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WILL FERRELL (Cam Brady/Producer) was presented with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a star-studded ceremony at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in October, 2011.

Among his most recent feature projects was this year's ambitious "Casa de mi Padre,” a comedy spoof in the Latin American telenovela style, filmed entirely in Spanish, for which Ferrell produced and also starred as the lead. Upcoming, he is preparing to begin production in early 2013 on the much-anticipated sequel to "Anchorman.”

Ferrell also recently starred in a dramatic role in the independent film "Everything Must Go,” directed by Dan Rush, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2010, he lent his voice to the title character super villain in the 3D animated film "Megamind,” which also starred Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill, and followed in 2011 with the video short "Megamind: The Button of Doom,” directed by Simon J. Smith. In 2010, Ferrell collaborated with long-time producing and writing partner Adam McKay on the buddy cop film "The Other Guys,” co-starring Mark Wahlberg, which grossed over $100 million domestically. He also appears as a recurring character on HBO's hit dark comedy "Eastbound and Down,” on which he additionally serves as a producer.

Ferrell earned a 2009 Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut, headlining the sold-out, Tony Award-nominated one-man comedy show "Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush,” directed by Adam McKay, in which he perfected his infamous "Saturday Night Live” characterization of President Bush. At the end of its Broadway run, Ferrell performed the show, live, in its entirety on HBO, earning a pair of Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing.

In 2007, Ferrell and McKay founded the overwhelmingly popular and award-winning video website Funnyordie.com. With hundreds of exclusive celebrity videos and a steady stream of viral hits, Funny Or Die has become the place to be seen for comedic celebrities, and the obvious destination for a daily comedy fix. The site's first video, "The Landlord,” featuring Ferrell confronted by a swearing two-year-old, received over 73 million views. It now averages over 7 million unique viewers and over 24 million video views per month. Soon thereafter, Ferrell and McKay joined forces to open their own production company, Gary Sanchez Productions. Gary Sanchez produced HBO's "Eastbound and Down,” starring Danny McBride and directed by Jody Hill, who also co-wrote the series.

Gary Sanchez supported the 2006 Sundance hit "The Foot Fist Way,” starring McBride, who also co-wrote with director Hill; "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” starring Jeremy Piven; and "Step Brothers,” which earned over $100 million domestically. In 2006 Ferrell starred in the hit comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” with John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen. Earning nearly $150 million at the U.S. box office, the film became the season's #1 non-animated comedy and continues to set records on DVD. Ferrell earned his second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his portrayal of IRS agent Harold Crick in the 2006 film "Stranger Than Fiction.”

In 2004, he starred in the cult comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” produced by Judd Apatow, with a script Ferrell co-wrote with Adam McKay.

Ferrell starred for seven seasons on NBC's seminal late-night hit "Saturday Night Live,” after taking the nation by storm during the show's "Indecision 2000,” with his portrayal of President George W. Bush. Some of his most memorable "SNL” characters include Craig the Spartan Spirit Cheerleader, musical middle school teacher Marty Culp, and President Bush. Among his many impressions were Janet Reno, Alex Trebek, Neil Diamond and the late, great Chicago Cubs sportscaster Harry Caray. His work on "SNL” brought him dual Emmy nominations in 2001 for Outstanding Individual Performance and Outstanding Writing on a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

Ferrell made his feature film debut in the mega-hit comedy "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” His additional film credits include "Zoolander,” "Elf,” Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda,” "Old School” and the screen adaptation of "The Producers,” which earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor.

Raised in Irvine, California, Ferrell graduated USC with a degree in sports information. He worked as a sportscaster on a local weekly cable show before enrolling in acting classes and stand-up comedy workshops and was eventually asked to join the esteemed comedy/improv group The Groundlings after just one year of training. It was at The Groundlings that Ferrell was discovered for "Saturday Night Live.”

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