Will Ferrell
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Will
Ferrell

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
  • THE LEGO MOVIE
  • GET HARD

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Leaders
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