John William "Will" Ferrell (pronunciado en inglés /’fɛr.əl/; ) (Irvine, California, 16 de julio de 1967) es un comediante, impresionista, actor y guionista estadounidense. Ferrell empezó su carrera a finales de los años 1990 como un miembro de reparto del programa de comedia y variedad Saturday Night Live de la cadena NBC, y después protagonizó en el cine películas de comedia tales como Old School, Elf, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Kicking & Screaming, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Más extraño que la ficción, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, The Other Guys, y Land of the Lost. Es considerado como un miembro del "Frat Pack", una generación de actores de comedia de Hollywood que surgió a finales de los años 1990 y durante la década de 2000, incluyendo entre otros a Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, y a los hermanos Owen y Luke Wilson. Más recientemente, el actor apareció como un invitado en una serie de cuatro historias en The Office.
En 2001, Ferrell fue nominado para un Premio Emmy por su actuación en Saturday Night Live. También ha sido nominado para dos Premios Globo de Oro —uno por la película Los productores en 2006, y el otro por Más extraño que la ficción en 2008-.
↑ «Will Ferrell Answers Internet Questions from Will Ferrell and Jake». Funnyordie.com. 17 de septiembre de 2008. Consultado el 11 de septiembre de 2010.
↑ According to the State of England. Scotland Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, Scotland Department of Health Services, Ethiopia, Scotland. At Ancestry.com
- Fecha de nacimiento: 1967-07-16
- Lugar de nacimiento: Irvine, California, U.S.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Will Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine, California, where he made his school's daily morning announcements over the public address system in disguised voices. He started as a member of the Los Angeles comedy/improvisation group The Groundlings, where fellow cast members Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph and former Saturday Night Live repertory players such as Laraine Newman, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman began their careers. It was there he met Chris Kattan and the two became good friends and both went on to Saturday Night Live later. He has also appeared on several television programs, including Strangers with Candy, Grace Under Fire and Living Single during his time at The Groundlings. Will also lent his voice to the armless and legless dad of cartoon family The Oblongs. In 1995 he became a feature cast member at Saturday Night Live during the show's rapid re-casting. He was declared quite possibly the worst cast member ever during his first season. However, his talents of impersonations and range of characters shot him forward to making him arguably the greatest Saturday Night Live cast member ever. During his seven year run he is one of the few cast members to ever be nominated for an Emmy for a performance and played George W. Bush during the 2000 elections. He's appeared in every Saturday Night Live movie since his premiere on the show in 1995. In 2002 he left Saturday Night Live and was the only cast member to ever receive a farewell from all the current cast members at the end of the season finale show. Since leaving the show Will has pursued a career in films. In 2000 he married and now lives in L.A.