Lorne Michaels will receive Twain prize

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels will receive the seventh annual Mark Twain Pr

Will Ferrell in racing movie

LOS ANGELES, June 7 (UPI) -- Columbia Pictures has won the rights to produce the upcoming Will Ferrell comedy "Talladega Nights," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

David Mamet will direct Will Ferrell

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- David Mamet will direct Will Ferrell in the upcoming feature "Joan of Bark: the Dog that Saved France," Daily Variety reported Wednesday.

Will Ferrell, Vin Diesel rank big on DVDs

LOS ANGELES, May 31 (UPI) -- Hollywood's most bankable stars may have more to do with DVD sales than box office success as DVD revenue becomes more important to film studios.

Chenoweth talking role in 'Bewitched'

LOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) -- Kristin Chenoweth is in negotiations to play opposite Nicole Kidman in Columbia Pictures' film adaptation of the TV series "Bewitched."

Acts line up to play at MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- The Beastie Boys, D12 and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have signed on to perform during the 2004 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.

Will Ferrell adds 'Fly on Wall' to roster

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Will Ferrell has considered adding one more project to a busy schedule that already includes nine films with "Fly on the Wall."

MacLaine, Caine may join 'Bewitched' cast

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Veteran actors Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine may join the cast of "Bewitched," a U.S. feature film based on the 1960s TV classic.

Chris Rock tops 25 funniest Americans list

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (UPI) -- Entertainment Weekly has named Chris Rock the funniest man in America in its list of the nation's 25 funniest people.

Will Ferrell to make 1st Oscar appearance

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Actor Will Ferrell will make his first appearance as an Oscar show presenter during the 76th Academy Awards, telecast producer Joe Roth announced Tuesday.

Kidman becomes 'Bewitched'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Nicole Kidman has signed to star in "Bewitched" with Will Ferrell, ending month-long speculation.

Jim Carrey ranked No. 1 box office draw

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Jim Carrey has been voted the actor with the most drawing power when it comes to driving ticket buyers to the box office in the U.S.-based Quigley Poll.

Asner 'delighted' to play Santa in 'Elf'

NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Actor Ed Asner told reporters in New York City that playing Santa Claus in the hit big-screen comedy "Elf" was a "beautiful experience."

Analysis: Box-office blues

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- With the holiday movie season well under way, the U.S. box office stands virtually no chance of matching -- or even challenging -- last year's record grosses.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Chuck D. making feature film debut

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Rapper Chuck D., the charismatic front man of the group Public Enemy and a political rap pioneer, is going to make his feature film debut.
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Will Ferrell
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)

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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