To celebrate the hilarious actor's 47th birthday, we're bringing you 11 things you never knew about Will Ferrell...Enjoy!
Ferrell studied at the University of Southern California where he studied Sports Broadcasting. He graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Information, but knew he didn’t want to pursue a career in the field. Go figure.
Now you can slip, slop and slap with Will Ferrell! The actor launched his own range of sun care products in 2009, all in the name of charity. The proceeds of his three SPF 30+ lotions - named Sun Stroke, Sexy Hot Tan and Forbidden Fruit - go to Cancer for College’s College Willpowered Scholarship Fund, which grants college scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees.
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Is this really that surprising? Ferrell has often spoken of how his love of comedy and acting started at school, when he realised that he could use it to escape the dullness of his home town. “Growing up in suburbia, in safe, master-planned Irvine, there was no drama so we had to create it in our heads,” he told the Orange County Register. “My main form of entertainment was cracking my friends up and exploring new ways of being funny."
Thanks to his vast array of characters - Will played everyone from George W. Bush and Robert Goulet to Fidel Castro and ‘Jeopardy’ host Alex Trebek - Ferrell took home a season salary of $350,000 in 2001. That’s $17,500 per episode!
Back when Will was just getting his start on ‘Saturday Night Live’, he was roommates with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart!
In his senior year of high school, Ferrell would perform comedy skits over the intercom system. The only catch? The principal allowed it, as long as they wrote their own material.
While it’s not his most famous flick, Ferrell has said the 2005 flick ‘Kicking and Screaming’ was his favourite movie to film. Why? His wife got pregnant and gave birth to his first son during shooting. Aww.
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Yep! Ferrell starred in ‘You’re Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush’, a Broadway play that was broadcast live on HBO. The show broke the house record where it was showing, taking in $846,507 in one week! The show was nominated for Best Special Theatrical Event at the 63rd Tony Awards.
The magazine named Ferrell as the worst celebrity autographer back in 2007, claiming that Ferrell “used to be so nice to fans” but that “he’ll taunt people asking for his autograph.” Horrified with the award, Ferrell stated: “I don’t know how I got on the list. I sign a lot of autographs.” But he did admit to taunting his fans, just for fun. “They have to earn it,” he said.
Ferrell appeared on the very first episode of the show back in May, 2009 and appeared (with a performance complete with cowbell) on Conan’s very last show on January 22, 2010.
Will became the first ‘Saturday Night Live’ member to ever receive a Golden Globe nomination - thanks to his performance in 2006’s ‘The Producers’. He was nominated again in 2007 for his leading role in ‘Stranger Than Fiction’.
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