997 (Movie)

Mustafa (Actor)

A Bucket of Blood 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The George Wendt Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (22)

Bad Judge 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Daddy's Home 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Drunk History 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Get Hard 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mission Control 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Welcome to Me 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

He's Fuckin' Perfect 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sleeping With Other People 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tammy 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bachelorette 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Casa De Mi Padre 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Campaign 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Big Lake 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Other Guys 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Virginity Hit 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hot Rod 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (7)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 (Movie)

(from characters created by) (Source Material)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (5)

The Other Guys 2010 (Movie)

"Pimps Don't Cry" (Song)

Land of the Lost 2009 (Movie)

("Believe") (Song Performer)

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

("Love Me Sexy") (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Promised Land") (Song)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

(Baby, It's Cold Outside) (Song Performer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Kay Ferrell

Mother
Divorced from Ferrell's father

Lee Ferrell Song

Father
Born Oct. 9, 1940; keyboard player for the Righteous Brothers; divorced from Ferrell's mother

Axel Ferrell

Son
Born Jan. 23, 2010; mother, Viveca Paulin

Patrick Ferrell Actor

Brother
Born May 17, 1970 Appeared together in films including "A Night at the Roxbury" (1998) and "Elf" (2003)

Magnus Ferrell

Son
Born March 7, 2004; mother, Viveca Paulin

Mattias Ferrell

Son
Born Dec. 30, 2006; mother, Viveca Paulin

Viveca Paulin Actor

Wife
Met c. 1995 in an acting class Together since 1996 Married Aug. 12, 2000

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1990
Member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity

University High School

Irvine , California 1986

Milestones

2012

Starred in the Spanish-language American comedy "Case de Mi Padre"

2012

Went up against Zach Galifianakis in the political comedy "The Campaign"

2011

Cast in a four-episode arc on NBC's "The Office" as an inept branch manager from the home office

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"

2009

Starred in the big-budget feature adaptation of the 1970s series "Land of the Lost"

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

2008

Co-starred with John C. Reilly as unemployed adults living with their parents in the comedy "Step Brothers"

2008

Cast opposite Woody Harrelson in the 1970s-era sports comedy "Semi-Pro"

2007

Co-starred with Jon Heder as rival world-class men's singles skaters in the comedy "Blades of Glory"

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

2006

Produced, co-wrote, and starred as stock car racing sensation Ricky Bobby in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"

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

2004

Starred as Ron Burgundy in the comedy "Anchorman"; also co-wrote with Adam McKay who directed

2003

Cast as the lead Buddy in the Christmas comedy feature "Elf"

2002

Left "Saturday Night Live" to pursue movie career

2002

Starred with Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Juliette Lewis in "Old School"

2001

Had supporting role in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"

2001

Acted in the broad comedy "Zoolander," starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson

2000

Appeared in the "SNL" spin-off movie "The Ladies Man"

1999

Portrayed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward in the satire "Dick"

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"

1997

Feature film debut, "Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery"

1995

Joined cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; received 2001 Emmy nomination

1995

Appeared in the Showtime TV-movie "A Bucket of Blood"

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

Began peforming stand-up routines

Raised in Irvine, CA

After graduating from USC, worked as a sportscaster for a weekly cable series

Created Simpatico, a mock performance artist troupe that appeared in local comedy clubs

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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"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.'" – Ferrell on making "Anchorman" quoted in People, July 6, 2004

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"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" co-star Christina Applegate to People, July 6, 2004

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"My characters are kind of like everyone and no one at the same time." – Ferrell quoted to Premiere, July/August 2006

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Ferrell on what makes him laugh: "Inappropriate behavior makes me laugh. Yelling at people for no reason in a public place. Yet I don't think I'm such a fan of the 'Jackass' brand of inappropriate behavior. I prefer clever inappropriate behavior, where you don't necessarily wound yourself." – from People magazine, Nov. 20, 2006

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"If I make looking like an idiot seem easy? Well, that's a success in my book." – Ferrell to Time magazine, March 2007

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Ferrell on his proposal to wife Viveca Paulin: "I took her to an undisclosed location, blindfolded her, put her in the trunk of a car and said, 'Do you want to marry me?' She goes, 'No.'"But then I pursued her doggedly for seven years, and then she finally said 'yes' – maybe because I wrote her over 10,000 letters while I was in prison." – from People Magazine, July 25, 2008

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"There's something about Will that is so completely American. A tall, white version of America that you used to see in Seventies movies and TV. He's like one of the 'Bad News Bears' grown up. He's like a superfunny Jon from 'CHiPs.' He's the Trapper John of comedy. If I describe it any more, I'll fall in love with him." – fellow "SNL" alum Tina Fey on Ferrrell, Rolling Stone, March 15, 2012

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In April 2007, Ferrell (with Adam McKay) launched "Funny or Die," a streaming video website where short comedy films were uploaded and voted on by users.

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