Will Ferrell

John William "Will" Ferrell (born July 16, 1967) is an American comedian, impressionist, and actor who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live.

Ferrell was born in Irvine, California to Lee Ferrell (a keyboardist for The Righteous Brothers) and Kay Overman. He attended Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School in Irvine and became interested in performing while making his school's daily morning announcements over the public address system in disguised voices. He then enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he studied Sports Broadcasting and was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. After graduating in 1989, Ferrell developed his improvisation skills as a member of the comedy group The Groundlings.

Ferrell joined Saturday Night Live in 1995. He had planned to perform a comedy bit to win a spot on the show from producer Lorne Michaels who traditionally sits down for a final interview with prospective cast members. It was Will's idea to arrive with a suitcase full of monopoly money and say, "I'm prepared to do anything to be on this show, Mr. Michaels." After bringing the suitcase to the audition and subsequent meetings, it became apparent that there would be no need for the suitcase bit and Will aborted the idea.

During his time on SNL, Ferrell made a name for himself with his impersonations, which included:

* U.S. President George W. Bush ("strategery" was one of several "Bushisms" created by Ferrell during skits about the 2000 campaign),
* announcer Harry Caray (even after Caray's death),
* singer Robert Goulet (crooning a cappella pieces of music by Sisqó, Baha Men, and Notorious B.I.G.),
* singer Neil Diamond,
* Inside the Actors Studio personality James Lipton,
* Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy,
* U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno,
* convicted Unabomber Ted Kaczynski,
* game show host Alex Trebek, and
* professional wrestler-turned-Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura.

His original characters included "Morning Latte" co-host Tom Wilkins, Ed the Horse's twin brother Ned, music teacher Marty Culp, Spartan cheerleader Craig Buchanan, Dale Sturtevant "Dissing Your Dog", and night clubber Steve Butabi in a sketch that went to the big screen in 1998's A Night at the Roxbury.

Ferrell returned to Saturday Night Live as a guest host on May 14, 2005. In one sketch, he reprised his role as Robert Goulet, advertising a series of crooned ringtones. Also on the same episode, during the performance of the song "Little Sister" by musical guests Queens of the Stone Age, Ferrell came onstage playing the cowbell: this was in reference to a famous 2000 sketch in which he portrayed Gene Frenkle, a fictional member of Blue Öyster Cult, as the band recorded "(Don't Fear) The Reaper". He also reprised his famous role as Alex Trebek in a parody of Celebrity Jeopardy! with Darrell Hammond also reprising his role as Sean Connery, Kenan Thompson as Bill Cosby, and Amy Poehler as Sharon Osbourne.

In 2004, Ferrell hosted the USC School of Cinema-Television’s 75th Anniversary Gala, where his alma mater was recognized as the first educational institution of its kind in the country.

On July 17, 2006, Ferrell threw the second pitch of the night at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox game against the Kansas City Royals, performing an impersonation of former Sox pitcher Luis Tiant.

An announcement on I-Newswire.com reported that Ferrell had died in a paragliding accident. The site accepts press releases from users for publication on its website. A user submitted the aforementioned hoax, which was published before its factual inaccuracy was noticed. The story was further propagated when it appeared on Google News. It should also be noted that this was a play off a joke in 2005's hit summer comedy Wedding Crashers, in which Ferrell's character calls someone an idiot for dying in a paragliding accident.

Ferrell is part of the unofficial Frat Pack group that also includes Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, and Steve Carell. This group of actors have worked with one another numerous times in several collaborations from movies to show appearances to award shows. Ferrell's first official connection to the frat pack could be considered 2001's Zoolander, in which Ben Stiller starred and directed alongside Owen Wilson with Vince Vaughn in a cameo appearance.

Ferrell's frat pack filmography includes Old School, Starsky & Hutch (uncredited), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (as well as its DVD-only alternate version, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie) and Wedding Crashers.

2005 Golden Raspberry Awards

One win:

* Worst Screen Couple (with Nicole Kidman, for Bewitched)

One nomination:

* Worst Actor (Bewitched and Kicking & Screaming)

Will Ferrell has been married to Swedish actress Viveca Paulin since August 2000. They have one son, Magnus Paulin Ferrell, born March 7, 2004.On July 27th, Ferrell announced, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, that he and his wife are expecting another child. He has three dogs. He stands 6ft 3" (191 cm) tall.

* Saturday Night Live (cast member from 1995-2002)
* Cow and Chicken (1997-2001) (voice in various episodes)
* Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000 (2000)
* The Oblongs (2001-2002) (voice)
* Family Guy (2000-2001) (voice in various episodes)
* Strangers with Candy (Guest star)
* King of the Hill (voice)Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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