I will highlight a different star and bring you quotes, pictures, fun facts, and incredibly complete filmographies. I decided we would launch this blog with one of the biggest stars in movies today,and co creator of this web site Will Ferrell.
Now almost everyone knows Will Ferrell thanks to his box office successes and his incredible tenure on Saturday Night Live, where he became the highest paid cast member ever in 2001. Now what you may not know is that Ferrell was the kicker for his high school varsity football team or that he originally wanted to be a sports broadcaster and graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in Sports Information.
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 "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.
Ferrell ran the Boston Marathon in 2003 and the New York City Marathan in 2001 with his wife. And you know that weird scar you see on Ferrell's stomach during his frequent topless scenes? Ferrell has had that scar since he was a baby when he had surgery to treat pyloric stenosis, a condition that causes frequent vomitting.
How well do you know Will Ferrell's film career? Sure you've seen Talladega Nights a million times, but did you know Ferrell made his film debut in 1995 in an uncredited role in Criminal Hearts? Can you name the three movies based off Saturday Night Live skits he's been in?