Will Ferrell

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Will Ferrell, in his title role in the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

John "Will" William Ferrell (born July 16, 1968) is a comedian, impressionist, and actor who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live (19952002).

Born in Irvine, California, Ferrell attended University High School in Irvine and became interested in performing while making his school's daily morning announcements over the public address system in disguised voices. He then enrolled at the University of Southern California. After graduating in 1989, Ferrell developed his improvisation skills as a member of the comedy group The Groundlings.

During his time on SNL, Ferrell made a name for himself with impressions of

His original characters included "Morning Latte" co-host Tom Wilkins, music teacher Marty Culp, Spartan cheerleader Craig Buchanan, Dale Sturtevant "Dissing Your Dog", and night clubber Steve Butabi in a sketch that became the 1998 film A Night at the Roxbury.

His final performance as a regular on Saturday Night Live was May 18, 2002, in which the real Alex Trebek made an appearance at the end of the last Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch. Ferrell then followed in the footsteps of fellow SNL alumni by switching to a career focused on movies.

Ferrell returned to Saturday Night Live as a guest host on May 14, 2005. In one sketch, he reprised his role as Robert Goulet, advertising a series of crooned ringtones. Also on the same episode, during the preformance of the song "Little Sister" by musical guests Queens of the Stone Age, Ferrell came onstage playing the cowbell: this was in reference to a famous 2000 sketch in which he portrayed Gene Frenkle, a (fictitious) member of Blue yster Cult, manically but arrhythmically playing the instrument during the band's recording of (Don't Fear) The Reaper.

Ferrell has appeared in many films, including The Ladies Man (2001), Zoolander (2001), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Old School (2003). He has had leading roles in Elf (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), and Kicking and Screaming (2005). His latest movie is Bewitched.

He hosted the USC School of Cinema-Televisions 75th Anniversary Gala [1] (http://www.usc.edu/uscnews/story.php?id=10406), where his alma mater was recognized as the first educational institution of its kind in the country.

Personal life

He married Swedish actress Viveca Paulin in August 2000 and became father to Magnus Paulin Ferrell in 2004. Since meeting his wife, he has learned to speak some Swedish.

Will's father, Lee Ferrell, is a musician for the Righteous Brothers.

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