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Creator / Will Ferrell

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"When you're scraping the bottom of the barrel, you find yourself with a Will Ferrell."
President Business (voiced by Will Ferrell) in "Behind the Bricks", The LEGO Movie

One of the most successful Saturday Night Live alumni since Adam Sandler, John William "Will" Ferrell (born July 16, 1967 in Irvine, California) is a comedic actor well known for his ability to say, do, and bear witness to the craziest things with a totally straight face, although he is certainly quite capable of hamming it up. His popularity on SNL (during the show's third golden age when Lorne Michaels once again had to save his show from cancellation following the harsh criticism and low ratings of the show's 20th season by firing long-standing/poorly-performing cast members, keeping in the stand-out performers, and hiring some new blood — both on and off-set) ensured that he would become a box-office juggernaut in the world of funny movies. He is also part of the Frat Pack.

On SNL, his recurring characters include Baron Nocturna from "Goth Talk," Frank Henderson (a dad who threatens his kids with horrible punishments if they don't get off his shed), Jacob Silj (a man who has No Indoor Voice due to a medical condition), Gene Frenkle (Blue Öyster Cult's cowbell player), Terrence Maddox (a drifter who poses nude for art classes), Roger Klavin (one half of The Luvahs), Marty Culp (one half of the singing Culp couple), and Steve Butabi (one half of the Roxbury Brothers). His most memorable celebrity impressions include Alex Trebek, Harry Caray, James Lipton, George W. Bush (which, sadly, he didn't get to play for all eight years of Bush, Jr.'s administrationnote ), Kenneth Starr, Neil Diamond, Robert Goulet, and Janet Reno. And no, not Chad Smith.

With his creative partner/former SNL writer Adam McKay he runs a production company Gary Sanchez Productions note  as well as the popular website Funny or Die. On January 7, 2016, Will Ferrell was announced as a new minority partner of Major League Soccer expansion club Los Angeles FC.

His wife since 2000, Viveca Paulin, is an actress in her own right.





  • You're Welcome, America: A Final Night With George W. Bush (2009) - George W. Bush. Later filmed as a TV special.

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  • The Ron Burgundy Podcast (2019)

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