John William Ferrell, born on July 16, 1967, is a well-known American actor, producer, comedian, and writer. Ferrell’s career dates back to the early ‘90s on “Saturday Night Live,” where he was a cast member. The actor has a career worth over a hundred million dollars and several awards to validate it. You might know Ferrell from “Get Hard” (2015), “Megamind” (2010), or “The Other Guys” (2010). However, one thing is sure, Ferrell is a celebrated actor in all his different characters. Join us in celebrating his birthday today!
John William Ferrell
July 16, 1967
John William Ferrell, best known as Will Ferrell, is an American actor, comedian, and producer who is well revered in Hollywood. His talent, comedic nature, and hard work have granted him immeasurable success and a large fan base. Will Ferrell might be famous today, but the story begins with John William Ferrell, born on July 16, 1967, in Irvine, California. His mother, Betty Kay, was a teacher, while his father, Roy Lee Ferrell Jr., was a musician. Ferrell was born into a cozy family of four. He is of English, German and Irish descent and a Cancer by design. Ferrell attended Culverdale Elementary, then Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, and University High School, all in Irvine. He realized he was funny in third grade, and by high school, Ferrell would deliver jokes on the school’s intercom. He enrolled at U.S.C., and in 1990, he graduated with B.A. in sports information.
He moved to Los Angeles after college, and auditioned for “The Groundlings.” Ferrell started creating characters with Chris Kattan, a fellow “Groundlings” member. He received small roles in “Living Single,” “Grace Under Fire,” some commercials, and low-budget films. Ferrell joined “Saturday Night Live” in 1995 after a successful audition. He spent seven years on the show and hosted it five times. While on S.N.L., Ferrell appeared in multiple movies including “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (1997), “The Ladies Man” (2000), “Zoolander” (2001), and several more. In 2003, he appeared in his first film post-S.N.L., “Old School.” The film was a hit and earned Ferrell an M.T.V. Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance nomination. In 2006, he starred in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” which grossed $47 million, “The Other Guys” (2010), which earned over $140 million, and several more films.
Ferrell has also dabbled in voice acting. He’s been on “Family Guy,” “The Lego Movie” (2014/2019), “Megamind” (2010), and several more. Ferrell started producing shows in 2007 with “Funny or Die.” He co-produced “Eastbound & Down” and “The Chris Gethard Show,” which ran for four years. As a three-time Primetime Emmy Award winner, Ferrell is a highly successful actor and producer. He shares this success with his wife, Viveca Paulin, and their three sons.
Ferrell and other Groundlings members join S.N.L.
Ferrell is cast as the lead in “Old School.”
He makes his Broadway debut in “You’re Welcome, America.”
He is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Why We Love Will Ferrell
He is talented
Ferrell is one of the funniest acts of his time. One cannot watch his movies with a straight face.
He is hardworking
Ferrell went from a sketch maker to one of Hollywood’s most successful comedic actors. He got where he is by hard work, consistency, and determination.
He is a philanthropist
Ferrell supports UNICEF. He participated in the organization’s charity swim.
5 Surprising Facts
He had surgery as an infant
Ferrell had pyloric stenosis as an infant and had to get a pyloromyotomy.
His parents got a divorce
Ferrell’s parents divorced when he was eight.
He was team captain
Ferrell played multiple sports in high school and was captain of the baseball team.
He has been Santa Claus
Ferrell worked as a mall Santa Claus in the early stage of his career.
He was a bank teller
Ferrell worked as a bank teller for Wells Fargo after college.
Will Ferrell FAQs
Which Will Ferrell movie made the most money?
The “LEGO Movie” made a box office total of $257.7 million.
What made Will Ferrell famous?
Seven years on “Saturday Night Live.”
Is Pearl in The Landlord Will Ferrell’s daughter?
No, Pearl is Adam McKay’s daughter.
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