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NBC is planning a 40th anniversary special for 'Saturday Night Live'

NBC is planning a 40th anniversary special for 'Saturday Night Live'

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- NBC says it plans to air a 3-hour live television special, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking sketch comedy series, "Saturday Night Live."
Karen Butler
Michelle Obama schools Will Ferrell on healthy eating

Michelle Obama schools Will Ferrell on healthy eating

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A few days after Will Ferrell joined Michelle Obama on "The Tonight Show," the comedian is back on a health food kick for her "Let's Move" initiative.
Gabrielle Levy

'LEGO' takes box office for third straight weekend

LOS ANGELES, D.C., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- "The LEGO Movie," with the voice of Will Ferrell among others, led the box office for the third straight weekend with $31.45 million.
Michelle Obama visits 'The Tonight Show' in New York

Michelle Obama visits 'The Tonight Show' in New York

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama made her inaugural appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in New York Thursday night.
'LEGO Movie' wins 2nd straight weekend

'LEGO Movie' wins 2nd straight weekend

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- "The LEGO Movie," with the voice of Will Ferrell among others, led the box office for the second straight weekend with $48.81 million.
Will Arnett says he had fun playing Batman in 'The Lego Movie'

Will Arnett says he had fun playing Batman in 'The Lego Movie'

Will Arnett says he loved playing an animated version of Batman in "The Lego Movie" because it gave him the chance to satirize the iconic superhero.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Jimmy Fallon names first-week guest lineup

Jimmy Fallon names first-week guest lineup

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Jerry Seinfeld, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake will sit down with Jimmy Fallon for his first week hosting the "Tonight Show."
Kate Stanton
'Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' books Will Smith, U2 for premiere

'Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' books Will Smith, U2 for premiere

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Will Smith and U2 have been booked for the first episode of "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" in New York, NBC announced Monday.

'LEGO Movie' builds audience, wins weekend

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- "The LEGO Movie," an animated film the voice of Will Ferrell among others, topped the weekend box office with $69.11 million in receipts.

Real 'Ron Burgundy' not offended by connection to Ferrell movie

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- The real TV anchorman on whom actor Will Ferrell based the character Ron Burgundy says he's not offended by any connection to the movie character.

'Hobbit' sequel tops second weekend in a row

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, took in $31.455 million to lead the box office for the second weekend.

Man in elf costume arrested in Louisiana on drunken driving charges

LAFAYETTE, La., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Authorities in Louisiana said a man dressed like the main character in the Christmas movie "Elf" was arrested on a drunken driving charge.
'SNL': 'Anchorman 2' cast, One Direction sing 'Afternoon Delight' [VIDEO]

'SNL': 'Anchorman 2' cast, One Direction sing 'Afternoon Delight' [VIDEO]

Dec. 8 (UPI) -- "You brought your boy band -- well, I brought my man band."
Kate Stanton
Ron Burgundy interviews Peyton Manning on SportsCenter

Ron Burgundy interviews Peyton Manning on SportsCenter

Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The "Anchorman 2" promotional tour is in full swing, with Will Ferrell as its secret weapon.
Kate Stanton
Ron Burgundy anchors real-life North Dakota newscast [VIDEO]

Ron Burgundy anchors real-life North Dakota newscast [VIDEO]

Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Local news legend Ron Burgundy brings his classy delivery to North Dakota's KX News.
Kate Stanton
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John William "Will" Ferrell ( /ˈfɛrəl/; born July 16, 1967) is an American comedian, impressionist, actor, and writer. Ferrell first established himself in the late 1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and has subsequently starred in the comedy films Old School, Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Stranger than Fiction, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, and The Other Guys. He is considered a member of the "Frat Pack", a generation of leading Hollywood comic actors who emerged in the late 1990s and the 2000s, including Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and brothers Owen and Luke Wilson. He most recently guest starred in a four-episode story arc on the The Office.

Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, the son of Betty Kay (née Overman), a teacher who taught at Old Mill School elementary school and Santa Ana College, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician with The Righteous Brothers. His parents were both natives of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and moved to California in 1964; Ferrell has Irish ancestry. Ferrell has a younger brother, Patrick. When he was 8, his parents divorved. 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.'" The divorce was amicable and both parents were committed to their children. The biggest problem was Lee's line of work. As a person in showbusiness, his paychecks were never steady and he was gone from home months at a time. Growing up in the environment made Ferrell not want to go into show business, but get a steady job.

Will first attended school at Turtle Rock Elementary and later attended Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, both in Irvine. He attended University High School in Irvine, and was a kicker for the school's varsity football team. He was also on the soccer team and captain of the basketball team, and served on student council. As a joke, he started the reptile club (even though he didn't know anyone who owned one), but the club only lasted for two meetings.

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