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Real Name: Will Ferrell
Birthday: July 16th

Will Ferrell Biography And Filmography:

After joining the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 1995, Will Ferrell won an admired following for his characters, ultimately joining the list of "SNL" alumni who have moved on to become Hollywood celebrities and movie stars. With a flair for impersonations and a skill for playing gullible characters and overconfident egomaniacs, the comedian has risen to become one of Hollywood's biggest comedy superstars.

Will began his career as a sportscaster for a local cable television station. Discouraged, he started making appearances at comedy clubs and college coffee houses, and by 1991 had enrolled in improvisational comedy classes with the well-known troupe The Groundlings. Within eight months, he was invited to join as a full cast member, working alongside future co-stars as Chris Kattan, Ana Gasteyer and Cheri Oteri. Five years later, he auditioned for Lorne Michaels for a role on "Saturday Night Live" and landed a full time job.

Among his more highly amusing impressions and creations were President George W. Bush; Steve Butabi, one half of the club-hopping Butabi brothers; "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek; musical middle school teacher Marty Culp; Professor Klarvin, the overly amorous "lover"; Attorney General Janet Reno ; Spartan Spirit cheerleader Craig; "Inside the Actors Studio" host James Lipton; lounge singer Robert Goulet and the late great Chicago Cubs sportscaster, Harry Caray.

Like many cast members of "Saturday Night Live", he then moved to movies playing the Mustafa in the hit comedy "Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery" (1997) with Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, and Seth Green. He also appeared in the sequel, "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999) featuring Heather Graham and Rob Lowe.

The following year, he and Chris Kattan co-starred in "A Night at the Roxbury", developed from their "Saturday Night Live" swingers characters. He also took supporting roles in the comedies "Dick" (1999) with Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Reynolds, in the story of two girls who wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon. Next was the comedy "Superstar" (1999), yet another "SNL" skit-turned movie. In this one, Molly Shannon plays nerdy Catholic schoolgirl, Mary Katherine Gallagher, who's dreaming of superstardom. He wrapped the year appearing in the spin-off "The Ladies Man" (2000) starring Tim Meadows, and then as a half-stoned state trooper in Kevin Smith's adventure comedy "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001) with Ben Affleck, based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob who make no profit from a movie they wrote and set out to wreck the production.

He appeared in the wacky hit comedy "Old School" (2003) with Vince Vaughn and Elisha Cuthbert, portraying one of three middle-aged men who start their own fraternity house. The comic next took the starring role in the holiday fantasy comedy "Elf" (2003), as a human raised by elves at the North Pole who ventures to Manhattan to find his real parents. 

Hot off the success of "Elf", he took the role of a jailed informant with a unique way of sharing his secrets in "Starsky & Hutch" (2004) with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, before starring in his next major movie, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy" (2004) with Christina Applegate and Steve Carell, playing the lead character, an arrogant but admired newscaster in the 1970s who refuses to accept the addition of a female anchor. He was then cast in the comedy "Melinda and Melinda" (2005), as Hobie, the stressed actor who becomes obsessed with the fixated Melinda and is thrilled when his wife leaves him so he can romance her. He was then cast in the comedy "Kicking & Screaming" (2005), where he played an over excited soccer dad whose coaching technique is made worse by his relationship with his hard-nosed father (Robert Duvall).

The comedian was then hired and cast in the 1960's remake of "Bewitched" (2005) with Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman, playing a hopeless Hollywood actor who's cast as Darin in a remake of the magical television series where, in an attempt to improve his stardom, employees an unknown beauty (Nicole Kidman) to play Samantha, not knowing that she's actually a real-life witch trying to give up the craft. He then had a a guest appearance in the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedy "Wedding Crashers" (2005), about a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic mood to find lonely women, but find themselves at odds with one another when they meet and fall for the same women.

By now, Will was considered a central player in the comedic Rat Pack group of actors who frequently teamed up and appeared in each other's movies, the group also included Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Steve Carell. 

He wrapped his busy year as the disturbing, Nazi-obsessed playwright Franz Liebkind opposite Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in the 2005 big screen adaptation of Mel Brooks' popular movie "The Producers" (2005) featuring Uma Thurman, where after putting together another Broadway flop, a failing producer, Max Bialystock, teams up with apprehensive accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.

The comedian and actor then lent his voice talents to Ted, the Man with the Yellow Hat in “Curious George” (2006) with Drew Barrymore, the funny story of a monkey who hides on a ship after a museum guide goes to Africa to find the lost shrine of Zagawa. Ferrell next starred in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006) , a comedy about a race car driver who either wins in first place or doesn’t finish the race at all. His next movie was, “Stranger Than Fiction” (2006), a comedy about an IRS auditor whose life is interrupted by the noise of a personal narrator who knows everything about him, even when he’ll die. He won a Golden Globe Award nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press for Best Actor – Comedy or Musical. 

He then followed with the romantic sports comedy “Blades of Glory” (2007), a typically goofball comedy about two rival Olympic ice skaters who were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition but find a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team. he then starred alongside Woody Harrelson in the sports comedy "Semi-Pro" (2008) about Jackie Moon, the owner, coach and player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics who rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true. Also that year, he starred with John C. Reilly in the comedy "Step-Brothers" (2008) about two spoiled guys who become competitive stepbrothers after their single parents get hitched. 

Will Ferrell wrapped his year by portraying Park Ranger Rick Marshall in the adventure comedy "Land Of The Lost" (2009) about a forest ranger who along with his two children inadvertently stumble into a mysterious land populated by dinosaurs and other creatures, including the mysterious and dangerous race of Sleestak.

 

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