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.