Will FerrellActor / Comedian
Born: 16 July 1967
Birthplace: Irvine, California
Best known as: The SNL star who was in the movie Anchorman
After a crowd-pleasing run on TV's Saturday Night Live
, Will Ferrell turned into an unexpected movie box office superstar with the hit 2003 comedies Old School
. Ferrell's performing career began after college, when he joined The Groundlings, a comedy theater company based in Los Angeles. After years of improvisational comedy and the occasional TV role, he was made a regular cast member of SNL
in 1995. Ferrell's awkward, half-burly, middlebrow charm, combined with his outrageous physical gags and impersonations of George W. Bush
and others, made him one of the most popular members of the cast. Among his many memorable sketches was the "more cowbell" skit (2000, with Christopher Walken
) which made the phrase a pop-culture favorite. Ferrell left SNL
in 2002 to work full-time on his movie career. He then reeled off a string of hit comedies: Elf
, Old School
, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
(2004), Talladega Nights
(2006, with Sacha Baron Cohen
) and Blades of Glory
(2007, with Jon Heder
). Ferrell has also done the more serious-minded Stranger Than Fiction
(2006, with Maggie Gyllenhaal
), but he mostly sticks to comedy. His other films include Step Brothers
(2008), Land of the Lost
(2009) and The Other Guys
(2010, opposite Mark Wahlberg
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