Aug. 16th, 1962
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Steve Carell's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Date Night
2010 - Dinner for Schmucks
2010 - Despicable Me
2008 - Get Smart
2008 - Horton Hears a Who!
2007 - Dan in Real Life
2007 - Knocked Up
2007 - Evan Almighty
2006 - Little Miss Sunshine
2006 - Over the Hedge
2005 - The 40 Year Old Virgin
2005 - Bewitched
2004 - Melinda and Melinda
2004 - Sleepover
2004 - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
2003 - Bruce Almighty
1998 - Homegrown
1991 - Curly Sue
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Host
Host of 'Carell Corral'
Himself - Surprise Appearance
Dan Gillick (Voiced)
Steve Carell, one of American comedy's most popular faces who edited a school newspaper as a child, is now celebrated as the funniest man on the cover of Life Magazine and on NBC's SNL, where he hosted the 2005-2006 season premiere. He became an unusually versatile comic after more than two decades of improv skits and bit parts, and received the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Television Comedy for the leading role of Michael Scott in his remake of Britain's existential comedy The Office (2005).
He was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, into an Italian-American family in Concord, Massachusetts, USA. He was educated at The Fenn School, an all boys private school in Concord, Massachusetts, then at Middlesex School in Concord. He studied and graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, then took acting at Chicago's Second City troupe. Carell made his film debut in 1991, as Tesio in Curly Sue (1991). From 1990-1996 he taught improvisational comedy class and also performed with The Second City troupe in Chicago. During the 1990s he was writing for The Dana Carvey Show, then he had a stint as one of correspondents on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Carell shot to fame after his breakout performances as Evan Baxter opposite 'Jim Carrey' in Bruce Almighty (2003) and as Uncle Arthur opposite 'Nicole Kidman' and 'Will Ferrell' in Bewitched (2005). He co-wrote the original screenplay for the summer box-office hit The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) which was chosen as one of the Top Ten movies of 2006 by the American Film Institute. At the same time he appeared in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), an independent dark comedy that gives an unusually sharp and sarcastic view on America. In 2007 Carell reprized his role as Evan Baxer, filling Jim Carrey's leading-man shoes as a politician asked by God to build a giant ark in Evan Almighty (2007), the second installment of the Almighty franchise, co-starring Lauren Graham and 'Morgan Freeman'. In 2008 he re-united with 'Jim Carrey' in highly successful animation hit Horton Hears a Who! (2008), then appeared as Agent Maxwell Smart in popular comedy Get Smart (2008).
Carell has been enjoying a happy family life with his wife, actress 'Nancy Carell', whom he met when she was a student in an improv class he was teaching at The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago. The couple have two children, daughter Elisabeth (born May 2001), and son John (born June 2004). Carell is living with his family in Los Angeles, California.
- He auditioned to be on the British version of Whose Line is it Anyway. Mike Myers also auditioned for it but both were unsuccessful.
- When he attended the premiere for _Bruce Almighty (2003)_ (qv), he came to the screening with the impression that his scenes were left on the cutting-room floor. However, his scenes were in the film, and he was pleasantly surprised.
- Daughter Elisabeth Anne born in May 2001.
- Was in three failed sitcoms before he starred in NBC's version of _"The Office" (2005)_ (qv).
- Was a member of Burpee's Seedy Theatrical Co., Denison University's improv-comedy group and the oldest collegiate improv group in the country.
- Was offered a role in _Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)_ (qv) with 'Will Ferrell' (qv) but couldn't accept due to scheduling conflicts.
- Good friends with fellow former _"The Daily Show" (1996)_ (qv) correspondent 'Stephen Colbert' (qv).
- The scene on _The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)_ (qv), where Andy has his chest hair removed, required five cameras set up for the shot. It was Carell's real chest hair which was ripped out in the scene. Carell told director Judd Apatow just before shooting the scene: "It has to be real. It won't be as funny if it's mocked up or if it's special effect. You have to see that this is really happening." The scene had to be done in one shot.