'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."
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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.
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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.
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Will Ferrell to guest star as Ron Burgundy on 'Conan'

Will Ferrell to guest star as Ron Burgundy on 'Conan'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Will Ferrell is to appear as his "Anchorman" alter-ego, Ron Burgundy, on "Conan" in Los Angeles next month, TBS announced.
Cher, Bryan Cranston lend voices to Autism Speaks campaign

Cher, Bryan Cranston lend voices to Autism Speaks campaign

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Adam West, Bryan Cranston, Cher, Jim Parsons and Mark Hamill are lending their voices to the "Sound Off for Autism Speaks" fundraising campaign.

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Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson land 'Anchorman 2' roles

Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson land 'Anchorman 2' roles

ATLANTA, March 15 (UPI) -- Actors Josh Lawson and Greg Kinnear have joined the cast of the film "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," now shooting in Atlanta, Deadline.com said Friday.

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Celebrities in New Orleans for Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Beyonce, Neil Patrick Harris and a host of other celebrities have descended upon New Orleans in preparation for the Super Bowl Sunday, observers said.
Golden Globes presenters list expanded

Golden Globes presenters list expanded

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Bradley Cooper, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx and Julia Roberts will join the list of presenters at the Golden Globe awards, event organizers in Hollywood said.
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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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