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Will Ferrell is a popular American actor, comedian, producer and writer

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BirthdayJuly 16, 1967
NationalityAmerican
FamousSaturday Night Live Cast, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Comedians
City/StateCalifornia
SpousesViveca Paulin
SiblingsPatrick Ferrell
Known asJohn William Ferrell
Childrens Axel Paulin Ferrell, Magnus Paulin Ferrell, Mattias Paulin Ferrell
Universities
  • University of Southern California
  • Turtle Rock Elementary School
  • Rancho San Joaquin Middle School
  • University High School
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Funny or Die
Birth PlaceIrvine
Height191cm
GenderMale
FatherRoy Lee Ferrell
MotherBetty Kay Overman
Net Worth$80 million as of Jul 1,2016
Sun SignCancer
Born inIrvine
Famous asActor

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Who is Will Ferrell?

John William Ferrell, popularly known as Will, is an American actor, comedian, producer and writer. He started performing comedy skits while in school. However, he did not want to join the show business because his father, who was a musician, never got his paychecks on time. After graduation, he tried out odd jobs; but ultimately moved to Los Angeles and joined the comedy group Groundlings on his mother’s advice. His breakthrough came when he was spotted by ‘Saturday Night Life‘ (SNL) producer Lorne Michaels. He successfully hosted the show for seven years. In a poll taken on 2014, Ferrell was voted as the Best Saturday Night Live cast member of all times. Although he appeared in number of films while doing the show his film career actually took off after he left SNL. From 2003 onwards, he began starring in many popular films that were both critically acclaimed and hit at the box office. At the same time, he started writing screenplays and opened a production company along with Adam Mackay and Gary Sanchez. He is also a good baseball player and a philanthropist. He has donated considerably to different charities involved with cancer survivors.

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Childhood & Early Life

John William Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967 in Irvine, California. His father, Roy Lee Ferrell Junior, was a keyboard player with The Righteous Brothers and his mother, Betty Kay nee Overman was a teacher. Will also has a younger brother named Patrick.

When Will was eight years old his parents divorced. However, both of them took care of the children and so Will did not have any hard feeling about it. Instead, he reveled at the thought that they would be able to celebrate Christmas twice.

Will started his education at Turtle Rock Elementary School in Irvine. After passing out from there he first joined Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and finally University High School. He was a member of the High School’s soccer team and mostly played the kicker.

Initially, he was an introvert; however, while in third grade, Will realized that he had a potential to make people laugh. Soon, he was exploring ways to be funny and making people laugh became a kind of entertainment in an otherwise monotonous life.

While in ninth grade, Will, along with one of his friends, began to perform comedy skits, which they themselves wrote, over the school’s intercom. He also performed such skits at school’s talent show and won the Best Personality superlatives.

After graduating from the High School, Will enrolled at the University of Southern California. In 1990, he graduated with a BA degree in Sports Broadcasting. He then earned an Internship at the NBC television World. Soon enough, he realized that he did not want to be a sports broadcaster and began to look for other jobs.

Career

After unsuccessfully trying his hand at some minor jobs, Will moved to Los Angeles. He tried to establish himself as a standup comedy artist, but failed. To hone his skills he enrolled at an advance comedy class. Here he learnt to improvise and also to impersonate successfully.

Next he auditioned for the Groundings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe, and got through. Here, he got the chance to hone his impersonation skill. Very soon, he began to receive small roles in different TV sitcoms like ‘Grace Under Fire’ and ‘Living Single’. In addition, he also took part in low-budget films like ‘A Bucket of Blood’

In 1994, he won a spot with the top professional group of The Groundlings. By that time ‘Saturday Night Live’ on NBC had started declining in popularity and producer Lorne Michaels was looking for new cast. Ferrell caught his attention.

Will Ferrell joined ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1995. He left the show in 2002 after a successful seven years stint. During this period, he impersonated many well-known people including President George Bush and became quite well known for such acts. He returned to SNL as guest host three more times to host special shows

While working on ‘Saturday Night Live’, Ferrell appeared in many films. Some of those are ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’ (1997), ‘A Night at the Roxbury’ (1998), Superstar (1999), Dick (1999), ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’ (1999), ‘The Ladies Man’ (2000), ‘Drowning Mona’ (2000), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), and ‘Zoolander’ (2001).

After leaving SNL he began to concentrate on his film career. The first starring role to come his way was ‘Old School’ (2003). The film was about three men, who wanted to relive their college days by organizing a fraternity. In this film, Ferrell appeared as Frank “the Tank” Ricard and stole the show.

In the same year, he starred in ‘Elf’. In this film, Ferrell appeared as Buddy Hobbs. This film was also critically appreciated and grossed $220,443,451 worldwide.

The next year in 2004, Ferrell starred in ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’, ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie’. Besides, he also appeared in a crime action comedy film called ‘Starsky & Hutch’ and a documentary called ‘Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party’.

In 2005, Will Ferrell starred in three films: ‘Bewitched’, ‘Kicking and Screaming’ and ‘The Producers’. In addition, he had cameo appearance in ‘Melinda and Melinda’, ‘Winter Passing’, ‘Wedding Crashes’ and ‘The Wendell Baker Story’.

The year 2006 was another important year for Ferrell. In this year he had three films released and each of them did well at the box office. These were ‘Stranger than Fiction’ ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ and ‘Curious George’. Sometime now Ferrell along with Adam Mackay established Gary Sanchez Productions. The company was named after Gary Sanchez, the financier.

In 2007 April, Ferrell launched ‘Funny or Die’, a popular comedy video website. He also starred in ‘Landlord’, a short comedy film released on this site. Since then, the video has been viewed by more than 80 million viewers.

’The Landlord’ was followed by another video called ‘Good Cop Baby Cop’. In addition, he also starred in ‘Blades of Glory’. This 2007 film was well received both by the critics and at the box office.

The year 2008 was an eventful year in the life of Will Ferrell. Apart from starring in ‘Semi Pro’, he, along with Adam Mackay, wrote the screenplay of ‘The Step Brothers’. He was also one of the stars of this film. In September, Ferrell released another video entitled ‘Will Ferrell Answers Internet Questions’.

In 2009, ‘Land of the Lost’ is only film that stars Will Ferrell. He also appeared un-credited in ‘The Goods: Live Hard and Sell Hard’. In addition, he took part in ‘Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush’ which is a comedic Broadway play. Ferrell enacted the role of George Bush in this play. It was broadcast live on HBO.

Ferrell also started coproducing ’Eastbound & Down’, an American sports comedy television series, from February 2009. It was broadcast on HBO. It ended in November 17, 2013.

Next in 2010, Ferrell appeared in ‘The Other Guys’ and ‘Everything Must Go’. He also lent his voice to Megamind, a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film.

From 2011 onwards he has acted in number of films, such as ‘Casa de Mi Padre’ (2011), ‘’Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie’ (2012), ‘The Campaign’ (2012), ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ (2013), ‘Get Hard’ (2015), 'A Deadly Adoption' (2015), 'Daddy's Home' (2015) etc.

Major Works

’Saturday Night Live’ is the first major work to come in Ferrell’s way. He hosted the show for seven long years and then returned to make guest appearance on three different occasions.

’Old School’, released in 2003, is another major work in his formative period. The film grossed $75,585,093 in the North America and $11,470,256 in international markets; total worldwide gross was $87,055,349. Ferrell received an MTV Movie Awards nomination for Best Comedic Performance.

’Stranger Than Fiction’ was another of his comedy dramas, which was well received both by the critics and at the box office. In this Ferrell was able to show his acting talent to the fullest.

‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ is another important work in his life. It was his highest grossing live-action opening at $47 million.

Philanthropic Works

Will Ferrell is the owner of ‘Super Sexy Hot Tan Lotion’. It is available on the Amazon at a very low price and the entire proceeds from the sale go to Cancer for College’s College Willpower Scholarship Fund. The grant provides scholarships to cancer survivors who are unable to afford college fees because of high medical bills.

Awards & Achievements

In 2007, Will Ferrell won four awards. They are - ESPY Awards, Best Sports Movie (for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby); Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards for Funniest Mo-fo; Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards for Most Viral Video; Teen Choice Awards in the Movie Actor - Comedy category for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Blades of Glory

In 2008, Ferrell received ESPY Awards, Best Sports Movie for Semi-Pro.

In 2011, Will Ferrell Received Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

In 2015, Ferrell was declared The Comedian of the Year by British Gentlemen’s Quarterly. It is a men’s fashion and cultural magazine based in New York, but is published from different countries across the world.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 2002, Will Ferrell married his long time girlfriend Viveca Paulin, whom he met in 1995. The couple has three sons: Magnus Paulin Ferrell, Mattias Paulin Ferrell and Axel Paulin Ferrell. The family resides in Orange County, California; but also has a home in New York.

Net Worth

Will Farrell has an estimated net worth of $85 million.

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Will Ferrell awards

YearNameAward

MTV Movie & TV Awards

2007Best KissTalladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Will Ferrell biography timelines

  • // 16th Jul 1967
    John William Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967 in Irvine, California. His father, Roy Lee Ferrell Junior, was a keyboard player with The Righteous Brothers and his mother, Betty Kay nee Overman was a teacher. Will also has a younger brother named Patrick.
  • // 1990
    After graduating from the High School, Will enrolled at the University of Southern California. In 1990, he graduated with a BA degree in Sports Broadcasting. He then earned an Internship at the NBC television World. Soon enough, he realized that he did not want to be a sports broadcaster and began to look for other jobs.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he won a spot with the top professional group of The Groundlings. By that time ‘Saturday Night Live’ on NBC had started declining in popularity and producer Lorne Michaels was looking for new cast. Ferrell caught his attention.
  • // 1995 To 2002
    Will Ferrell joined ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1995. He left the show in 2002 after a successful seven years stint. During this period, he impersonated many well-known people including President George Bush and became quite well known for such acts. He returned to SNL as guest host three more times to host special shows
  • // 1995 To 2002
    In 2002, Will Ferrell married his long time girlfriend Viveca Paulin, whom he met in 1995. The couple has three sons: Magnus Paulin Ferrell, Mattias Paulin Ferrell and Axel Paulin Ferrell. The family resides in Orange County, California; but also has a home in New York.
  • // 2003
    After leaving SNL he began to concentrate on his film career. The first starring role to come his way was ‘Old School’ (2003). The film was about three men, who wanted to relive their college days by organizing a fraternity. In this film, Ferrell appeared as Frank “the Tank” Ricard and stole the show.
  • // 2003
    ’Old School’, released in 2003, is another major work in his formative period. The film grossed $75,585,093 in the North America and $11,470,256 in international markets; total worldwide gross was $87,055,349. Ferrell received an MTV Movie Awards nomination for Best Comedic Performance.
  • // 2004
    The next year in 2004, Ferrell starred in ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’, ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie’. Besides, he also appeared in a crime action comedy film called ‘Starsky & Hutch’ and a documentary called ‘Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party’.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, Will Ferrell starred in three films: ‘Bewitched’, ‘Kicking and Screaming’ and ‘The Producers’. In addition, he had cameo appearance in ‘Melinda and Melinda’, ‘Winter Passing’, ‘Wedding Crashes’ and ‘The Wendell Baker Story’.
  • // 2006
    The year 2006 was another important year for Ferrell. In this year he had three films released and each of them did well at the box office. These were ‘Stranger than Fiction’ ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ and ‘Curious George’. Sometime now Ferrell along with Adam Mackay established Gary Sanchez Productions. The company was named after Gary Sanchez, the financier.
  • // 2007
    In 2007 April, Ferrell launched ‘Funny or Die’, a popular comedy video website. He also starred in ‘Landlord’, a short comedy film released on this site. Since then, the video has been viewed by more than 80 million viewers.
  • // 2007
    ’The Landlord’ was followed by another video called ‘Good Cop Baby Cop’. In addition, he also starred in ‘Blades of Glory’. This 2007 film was well received both by the critics and at the box office.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, Will Ferrell won four awards. They are - ESPY Awards, Best Sports Movie (for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby); Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards for Funniest Mo-fo; Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards for Most Viral Video; Teen Choice Awards in the Movie Actor - Comedy category for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Blades of Glory
  • // 2008
    The year 2008 was an eventful year in the life of Will Ferrell. Apart from starring in ‘Semi Pro’, he, along with Adam Mackay, wrote the screenplay of ‘The Step Brothers’. He was also one of the stars of this film. In September, Ferrell released another video entitled ‘Will Ferrell Answers Internet Questions’.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, Ferrell received ESPY Awards, Best Sports Movie for Semi-Pro.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, ‘Land of the Lost’ is only film that stars Will Ferrell. He also appeared un-credited in ‘The Goods: Live Hard and Sell Hard’. In addition, he took part in ‘Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush’ which is a comedic Broadway play. Ferrell enacted the role of George Bush in this play. It was broadcast live on HBO.
  • // Feb 2009 To 17th Nov 2013
    Ferrell also started coproducing ’Eastbound & Down’, an American sports comedy television series, from February 2009. It was broadcast on HBO. It ended in November 17, 2013.
  • // 2010
    Next in 2010, Ferrell appeared in ‘The Other Guys’ and ‘Everything Must Go’. He also lent his voice to Megamind, a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, Will Ferrell Received Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
  • // 2015
    In 2015, Ferrell was declared The Comedian of the Year by British Gentlemen’s Quarterly. It is a men’s fashion and cultural magazine based in New York, but is published from different countries across the world.

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Will Ferrell's FAQ

  • What is Will Ferrell birthday?

    Will Ferrell was born at 1967-07-16

  • Where is Will Ferrell's birth place?

    Will Ferrell was born in Irvine

  • What is Will Ferrell nationalities?

    Will Ferrell's nationalities is American

  • Who is Will Ferrell spouses?

    Will Ferrell's spouses is Viveca Paulin

  • Who is Will Ferrell siblings?

    Will Ferrell's siblings is Patrick Ferrell

  • Who is Will Ferrell childrens?

    Will Ferrell's childrens is Axel Paulin Ferrell, Magnus Paulin Ferrell, Mattias Paulin Ferrell

  • What was Will Ferrell universities?

    Will Ferrell studied at University of Southern California, Turtle Rock Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, University High School

  • Which company or organization was founded by Will Ferrell?

    Will Ferrell was the founder/co-founder of Funny or Die

  • How tall is Will Ferrell?

    Will Ferrell's height is 191

  • Who is Will Ferrell's father?

    Will Ferrell's father is Roy Lee Ferrell

  • Who is Will Ferrell's mother?

    Will Ferrell's mother is Betty Kay Overman

  • What is Will Ferrell's sun sign?

    Will Ferrell is Cancer

  • How famous is Will Ferrell?

    Will Ferrell is famouse as Actor