WILL FERRELL is perhaps
best known for his work on the legendary NBC late night hit Saturday Night
Live, having taken the nation by storm during INDECISION 2000 by
impersonating President George W. Bush on the show. Some of his most
memorable SNL characters include Craig the Spartan Cheerleader, the
musical middle school teacher Marty Culp, and Tom Wilkins, the hyperactive
co-host of "Morning Latte." Among his many impressions were Janet
Reno, Alex Trebek, Neil Diamond and the late great Chicago Cubs sportscaster,
Harry Caray. His work on SNL garnered him two prestigious Emmy Award
nominations in 2001 for Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music
Program and for Outstanding Writing for A Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
In the feature film
world, Ferrell helped bring in big numbers for Old School for DreamWorks
Pictures and director Todd Phillips (Road Trip). The film follows three
men who are dissatisfied with their lives. In an effort to recapture the
youthful feelings of their college days, they move in together in a large house
near their old college campus that quickly become the hub of the campus party
activity. Ferrell stars opposite Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson.
Set for an early 2004
release is the comedy Anchorman for Regency Enterprises and 20th
Century Fox. Ferrell co-wrote the script with "SNL" writer Adam McKay.
Judd Appatow ("Freaks and Geeks") will produce with David O. Russell (Three
Kings) set to executive produce. Ferrell will portray Ron Burgundy, a 1970s
anchorman with an inflated ego, who becomes threatened by the arrival of an
ambitious female newscaster who, unlike Burgundy, has mastered journalism.
Ferrell will also star
in the next as-yet-untitled Woody Allen feature as part the ensemble cast
including Josh Brolin, Brooke Smith, Amanda Peet, Zak Orth, Wallace Shawn, Chloe
Sevigny, Johnny Lee Miller, Radha Mitchell, Gene Saks and Vanessa Shaw for Fox
Searchlight. Shooting has just commenced in typical Woody fashion in New York
City, where, immediately following, Ferrell will remain to shoot Winter
Passing with Ed Harris, Zooey Seschanel, and Amelia Warner.
In 2001, Ferrell
co-starred in two ensemble comedies. In the fashion-world-themed Zoolander, he
starred opposite Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, playing Mugatu an over-the-top
fashion designer. In the Kevin Smith film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,
he played an ambitious park ranger for Dimension Films. In 2000, Ferrell graced
the big screen in the Paramount Pictures/ SNL feature The Ladies Man
starring "SNL" castmate, Tim Meadows. Prior to The Ladies Man,
he starred in Superstar for Paramount opposite another "SNL"
castmate, Molly Shannon; in the Tristar/Phoenix Pictures Nixon parody Dick;
and in the Paramount comedy, A Night At The Roxbury, which he
co-wrote with castmate Chris Kattan and Steve Koran. Ferrell debuted as a
feature film star in the Jay Roach hit, Austin Powers: International man of
Raised in Irvine,
California, Ferrell attended the University of Southern California and graduated
with a degree in sports information. Upon graduation, he worked as a
sportscaster on a weekly show broadcast over a local cable channel. Soon after,
he enrolled in acting classes and stand-up comedy workshops at a nearby
community college. Ultimately, he was asked to join the esteemed comedy/improv
group The Groundlings after just one year of training. It was at The Groundlings
where Ferrell was discovered for "Saturday Night Li
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