STEVE CARELL (John du Pont) first gained recognition for his contributions as a
correspondent on Comedy Central's Emmy Award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon
Stewart," before successfully segued from the TV world to above-the-title status
in the film world. Proving that his talents extend beyond acting and writing, Carell also spearheads his own production company, Carousel Productions.
Carell opened his first lead feature, THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, which he co-wrote
with director Judd Apatow, at #1, a spot it remained in for two straight
weekends. The surprise hit of 2005, the film was honored with an AFI Award named
one of 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
In the summer of 2011, Carell starred in the critically acclaimed box-office hit
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE opposite Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone. The
film was produced by Carell's production company, Carousel Productions.
Previously in 2010, Carell lent his vocal talents in the lead role of Gru in the
animated feature film, DESPICABLE ME, which opened at #1 in the box office and
went on to make more than $500 million worldwide. In June of 2008, Carell
starred as "Maxwell Smart" in GET SMART, opposite Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin.
He also lent his voice as The Mayor of Whoville in the animated film DR. SEUSS'
HORTON HEARS A WHO! Directed by Jimmy Hayward (FINDING NEMO, MONSTERS, INC.),
Carell played opposite Jim Carrey, and helped launch the film as an
international success. In 2006, as part of an ensemble, he starred in LITTLE
MISS SUNSHINE, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and won
the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
In 2012, Carell starred in SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD OPPOSITE
Keira Knightly. Later that year Carell was seen in the hit comedic drama HOPE
SPRINGS, opposite Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.
Early 2013, Carell starred in Warner Brother's THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE,
where he portrays a jaded magician trying to stay relevant opposite Jim Carrey
and Steve Buscemi. In July, Carell returned as the voice of Gru in the animated
film DESPICABLE ME 2 which has grossed over $668 million worldwide and is
Universal Pictures most profitable film, ever. Carell was recently seen in THE
WAY, WAY BACK which was written and directed by Academy Award recipients Nat
Faxon and Jim Rash. In December 2013 he returned as Brick Tamland in ANCHORMAN
2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, along with Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, the sequel to
the hit ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY.
Carell's previous film credits include, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, BEWITCHED and DAN IN
REAL LIFE. In 2011, Carell also completed his Emmy-nominated turn in the
Americanized adaptation of Ricky Gervais' acclaimed British television series
"The Office." In 2006, Carell earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance
by an Actor in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy, followed by two more
nominations, for his portrayal of "Michael Scott," the pompous and deluded boss
of a Pennsylvania paper company. He was also nominated for six Emmy Awards for
Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. In the past years, the show has won the
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy
Born in Massachusetts, Carell now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress
Nancy Carell ("Saturday Night Live"), whom he met while at the Second City
Theater Group in Chicago, when they both were members. He is the proud father of
a daughter and a son.
Carell will be seen in October of 2014 in Disney' s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE,
HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, playing the father of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed
Oxenbould) who wakes up one morning with gum in his hair, followed by one
calamity after another. Based on the best-selling children's book by Judith
Viorst, the film is directed by Miguel Arteta and costars Jennifer Garner as