Steve Carell

Steven Carell (born August 16, 1963 in Acton, Massachusetts) is an American Golden Globe-winning actor and writer, currently starring in the television sitcom The Office.

He was educated at the The Fenn School and Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts and Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

He is married to Nancy Walls, a former Daily Show correspondent, whom he originally met when she was a student in an improv class he was teaching at The Second City. They have one daughter (Elizabeth) and one son (John).

Prior to deciding on a career as a performer, he was a mail carrier. He later explained he quit after a few months because he was "very, very bad at it." He also planned on going to law school, but when he was asked on his entry form why he wanted to become a lawyer, he was unable to write a response.

He performed with the Chicago troupe of The Second City in 1991. This same year, he landed his first role (albeit minor) in a major motion picture as Tesio in Curly Sue.

In 1996, he was a cast member of the briefly aired The Dana Carvey Show. Carell has also done some voice acting, including several voices in "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" for Saturday Night Live. He played a supporting character in the short-lived 1997 Tim Curry sitcom Over the Top.

Other screen credits include a role in the short-lived Julia Louis-Dreyfus sitcom Watching Ellie (2002 – 2003) and Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda.

In 1999, he became a correspondent on The Daily Show, appearing in recurring sketches like "Even Stevphen" (with Stephen Colbert) and "Produce Pete with Steve Carell". He remained a regular on the show until 2004.

Carell returned to The Daily Show on March 23, 2005, for a piece on the second anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

While there he also recorded two guest appearances as Produce Pete which aired on April 4, 2005, and May 3, 2005 (and was credited as a contributor until that time).

He returned to the show as the guest on August 15, 2005, and declared on that day's program that he was officially no longer with the show, ending a bit of speculation as to if he would one day return or not.

Two supporting roles in films helped get the attention of audiences: In Bruce Almighty, Carell played Evan Baxter, an arrogant rival to Jim Carrey who gets the ultimate comeuppance at a news desk. In Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, he played yet another news personality, this time as the dimwitted weatherman Brick Tamland, whose non-sequiturs (including "I love lamp" and "LOUD NOISES!") helped make the comedy a success at the box-office.

In spring of 2005, Carell began playing the lead role of Michael Scott on NBC's remake of the British sitcom The Office. Although the series premiered to mediocre ratings, NBC renewed it for a second season, and the show became a ratings success. Carell won a Golden Globe and Television Critics Association award in 2006 for his Office role. He also received a 2006 Emmy nomination for his work in the series.

He played the lead role in the 2005 film The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which he developed and co-wrote. With Carell's surprise success with the film, he revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he has no plans to leave The Office, citing that early on in an actor's career that they can only dream to work full time one day, that they shouldn't be whining when they're working all the time when they wanted to in the first place.

Carell also appeared in a short cameo alongside Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell in the 2005 remake of Bewitched, and voiced one of the starring roles as Hammy the Squirrel in the 2006 computer-animated film Over the Hedge. He stars in Little Miss Sunshine, released on July 26, 2006.

His work in films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Bewitched established Carell as a member of Hollywood's Frat Pack group. This network of actors, headlined by Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson, has become one of the most profitable forces in modern comedy. Carell acknowledged his membership in this group during the opening monologue of his October 1, 2005 hosting stint of Saturday Night Live.

Carell provided his voice to Hypnotix's video games Outlaw Golf and Outlaw Volleyball as the game's commentator.

Also, he is slated to appear as the lead in Evan Almighty, a sequel to Bruce Almighty. He will reprise his role as Evan Baxter, now a member of Congress, whom God tasks with building a new ark.

In October 2006, Carell will begin shooting the upcoming film Dan in Real Life, co-starring Dane Cook and Juliette Binoche.

He is currently scheduled to play Maxwell Smart in a movie remake of Get Smart, which begins filming in March 2007.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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