Will Ferrell has come a long way since his days on Saturday Night Live, crossing over from television icon to motion picture star shortly after joining the SNL cast in 1995.
He most recently starred in 'Step Brothers' which he co-wrote with Adam McKay, and 'Semi-Pro,' the story of a 1970s-era ABA team trying to earn its way into the NBA, opposite Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin for director Kent Alterman. Prior to that, in 2007, he starred in the comedy hit 'Blades of Glory' with Jon Heder. The film took in over $118 million at the box office.
In 2006, Ferrell demonstrated that his dramatic gifts equal his comedic talents, earning his second Golden Globe nomination (Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical) for his portrayal of IRS agent Harold Crick in 'Stranger than Fiction,' starring opposite Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Maggie Gyllenhaal for director Marc Forster.
Ferrell also starred in the hit comedy 'Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,' with co-stars John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen. Earning nearly $150 million at the U.S. box office, the film became the season's #1 comedy (non-animated) and set records on DVD.
In the summer of 2004, Ferrell starred in the comedy 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' for DreamWorks Pictures, which grossed over $85 million domestically. Ferrell co-wrote the script with SNL writer Adam McKay. Judd Apatow ('Freaks and Geeks') produced, with David O. Russell ('Three Kings') executive producing. Ferrell portrayed Ron Burgundy, a 1970s anchorman with an inflated ego threatened by the arrival of an ambitious female newscaster who, unlike him, has mastered journalism.
Ferrell completed his seventh and final season on the legendary NBC late-night hit 'Saturday Night Live' in 2002, having taken the nation by storm by impersonating George W. Bush. Some of his most memorable SNL characters include Craig the Spartan Cheerleader, musical middle school teacher Marty Culp, and Tom Wilkins, the hyperactive co-host of 'Morning Latte.' Among his many impressions are Janet Reno, Alex Trebek, Neil Diamond, and the late, great Chicago Cubs sportscaster Harry Caray. His work on SNL earned two Emmy nominations in 2001 (Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program).
Previous film credits include 'Zoolander,' 'Elf,' the Woody Allen feature 'Melinda and Melinda,' the comedies 'Bewitched' and 'Old School,' and the screen adaptation of 'The Producers,' which earned Ferrell his first Golden Globe nomination in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor. He recently wrapped production on Universal's 'Land of the Lost.'
Ferrell is also one of the co-founders (along with his Gary Sanchez Productions partners Adam McKay and Chris Henchy) of FunnyorDie.com, a website that showcases some of the best comedy online.
Raised in Irvine, California, Ferrell attended USC and graduated with a degree in sports information. Upon graduation, he worked as a sportscaster on a weekly show broadcast over a local cable channel. Soon after, he enrolled in acting classes and stand-up comedy workshops at a nearby community college and was eventually asked to join the esteemed comedy/improv group The Groundlings after just one year of training. It was at The Groundlings that Ferrell was discovered for 'Saturday Night Live.'