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STEVE CARELL (Gru) is one of the most sough-t­after actors in Holly­wood. First gaining recog­nition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central's Primetime Emmy Award-­winning The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, he has successfully moved into primetime TV and above­the­ 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 recently produced The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Carell's first lead in a feature, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which he co­wrote with director Judd Apatow, opened at No. 1, where it remained 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. The film was honored with an AFI Award as one of the 10 Best Movies of the Year by the American Film Institute and took home the Best Comedy Movie honor at the 11th annual Critics' Choice Awards. The film also earned Carell and Apatow a co­nomination for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America.

As part of an ensemble, Carell starred in Little Miss Sunshine, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture in 2006, and garnered 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 more than $230 million worldwide.

In 2010, Carell starred in the comedy Dinner for Schmucks with Paul Rudd. He also 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 saw phenomenal worldwide success, garnering more than $540 million at the box office. He starred with Tina Fey in the romantic comedy Date Night, which earned more than $150 million worldwide. His recent film credits include the 2012 romantic drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World; the comedy drama Hope Springs, alongside Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones; the upcoming comedy The Way, Way Back, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival; and, most recently, as the title character in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Carell's previous film credits include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Bruce Almighty, Bewitched and Dan in Real Life.

Carell concluded a seven­season run in the Americanized adaptation of Ricky Gervais' acclaimed British TV series The Office, earning six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and three, as a producer, for Best Comedy 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 Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Among Carell's upcoming projects is the feature drama Foxcatcher, which just wrapped production. Based on the true­life 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 long­awaited Anchorman: 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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