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Ferrell's Spanish-language film set for March release

Ferrell's Spanish-language film set for March release

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Pantelion Films says it has acquired the U.S. rights to "Casa De Mi Padre," a big-screen, Spanish-language comedy starring Will Ferrell.
Ferrell honored with Mark Twain Prize

Ferrell honored with Mark Twain Prize

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Actor and comedian Will Ferrell was honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Universal inks deal with Ferrell's company

Universal inks deal with Ferrell's company

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Universal Media Studios says it has signed a deal with Gary Sanchez Productions Television, headed by producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.
Ferrell to receive 2011 Mark Twain Prize

Ferrell to receive 2011 Mark Twain Prize

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- Will Ferrell is to be presented with the 2011 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this fall, The Kennedy Center in Washington said Thursday.
Spader, Romano to guest star on 'Office'

Spader, Romano to guest star on 'Office'

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- Ray Romano, Catherine Tate, Will Arnett and James Spader are to guest star on the upcoming Season 7 finale of the U.S. sitcom, "The Office."
Tom Hanks to guest star on '30 Rock'

Tom Hanks to guest star on '30 Rock'

LOS ANGELES, March 26 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks will make a guest appearance on NBC's comedy series "30 Rock," a source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Baldwin, Cryer to appear at Comedy Awards

Baldwin, Cryer to appear at Comedy Awards

NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- Alec Baldwin, Jon Cryer, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Garry Shandling are confirmed to attend The Comedy Awards ceremony in New York, organizers said.
Will Ferrell plans 'Office' guest stint

Will Ferrell plans 'Office' guest stint

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Will Ferrell is to reunite with Steve Carell, his co-star in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," in several episodes of the U.S. sitcom "The Office."
'Harry Potter' tops holiday weekend

'Harry Potter' tops holiday weekend

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" ruled the Thanksgiving U.S. box office with more than $50.3 million in gross receipts for its second weekend.

'Megamind' rakes in a whopping $47.65M

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The animated "Megamind," featuring the voices of Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt, raked in $47.65 million for the No. 1 box office spot during the weekend.
Ferrell tops list of overpaid actors

Ferrell tops list of overpaid actors

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Comic actor Will Ferrell has topped Forbes magazine's list of Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors for a second consecutive year.
'Guys' rakes it in at the box office

'Guys' rakes it in at the box office

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- "The Other Guys" starring those guys Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, took the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office for the weekend with $35.6 million.
Smith, Lawrence voted top movie police duo

Smith, Lawrence voted top movie police duo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, stars of "Bad Boys," would make the best real police out of all Hollywood police duos, an online poll said.
Comedy Central swaps Heder for Gethard

Comedy Central swaps Heder for Gethard

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Writer-comedian Chris Gethard has been hired to replace Jon Heder as the lead in Comedy Central's upcoming U.S. sitcom "Big Lake," EW.com said.
Jon Heder quits Comedy Central sitcom

Jon Heder quits Comedy Central sitcom

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) -- Jon Heder's publicist has confirmed the actor dropped out of a new U.S. sitcom Will Ferrell is producing for Comedy Central.
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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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