"I could be wrong, but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship that was used in the Civil War era." -Ron Burgundy
John William "Will" Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967, in Irvine, Califonia. He grew up going to University High School in Irvine and said that was his first source of comedy. the school was so boring, he had to make fun of things or try to make people laugh just to keep himself occupied. He went to the University of Southern California and graduated with a degree in Sports Information. Once he graduated, he joined The Groundlings which is a competative improvision class that has people go through it and advance levels if they are good enough. Many of the people that graduate from this "school" have had sucess on TV shows as MADtv, Reno911! and Saturday Night Live.
Will Ferrell started his Saturday Night Live career in 1995 and blessed late night TV for seven years until he left in 2002. Since he was so good at improvising, he was sometimes given roles to play only a couple hours before the show. Because of this, he played many different and memorable roles that one can follow up. He showed the world its best George W. Bush impersination they have ever seen along with a list of many others. Such as Harey Carey (Chicago Cub's announcer), Neil Diamond, James Lipton (host Inside the Actor's Studio), Ted Kennedy (Massachusetts Senator), Alex Trebek (host of Jeaopardy), Al Gore, Saddam Huessein, Fidel Castro (Cuban President) and many more.
During his reign on Saturday Night Live, Ferrell appreared in over eight movies as supporting roles. Some of these movies include Zoolander, A Night at the Roxbury and Austin Powers. Once he left Saturday Night Live in 2002, his film career really took off. In 2003, he starred in his first movie called Old School, which kick started his career. Also in 2003, he starred in Elf as a misplaced boy that thinks he's an elf. The next year he came out with Anchorman, a movie about an anchorman that has to deal with women coming into the work place. In 2006 he starred in Stranger Than Fiction and Talladega Nights. After both of these films, Ferrell did some small work and appeared at the ESPY's multiple times, but not many movies. Then in 2009 he starred in the highly anticipated Land of the Lost, but it turned out to be a flop, only earning $19 million. But Will Ferrell doesn't go down without a fight and in 2010 he starred alongside Mark Walburg in The Other Guys. This movie basically made up for the flop and brought in $140 million.
A complete list of all the movies he has been a part of:
Austin Powers, 1997
A Night at the Roxbury, 1998
Old School, 2002
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, 2004
Wedding Crasher, 2005
Kicking and Screaming, 2005
Stranger Than Fiction, 2006
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, 2006
Blades of Glory, 2007
Blades of Glory, 2008
Step Brothers, 2008
Land of the Lost, 2009
The Other Guys, 2010