STEVE CARELL (Gru) has emerged as one of the
most sought-after comedic
actors in Hollywood. He first
gained recognition for his
contributions as a correspondent
on Comedy Central's
Emmy Award-winning The
Daily Show With Jon Stewart,
and has successfully segued
into primetime television and
above-the-title status in the
film world with equal aplomb.
Carell's first lead feature, The 40-Year-Old
Virgin, which he co-wrote with director Judd
Apatow, opened at No. 1 and remained there for two
straight weekends. The surprise hit of 2005 went on
to gross more than $175 million worldwide and had
No. 1 openings in 12 countries. The success of the
film has continued as it has also generated more than
$100 million in DVD sales in North America alone.
AFI named the film as one of the 10 Most Outstanding
Motion Pictures of the Year and it 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 starred as Maxwell Smart, opposite Anne
Hathaway and Alan Arkin, in Get Smart. The film
grossed more than $230 million worldwide. Due to
the success of the film, Warner Bros. recently
announced it will release a sequel in 2011. He also
lent his voice as the Mayor of Whoville in 20th
Century Fox's animated film Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears
a Who!, based on the children's book written by Dr.
Seuss. The film was directed by Jimmy Hayward
(Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc.) and Steve Martino,
and Carell played opposite Jim Carrey, which helped
launch the film to international success by earning
more than $295 million worldwide. In 2006, he
starred with Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette as part of
an ensemble cast in the black comedy Little Miss
Sunshine, which earned an Academy AwardÂ® nomination
for Best Picture and won the Screen Actors
Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast
in a Motion Picture.
Carell's previous film credits include Anchorman:
The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Bruce Almighty, Bewitched
and Dan in Real Life. Carell currently stars in the
American adaptation of Ricky Gervais' acclaimed
British television series The Office. The show is in its
sixth season and continues to flourish in the ratings. For
playing the role of Michael Scott, Carell has earned
three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead
Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2006, Carell earned a
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor
in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy and has
received four more nominations since then. The show
won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding
Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Carell's endeavors and successes in acting, writing
and producing were an organic segue into the creation
of his new production company, Carousel Productions.
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 improv group in Chicago, where both
were members. He is the proud father of a daughter
and a son.
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