Will Ferrell



John William "Will" Ferrell (born July 16, 1967) is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American comedian, impressionist and actor who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career.

Ferrell was born in Irvine, California to Lee Ferrell (a keyboardist for The Righteous Brothers) and Kay Overman. He attended Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School in Irvine, where he was a kicker for the varsity football team, and still holds the school record for most field goals made. He became interested in performing while making his school's daily morning announcements over the public address system in disguised voices. He then enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he studied Sports Broadcasting and graduated with a degree in Sports Information. He is also a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity . After graduating in 1989, Ferrell developed his improvisation skills as a member of the comedy group The Groundlings. In August 2000, Ferrell married Swedish actress Viveca Paulin, whom he met in 1995 at an acting class. On March 7, 2004 their son Magnus Paulin Ferrell was born. On December 19, 2006, Will Ferrell announced that he would write a book, entitled "Will Ferrell, the Comedy Revealed". No word on publisher or editor. " On December 30, 2006, Paulin gave birth to another son Mattias Ferrell, just after 2 a.m.

Ferrell joined Saturday Night Live in 1995 (he was chosen over future co-star Steve Carell). He had planned to perform a comedy bit to win a spot on the show from producer Lorne Michaels who traditionally sits down for a final interview with prospective cast members. It was Will's idea to arrive with a suitcase full of Monopoly money and say, "I'm prepared to do anything to be on this show, Mr. Michaels." After bringing the suitcase to the audition and subsequent meetings, it became apparent that there would be no need for the suitcase bit and Will aborted the idea.

During his time on SNL, Ferrell made a name for himself with his impersonations, which included:

* U.S. President George W. Bush ("strategery" was one of several fake Bushisms created by Ferrell during skits about the 2000 campaign),
* announcer Harry Caray (even after Caray's death),
* singer Robert Goulet (crooning a cappella pieces of music by Sisqó, Baha Men, and Notorious B.I.G.)
* singer Neil Diamond
* Inside the Actors Studio personality James Lipton
* Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy,
* U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno
* convicted Unabomber Ted Kaczynski
* game show host Alex Trebek
* professional wrestler-turned-Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura.

His original characters included "Morning Latte" co-host Tom Wilkins, Ed the Horse's twin brother Ned, music teacher Marty Culp, Spartan cheerleader Craig Buchanan, Dale Sturtevant "Dissing Your Dog", and night clubber Steve Butabi in a sketch that went to the big screen in 1998's A Night at the Roxbury'.

Ferrell returned to Saturday Night Live as a guest host on May 14, 2005. In one sketch, he reprised his role as Robert Goulet, advertising a series of crooned ringtones. Also on the same episode, during the performance of the song "Little Sister" by musical guests Queens of the Stone Age, Ferrell came onstage playing the cowbell.

During his time on Saturday Night Live, Ferrell appeared in several movies: A Night at the Roxbury, Dick, Drowning Mona, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Zoolander.

Shortly after he left Saturday Night Live, Ferrell starred in the films Old School, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Elf. All three films were box office successes, making Ferrell a movie superstar. In 2005 Ferrell had roles in five films: Kicking & Screaming, Melinda and Melinda, The Producers, Bewitched, and Wedding Crashers.

In 2006, Ferrell starred in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Stranger Than Fiction; both received critical and box office success.

On December 27, 2006 TheMagazine named Ferrell as one of its three actors of the year in their 2006 year in review issue.

"Wilf" is a longstanding nickname that combines Ferrell's middle name with the first letter of his last name. This was Ferrell's nickname in high school and has carried on in some Hollywood circles.

An announcement on I-Newswire.com reported that Ferrell had died in a paragliding accident. The site accepts press releases from users for publication on its website. A user submitted the aforementioned hoax, which was published before its factual inaccuracy was noticed. The story was further propagated when it appeared on Google News. This may perhaps be related to his role in the movie Wedding Crashers where he crashes the funeral of a man who died in a hang gliding accident.

Nominated:

* 2006:Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for The Producers)
* 2007:Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (for Stranger Than Fiction)

Emmy Awards

Nominated:

* 2001:Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program (for Saturday Night Live)

"Won":

* 2005:Worst Screen Couple (with Nicole Kidman, for Bewitched)

Nominated:

* 2005:Worst Actor for Bewitched and Kicking & Screaming

American Comedy Awards

Won:

* 2001:Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication(for Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2000)

Nominated:

* 2001:Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series (for Saturday Night Live)

MTV Movie Awards

Nominated:

* 2005:Best Comedic Performance (for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy)
* 2005:Best On-Screen Team (with Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy)
* 2005:Best Musical Performance (with Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy)

Nominated:

* 2004:Best Comedic Performance (for Elf)

Nominated:

* 2004:Best Comedic Performance (for Old School)
* 2004:Best On-Screen Team (with Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn for Old School)

Satellite Awards

Nominated:

* 2006:Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (for Stranger Than Fiction)

Television work

* Saturday Night Live (cast member from 1995-2002)
* Cow and Chicken (1997-2001) (voice in various episodes)
* Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000 (2000)
* Undeclared (Guest star)
* The Oblongs (2001-2002) (voice)
* Family Guy (2000-2001) (voice in various episodes)
* MTV Movie Awards Matrix Reloaded parody as the Architect
* Strangers with Candy (Guest star)
* King of the Hill (voice)
* The Tom Green Show (Guest star)
* The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show (Guest star)

Salary

* Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) $20,000,000
* Bewitched (2005) $20,000,000
* Kicking & Screaming (2005) $20,000,000
* Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

* Having graduated from the University of Southern California, Will Ferrell punched Vince Young, the quarterback of the Texas Longhorns in the back of the head. This was his revenge for Texas beating USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl Game. This happened at the '06 ESPY Awards on ESPN.
* According to Forbes Magazine, Ferrell was the best-paid actor of 2005, with a salary of $40 million.
* Will Ferrell is often noted as looking very similar to Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
* Will Ferrell, who appeared in a short series of Apple Switch and Ipod commercials, did one that had him saying he sells them at Dodger games, like they do hot dogs. But interestingly enough, he has also been recognized as having a resemblance to famed Dodger peanut vendor, Roger Owens. Compare first photo with others of the Peanut Man.1,2,3,4
* Participated in a 79th Academy Awards musical-comedy performance with John C. Reilly and Jack Black, where they sang a song about comedies being snubbed by the voters in favor of dramas.
* Plays a game of Knuckles with Access Hollywood reporter, Maria Menounos during their interviews.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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