STEVE CARELL (Evan Baxter) has emerged as one of the most sought after
comedic actors in Hollywood. First 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 and above-the-title
status in the film world with equal aplomb.
Carell opened his first lead feature, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which he co-wrote
with director Judd Apatow, at number one, a spot it remained in for two straight
weekends. The surprise hit of 2005 went on to gross more than $175 million worldwide
and had number one openings in 12 countries. The success of the film has continued, as
it has also generated over $100 million in DVD sales in North America alone. On an
award level, the film was honored with an AFI Award (named one of the 10 Most
Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year) and took home Best Comedy Movie at the 11th
annual Critics' Choice Awards. The film also earned Carell and Apatow a co-nomination
for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America.
Carell currently stars in the Americanized adaptation of the acclaimed British
television series The Office. In its third season, the show continues to flourish in the
ratings and has earned Carell an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy.
In 2006, Carell earned 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.
This fall, Carell will star opposite Juliette Binoche as the title character in the
romantic comedy Dan in Real Life. Next summer, he is set to star in the much
action-comedy from creator Mel Brooks, Get Smart, opposite Anne
In 2006, as part of an ensemble, he starred in Little Miss Sunshine, which earned
an Academy AwardÂ® nomination for Best Picture and won the SAG Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The black comedy, also starring
Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette, was released last summer. Previous film credits for the
actor include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Bruce Almighty and Bewitched.
Born in Massachusetts, Carell now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress
Nancy Walls (NBC's Saturday Night Live), whom he met while at the Second City
Theatre Group in Chicago, where both were members. He is the proud father of a
daughter and a son.
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