Aug. 16th, 1962
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Steve Carell's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
2014 - Foxcatcher
2013 - The Way, Way Back
2013 - Despicable Me 2
2013 - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
2013 - The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
2012 - Hope Springs
2012 - Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
2011 - Crazy, Stupid, Love
2010 - Despicable Me
2010 - Dinner for Schmucks
2010 - Date Night
2008 - Horton Hears a Who!
2008 - Get Smart
2007 - Evan Almighty
2007 - Dan in Real Life
2007 - Knocked Up
2006 - Little Miss Sunshine
2006 - Over the Hedge
2005 - Bewitched
2005 - The 40 Year Old Virgin
2004 - Sleepover
2004 - Melinda and Melinda
2004 - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
2003 - Bruce Almighty
1998 - Homegrown
1991 - Curly Sue
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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 was nominated for a 1993 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Revue for "Truth, Justice, or the American Way" at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
- 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.
- Provides the voice of Gary on "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" cartoons on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv).
- Was once a reporter for _"The Daily Show" (1996)_ (qv).
- Denison Univerisity is not only the alma mater of 'Steve Carell' (qv) and 'Jennifer Garner (I)' (qv), it is also the alma mater of 'Hal Holbrook' (qv), 'John Davidson (I)' (qv), 'John Schuck' (qv), and 'Tom Cotter (I)' (qv).
- Attended Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts.
- Of Italian descent. His father, Edwin Caroselli, changed his name to Carell before Steven was born.
- Married to actress/writer 'Nancy Carell' (qv), whom he met while both were writer/performers with the famed Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, Illinois.