Will Ferrell
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Gary Sanchez Productions, Funny or Die

Will
Ferrell

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Will Ferrell has become one of the cinema’s premiere comedic talents. After getting his start in the mid-90’s as a key cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” Ferrell made a big leap into feature films, racking up numerous hits after his family blockbuster “Elf” took the box office by storm, including “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Step Brothers,” “Talladega Nights,” “The Other Guys,” “Get Hard,” “Zoolander,” “The Campaign,” “Blades of Glory,” “The Lego Movie,” “Megamind,” and “Daddy’s Home.”

His box-office clout was tested in 2017 with unimpressive returns for “The House” alongside Amy Poehler, but Ferrell has plenty more in the pipeline coming that will test his Q rating. Sony has him sharing the lead with John C. Reilly for “Holmes & Watson” in 2018, and he has still more projects coming including a father-son comedy with Jason Momoa.

He’s not only dominating the comedy genre, but branching out with offerings that remind people outside of his ever-growing fan base that there’s a true thespian lurking amidst the over-sized guffaws. Ferrell has mixed in some thoughtful, more serious minded efforts, including the surreal meta-dramedy “Stranger than Fiction,” the dark comedy “Everything Must Go,” and Woody Allen’s “Melinda and Melinda.”

In 2007, Ferrell launched the influential comedy website Funny or Die with frequent collaborator Adam McKay, which became a much-buzzed destination for laugh seekers. He has also been busy producing TV shows with McKay, including an adaptation of an Australian format for CBS All Access and a family drama for HBO.

Career

  • DADDY'S HOME
  • LEGO MOVIE, THE
  • GET HARD

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Comedy Leaders

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Will Ferrell to Star in 'The 100 Year-Old Man'

Will Ferrell to Star in 'The 100 Year-Old Man'

Will Ferrell is producing and starring in the CBS Films comedy "The 100 Year-Old Man."The project is based on bestselling author Jonas Jonasson’s "The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared."Ferrell is producing the film with partners Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum via their Gary Sanchez shingle alongside Andy Licht and NiceFLX Pictures' Pontus Edgren and Mikael Wallen. Felix Herngren and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer will serve as executive producers, and Joshua Mehr will co-produce.Jason George ("Narcos") is set...

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