Jul. 16th, 1967
Irvine, California, USA
6' 3 1/2"
Will Ferrell's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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.
- Worked as a teller at Wells Fargo when he was in high school.
- Was voted the 3rd funniest person in America by Entertainment Weekly.
- (1986) Graduated from University High School in Irvine, California.
- 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).
- Ranked #34 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #38 in 2005.
- Once said that one of his favourite films is _Patton (1970)_ (qv)
- December 2007 - According to Forbes, his movies averaged $8 of gross income for every dollar the actor got paid.
- A kicker for the Varsity football team, and still holds the school record for the most field goals made.