Will Ferrell

American actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer (born 1967)

John William "Will" Ferrell (/ˈfɛrəl/;[1] born July 16, 1967)[2] is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He began his successful career as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. He has since appeared in many different movies, such as Blades of Glory, Elf, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Old School and Despicable Me 4.

Will Ferrell
Ferrell at the Australian premiere of The Campaign on August 5, 2012
John William Ferrell

(1967-07-16) July 16, 1967 (age 56)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • producer
  • writer
Years active1991–present
SpouseViveca Paulin (m. 2000-present)
An image of Will Ferrell cosplaying as Megamind, a character he voiced.

Early life


Ferrell was born in Irvine, California on July 16, 1967 He is the son of Betty Kay (née Overman), a teacher who taught at Old Mill School elementary school and Santa Ana College,[3] and Roy Lee Ferrell Jr., a musician with The Righteous Brothers.[4] His parents were both natives of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and moved to California in 1964.[5][6] He has a younger brother named Patrick.[7] When he was 8, his parents divorced. Ferrell said of the divorce: "I was the type of kid who would say, 'Hey, look at the bright side! We'll have two Christmases'."


Year Title Role US Gross Also
1995 Bucket of Blood Young Man Made for TV
Criminal Hearts Newscaster
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Mustafa US $53.9 million
Men Seeking Women Al
1998 A Night at the Roxbury Steve Butabi US $30.3 million
The Thin Pink Line Darren Clark
1999 Superstar Sky Corrigan/God US $30.6 million
Dick Bob Woodward US $6.2 million
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Mustafa US $206. million
The Suburbans Gil
2000 The Ladies Man Lance DeLune US $13.6 million
Drowning Mona Cubby the Funeral Director US $15.4 million
2001 Zoolander Mugatu US $45.2 million
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly US $30.1 million
2002 Boat Trip Brian's Boyfriend US $8.6 million
2003 Elf Buddy US $173.4 million
Old School Frank "the Tank" Ricard US $74.6 million
2004 Melinda and Melinda Hobie US $3.8 million
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Ron Burgundy US $84.1 million
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Ron Burgundy
Starsky & Hutch Big Earl US $88.2 million
The Incredibles Jack The Tank Sergeant US $261.4 million
Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party Himself
2005 The Producers Franz Liebkind US $19.4 million
Wedding Crashers Chazz Reinhold US $209.2 million
Winter Passing Corbit
Bewitched Jack Wyatt/Darrin US $62.3 million
Kicking & Screaming Phil Weston US $52.6 million
The Wendell Baker Story Dave Bix
2006 Stranger than Fiction Harold Crick US $40.1 million
Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Ricky Bobby US $148.2 million
Curious George Ted/The Man in the Yellow Hat US $58.3 million
2007 Blades of Glory Chazz Michael Michaels US $118.2 million
2008 Semi-Pro Jackie Moon US $33.4 million
Step Brothers Brennan Huff
2009 Land of the Lost Dr. Rick Marshall $49.4M
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Craig McDermott $15.1M Uncredited
Also Producer
SpongeBob's Truth or Square Himself
2010 The Other Guys Detective Allen Gamble $119M Also Executive Producer
Megamind Megamind $147M Voice Role
Hubworld Himself Guest star
Season 1, Episode 1
Everything Must Go Nick Halsey $2.7M
2012 Casa de Mi Padre[8] Armando Alvarez Also Producer
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie[9] Damein Weebs Also Producer/Co-Producer
The Campaign Cam Brady Also Producer/Co-Producer
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Ron Burgundy Also writer and producer
2014 The Lego Movie President Business Voice Role
2015 Get Hard James King Also producer
Daddy's Home Brad Also Producer
2016 Zoolander 2 Jacobim Mugatu Post-Production

Television work



  1. "Will Ferrell Answers Internet Questions from Will Ferrell and Jake". Funnyordie.com. September 17, 2008. Archived from the original on October 23, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  2. According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  3. "Will Ferrell 1967–". Biography Today. 16 (2). Omnigraphics, Inc.: 54 2007. ISSN 1058-2347.
  4. "Will Ferrell Biography (1968?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  5. "Where There's Will..., There's a Way to Talk About Comedy, Drama and Shooting in Charlotte". Charlotte Observer. November 27, 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  6. Riddick & Rountree and Related Families From Northeast North Carolina by Betty Smith Hobbs
  7. Biography Today, p.54
  8. "Casa de mi Padre" – via www.imdb.com.
  9. "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" – via www.imdb.com.