ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
WILL FERRELL (RON BURGUNDY, WRITER, PRODUCER) has come a
long way since his days on "Saturday Night Live," crossing over from television
icon to motion picture star.
Ferrell most recently starred opposite Zach Galifianakis in Warner Brother's
"The Campaign." Directed by Jay Roach, the film has earned over $100 million
worldwide to date and became the highest grossing political comedy in U.S. box
In 2012, Ferrell top lined the esoteric comedy "Casa de Mi Padre," opposite
Latin America's biggest stars Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, in the
Other recent film credits include the acclaimed independent feature
"Everything Must Go," directed by Dan Rush. Based on a Raymond Carver short
story, Ferrell portrayed an alcoholic who has relapsed and, in turn, loses his
wife and job. In an attempt to start over, he holds a yard sale on his front
lawn where he discovers a new neighbor may be the key to his recovery. This
dramatic departure from comedies for Ferrell premiered at the 2010 Toronto
International Film Festival.
Ferrell lent his voice as the title character super villain, "Megamind" in
the DreamWorks Animation 3-D animated film. Released in the fall of 2010, "Megamind"
also stars Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill, and went on to make over $140
million in the domestic box office.
Prior to "Megamind," Ferrell was seen opposite Mark Wahlberg as he
collaborated with his long-time producing and writing partner, Adam McKay to
release the buddy-cop film, "The Other Guys." The film went on to make over $100
In 2009, Ferrell debuted on Broadway by headlining the sold out, one-man
comedy show "You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush."
Nominated for a Tony Award in the "Best Special Event" category and directed by
Adam McKay, Ferrell perfected his infamous Saturday Night Live character of
"President George W. Bush" in this show that Daily Variety called "consistently
funny." At the end of its Broadway run, Ferrell performed the show in its
entirety live on HBO.
In 2007, Ferrell and McKay founded the popular and award-winning video
website Funnyordie.com. With hundreds of exclusive celebrity videos and a steady
stream of huge 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," has received over 78 million views and
features Ferrell confronted by a swearing, beer-drinking two-year-old landlord.
The site averages over 7 million unique viewers per month 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 is in production on the fourth
season of the dark HBO comedy series, "Eastbound and Down" starring Danny
McBride ("Tropic Thunder"), who will be co-writing with director Jody Hill.
Thus far, Gary Sanchez supported the 2006 Sundance hit "The Foot Fist Way"
starring McBride (also co-written 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 co-stars John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron
Cohen. Earning nearly $150 million at the U.S. box office, the film became the
season's #1 comedy (non-animated) and continues to set records on DVD.
Ferrell starred for seven seasons on "Saturday Night Live" in 2002, having
taken the nation by storm during "Indecision 2000" by his portrayal of
"President George W. Bush" on the show. Some of his most memorable SNL
characters include "Craig the Spartan Cheerleader," musical middle school
teacher "Marty Culp," and "President George W. Bush." Among his many impressions
are "Janet Reno," "Alex Trebek," "Neil Diamond" and the late, great Chicago Cubs
sportscaster "Harry Caray." His work on "SNL" earned two Emmy nominations in
2001 (Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, and
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program).
Ferrell's previous film credits include "Zoolander," "Elf," the Woody Allen
feature "Melinda and Melinda," "Old School," and the screen adaptation of "The
Producers," which earned Ferrell his first Golden Globe nomination in 2006 for
Best Supporting Actor. In 2007, Ferrell earned his second Golden Globe
nomination (Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical) for his portrayal of IRS agent
"Harold Crick" in "Stranger Than Fiction."
A testament to his impact on the American comedic landscape, Ferrell was
named the recipient of the 2011 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The award
recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in the same vein as
social commentator, satirist, and creator of memorable characters, Samuel
Clemens (Mark Twain). Previous recipients of the prize include comedy greats
such as the late Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and
Raised in Irvine, California, Ferrell attended USC and graduated with a
degree in sports information. Upon graduation, he worked as a sportscaster on a
weekly show broadcast over a local cable channel. Soon after, he enrolled in
acting classes and stand-up comedy workshops at a nearby community college 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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