Who Is Will Ferrell?
Will Ferrell (born John William Ferrel) is a famous American actor, writer, and producer. He is known for his leading man roles in comedy films and for his work as a television producer. He has earned four Emmy Awards and in 2011 was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In 2015, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was named the best comedian in British GQ. In the mid-1990s, he first established himself as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live where he performed from 1995 to 2001. Since then, he has subsequently starred in a string of comedy films.
He is considered a member of the “Frat Pack”, a generation of leading Hollywood comic actors who emerged in the late 1990s and the 2000s, including Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd, and brothers Owen and Luke Wilson. In 2007, he founded the comedy website Funny or Die with his former writing partner Adam McKay. He has starred in comedy films such as Elf (2003), Anchorman (2004), Kicking & Screaming (2005), Talladega Nights (2006), Blades of Glory (2007), Step Brothers (2008), The Other Guys (2010), Get Hard (2015), and Barbie (2023). Ferrell has also taken dramatic roles in Stranger than Fiction (2006), Everything Must Go (2010), and Downhill (2020). He has voiced roles in Curious George (2006), Megamind (2010), and The Lego Movie film franchise (2014–2019).
Because of his work as a producer on the HBO drama series Succession (2019-2023) and for the ABC specials Live in Front of a Studio Audience (2019-2020), he received four Primetime Emmy Awards. Also, he produced the TruTV series I’m Sorry (2017-2019), the Netflix series Dead to Me (2019-2022), and the Comedy Central series Drunk History (2013-2019). Because of his work on Broadway, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event for his satirical portrayal of George W. Bush in You’re Welcome America (2009).
How Old Is Will Ferrell?
Ferrel is 56 years old as of September 2023, having been born on July 16, 1967, in Irvine, California, U.S.A. Will Ferrell shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Luke Hemmings, Safiya Nygaard, James Maslow, and many more.
Will Ferrell Family
Who are Will Ferrell’s Parents?
Will was born to Rory Lee Ferrell (Father, born in 1941) and Betty Kay Overman (Mother, born in 1940). His father is a musician who played saxophone and keyboards for the Righteous Brothers whereas his mother is a teacher who taught at Old Mill School Elementary School and Santa Ana College. both natives of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. His parents divorced when he was eight years old.
Does Will Ferrell have Siblings?
He has a younger brother by the name of Patrick Ferrell (born in 1970) an actor and director.
Will Ferrell Education
Ferrell received his education at Culverdale Elementary and later attended Irvine Unified School District. Then he received his high school education at University High School where he was a kicker for the school’s varsity football team. Also, he was on the soccer team and captain of the basketball team as well as serving on the student council. After high school, he attended The University of Southern California where he studied broadcasting and joined the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He graduated in 1990 with a B.A. Degree in Sports Information.
Will Ferrell Wife
Ferrell is married to the love of his life, Viveca Paulin (born on April 24, 1969) an actress and producer. They met in 1995 at an acting class and got married in August 2000. They live in New York City and Orange County, California.
Will Ferrell Kids
Ferrell has three kids with his wife Viveca Paulin. Three sons by the names of Magnus (born in 2004), Matthias (born in 2006), and Axel (born in 2010).
Will Ferrell Height – Measurements
Adding to his well-built body is a height of 6 feet 3 inches (1.91m) and a weight of 91kg (200 lbs).
Will Ferrell Career
Will Ferrell 1994-2001
Prior to joining The Groundings, his attempts at standup comedy had little success. By 1994, he had joined The Groundings and with fellow Groundings member Chris Kattan, he created the Butabi Brothers. By 1995, he was receiving small roles including appearances in the TV series Grace Under Fire and Living Single. After SNL’s decline in popularity in 1994-1994, the need for a new cast for the next season arose and the producer saw The Groundings and asked Ferrel and Cheri Oteri to audition for SNL’s main producer, Lorne Michaels. Will joined Saturday Night Live in 1995 and left in 2002 after a seven-year tenure.
During his time there, he made a name for himself with his impersonations which included US President George W. Bush, Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray, singer Robert Goulet (crooning a cappella pieces of music by Sisqó, Baha Men, and The Notorious B.I.G.), singer Neil Diamond, Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton (who favored Ferrell’s impersonation), Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, United States Attorney General Janet Reno, convicted Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, game show host Alex Trebek, fictitious private detective John Shaft, professional wrestler Jesse Ventura, US Vice President Al Gore, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and Cuban President Fidel Castro. On May 14, 2005, May 16, 2009, May 12, 2012, January 27, 2018, and November 23, 2019, he returned to Saturday Night Live as a guest host.
Will Ferrell 2002-2010
During his time at SNL, he appeared in several movies Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), A Night at the Roxbury (1998), Superstar (1999), The Ladies Man (2000), Dick (1999), Drowning Mona (2000), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), and Zoolander (2001). After his departure from SNL, he had his first starring role as Frank “The Tank” Richard in Old School (2003). That same year, the title role in El followed as did another MTV Movie Awards nomination. In 2004 and 2005, he continued to land comedy roles in films such as Melinda and Melinda, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Starsky & Hutch. In 2006, he starred in Stranger Than Fiction and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
The Magazine on December 27, 2006, named him as one of its three actors of the year in their 2006 year-in-review issue. In 2008, he starred in the movie Step Brothers with John C. Reilly. Also, the movie stars Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Mary Steenburgen, and Richard Jenkins. Moreover, he is known for his promotional appearances including acting as part of a pre-game video package for the Rose Bowl along with the University of Texas at Austin alum Matthew McConaughey. In addition to his acting, he has presented numerous times at the Academy Awards. It was announced in May 2009, that he was in talks to star in a feature film, Neighbourhood Watch (later The Watch). However, he decided not to do the film in August 2009.
Will Ferrell 2011-2019
In 2012, he starred alongside Zach Galifianakis in the political comedy The Campaign. That same year, he appeared in the comedy Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. He and Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith appeared on the May 22, 2014, episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a charity drum-off battle. In 2015, he starred in the buddy comedy Get Hardand the comedy Daddy’s Home. His film projects include; Zeroville (2016) and Roger Go Beyond (2017). In collaboration with the iHeart Radio Podcast Network, he launched The Ron Burgundy Podcast in February 2019. Originally, the show was slated for two seasons of twelve episodes each. And in 2022 it was renewed for a fifth live season.
Will Ferrell 2020-Present
He alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus starred in the remake of the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure, entitled Downhill in 2020. It was directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. In 2020 also, he starred in the musical comedy film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga with Rachel McAdams. The following year, he starred with Ryan Reynolds in the Apple TV+ musical comedy film Spirited (2022). Also, he served as the film’s producer. In 2023, he played the CEO of Mattel in Greta Gerwig’s comedy film Barbie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
Will Ferrell Creating and Producing
He and Adam McKay launched “Funny or Die in April 2007. This is a streaming video website where short comedy films are uploaded and voted on by users. He was one of the executive producers of The Chris Gethard Show which aired from 2015 to 2016 on Fusion and on truTV from 2017 to 2018. He is then one of the executive producers of Dead to Me (2019-2022) which stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini.
Will Ferrell Sports
Will Ferrell Baseball
At a Minor League Baseball game on May 6, 2010, at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, he was introduced between innings as a Venezuelan pitcher for the Round Rock Express named “Billy Ray ‘RoJo’ Johnson. On March 12, 2015, he played in five games of Major League Baseball spring training for ten different Cactus League teams as a promotion for a Funny or Die charity special. He played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and the San Francisco Giants, playing all ten positions including designated hitter.
Will Ferrell Soccer
He first took part in Soccer Aid 2012. In 2016, he became a part-owner of Los Angeles FC which competes in the MLS.
Will Ferrell Salary
Ferrell earns an annual basic salary of $20 million working as an actor per movie.
Will Ferrell’s Net Worth
Will boasts a net worth of $160 million. He has accumulated his wealth through his career as an Actor, Writer, Producer, and Comedian.