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Will Ferrell

John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine, where he made his school's daily morning announcements over the public address system in disguised voices. He started as a member of the Los Angeles comedy/improvisation group The Groundlings, where fellow cast members Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, and former Saturday Night Live(1975) repertory players such as Laraine Newman, Jon Lovitz, and Phil Hartman began their careers. There he met Chris Kattan, the two became good friends, and later both went on to Saturday Night Live (1975). He has also appeared on several television programs, including Strangers with Candy (1999), Grace Under Fire (1993), and Living Single (1993) during his time at The Groundlings. Will also lent his voice to the armless and legless dad of cartoon family "The Oblongs."

In 1995 he became a feature cast member at Saturday Night Live (1975) during the show's rapid re-casting. He was declared quite possibly the worst cast member ever during his first season. However, his talents of impersonations and range of characters shot him forward to making him arguably the greatest Saturday Night Live (1975) cast member ever. During his seven-year run, he is one of the few cast members ever to be nominated for an Emmy for a performance and played George W. Bush during the 2000 elections. He has appeared in every Saturday Night Live (1975) movie since his premiere on the show in 1995. In 2002 he left Saturday Night Live (1975) and was the only cast member to ever receive a farewell from all the current cast members at the end of the season finale show. Since leaving the show, Will has pursued a career in films. In 2000, he married Viveca Paulin and lives in L.A.

Known For

Credits

Cast Credits

John Mulaney Presents: Everybody's in L.A. (2024)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
  • Episode 1x01: COYOTES (May 3, 2024)
Stupid Pet Tricks (2024)
Guest starring as Ranger Jim
In the Know (2024)
Guest starring as Gene
Welcome to Wrexham (2022)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (2 episodes)
The Shrink Next Door (2021)
Starring as Martin "Marty" Markowitz (8 episodes)
Hart to Heart (2021)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
The Boys (2019)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell as Coach Brink (4 episodes)
No Activity (2017)
Guest starring as Adrian (6 episodes)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (2017)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
Chelsea (2016)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (2 episodes)
Guest starring as Ron Burgundy
The Spoils Before Dying (2015)
Starring as Eric Jonrosh (6 episodes)
Starring as J. Edgar Hoover
The Chris Gethard Show (2015)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (3 episodes)
The Red Nose Day Special (2015)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (5 episodes)
Guest starring as Ron Burgundy
Hot Ones (2015)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (2 episodes)
The Last Man on Earth (2015)
Guest starring as Gordon Vanderkruik
  • Episode 2x02: The Boo (Oct 4, 2015) [Special Guest Star]
Panelet (2014)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
Welcome to Sweden (2014)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (5 episodes)
Guest starring as Ron Burgundy
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (14 episodes)
Guest starring as Ron Burgundy
The Spoils of Babylon (2014)
Starring as Eric Jonrosh (6 episodes)
Drunk History (2013)
Guest starring as Roald Dahl
  • Episode 3x04: Spies (Sep 22, 2015)
Guest starring as The Monster
7 Minutes in Heaven (2011)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
The Comedy Awards (2011)
Starring as Presenter
Conan (2010)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (4 episodes)
Guest starring as Ron Burgundy
Watch What Happens Live (2009)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (4 episodes)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
30 Rock (2006)
Guest starring as Shane Hunter (3 episodes)
Morning Joe (2006)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
The Office (2005)
Guest starring as Deangelo Vickers (4 episodes)
The Big Fat Quiz (2004)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (5 episodes)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (6 episodes)
Guest starring as Ron Burgundy
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002)
Guest starring as Guest Announcer
Undeclared (2001)
Guest starring as Dave
  • Episode 1x03: Addicts (Oct 9, 2001)
The Oblongs (2001)
Starring as Bob Oblong
Family Guy (1999)
Guest starring as Fisherman
Guest starring as Black Knight
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1999)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
The View (1997)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
The Daily Show with Craig Kilborn (1996)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
The Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (2 episodes)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (1987)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (2 episodes)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Starring as Will Ferrell (29 episodes)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (9 episodes)
Guest starring as George W. Bush
Golf ()
Starring as TBD
Oscars (1953)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (5 episodes)
Today (1952)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell
Golden Globe Awards (1944)
Guest starring as Will Ferrell (2 episodes)

Crew Credits

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (2022)
Show crew as Executive Producer (7 episodes)
The Shrink Next Door (2021)
Show crew as Executive Producer (3 episodes)
Robbie (2020)
Show crew as Executive Producer
Motherland: Fort Salem (2020)
Show crew as Executive Producer
Dead to Me (2019)
Show crew as Executive Producer
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (May 3, 2019)
Succession (2018)
Show crew as Executive Producer
LA to Vegas (2018)
Show crew as Executive Producer
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (Jan 2, 2018)
No Activity (2017)
Show crew as Creator
Show crew as Executive Producer
I'm Sorry (2017)
Show crew as Executive Producer
The Spoils Before Dying (2015)
Show crew as Executive Producer
The Chris Gethard Show (2015)
Show crew as Executive Producer
Bad Judge (2014)
Show crew as Executive Producer
The Spoils of Babylon (2014)
Show crew as Executive Producer
Eastbound & Down (2009)
Show crew as Executive Producer
No Good Deed ()
Show crew as Executive Producer
Golf ()
Show crew as Creator
Show crew as Executive Producer
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