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Real Name: Steve Carell
Birthday: 08/16/1963

 

Steve Carell Biography And Filmography:

As a correspondent on the popular fake news show “The Daily Show” (1999- ), Steve Carell used his bizarre and unsmiling wit to build a career that ultimately extended into high profile movies and television shows, including his role in the smash hit comedy, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" as well as his role as the over-ambitious but dense boss, Michael Scott, on the hit comedy series, "The Office" (2005- ).

Born Aug. 16, 1963 in Concord, Massachusetts, he attended Dennison College where he created a touring company that traveled around the country improvising comedy and sketches material. After graduating in 1984, he relocated to Chicago where he became a member of the famous "Second City" improv theatre. It was during his time at Second City that he met future wife, actress Nancy Walls, and future “Daily Show” friend Stephen Colbert. While the groundwork for his career was being built, it would take many years and a lot of work for Steve to make a name for himself in Hollywood.

Carell made his film introduction in “Curly Sue” (1991), a family comedy about a smart nine-year-old girl and a street smart bum (Jim Belushi) who try to cheat their way into the good will of a rich lawyer. He next appeared on “The Dana Carvey Show” (1996), a sketch comedy series cancelled after its first season after a spoof showing President Bill Clinton breastfeeding puppies. Steve then found himself on another television series, “Over the Top” (1997), playing an irksome Greek chef. Starring Tim Curry as an unemployed super star of stage and screen, and Annie Potts as the women he was married to for seven days, the show lasted a month before being cancelled, never to be seen again.

The actor landed a few of guest appearance parts on “Just Shoot Me” (1996-2003) and “Strangers With Candy” (1998-2001) before joining “The Daily Show” during its fifth season – thanks to Second City friend, Stephen Colbert. Steve became one of many correspondents doing fake news field sketches, while appearing in studio to act as an authority in whatever field the show needed for that show. While considered a comedy show – or fake news program, as named by host Jon Stewart – “The Daily Show” was often seen by critics and viewers for being more truthful than conventional news. 

While Carell stayed as a contributor to “The Daily Show,” by 2005 he had moved on to larger projects. He stole the show from Jim Carrey as a newscaster in “Bruce Almighty” (2003) with Morgan Freeman. He then had two feature films released in the same month during the summer of 2004 - “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy",” in which he played a strange weatherman next to Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate, and then “Sleepover,” where he played a demanding security guard. 

He was then hired and cast to play Uncle Arthur in “Bewitched” (2005) starring Nicole Kidman, giving a hilarious Paul Lynde type performance. Steve then had a small role in Woody Allen’s, “Melinda and Melinda” (2005), and was cast to play Maxwell Smart in the film version of the 60’s spy comedy show, “Get Smart” with Anne Hathaway, where Maxwell Smart and Agent 86 for work for CONTROL and, battle the forces of KAOS with the more-competent Agent 99 at his side.

The biggest shoes he had to fill were those of Michael Scott when Carell signed on to be the controlling office manager in “The Office” (2005- ), a comedy series that showed the goings-on of a merchant paper company. While not a ratings hit in its first season, the series was well liked, appealed to a dedicated base audience and performed well enough to be renewed for the fall. Nominated for an Emmy for his role as Michael Scott in 2006, he lost out to actor Tony Calhoun of “Monk” (2002- ). As a comfort, he did at least take home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Then in 2007, he won his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for “The Office”. 

During the following summer, he received his first starring role in a feature movie, portraying the lead character in the comedy "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" (2005), where when goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother. After lending his voice talents to Hammy the Raccoon in the funny animated feature, “Over the Hedge” (2006) with Bruce Willis and Avril Lavigne, he took a serious role as a gay, suicidal scholar trying to deal with a broken love affair in “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), a comedy with warm feeling that focused on a dysfunctional family and their journey to drive their daughter 700-miles to a beauty pageant. For his next role, he revisited his character from “Bruce Almighty” to star in “Evan Almighty” (2007), turning his old supporting role into a starring after Jim Carrey decided to leave of the project. This time around, God (Morgan Freeman) asks Evan to build an ark in order to save the world from a second flood.

Steve continued his mass production of films starring in the romantic comedy "Dan in Real Life" (2007), about a widower who finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend. He then returned to voice work in the smash hit animated comedy "Horton Hears a Who!" (2008) with other famous voices belonging to Jim Carrey and Jesse McCartney, about Horton the Elephant who struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists. He wrapped his year with the comedy "High T" (2009) about how Testosterone shots affect a man in wildly different ways. 

 

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