Jul. 16th, 1967
Irvine, California, USA
6' 3 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
The Black Knight (Voiced)
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Will Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine, California, where he made his school's daily morning announcements over the public address system in disguised voices. He started as a member of the Los Angeles comedy/improvisation group The Groundlings, where fellow cast members Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph (I) and former "Saturday Night Live" (1975) repertory players such as Laraine Newman, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman (I) began their careers. It was there he met Chris Kattan (I) and the two became good friends and both went on to "Saturday Night Live" (1975) later. He has also appeared on several television programs, including "Strangers with Candy" (1999), "Grace Under Fire" (1993) and "Living Single" (1993) during his time at The Groundlings. Will also lent his voice to the armless and legless dad of cartoon family "The Oblongs".
In 1995 he became a feature cast member at "Saturday Night Live" (1975) during the show's rapid re-casting. He was declared quite possibly the worst cast member ever during his first season. However, his talents of impersonations and range of characters shot him forward to making him arguably the greatest "Saturday Night Live" (1975) cast member ever. During his seven year run he is one of the few cast members to ever be nominated for an Emmy for a performance and played George W. Bush during the 2000 elections. He's appeared in every "Saturday Night Live" (1975) movie since his premiere on the show in 1995. In 2002 he left "Saturday Night Live" (1975) and was the only cast member to ever receive a farewell from all the current cast members at the end of the season finale show. Since leaving the show Will has pursued a career in films. In 2000 he married and now lives in L.A.
- Is of Irish descent.
- A kicker for the Varsity football team, and still holds the school record for the most field goals made.
- (21 April 2003) Competed at the Boston Marathon. His official time was 4 hours, 2 minutes and 29 seconds.
- 2007 - Ranked #17 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
- Is a member of what the media refers to as "The Frat Pack", along with 'Jack Black (I)' (qv), 'Ben Stiller' (qv), 'Vince Vaughn' (qv), 'Steve Carell' (qv), 'Owen Wilson (I)' (qv) and 'Luke Wilson (I)' (qv). The "Frat Pack" name is a reference to the film _Old School (2003)_ (qv) featuring 'Vince Vaughn' (qv), Ferrell and 'Luke Wilson (I)' (qv), due to the wide number of films featuring the seven actors. Ferrell's "Frat Pack" films include _Zoolander (2001)_ (qv), _Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)_ (qv), _Starsky & Hutch (2004)_ (qv) and _Wedding Crashers (2005)_ (qv).
- Became _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv)'s highest paid cast member ever in 2001. Producers were desperate to keep him, resulting in a salary of over $350,000.
- Was named #74 out of 137 on Entertainment Weekly's Must List (2004).
- Studied at USC in the hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster. He graduated and interned at NBC Sports, but then drew laughs after ad-libbing a joke on-air during one of his broadcasting courses and switched to comedy.