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STEVE CARELL (Hammy) has recently emerged as one of Hollywood's most popular and sought-after comedic actors. After gaining recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central's Emmy Award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Carell has successfully segued into primetime television stardom and above-the-title status in the feature film arena. 

In summer 2005, Carell starred in his first title role in the feature "The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” which he also co-wrote with director Judd Apatow. The film opened at number one at the box office and held the top spot for two straight weekends on its way to grossing more than $175 million worldwide. It has since generated more than $100 million in DVD sales in North America. On the awards front, Carell and Apatow were honored by their peers with a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. "The 40-Year-Old Virgin” also won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy Movie and was named one of 2005's "Top Ten Films” by the AFI.

On television, Carell currently stars in the Americanized adaptation of the acclaimed British television series "The Office.” Earlier this year, Carell won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Michael Scott, the pompous and deluded boss of a Pennsylvania paper company. Now in its second season, "The Office” continues to flourish in the ratings and received an early renewal for a third season. 

Later this summer, Carell stars with Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette in the dark comedy feature "Little Miss Sunshine,” which received glowing reviews when it screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. He is currently in production on "Evan Almighty,” the sequel to the comedy hit "Bruce Almighty,” being directed by Tom Shadyac. As the title suggests, this time it is Carell's character, Evan Baxter, who is the one "annointed” by God, played again by Morgan Freeman. Carell's previous film credits include "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” with Will Ferrell; "Bruce Almighty,” with Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston; Nora Ephron's "Bewitched,” with Nicole Kidman and Ferrell; and Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda.”

Carell is an alumnus of the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, where he also performed with several noted theatre groups at The Goodman Theatre and Wisdom Bridge Theater. He made his film debut in 1991 in the John Hughes comedy "Curly Sue” before segueing to television as a writer and actor.

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