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WILL FERRELL (Harold Crick) has become one of the film world's most popular performers following his hilarious tenure as a versatile cast member of television's "Saturday Night Live” for seven memorable seasons from 1995 to 2002. Concentrating on the big screen, he has excelled as the star of such recent successful comedies as Elf, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Bewitched, Old School, Kicking & Screaming and The Producers, for which he was nominated in 2005 for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Comedy. He also recently worked with director Woody Allen on Melinda and Melinda and voiced the Man in the Yellow Hat in the animated hit Curious George.

Born in Irvine, California, he attended the University of Southern California and studied sports information, working occasionally as a sportscaster on a local cable channel. He decided to enroll for improvisational comedy classes at the famed Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles and became a regular performer soon thereafter. Within a short time, he auditioned for "Saturday Night Live” and became one of the series' most valuable cast members.

Small parts in television series ("On Our Own,” "Grace Under Fire,” "Living Single”) led to roles in such films as Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, The Thin Pink Line and The Suburbans before he starred with "SNL” alumnus Chris Kattan in the screen comedy A Night at the Roxbury, which they co-wrote featuring two of their most popular TV characters, nightclub hoppers the Butabi Brothers.

He went on to appear in the films Dick, Superstar, Drowning Mona, The Ladies Man, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Zoolander and Boat Trip before breaking through as aging frat brother Frank the Tank in the film comedy Old School and the naïve Santa's helper Buddy in the boxoffice blockbuster Elf. He soon followed with his portrayal of stuffed-shirt 1970s newscaster in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (which he cowrote), further cementing his status as a top leading man in major films.

Upcoming for Ferrell are Blades of Glory co-starring Jon Heder and Will Arnett and Old School 2, reuniting him with director Todd Phillips and co-stars Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughan.

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