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Timberlake, Ferrell tapped as 'SNL' hosts

Timberlake, Ferrell tapped as 'SNL' hosts

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- Justin Timberlake and Will Ferrell have signed on as hosts of the last two new episodes of "Saturday Night Live" in New York this season, NBC said.
Ferrell reprises Bush role on 'SNL'

Ferrell reprises Bush role on 'SNL'

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Actor Will Ferrell has reprised his role of U.S. President George W. Bush on the special "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday."
Will Ferrell heading to B'way in Bush play

Will Ferrell heading to B'way in Bush play

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Actor and comedian Will Ferrell has signed on to make his Broadway debut in the one-man comedy, "You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush."
Salman Rushdie wins Joyce award

Salman Rushdie wins Joyce award

DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- University College Dublin reportedly has honored Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie with its James Joyce Award.
Millions checking out Funny or Die

Millions checking out Funny or Die

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- More than 8 million unique visitors checked out Funny or Die last month, the U.S. comedy Web site announced Tuesday.
Cohen, Ferrell to star in Holmes comedy

Cohen, Ferrell to star in Holmes comedy

LOS ANGELES, July 2 (UPI) -- Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell are set to play British detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. John Watson in a big-screen Hollywood comedy.
Smith, Cruise to present MTV Movie Awards

Smith, Cruise to present MTV Movie Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 29 (UPI) -- Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Rainn Wilson and Anna Faris are to present awards at the "2008 MTV Movie Awards" show in California, MTV said.
Sandler, Stiller turn out for Autism event

Sandler, Stiller turn out for Autism event

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) -- Adam Sandler, Tina Fey, Conan O'Brien and Ben Stiller all made appearances at the "Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism" event in New York.
Stars line up for autism benefit

Stars line up for autism benefit

NEW YORK, March 31 (UPI) -- Kelsey Grammer, Ben Stiller, Maroon 5 and The Roots are the latest celebrities booked to appear at a New York City benefit for autism education.

Ferrell's 'Semi-Pro' opens at No. 1

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- Will Ferrell showed his drawing power, carrying "Semi-Pro" to No. 1 in U.S. theaters in its opening weekend, it was reported Sunday.

Ferrell calls 'Semi-Pro' a dream come true

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Will Ferrell said he always wanted to make a basketball movie, so the chance to star in "Semi-Pro" was a dream come true.
Damon Wayans plans comedy Web site

Damon Wayans plans comedy Web site

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian and actor Damon Wayans is taking his humor to the Internet by establishing a new Web site called WayOutTV.com.

Ferrell's 'Funny or Die' tour sold out

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- New Line Cinema said all eight scheduled dates on Will Ferrell's U.S. "Funny or Die Comedy Tour" have sold out.
Friel signs up for 'Land of the Lost' role

Friel signs up for 'Land of the Lost' role

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- British actress Anna Friel is set to play the female lead in the upcoming big-screen version of the 1970s-era U.S. television show "Land of the Lost."
Depp was top money-making star in '07

Depp was top money-making star in '07

GROTON, Mass., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A new poll suggested Hollywood actor Johnny Depp was the top money-making star of 2007, a distinction he also achieved in 2006.
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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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