May. 4th, 1970
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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William Emerson "Will" Arnett (born May 4, 1970) is a Canadian actor best known for roles as George Oscar G.O.B., Bluth II on the Fox comedy Arrested Development and as Devon Banks on the NBC comedy 30 Rock. Since his success on Arrested Development, Arnett has landed major film roles. He recently played supporting roles in the comedy films Semi-Pro, Blades of Glory, and Hot Rod. He starred in 2006's Let's Go to Prison and 2007's The Brothers Solomon. Arnett has also done work as a voiceover artist for commercials, films, television programs, and video games.
Born in Toronto, the son of Alexandra and E. James Arnett, a corporate lawyer, and brewer, among other occupations.
In Toronto, he attended Francophone schools. He speaks French, but has stated that he is not currently fluent in the language. Arnett briefly attended Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario, but was expelled as a troublemaker.He then attended the Subway Academy II which allowed him to take theatre classes at the Tarragon Theatre, and eventually graduated from Leaside High School.
He attended Concordia University in Montreal for a semester, but dropped out. When he was a teenager, Arnett's mother encouraged him to pursue an acting career and he began to audition for commercials in Toronto. He decided that he really enjoyed acting and that it was something that he wanted to do with his life. Aged 20, in 1990, Arnett moved to New York City to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.He began appearing in plays in New York and his first acting role was in the Felicity Huffman independent film Erie, which was filmed on the Erie Canal
In February 1996, Arnett began acting in television pilots. His first was a pilot with Kevin Pollak and his wife, Lucy Webb, for CBS, that was not picked up. The pilot, The Underworld, revolved around "The head of an organized crime family who hounds an ex-con who only wants to go straight". After the show was not picked up, he appeared in the movie Southie, which was written by Arnett's friend Dave McLaughlin. In 1999, Arnett was cast in another pilot for The Mike O'Malley Show on NBC. Arnett was a regular on the series, playing the protagonist's friend Jimmy. The show was picked up, but it was canceled after only two episodes. Arnett has referred to 2000, the year after that show was cancelled, as "the darkest year of [his] life" and he admits that he "didn't get a lot of work" and "drank those years away".
Arnett considers the summer of 2000 to have been a turning point for him because a friend helped pull him out of his battle with alcoholism and he began to get his career back on track.
In 2001, Arnett was cast in another television pilot, Loomis, for CBS. The pilot starred Cheri Oteri as a local news reporter, and Arnett played her slacker brother. The pilot was not picked up. In 2002, Arnett was cast in a fourth television pilot. This pilot was for the CBS sitcom Still Standing. This time the show was picked up and ran for several seasons, but his character was cut from the series after the pilot. Arnett became so frustrated, after his fourth failed pilot, that he "swore off pilots"altogether, until his agent persuaded him to audition for the pilot for Arrested Development.
In 2003, Will Arnett found mainstream success in television when he was cast in the role of George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development. Arnett's character was one of the show's most popular, and he was nominated for an Emmy in 2006 for his portrayal. His character was also listed at #33 on Tv's Top 50 Catch Phrases with the line, "I've made a huge mistake." The show was cancelled after three seasons due to low ratings, despite its critical acclaim and cult following.Arnett has said that his favorite episodes of the show were "Pier Pressure" and "Afternoon Delight".
Arnett was most recently seen starring in the Walt Disney Pictures' romantic comedy When in Rome opposite Kristen Bell and in G-Force, a combination live action/CG film from Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, opposite Penelope Cruz, Nicholas Cage, Steve Buscemi, and Zach Galifianakis. In addition, last year he voiced a character in the hugely successful Dreamworks 3-D animated adventure film, Monsters vs. Aliens, alongside Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen, which opened number one at the box office. He also starred in the basketball comedy Semi Pro opposite Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson, and lent his voice to the hugely successful animated comedy Horton Hears a Who. In 2007, he was seen opposite Will Ferrell and his wife Amy Poehler in the figure skating comedy Blades of Glory, and also co-starred opposite Will Forte in The Brothers Solomon.
- His wife, 'Amy Poehler' (qv), also played his wife in several episodes of _"Arrested Development" (2003)_ (qv).
- Will and his wife, 'Amy Poehler' (qv), are expecting their first child, due in Fall, 2008 [April 29, 2008].
- Loves to play his Xbox. His gamertag is '' Roncore ''.
- Speaks fluent French.
- On October 25, 2008, Will and his wife 'Amy Poehler' (qv) became parents to a son, named Archibald William Emerson "Archie" Arnett, 8 lbs, 1 oz, in New York City at 6 p.m.
- Attended French-speaking schools in Toronto.
- Does voice-over work for GMC trucks and Lamasil tablets.
- Ex-son-in-law of 'Mark Miller (I)' (qv) and 'Beatrice Miller (I)' (qv).