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Willem Dafoe, (657)
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Willem Dafoe

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William J. Dafoe
July 22, 1955 (age 56)
Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.


Actor, voice actor

Years active



Giada Colagrande (2005–present)

Willem Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American film, stage, and voice actor, and a founding member of the experimental theatre company The Wooster Group. He has had roles in a wide range of films, including Platoon, Streets of Fire, To Live and Die in L.A., Born on the Fourth of July, The English Patient, The Last Temptation of Christ, Mississippi Burning, The Boondock Saints, Spider-Man, and The Aviator, and voice roles in Fantastic Mr. Fox and Finding Nemo.

Dafoe has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice. The first was for his role in Platoon in 1986 and the second time for his performance in Shadow of the Vampire in 2000.




Early life and career

Dafoe was born William J. Dafoe[1] in Appleton, Wisconsin. The sixth of seven children[citation needed] of Muriel Isabell née Sprissler, a nurse,[2] and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe,[2] a surgeon,[3] he recalled in 2009, "My five sisters raised me because my father was a surgeon, my mother was a nurse and they worked together, so I didn't see either of them much."[4] In high school, he acquired the nickname Willem.[5] His ancestry includes Irish, Scottish, German, and Canadian.[2] [6]

Dafoe studied drama at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, but left after a year-and-a-half to join the experimental theater company Theatre X in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before moving to New York City in 1976. [5] There he apprenticed under Richard Schechner, director of the avant-garde theater troupe The Performance Group, and became romantically involved with the group's Elizabeth LeCompte, 11 years his senior and who, with her former romantic partner Spalding Gray and others, edged out Schechner and created the Wooster Group.[5] Within a year Dafoe was part of the company.[7]

Theater and film

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Hafsat Abiola, Dafoe and Bianca Jagger at the dropping knowledge's Table of Free Voices at Bebelplatz, Berlin, in September 2006

Dafoe, who would continue with the Wooster Group into 2000s,[8] began his film career in 1981, when he was cast in Heaven's Gate[9] only to see his role removed from the film during editing.[1] As Dafoe recalled of his first film experience, in which he played a cock fighter,

I worked for Jeff Bridges' character in the story. I was there for three months and I worked a lot. It was the kind of thing where you were hired to play an unscripted character and then they developed these smaller characters. I had scenes and everything and was really enjoying it and then one day we were doing a lighting setup for a long time; basically eight hours standing in place, and a woman told me a joke in my ear and I laughed at a moment of silence. Cimino turned around and said, 'Willem step out,' and that was that. I was the lamb for sacrifice."[10]

In the mid-1980s he was cast by William Friedkin to star in To Live and Die In L.A., in which Dafoe portrays counterfeiter Rick Masters. A year later he starred as the leader of a motorcycle gang in The Loveless, and later played a similar role in Streets of Fire. He became "very conscious" that he might be typecast as a villain, saying in 1998,

...I really made a conscious effort to mix it up, not because in itself it's not the job of an actor to do all different things, but for me that's what I'm interested in. You've got to be careful because you've got to work with what you have, not just for vanity's sake, but I think the best part of being an actor sometimes is the opportunity to transform yourself superficially, and deeply. So, it's true in the beginning I started playing villains and I think that's pretty clear because if you don't conventionally look a certain way and you've got a certain kind of presence when you're young, then what's available to you is character roles and the best character roles when you're young tend to be villains. And, also, it's fun to be bad and the only problem is often villain roles are devices and they lack a certain depth. They're signs, they're signals and after a little while you want something to chew on and if you function in a film it's the same too often. I think what happens is you develop a language that distances you from a certain kind of flashpoint of inspiration and creativity and you may refine that and that may be your work, but I'm not so interested in that. I think the best work comes when you're unsure, when you're terrified, when you're off balance.[6]

Dafoe would go on to gain his widest exposure to that time playing the compassionate Sergeant Elias in Platoon. He enjoyed the opportunity to play a heroic role, and said the film gave him a chance to display his versatility. "I think all characters live in you. You just frame them, give them circumstances, and that character will happen."[11]

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Dafoe at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

In 1988, Dafoe starred in another film set during the Vietnam War, this time as CID Agent Buck McGriff in Off Limits. He has since become a popular character actor. He is often cast as unstable or villainous characters, such as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man and Barillo in Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Before that, he was briefly considered for the role of the Joker by Tim Burton and Sam Hamm for 1989's Batman. Hamm recalls "We thought, 'Well, Willem Dafoe looks just like The Joker.'" The role eventually went to Jack Nicholson.[12]

He starred in the erotic drama Body of Evidence with Madonna. In 1991, Willem Dafoe portrayed a Manhattan drug dealer in the film Light Sleeper. Dafoe played an eccentric FBI agent in The Boondock Saints (1999) and a private investigator in American Psycho (2000). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1986 for Platoon and 2000 for Shadow of the Vampire. He played a rare heroic film role when he provided the voice of Gill in the animated film Finding Nemo. Dafoe also played a heroic leading man in Triumph of the Spirit, playing a Greek Jew, Salamo Arouch, who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau through his prowess as a boxer.

He worked briefly as a model in a 1990 Prada campaign.[citation needed] In 2004, Dafoe lent his likeness and voice for the James Bond video game Everything or Nothing as the villain Nikolai Diavolo, and starred as NYPD detective Stan Aubray in the thriller Anamorph (2006).

In 2011, Dafoe began narrating a series of television commercials for the Greek yogurt company Fage.[13][14] Additionally, the actor is featured in Jim Beam's "Bold Decisions" television ad campaign, which began airing April 2011.[15]

Dafoe starred alongside Marina Abramović in the 2011 Manchester International Festival premiere of the play The Life and Death of Marina Abramović.[citation needed]

Dafoe since 2010 voices the Birdseye polar bear mascot on UK TV commercials.[16]

Personal life

Dafoe met director Elizabeth LeCompte at The Performance Group and began a professional and personal relationship there and at its successor company, the Wooster Group. Their son, Jack, was born in 1982.[17] The pair eventually split in 2004.[citation needed] Dafoe married Italian actress, director and screenwriter Giada Colagrande on March 25, 2005, a year after the two had met in Rome at the premiere of one of her films. Dafoe said in 2010, "We were having lunch and I said: 'Do you want to get married tomorrow?'". They did so the following afternoon at a small ceremony with two friends as witnesses.[17] The two worked together on the film Before It Had a Name.[17] The couple divide their time among Colagrande's native Italy,[8] New York City, and Los Angeles, California.[17]

Dafoe said in 2008 he is no longer a vegetarian.[18]

Dafoe's brother, Donald Dafoe, is a transplant surgeon and researcher.[19]








Heaven's Gate




The Loveless




The Hunger

2nd Phone Booth Youth



Roadhouse 66

Johnny Harte


New York Nights[citation needed]



Streets of Fire

Raven Shaddock



To Live and Die in L.A.

Erick "Rick" Masters




Sgt. Elias

Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead


Off Limits

Buck McGriff


The Last Temptation of Christ



Mississippi Burning

Agent Alan Ward



Triumph of the Spirit

Salamo Arouch


Born on the Fourth of July

Charlie – Villa Dulce






Wild at Heart

Bobby Peru



Flight of the Intruder

Lt. Cmdr. Virgil "Tiger" Cole



White Sands

Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal


Light Sleeper

John LeTour



Body of Evidence

Frank Dulaney

Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor

Faraway, So Close!

Emit Flesti



Tom & Viv

Tom Eliot


Clear and Present Danger

John Clark




Axel Heyst


The Night and the Moment

The Writer




The Electrician


The English Patient

David Caravaggio



Speed 2: Cruise Control

John Geiger

Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor


Rolfe Whitehouse



Lulu on the Bridge

Dr. Van Horn


New Rose Hotel







The Boondock Saints

Agent Paul Smecker



American Psycho

Det. Donald Kimball


Animal Factory

Earl Copen


Shadow of the Vampire

Max Schreck

Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor


Father Ramirez



Pavilion of Women

Father Andre


Edges of the Lord





Green Goblin/Norman Osborn

Nominated Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Teen Choice Award for Movie Bad Guy[citation needed]
MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Tobey Maguire)

Auto Focus

John Henry Carpenter

Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor


Finding Nemo



The Reckoning



Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Armando Barillo


Camel Cricket City

Camel Cricket

short film


The Clearing

Arnold Mack


Spider-Man 2

Green Goblin/Norman Osborn


The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Klaus Daimler

Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast


Dr. Michael Copeland


The Aviator

Roland Sweet



xXx: State of the Union

General George Deckert

main male antagonist/ villain


Grace's Father


Before It Had a Name


a.k.a. The Black Widow (US title)

Ripley Under Ground

Neil Murchison



American Dreamz

Chief of Staff


Inside Man

Capt. John Darius


Tales from Earthsea


voice acting – English version

Paris, je t'aime

The Cowboy

segment: Place des Victoires


The Walker

Senator Larry Lockner


Mr. Bean's Holiday

Carson Clay


Spider-Man 3

Green Goblin/Norman Osborn

credited cameo/ villain; also uncredited extra

Go Go Tales

Ray Ruby



Det. Stan Aubrey



Fireflies in the Garden

Charles Waechter


Adam Resurrected

Commandant Klein


The Dust of Time






Bodil Award for Best Actor

Fantastic Mr. Fox



Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Gavner Purl


The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Paul Smecker





My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

Detective Havenhurst


L'affaire Farewell








The Hunter

Martin David


4:44 Last Day on Earth




John Carter

Tars Tarkas


Odd Thomas

Wyatt Porter









The Hitchhiker

Jeffrey Hunt



Fishing With John


Segment: Ice Fishing In Northern Maine


The Simpsons

The Commandant

The Secret War of Lisa Simpson"


Family Guy


Lois Kills Stewie


Video games







Green Goblin / Norman Osborn



James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing

Nikolai Diavolo

Both Voice And Likeness

[edit] Other awards and nominations


  • 2002: Won, "Special Award:For immense contribution to the art of film."

San Sebastian International Film Festival


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    2. ^ a b c "Dafoe". Ancestry.com public page. Archived from the original on November 20, 2009.
    3. ^ Isaac, Sara (August 12, 1988). "Actor Dafoe's Orlando Parents Support 'Last Temptation' Role". Orlando Sentinel (Florida). Archived from the original on Februyar 7, 2012.
    4. ^ Dafoe, Willem (November 21, 2009). "What I Know about Women". The Observer (UK). Archived from the original on November 26, 2009.
    5. ^ a b c Bromberg, Craig. "Wild at Heart". New York: 39.
    6. ^ a b "Willem Dafoe". UK: (Interview), The Guardian. November 8, 1998. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010.
    7. ^ Bromberg, p. 40
    8. ^ a b "Mr Bean's Holiday - Willem Dafoe interview". IndieLondon.co.uk. 2007 (date n.a.). Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
    9. ^ "Spalding Gray's Tortured Soul". The New York Times Magazine: p. 5 of online version. October 6, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
    10. ^ "Willem Dafoe Fired from 'Heaven's Gate' Role". WENN via ATPictures.com. January 8, 2010. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
    11. ^ Morra, Louis (Spring 1987). "Willem Dafoe". Bomb (19).
    12. ^ Batman Movie Online
    13. ^ Murg, Stephanie (March 10, 2011). "Mullen Makes Mouths Water, Eyes Widen with Mesmerizing Yogurt Commercial". Mediabistro.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
    14. ^ Chapman, Mike (March 04, 2011). "Fage, 'Plain Extraordinary'". Adweek. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
    15. ^ "Time Magazine Recognizes Jim Beam TV Commercial as One of Top 10 Ads of 2011". James B. Beam Distilling Company press release via PRNewswire.com. December 20, 2011. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
    16. ^ Sweney, Mark (May 10, 2010). "Willem Dafoe voices Birds Eye ad". The Guardian (UK).
    17. ^ a b c d "Willem and Giada Dafoe". English-language website of Vogue Italy. March 04, 2010. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
    18. ^ "Willem Dafoe Is No Longer A Vegetarian", Starpulse.com, April 16, 2008
    19. ^ "Pancreas Transplant Director Donald Dafoe Joins Cedars-Sinai". Cedars-Sinai Medical Center press release via Newswise.com. May 13, 2005. Archived from the original on December 9, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2011.

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Kevin Kline, (656)
Oil on canvas
32 x 47 cm

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Kevin Kline

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Kline at the premiere of
No Strings Attached
, January 11, 2011


Kevin Delaney Kline
October 24, 1947 (age 64)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.



Years active



Phoebe Cates (m. 1989)

Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947) is an American theatre, voice, film actor and comedian. He has won an Academy Award and two Tony Awards, and has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards and an Emmy Award.




Early life

Kline was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Peggy and Robert Joseph Kline.[1] His father was a classical music lover and an amateur opera singer who owned and operated The Record Bar, a record store in St. Louis that opened in the early '40s, and sold toys during the '60s and '70s;[1][2] his father's family also owned Kline's Inc., a department store chain. Kline has described his mother as the "dramatic theatrical character in our family."[3][4] Kline's father was born into a family of German Jewish ancestry and was an agnostic; Kline's Irish-American mother, the daughter of an emigrant from County Louth, was Catholic.[3] Kline and his siblings were raised Catholic.

Kline graduated from the Catholic Saint Louis Priory School in 1965; in 1997, the school named its new auditorium the Kevin Kline Theater, and Kline did a benefit performance of selections from Shakespeare at the dedication. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he began as an aspiring classical pianist. After joining the on-campus theater group "Vest Pocket Players" as an undergraduate, he fell in love with the theater and switched to acting, graduating from IU in 1970.[3]


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Kline and wife Phoebe Cates at the Academy Awards Governor's Ball party, 1989

In 1970, Kline was awarded a scholarship to the newly formed Drama Division at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1972, he joined with fellow Juilliard graduates, including Patti LuPone and David Ogden Stiers, and formed the City Center Acting Company (now The Acting Company), under the aegis of John Houseman. The Company traveled across the U.S. performing Shakespeare's plays, other classical works, and the musical The Robber Bridegroom, founding one of the most widely praised groups in American repertory theatre.[3]

In 1976, Kline left The Acting Company and settled in New York City, doing a brief stint as the character "Woody Reed" in the now-defunct soap opera Search for Tomorrow. He followed this with a return to the stage in 1977 to play Clym Yeobright opposite Donna Theodore as Eustacia Vye in The Hudson Guild Theater production of Dance on a Country Grave, Kelly Hamilton's musical version of Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native. In 1978 he played the small role of "Bruce Granit", a matinée idol caricature, in Harold Prince's On the Twentieth Century, for which he won his first Tony Award.[3] In 1981, Kline appeared with rock diva Linda Ronstadt and singer Rex Smith in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Central Park production of The Pirates of Penzance, winning another Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, for his comically dashing portrayal of the Pirate King. In 1983, he played the role in a film version of the musical, also with Ronstadt, Smith and Angela Lansbury, which had a limited theatrical release.[3]

In the ensuing years, Kline appeared many times in New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Shakespeare, including starring roles in Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, two productions of Hamlet (one of which he also directed) and a Tony-nominated Falstaff in a production that combined the two parts of Henry IV.

Dubbed "the American Olivier" by New York Times theater critic Frank Rich for his stage acting, Kline finally ventured into film in 1982 in Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice. He won the coveted role of the tormented and mercurial Nathan opposite Meryl Streep. Streep won an Academy Award for her performance in the film. Kline was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for best debut performance.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Kline made several films with director Lawrence Kasdan, including The Big Chill, Silverado, Wyatt Earp, Grand Canyon, I Love You to Death, and French Kiss. In 1989, Kline won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the British comedy A Fish Called Wanda, in which he played a painfully inept American ex-CIA thug opposite John Cleese's genteel British barrister and Jamie Lee Curtis' femme fatale/con woman.[3] In 2000, the American Film Institute ranked the film twenty-first on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs.[5]

Though he has been offered many roles that could have boosted him to box-office stardom, Kline has kept a wary distance from the Hollywood star-making machine. He developed a reputation for picking parts with discrimination (such as strong roles in Grand Canyon and Life as a House), leading to the industry nickname "Kevin Decline".[6] Other awards have included Drama Desk Awards, Golden Globe awards, a Gotham Award, a Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year Award, and a St. Louis International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. He also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Film reviewers have widely praised his talent. Newsday said Kline "has proved himself to be one of the most talented and versatile American actors of his generation."[7]

He played the title role in King Lear at the Public Theatre, and took the lead role in a Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Jennifer Garner. That production was forced to close temporarily after only eleven performances as a result of the Broadway stagehands' strike,[8] but subsequently reopened. Cyrano was filmed in 2008 and aired as part of PBS's Great Performances series in January 2009.[9] In January 2008, Kline won a Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of Jaques in Kenneth Branagh's film As You Like It, adapted from Shakespeare's play. The film premiered theatrically in 2006 in Europe. It bypassed theatres and was sent straight to HBO in the U.S. Kline's film The Conspirator premiered during the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 and was described as an "old fashioned historical thriller". It was well received by most critics. Kline will also star in the 2012 comedy Darling Companion alongside Diane Keaton.

In December 2004 Kline became the 2,272nd recipient of a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame,[10] located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.

Personal life

Throughout the 1970s, Kline was involved in a long-term relationship with his Juilliard classmate Patti LuPone. They separated and reconnected many times before finally ending their relationship in 1978. Their relationship is precisely detailed in LuPone's memoir, Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

Kline married actress Phoebe Cates, 15 years his junior, in 1989. The couple live in New York City and they have two children: Owen Joseph Kline[11] (born October 14, 1991), who had a featured role in The Squid and the Whale, and Greta Simone Kline[11] (born March 21, 1994). After his son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, Kline became active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In November 2004, he was presented with the JDRF's Humanitarian of the Year award by Meryl Streep for his volunteer efforts on behalf of the organization.

The Kevin Kline Awards honor theatre professionals in St. Louis in a wide array of categories, which include best actor and actress, set design, choreography, and original play. The first awards ceremony took place on March 20, 2006.






Sophie's Choice


Nathan Landau

The Pirates of Penzance


The Pirate King


The Big Chill


Harold Cooper






Violets Are Blue


Henry Squires


Cry Freedom


Donald Woods


A Fish Called Wanda


Otto West

The January Man


Nick Starkey


I Love You to Death


Joey Boca




Jeffery Anderson
Dr. Rod Randall

Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Grand Canyon




Consenting Adults


Richard Parker




Douglas Fairbanks




Dave Kovic
President William Harrison Mitchell

Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

The Nutcracker



Voice Only

Princess Caraboo




French Kiss


Luc Teyssier

Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Captain Phoebus

Voice Only

The Ice Storm


Ben Hood

Nominated – London Critics Circle Film Award for Actor of the Year

Fierce Creatures


Vince McCain
Rod McCain


In & Out


Howard Brackett

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Nick Bottom


Wild Wild West


U.S. Marshal Artemus 'Artie' Gordon
President Ulysses S. Grant

The Road to El Dorado



Nominated – Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie

The Anniversary Party


Cal Gold


Life as a House


George Monroe

Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Orange County


Marcus Skinner


The Hunchback of Notre Dame II


Captain Phoebus

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Nominated –
DVD Exclusive Award for Best Animated Character Performance

The Emperor's Club


William Hundert




Cole Porter

The Pink Panther


Chief Inspector Dreyfus


A Prairie Home Companion


Guy Noir

Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast

As You Like It



Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie



Ray Sheridan

Munich Film Festival Award for Best Actor

Definitely, Maybe


Hampton Roth


The Tale of Despereaux



Voice Only

Cyrano de Bergerac


Cyrano de Bergerac

Queen to Play


Docteur Kröger


The Extra Man


Henry Harrison


No Strings Attached




The Conspirator


Edwin Stanton


Bob's Burgers

2011 – present

Mr. Fischoeder

Voice Only


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    2. ^ "Kevin Kline biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
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    4. ^ "Kevin Kline star bio". Tribute. 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
    5. ^ "100 Years, 100 Laughs". American Film Institute. 2000. Archived from the original on June 3, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
    6. ^ "Kevin Decline". Hollywood Reporter. September 19, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2008.[dead link]
    7. ^ "The Risk Taker Kevin Kline will try just about anything, emotionally and physically, to make his characters fly," by Lynn Darling, Newsday, 07-13-88
    8. ^ Hetrick, Adam (September 25, 2007). "Morton, Sarandon and Baker Will Join Kline in Broadway's Cyrano; Casting Complete". Playbill. Retrieved September 26, 2007.
    9. ^ Cyrano de Bergerac (2008) (TV)
    10. ^ Kline gets Hollywood star. TheAge.com.au. December 4, 2004.
    11. ^ a b "Paid Notice: Deaths – CATES, JOSEPH". The New York Times. October 15, 1998. Retrieved February 10, 2008.

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Kevin Spacey Fowler
July 26, 1959 (age 52)
South Orange, New Jersey, United States


Actor, director, producer, screenwriter

Years active



Thomas Geoffrey Fowler
Kathleen Ann Knutson

Kevin Spacey, CBE (born Kevin Spacey Fowler; July 26, 1959) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and crooner. He grew up in California, and began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast in supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the early 1990s, culminating in his first Academy Award for The Usual Suspects (Best Supporting Actor), followed by a Best Actor Academy Award win for American Beauty (1999). His other starring roles in Hollywood include Seven, L.A. Confidential, Pay It Forward, K-PAX, and Superman Returns in a career which has earned him several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Since 2003, he has been artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London.




Early life

Spacey was born in South Orange, New Jersey, the son of Kathleen Ann (née Knutson; December 5, 1931 – March 19, 2003), a secretary, and Thomas Geoffrey Fowler (June 4, 1924 – December 24, 1992), a technical writer and data consultant.[1][2][3] He has two older siblings: a sister, Julie, and a brother, Randy. He attended Northridge Military Academy, Canoga Park High School (in tenth and eleventh grades), and then Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, where he graduated valedictorian of his class.[4][5] At Chatsworth High, he starred in the school's senior production of The Sound of Music, playing the part of Captain Georg von Trapp, opposite Mare Winningham's character, Maria.

While in high school, he took on his paternal grandmother's maiden name, "Spacey", originally a Yorkshire name, as his acting surname.[3][6] Several reports have incorrectly suggested that he took his name in tribute to actor Spencer Tracy, combining Tracy's first and last names.[6] He had tried to succeed as a comedian for several years, before attending the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied drama,[7] between 1979 and 1981. During this time period, Spacey performed stand-up comedy in bowling alley talent contests.[8]


Spacey's first professional stage appearance was as a spear-carrier in a New York Shakespeare Festival performance of Henry VI, part 1 in 1981. The following year, he made his first Broadway appearance, as Oswald in a production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, starring Liv Ullmann. Then he portrayed Philinte in Molière's The Misanthrope. In 1984, it was David Rabe's Hurlyburly, where he rotated through each of the male parts (he would later play Mickey in the film version). Next came Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and a period, in 1986, performing Sleuth in a New Jersey dinner theatre.

His prominence as a stage actor began in 1986, when he was cast opposite Jack Lemmon, Peter Gallagher and Bethel Leslie as Jamie, the eldest Tyrone son in Jonathan Miller's lauded production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. Lemmon in particular would become a mentor to Spacey.[9] He made his first major television appearance in the second season premiere of Crime Story, playing a Kennedy-esque American senator. Although his interest soon turned to film, Spacey remained actively involved in the live theater community. In 1991, he won a Tony Award for his portrayal of "Uncle Louie" in Neil Simon's Broadway hit Lost in Yonkers. Spacey's father was unconvinced that Spacey could make a career for himself as an actor, and did not change his mind until Spacey became well-known.[8]

Some of Spacey's early roles include a widowed eccentric millionaire on L.A. Law, the made-for-television film The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988), opposite Lemmon, and the Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder–starring comedy See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989). Spacey earned a fan base following after playing the criminally insane arms dealer Mel Profitt on the television series Wiseguy. He quickly developed a reputation as a character actor, and was cast in bigger roles, including one-half of the bickering Connecticut couple in the dark comedy The Ref (1994), a malicious Hollywood studio boss in the satire Swimming with Sharks, and the malevolent office manager in the all-star ensemble film Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), gaining him positive notices by critics. His performance as the enigmatic criminal Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[7]

Spacey appeared in the 1995 thriller film Seven, with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, making a sudden entrance late in the film as the serial killer John Doe, after going unmentioned in the film's advertisements and opening credits. His work in Seven, The Usual Suspects, and Outbreak earned him Best Supporting Actor honors at the 1995 Society of Texas Film Critics Awards.[10][11]

Spacey played an egomaniacal district attorney in A Time to Kill (1996), and founded Trigger Street Productions in 1997, with the purpose of producing and developing entertainment across various media. He made his directorial debut with the film Albino Alligator (1996). The film was a failure at the box office, grossing $339,379 with a budget of $6 million, but critics praised Spacey's direction. He also did voice work in Pixar's A Bug's Life (1998) voicing the main antagonist Hopper, the leader of a vicious gang of grasshoppers.

Spacey won universal praise and a Best Actor Oscar for his role as a depressed suburban father who re-evaluates his life in 1999's American Beauty;[7] the same year, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Spacey also earned another Tony nomination the same year, for his work in a Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh. During the several years following American Beauty's release, Spacey appeared in films that he believes[citation needed] hadn't done as well critically or in terms of box office. In 2001, Spacey co-hosted with Judi Dench Unite for the Future Gala, the UK's fundraiser for the British Victims of 9/11 and Médecins Sans Frontières at London's Old Vic Theatre, produced by Harvey Goldsmith and Dominic Madden.

He played a physically and emotionally scarred grade school teacher in Pay It Forward (2000), a patient in a mental institution who may or may not be an alien in K-Pax (2001), and singer Bobby Darin in Beyond the Sea (2004). Beyond The Sea was a lifelong dream project for Spacey, who took on co-writing, directing, co-producing and starring duties in the biography/musical about Darin's life, career, and relationship with actress Sandra Dee. Facing little interest for backing in the States, Spacey went to the UK and Germany for funding. Almost all of the movie was filmed in Berlin.[9] Spacey provided his own vocals on the Beyond the Sea soundtrack and appeared in several tribute concerts around the time of the film's release. He received mostly positive reviews for his singing, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. However, reviewers criticized the age disparity between Spacey and Darin, noting that Spacey was too old to convincingly portray Darin, particularly during the early stages of the singer's life depicted in the film.

Spacey hosted Saturday Night Live twice: first in 1997 with musical guest Beck and special guests Michael Palin and John Cleese from Monty Python's Flying Circus; and again in the last episode of season 31 with musical guest Nelly Furtado.

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In 2006, Spacey played Lex Luthor in the Bryan Singer–directed superhero film, Superman Returns. He was to return for its 2009 sequel, but it was recently revealed that there won't be a chronological sequel; it is currently unknown if he has been asked to resume the role in any future films. Spacey also appeared in Edison, co-starring Morgan Freeman and Justin Timberlake; Edison received a direct-to-video release on July 18, 2006. In 2008, he played an MIT lecturer in the film 21, along with Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, and Jim Sturgess. The film is based on Ben Mezrich's best seller, Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, a story of student MIT card-counters who used mathematical probability to aid them in card games such as blackjack.

Spacey is well known in Hollywood for his impressions as when he appeared on Inside the Actors Studio he imitated, at host James Lipton's request: James Stewart, Johnny Carson, Katharine Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, John Gielgud, Marlon Brando, Christopher Walken, Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon.[12]

Capitol/EMI's album Forever Cool (2007) features two duets with Spacey and the voice of the late Dean Martin: "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" and "King of the Road."

Spacey sits on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.[13]

The Old Vic

In February 2003, Spacey announced that he was returning to London to become the artistic director of the Old Vic, one of the city's oldest theatres.[14] Appearing at a press conference with Judi Dench and Elton John, he promised both to appear on stage and to bring in big-name talent.[15] Spacey undertook to remain in the post for a full ten years. The Old Vic Theatre Company, in its current form, stages shows eight months out of the year. Spacey's first season started in September 2004, and opened with the British premiere of the play Cloaca by Maria Goos, directed by Spacey, which opened to mixed reviews.[16] In the 2005 season, Spacey made his UK Shakespearean debut, to good notices, in the title role of Richard II directed by Trevor Nunn.[16]

In mid-2006, Spacey felt he was having the time of his life working at the Old Vic. At this point in his career, he was "trying to do things now that are much bigger and outside himself".[17] He performed in productions of National Anthems by Dennis McIntyre, and The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry in which he played C. K. Dexter Haven, the Cary Grant role in the film version. Critics applauded Spacey's daring for taking on the management of a theatre, but noted that while his acting was impressive, his skills and judgment as a producer/manager had yet to develop.[citation needed]

In the 2006 season, Spacey suffered a major setback with a production of Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues, directed by Robert Altman.[18] Despite an all-star cast (including Neve Campbell and Matthew Modine) and the pedigree of Miller's script, Spacey's decision to lure Altman to the stage proved disastrous: after a fraught rehearsal period, the play opened to a critical panning, and closed after only a few weeks.[17] Later in the year, Spacey starred in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, along with Colm Meaney and Eve Best. The play received excellent reviews for Spacey and Best, and was transferred to Broadway in 2007. For the spring part of the 2007–08 season, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Michelle Kelly joined Spacey as the three characters in David Mamet's 1988 play Speed-the-Plow.[19]

In January 2009, he directed the premiere of Joe Sutton's Complicit, with Richard Dreyfuss, David Suchet and Elizabeth McGovern.

In September, 2009, Trevor Nunn directed Spacey in a revival of Inherit The Wind. Based on a true story of a teacher arrested for teaching his students evolution also known as the "Scopes Monkey Trial," Spacey played defense lawyer Henry Drummond, a role that was made famous by actor Spencer Tracy in the 1960 film of the same name.

In June 2011, Sam Mendes directed Spacey in a Shakespeare's Richard III. The production will mount a worldwide tour for the rest of 2011 culminating in New York in early 2012.[20]

Other honors

Spacey was awarded an Doctor of Letters, honoris causa from the London South Bank University in November 2005.[21]

In June 2008, he was appointed as Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine's College, Oxford, succeeding Patrick Stewart in the post. He was officially welcomed on October 13, 2008.[22]

On November 3, 2010 he was invested as an honorary CBE by Prince Charles at Clarence House, on behalf of the Queen, for services to drama.[23]

Personal life

In September 2006, Spacey announced his intention to stay on at the Old Vic for at least another nine years, and that due to his continuing UK residency he intends to take up British citizenship when it becomes available to him.[24]

Spacey is a staunch Democrat and a friend of former US President Bill Clinton, having met Clinton before his presidency began. Spacey has described Clinton as "one of the shining lights" of the political process.[8] According to Federal Election Commission data, Spacey has contributed US$42,000 to Democratic candidates and committees.[25] He additionally made a cameo appearance in President Clinton: Final Days, a light-hearted political satire produced by the Clinton administration for the White House Correspondents Dinner.[26]

In September 2007, Spacey met Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez. Neither spoke to the press about their encounter but hours later the actor visited the government-funded movie studio, Villa del Cine (Cinema City).[27] In December of that year he co-hosted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert with Uma Thurman.[28]

Spacey has never married and staunchly protects his private life.[29] This has generated rumors regarding his sexual orientation. He has stated that he is not gay in the October 1999 issue of Playboy,[30] in The Sunday Times Magazine (December 19, 1999)[31] and in the May 2007 issue of Gotham Magazine.[32]

Voice actress April Winchell revealed in broadcasts of her KFI show, on her web diary and several other websites that she and Spacey dated for a while after high school during a run of the musical Gypsy and later went to New York together.[33][34] Between 1992 and 2000, Spacey reportedly discreetly dated Dianne Dreyer,[32][35][36] script supervisor to Anthony Minghella, M. Night Shyamalan and Sydney Pollack.[37]

In March 2011, following Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko's crackdown on the Belarusian democracy movement, Spacey, along with Jude Law and others, joined street protests against Lukashenko. Spacey stated: "...they will never be able to ban the Belarus people's right to fight for their freedom and their voices to be heard, and that's what this protest is about."[38]








Subway Thief

First Motion Picture


Working Girl

Bob Speck



Rocket Gibraltar

Dwayne Hanson




Mel Profitt

television series






See No Evil, Hear No Evil




Henry & June

Richard Osborn




Clarence Darrow



A Show of Force

Frank Curtin



Consenting Adults

Eddy Otis



Glengarry Glen Ross

John Williamson



The Ref

Lloyd Chasseur



Iron Will

Harry Kingsley



Doomsday Gun

Jim Price




John Doe


The Usual Suspects

Roger 'Verbal' Kint


Swimming with Sharks

Buddy Ackerman



Maj. Casey Schuler


Looking for Richard

Himself, Duke of Buckingham



A Time to Kill

D.A. Rufus Buckley



Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

James 'Jim' Williams

Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actor


L.A. Confidential

Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes


Albino Alligator


director only






The Negotiator

Lt. Chris Sabian



A Bug's Life


Voice role


American Beauty

Lester Burnham


Ordinary Decent Criminal

Michael Lynch

also producer


Pay It Forward

Eugene Simonet



The Big Kahuna

Larry Mann

also producer


The Shipping News




Prot/Robert Porter

Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor


Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure


Voice role


Austin Powers in Goldmember


playing Doctor Evil in a film


The Life of David Gale

David Gale



Beyond the Sea

Bobby Darin


The United States of Leland

Albert T. Fitzgerald

also producer






Superman Returns

Lex Luthor



Fred Claus

Clyde Northcut




Mickey Rosa




Ron Klain



Henry Carter




Major Banks




Robot, 'Gerty'

Voice role


The Men Who Stare at Goats

Larry Hooper



Casino Jack

Jack Abramoff

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy


Father of Invention

Robert Axle



Margin Call

Sam Rogers



Horrible Bosses

Dave Harken








List of albums





Beyond the Sea

Nominated—Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Phil Ramone


List of singles





"That Old Black Magic"

from the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil soundtrack

Live performances


In year 2011 the italian rapper Caparezza dedicates a song to the actor, named Kevin Spacey, included in his album Il sogno eretico. The song has been playing on Italian and Swiss radios since January 27, 2012.


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    7. ^ a b c Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2000
    8. ^ a b c Kevin Spacey (July 10, 2006) (video). Interview with Andrew Denton. Enough rope. ABC. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s1679270.htm. Retrieved June 2, 2008.
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    20. ^ "The Old Vic". Oldvictheatre.com. July 22, 2002. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
    21. ^ "Honorary degrees for Kevin Spacey and the Bishop". London SE1 Community Website. November 11, 2005. Retrieved June 2, 2008.
    22. ^ Martin, Nicole (July 12, 2008). "Kevin Spacey made professor at Oxford". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved July 3, 2008.
    23. ^ Spacey invested with honorary CBE
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    34. ^ Winchell, April. "Memoir contest".
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    36. ^ "Lights, Camera, Freebies". Entertainment Weekly. April 7, 2000.
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John William Ferrell
July 16, 1967 (age 44)
Irvine, California, United States


Comedian, impressionist, actor, writer

Years active



Viveca Paulin (2000–present)

John William "Will" Ferrell (/ˈfɛrəl/;[1] born July 16, 1967)[2] is an American comedian, impressionist, actor, and writer. Ferrell first established himself in the mid 1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and has subsequently starred in the comedy films Old School, Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Stranger than Fiction, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, and The Other Guys. He is considered a member of the "Frat Pack", a generation of leading Hollywood comic actors who emerged in the late 1990s and the 2000s, including Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and brothers Owen and Luke Wilson.




Early life

Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, the son of Betty Kay (née Overman), a teacher who taught at Old Mill School elementary school and Santa Ana College,[3] and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician with The Righteous Brothers.[4] His parents were both natives of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and moved to California in 1964;[5][6] Ferrell has Irish ancestry.[7] Ferrell has a younger brother, Patrick.[8] When he was 8, his parents divorced. Ferrell said of the divorce, "I was the type of kid who would say, 'Hey Look at the bright side! We'll have two Christmases.'" The divorce was amicable and both parents were committed to their children. The biggest problem was Lee's line of work. As a person in show business, his paychecks were never steady and he was gone from home months at a time. Growing up in the environment made Ferrell not want to go into show business, but get a steady job.[8]

Will first attended school at Turtle Rock Elementary and later attended Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, both in Irvine. He attended University High School in Irvine, and was a kicker for the school's varsity football team.[9] He was also on the soccer team and captain of the basketball team, and served on student council. As a joke, he started the reptile club (even though he didn't know anyone who owned one), but the club only lasted for two meetings.[10]

Ferrell called third grade "a pivotal year". He realized he could make his classmates laugh if he pretended to smash his head against the wall, or if he tripped and fell on purpose, and said it was a great way to make friends.[11] He told the Orange County Register that the dullness of Irvine contributed to the growth of his humor:

Growing up in suburbia, in safe, master-planned Irvine, there was no drama so we had to create it in our heads. My main form of entertainment was cracking my friends up and exploring new ways of being funny. I didn't have to have the survival mode instinct like other comics, who grew up in tough neighborhoods. I had the opposite. For me, I grew up in Mayberry, and the humor broke the boredom. And there was a lot to make fun of.[12]

In his senior year of high school, Ferrell and a friend would perform comedy skits over the school's intercom system, with cooperation from the principal. The two had to write their own material though. Ferrell also performed comedic skits in the school's talent shows. He won the "Best Personality" superlative voted by his classmates.[10]

He enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he studied Sports Broadcasting and joined the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. In college, he was known for a few pranks. On occasion, he would dress in a janitor's outfit and stroll into his friends' classes. He was also known for streaking around campus with a few other people from the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.[10] Ferrell earned an internship at a local television station in the sports department. He did not enjoy the work.[13]

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Sports Information in 1990, he knew he did not want to do broadcasting. He took up jobs as a hotel valet, and on his second day he tore a baggage rack off the top of a van by trying to drive it under a low-lying beam. He also worked as a teller at Wells Fargo, but came up short $300 the first day and $280 the second—he was not stealing the money, he was just careless and error-prone.[13]

In 1991, he moved out of the house (thanks to his mother's encouragement to pursue something he liked) and to Los Angeles. He auditioned (and got in), and developed his improvisation skills as a member of the comedy group The Groundlings.[13]


The Groundlings

Before joining The Groundlings, Ferrell's attempts at standup comedy had little success. He started in the advanced classes and grew to love improvisation. He realized he also liked to impersonate people, and one of his favorites was Harry Caray, the Hall of Fame baseball announcer. Soon he began to create original characters. With fellow Groundlings member Chris Kattan, they created the Butabi Brothers, who go out to dance clubs to try to pick up women but are constantly rejected. While taking classes, Ferrell got a job at an auction house via his friend Viveca Paulin. The job was ideal as it was flexible enough for him to audition and go to rehearsals while also being employed. He received small roles, including TV series Grace Under Fire and Living Single, low-budget films such as A Bucket of Blood, as well as commercials. One winter, he even served as a mall Santa Claus. Then, in 1994, he won a spot with the top professional group of The Groundlings.[14]

Saturday Night Live

After SNL's dip in popularity in 1994–1995 and in need of new cast members for the next season, a producer saw The Groundlings and asked Ferrell, Kattan, and Cheri Oteri to audition for SNL's main producer, Lorne Michaels.[15]

Ferrell joined Saturday Night Live in 1995 and left in 2002 after a successful seven-year tenure. He returned to host twice (both in season finales), and once in the cold open of the final episode of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday.

During his time on SNL, Ferrell made a name for himself with his impersonations, which included:

His original characters included "Morning Latte" co-host Tom Wilkins, Ed the Horse's twin brother Ned, fictional Blue Öyster Cult member Gene Frenkle (physically modeled after Blue Öyster Cult vocalist Eric Bloom), music teacher Marty Culp, Spartan cheerleader Craig Buchanan, Dale Sturtevant from "Dissing Your Dog", Hank of the Bill Brasky Buddies, David Leary from "Dog Show", and night clubber Steve Butabi in a sketch that went to the big screen in 1998's A Night at the Roxbury.

Ferrell returned to Saturday Night Live as a guest host on May 14, 2005, and May 16, 2009. Both times, he reprised his role as Alex Trebek in the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketches. On the May 14 appearance, Ferrell reprised his role as Robert Goulet in a fake commercial advertising a series of crooned ringtones and, during the performance of the song "Little Sister" by musical guests Queens of the Stone Age, Ferrell came on stage playing the cowbell.

Ferrell became the highest paid cast member of Saturday Night Live in 2001 with a season salary of $350,000.[16]

Film career

During his time on Saturday Night Live, Ferrell appeared in several movies: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, A Night at the Roxbury, Superstar, The Ladies Man, Dick, Drowning Mona, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Zoolander.

His first starring role came after his departure from SNL with Frank "The Tank" Richard in Old School (2003). The film "belongs to Mr. Ferrell", declared the New York Times, which described how he "uses his hilarious, anxious zealotry to sell the part."[17] Old School was a major success and Ferrell received an MTV Movie Awards nomination for Best Comedic Performance.

The title role in Elf (2003) followed, as did another MTV Movie Awards nomination. Ferrell continued to land comedy roles in 2004 and 2005 in films such as Melinda and Melinda, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Starsky & Hutch earning himself a place among Hollywood's Frat Pack.[18] In 2005, Ferrell earned $40 million.[19] In 2006, Ferrell starred in Stranger Than Fiction and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby; both received critical and box office success. Ferrell's performance in Stranger Than Fiction introduced audiences to the dramatic potential of Ferrell's acting talents. On December 27, 2006, 'The Magazine' named Ferrell as one of its three actors of the year in their 2006 year in review issue.[20]

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Ferrell at the premiere of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, December 2007

Ferrell appeared as part of a pre-game video package for the Rose Bowl along with Texas alum Matthew McConaughey. Ferrell also sang a song at the ESPY Awards in 2006 about Lance Armstrong and Neil Armstrong. He and John C. Reilly also did a spot during the 2008 ESPY Awards where they made demands in order for them to appear at the ESPYs like asking Portland Trail Blazers' center Greg Oden to tuck them in at night and tell them stories of the old times or to bring back the Cold War so the Olympics can be interesting again.

Ferrell participated in a 79th Academy Awards musical-comedy performance with John C. Reilly and Jack Black, wherein they sang a song about comedies being snubbed by the voters in favor of dramas.

In May 2009 it was announced Ferrell is in talks to star in Neighborhood Watch, a comedy about an urbanite who moves to the suburbs and uncovers a conspiracy. In negotiations to direct is David Dobkin, who gave Ferrell a cameo in Wedding Crashers.[21] In August 2009, Ferrell decided not to do the film. In the summer of 2009, Ferrell did a large amount of filming with several young actors. He helped out on a film entitled Making a Movie[citation needed], which is now on DVD.

In June 2009, Land of the Lost was released. It was a commercial and critical flop after earning $19 million on opening weekend, about two-thirds of what the studio expected.[22][23]

In 2010, he was the executive producer and star of The Other Guys, a buddy cop film, which also has an ensemble cast which consists of Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson. Unlike Land of the Lost, the film was a commercial success, earning over $140 million,[24] and was positively reviewed by critics.

Ferrell is set to star in Casa de Mi Padre, a telenovela spoof comedy set in a ranch with Mexican stars Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal. The movie's story will be told in melodramatic telenovela form and will feature English-language subtitles.[25]

Voice acting

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Will Ferrell dressed as Megamind at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International

Ferrell has worked as a voice actor in several animated television programs, including his portrayal of Bob Oblong, a 1950s-style father with no arms or legs, in the short-lived animated television series The Oblongs. He has had several guest appearances on Family Guy, where he played the Black Knight in "Mr. Saturday Knight", as well as Fat Greek Guy and Miles "Chatterbox" Musket in Fifteen Minutes of Shame. Ferrell also starred as Ted (a.k.a. The Man in the Yellow Hat) in the film Curious George[26] and guest voiced on an episode of the FOX sitcom King of the Hill as a political correct soccer coach. He voiced the title character in the 2010 DreamWorks Animation film Megamind.

Stage career

Ferrell made his Broadway debut taking on departing U.S. President George W. Bush in a one-man show called You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush. The show started performances on January 20, 2009, in previews—Bush's final day in office—at the Cort Theatre and opened officially on February 1. The limited engagement played through March 15, 2009.[27]

Creating and producing

Funny or Die

In April 2007, Ferrell launched "Funny or Die",[28] a streaming video website where short comedy films are uploaded and voted on by users. The site features The Landlord, starring Ferrell and Pearl McKay, the toddler daughter of Funny or Die co-founder Adam McKay. Ferrell's character is harassed for the rent by his landlady, a swearing, beer-loving, two-year-old girl (played by McKay's daughter, Pearl). Child psychologists have criticized Ferrell and the McKay family for child exploitation,[29] to which McKay responded:

Fortunately she is in this great stage now where she repeats anything you say to her and then forgets it right away, which is key. She has not said the 'B-word' since we shot the thing.

Adam McKay[30]

They followed with the release of a video entitled "Good Cop, Baby Cop" which also starred baby Pearl;[31] the end of the video stated that this would be her final appearance and wished her a happy "baby retirement."

In September 2008, Ferrell released another video entitled "Will Ferrell Answers Internet Questions" where he takes some pressing questions and comments from his fans.

Another Ferrell appearance on "Funny or Die"[28] is in the video called "Green Team," featuring also McKay and John C Reilly. It shows militant ecologic activists terrorizing the crew on a filming set.

Eastbound & Down

Ferrell co-produces (with Adam McKay) an HBO show starring Danny McBride called Eastbound & Down.[32] He also has a recurring role as car dealer Ashley Schaeffer.

Personal life

In August 2000, Ferrell married Swedish actress Viveca Paulin, whom he met in 1995 at an acting class. They live in New York City and in Orange County, California and have three sons, Magnus Paulin Ferrell, born March 7, 2004,[33] Mattias Paulin Ferrell, born December 30, 2006,[34] and Axel Paulin Ferrell, born January 23, 2010.[35]

In 2006, I-Newswire.com, a site that accepts submissions from readers and publishes them as "press releases", reported that Ferrell had died in a paragliding accident. The hoax was published before its factual inaccuracy was noticed. The story was further propagated when it appeared on Google News.

Ferrell is a fan of USC Trojan football. At USC, Ferrell was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and is now an active alumnus. Ferrell has worked with former head coach Pete Carroll to do motivational stunts for the players during the season.[9]

Ferrell is also a supporter of Chelsea, an English Premier League football club.[36] Ferrell represented Chelsea as honorary captain in the coin toss before the Chelsea v Inter Milan match at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on July 21, 2009.[37]

Ferrell enjoys running and has participated in several major marathons such as the Boston, New York and Stockholm Marathons.[38] He also raises money for charity, including his Scholarships for Cancer Survivors campaign through Crowdrise; a social networking community for volunteers and a micro-donations fundraising platform.[39]

In 2007, Autograph magazine named Ferrell the worst celebrity autographer. Its editor stated, "What's so frustrating about Will Ferrell being the worst autograph signer this past year is that he used to be so nice to fans and collectors and a great signer. What makes him so bad is that he'll taunt people asking for his autograph."[40] In response, Ferrell has stated, "I don't know how I got on the list. I sign a lot of autographs", but has admitted to taunting autograph-seekers: "I do. I really do. I'm like, 'How badly do you want this autograph?' 'Are you sure?' 'You say you're my biggest fan, really, prove it.' I'll do things like that. They have to earn it."[41]

Ferrell had noted that, although he was well known for his SNL impersonation of President George W. Bush, he chose, for both professional and political reasons, not to meet the President on several occasions, unlike his SNL predecessor Dana Carvey's famous chummy relationship with George H. W. Bush: "I declined, partly out of comedic purposes, because when I was on the show Saturday Night Live at the time, it didn't make sense to really meet the people that you play, for fear of them influencing you. And then the other side of it is, from a political standpoint, I don't want to meet that guy."[41] Ferrell also appeared on an episode of Man vs. Wild, where he traveled throughout the tundras of Sweden with the show's host, Bear Grylls. In the episode, Ferrell came across various unique situations, which included eating the eye of a reindeer.[42]

Ferrell made a comical debut as a relief pitcher for the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, on May 6, 2010. He was introduced as "Billy Ray 'Rojo' Johnson", and was brought in to relief pitch for the sixth inning. He then entertained the fans by bringing a sack of beer cans to the mound, as well as being ejected and getting chased by the opposing batter. He revealed himself to the fans when his moustache fell off during the chase. The appearance was cooked up by Ferrell and the Express, who sent out a press release announcing Johnson's "signing", to promote The Will Powered Golf Classic the following day at the nearby Cimarron Hills Country Club, which benefits Cancer for College, an organization that provides scholarships to cancer survivors.[43]

Ferrell has an estimated net worth of $80 million.[44]

Awards and nominations

Emmy Awards


ESPY Awards


Golden Globe Awards


  • 2006: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for The Producers)
  • 2007: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (for Stranger than Fiction)

James Joyce Award

Kids Choice Awards

MTV Movie Awards



Razzie Awards


Satellite Awards


Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards


Teen Choice Awards



Tony Awards


Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Ferrell was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.





U.S. gross (USD)



Bucket of Blood

Young Man


Made for TV

Criminal Hearts




Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery




Men Seeking Women




A Night at the Roxbury

Steve Butabi


Also Writer

The Thin Pink Line

Darren Clark




Sky Corrigan/God




Bob Woodward



Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me




The Suburbans





The Ladies Man

Lance DeLune



Drowning Mona

Cubby the Funeral Director








Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly




Boat Trip

Brian's Boyfriend




Old School

Frank "the Tank" Ricard








Melinda and Melinda




Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Ron Burgundy


Also Writer

Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie

Ron Burgundy


Also Writer

Starsky & Hutch

Big Earl



Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party




The Producers

Franz Liebkind



Wedding Crashers

Chazz Reinhold



Winter Passing





Jack Wyatt/Darrin



Kicking & Screaming

Phil Weston



The Wendell Baker Story

Dave Bix




Stranger Than Fiction

Harold Crick



Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Ricky Bobby


Also Writer/Executive Producer

Curious George

Ted/The Man in the Yellow Hat


Voice Role


Blades of Glory

Chazz Michael Michaels





Jackie Moon



Step Brothers

Brennan Huff


Also Writer/Executive Producer


Land of the Lost

Dr. Rick Marshall



The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Craig McDermott


Also Producer

SpongeBob's Truth or Square




The Other Guys

Detective Allen Gamble


Also Executive Producer




Voice Role




Guest star
Season 1, Episode 1

Everything Must Go

Nick Halsey




Casa de Mi Padre[48]

Armando Alvarez


Also Producer

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie[49]

Damien Weebs


Also Producer/Co-Producer

Dog Fight[50]

Cam Brady


Also Producer/Co-Producer


Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters[51]

Dr. Baumgartner


Also Producer



Also Producer

Television work



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    2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
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    29. ^ Today Show June 7, 2007
    30. ^ "Will Ferrell and Pearl in The Landlord".
    31. ^ "Good Cop, Baby Cop".
    32. ^ "Talk: Home". HBO. Retrieved September 11, 2010.
    33. ^ "NEWS BRIEFS: Lynch Wedding Postponed". People Magazine. March 11, 2004.
    34. ^ "Will Ferrell, Wife Viveca Welcome a Son". People Magazine. January 2, 2007.
    35. ^ "Will Ferrell Welcomes Third Son". People Magazine. January 27, 2010.
    36. ^ "The Shed – Celebrity Fans". Theshed.chelseafc.com. Retrieved September 11, 2010.
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    39. ^ "Will Ferrell on Crowdrise". Retrieved April 28, 2010.
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    55. ^ a b c d IMDB Profile

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