THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE
STEVE CARELL (Burt Wonderstone / Producer) is one of the most sought-after 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," he has successfully moved into primetime television and above-the-title status in the film world with equal aplomb. Carell's endeavors and successes in acting, writing and producing provided an organic segue to the creation of his own production company, Carousel Productions, with "Crazy, Stupid, Love." marking the first feature film released under its banner. Carousel is also producing "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."
Carell opened his first lead feature, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which he co-wrote with director Judd Apatow, at number one, a spot at which it remained 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. It was honored with an AFI Award naming it 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.
In 2006, as part of an ensemble, he starred in "Little Miss Sunshine," which earned an Academy AwardÂ® nomination for Best Picture, with Carell sharing the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2008, Carell starred as Maxwell Smart in "Get Smart," opposite Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin. The film grossed over $230 million worldwide.
In 2010, Carell starred in the comedy "Dinner for Schmucks" with Paul Rudd, and voiced the lead in the animated comedy "Despicable Me," playing a super villain who finds his plans to steal the moon put on hold when three orphan girls adopt him as their dad. The film went on to phenomenal worldwide success, garnering over $543 million at the box office, and will yield a sequel in the summer of 2013, for which Carell will reprise his role. He also starred with Tina Fey in the romantic comedy "Date Night," which earned over $150 million worldwide; the romantic drama "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"; the comedy drama "Hope Springs," alongside Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones; and, most recently, the comedy "The Way, Way Back," which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Carell's previous film credits include "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Bruce Almighty," "Bewitched" and "Dan in Real Life."
Carell concluded a seven-season run in the Americanized adaptation of Ricky Gervais' acclaimed British television series "The Office," earning five Emmy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy and one, as a producer, for Best Series. In 2006, Carell earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Musical or Comedy, followed by five more nominations for his work on the series. In 2007 and 2008, the cast shared the SAG AwardÂ® for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Among his upcoming projects is the feature drama "Foxcatcher," which just wrapped production. Based on the true-life story of John DuPont, who killed Olympic wrestler David Schultz, the film is directed by Bennett Miller and also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.
Carell will also star in the long-awaited "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," which reunites him with writer/director Adam McKay, along with Will Ferrell and the rest of the Action 4 News Team.
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