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.
- December 2007 - According to Forbes, his movies averaged $8 of gross income for every dollar the actor got paid.
- 2007 - Ranked #17 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
- In January 2008 he spent two weeks traveling throughout Ireland with his dad, Lee, and brother Patrick.
- His first son was born during the filming 'Kicking and Screaming,' which is why it is his favorite of the films he appeared in. He said that he is eager for his son to see it, because he will always associate it with his birth.
- In _Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)_ (qv) he played Marshal Willenholly, a reference to Marshall, Will, and Holly from the TV show _"Land of the Lost" (1974)_ (qv). It has now been announced that Ferrell will play Marshall in the movie adaptation of _Land of the Lost (2007)_.
- Celebrity impersonations include 'Alex Trebek' (qv), 'Jesse Ventura' (qv), 'Charlton Heston' (qv), 'Mark McGwire' (qv), 'George W. Bush' (qv), 'Janet Reno' (qv), 'Harry Caray' (qv) and (perhaps most famously) 'James Lipton' (qv).
- Final appearance on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) on May 18, 2002, followed by career move into full-time movie-acting.
- 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.