Jul. 16th, 1967
Irvine, California, USA
6' 3 1/2"
Will Ferrell's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Megamind
2010 - The Other Guys
2009 - The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
2009 - Land of the Lost
2008 - Step Brothers
2008 - Semi-Pro
2007 - Blades of Glory
2006 - Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
2006 - Curious George
2005 - The Producers
2005 - Bewitched
2005 - Kicking & Screaming
2005 - Wedding Crashers
2005 - Winter Passing
2005 - The Wendell Baker Story
2004 - Starsky & Hutch
2004 - Melinda and Melinda
2004 - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
2003 - Old School
2003 - Elf
2002 - Boat Trip
2001 - Zoolander
2001 - Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
2000 - The Ladies Man
2000 - Drowning Mona
1999 - Superstar
1999 - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
1999 - Dick
1999 - The Suburbans
1998 - A Night at the Roxbury
1997 - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Guest TV Roles
The Black Knight (Voiced)
Roommate from Hell #1
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.
- His style is unique among modern movie funnymen, a majority of whom have some sort of background in stand-up comedy. Ferrell's humor is character-driven and his genius lies in his improvised riffs from the minds of his typically cracked characters. His appearances on talk shows are often awkward, as he is uncomfortable appearing in public as himself.
- Aside from University High School where he graduated, he also attended Rancho San Joaquin Middle School Irvine.
- 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).
- He can be heard (uncredited) in the movie _Kingpin (1996)_ (qv) in the background during the final bowling scene between 'Bill Murray (I)' (qv) and 'Woody Harrelson' (qv)'s characters yelling, "Ernie, you're the man!"
- A kicker for the Varsity football team, and still holds the school record for the most field goals made.
- Will is a fan of the soccer clubs Celtic (from Glasgow) and Chelsea (From London). Can be seen wearing the jerseys from the clubs at events on TV.
- Ranked #34 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #38 in 2005.
- Has played the son of two _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv) cast members: 'James Caan (I)' (qv) in _Elf (2003)_ (qv), and 'Robert Duvall' (qv) in _Kicking & Screaming (2005)_ (qv).