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Will Ferrell is producing a big-screen version of 'Manimal'

Will Ferrell is producing a big-screen version of 'Manimal'

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 23 (UPI) --Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jimmy Miller are on board to produce the live-action/animated feature film, "Manimal," Sony Pictures Animation announced.
Karen Butler
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By United Press International
Will Ferrell crashes USMNT fan get-together in Brazil

Will Ferrell crashes USMNT fan get-together in Brazil

RECIFE, Brazil, June 26 (UPI) --Will Ferrell promised to "bite every German player if [he has] to" during an appearance at a U.S. Men's National Soccer Team fan meeting in Brazil on Tuesday.
Veronica Linares
Jay Leno to receive 2014 Mark Twain prize for humor

Jay Leno to receive 2014 Mark Twain prize for humor

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) --The Kennedy Center will award Jay Leno with the 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the nation's top comedy honor.
Kate Stanton
Lars Ulrich accepts drum-off challenge from Will Ferrell, Chad Smith

Lars Ulrich accepts drum-off challenge from Will Ferrell, Chad Smith

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) --Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has agreed to a drum-off with actor Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
Annie Martin
Will Ferrell and Chad Smith have drum-off on 'Tonight Show'

Will Ferrell and Chad Smith have drum-off on 'Tonight Show'

NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) --Will Ferrell faced look-alike rocker Chad Smith during a Tonight Show drum-off Thursday night.
Veronica Linars
Will Ferrell and Chad Smith to have drum face-off on 'Tonight Show'

Will Ferrell and Chad Smith to have drum face-off on 'Tonight Show'

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) --Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith are going to have a drum-off on "The Tonight Show" to prove who is the "real" Chad Smith.
Aileen Graef
Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, and Jimmy Fallon think James Franco is 'ew'

Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, and Jimmy Fallon think James Franco is 'ew'

NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Seth Rogen and Zac Efron joined Jimmy Fallon on the "Tonight Show" for his "Ew!" segment where they dance to "Turn Down for What" by Lil John.
Aileen Graef
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
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Lead actor Will Ferrell arrives at the premiere of his new motion picture comedy "Land of the Lost", at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on May 30, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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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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