WILL FERRELL (Brad, Producer) has come a long way since his
days on "Saturday Night Live," crossing over from television icon to motion
picture star, producer and internet pioneer.
Prior to "Daddy's Home," Ferrell reprised his role as Ron Burgundy, the
character he made famous in Paramount Pictures' 2004 comedy, "Anchorman: The
Legend of Ron Burgundy." In "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," Ron and the
Channel 4 news team headed to New York City to help start the world's first 24
hour news station. Ferrell co-wrote both films with director Adam McKay under
their Gary Sanchez production shingle and "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continue"s
has earned over $172 million worldwide to date.
The following year, Ferrell lent his voice to the character of Lord Business in
the Warner Bros. animated film, "The Lego Movie, "which has gone on to earn over
$441 million in the worldwide box office.
Prior to "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" and "The Lego Movie, Ferrell
starred opposite Zach Galifianakis in Warner Brother's "The Campaign," and the
ambitious "Casa de mi Padre," a comedy spoof in the Latin American telenovela
style, filmed entirely in Spanish, for which Ferrell served as producer and also
starred as the lead. Ferrell's many previous film credits also include "Elf," "Zoolander,"
"Old School" and the screen adaptation of "The Producers," which earned him 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."
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 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 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 81 million views and
features Ferrell confronted by a swearing, beer-drinking two-year-old landlord.
The site averages over 20 million unique visitors per month and over 60 million
page views per month.
Soon thereafter, Ferrell and McKay joined forces to open their own production
company, Gary Sanchez Productions. Thus far, Gary Sanchez supported the 2006
Sundance hit "The Foot Fist Way" starring Danny McBride ("Tropic Thunder"), 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.
Gary Sanchez also produced the HBO series "Eastbound & Down" starring McBride.
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 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 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).
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 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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