July 16, 1967
53 years old
6 ft 3 in | 191 cm
98 kg | 218 pounds
41 in | 103 cm
10 US | 43.5 EU
33 in | 83.5 cm
John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, United States, on July 16, 1967, is an American actor, writer and comedian.
Young Will Ferrell first started performing comedic skits in school's talent shows.
He began his professional career as a member of the sketch comedy troupe "The Groundlings" in Los Angeles.
Ferrell's breakthrough performance came in NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (1995-2002).
He made his big screen debut in role as Mustafa in spy comedy film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) with Mike Myers.
He landed his first starring role as Frank "The Tank" Richard in comedy movie Old School (2003) opposite Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson.
He got his Broadway debut in a one-man show "You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush" (2009), for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.
Eurovision (2020) comedy in role as Lars Erickssong, opposite Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan
Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020) comedy in role as Restaurant Patron (as William Ferrell), with Brian Quinn, Joe Gatto and James Murray
Downhill (2020) comedy drama in role as Pete, opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Miranda Otto
He voiced President Business / Lord Business in animated adventure comedy film The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019).
Drunk Parents (2019) comedy in role as Will the Bum, opposite Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek and Joe Manganiello
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) comedy in role as Himself, with Zach Galifianakis
Zeroville (2019) comedy drama in role as Rondell, directed by James Franco
He was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for his roles in movies:
The Producers (2005) musical comedy in role as Franz Liebkind
Stranger Than Fiction (2006) fantasy comedy drama in role as Harold Crick
He played Ron Burgundy in comedy films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013).
A Night at the Roxbury (1998) comedy with Chris Kattan
Step Brothers (2008) comedy opposite John C. Reilly
Zoolander (2001) and sequel Zoolander 2 (2016) comedy with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson
Elf (2003) fantasy romance opposite Zooey Deschanel and James Caan
Semi-Pro (2008) sports comedy with Woody Harrelson and André 3000
The Other Guys (2010) action comedy opposite Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Eva Mendes
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) comedy in role as Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) sports comedy with John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen
Get Hard (2015) comedy opposite Kevin Hart and Alison Brie
Daddy's Home (2015) and sequel Daddy's Home 2 (2017) comedy in role as Brad Whitaker
The House (2017) comedy opposite Amy Poehler and Jason Mantzoukas
Holmes & Watson (2018) mystery buddy comedy in role as Sherlock Holmes
He played various roles in Saturday Night Live (1995–2002), in 138 episodes, for which he was nominated for a Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program in 2001.
He was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for his role as George W. Bush in television special You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush (2009).
He won a Emmy Award for ABC television special Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons (2019), as Executive Producer.
Eastbound & Down (2009-2012) HBO sports comedy television series in role as Ashley Schaeffer
Funny or Die Presents (2010-2011) HBO sketch comedy show in role as Grant Measum, Will
He had a recurring role as Shane Hunter in NBC satirical sitcom 30 Rock (2010-2012).
The Office (2011) NBC sitcom in role as Deangelo Vickers
The Spoils of Babylon (2014) and The Spoils Before Dying (2015) comedy miniseries in role as Eric Jonrosh
No Activity (2017) CBS All Access comedy web television series in role as Adrian
The Shrink Next Door (2021) dark comedy series in role as Martin Markowitz
Graduated from University of Southern California (1990) with a B.A. degree in sports information.
Attended school at Culverdale Elementary and Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, in Irvine, California.
Attended University High School in Irvine.
Has English, German and Irish ancestry.
Has a younger brother, Patrick.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.
He is a member of "The Frat Pack".
Founded the comedy website Funny or Die in 2007, with Adam McKay.
He voiced Lord Business / The Man Upstairs in animated comedy film The Lego Movie (2014).
He voiced Megamind in animated superhero comedy films: Megamind (2010) and Megamind: The Button of Doom (2011).
Featured in music video for Beastie Boys "Make Some Noise" (2011).
Became a part-owner of Los Angeles FC in 2016.
Friends with John C. Reilly.
Lives in Los Angeles, Bend, Oregon and New York City.
He married Swedish actress Viveca Paulin, in 2000, they have three sons.