John William Ferrell is the real name of Will Ferrell. The American actor and comedian has been a part of Saturday Night Live in the 1990s. he also appeared in several films including Talladega Nights, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, and Step Brothers. Besies acting, he is also a producer and a writer. He also launched a comedy website Funny or Die with his friend Adam McKay. Will Ferrell net worth is more than a hundred million dollars every year.
“For people who have done comedy after a certain point in time, I think there’s a base level of, ‘O.K., I think I’m decently funny.’ But unless you just have some massive ego, I really think you’re still fighting against that.”- Will Ferrell
Early Life of Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell was born to Betty Kay and Roy Lee Ferrell Jr. on 16 July 1967 in Irvine, California. His father used to play keyboard and saxophone while his mother was a school and college teacher. He went to Culverdale Elementary school, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, and later studied at the University High School. During his school time, he was very much into sports.
He played soccer and football and was the captain of school’s basketball team as well. he was very young when his parents divorced. In the year 1990, he got his B.A. degree in sports information from the University of Southern California. He married actress Viveca Paulin in August, 2000. The couple has three sons; Magnus Paulin Ferrell, Mattias Paulin Ferrell, and Axel Paulin Ferrell. He lives with his family in Orange City, California and New York City.
“I grew up in an entertainment family, and so I saw how susceptible you are to the ups and downs of this business.”- Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell Personal Details
|Real Name||Will Ferrell|
|Date of Birth||16 July, 1967|
|Place of Birth||Irvine, California, United States|
|Profession / Occupation||Actor, comedian, producer, writer, and businessman|
Will Ferrell Body Stats
Will Ferrell Family Details
|Spouse / Wife Name||Viveca Paulin (m. 2000)|
|Father Name||Roy Lee Farrell Jr.|
|Mother Name||Betty Kay Farrell|
|Children||Magnus Paulin Ferrell, Axel Paulin Ferrell, Mattias Paulin Ferrell|
Will performed comedy skits along with his friend in high school. After his graduation, he shifted to Los Angeles in 1991. There he qualified in the auditions for The Groundlings. He also did small roles in the TV series Living Single and Grace Under Fire. He also appeared in the film Bucket of Blood. In 1995, he became a part of Saturday Night Live and stayed its cast member for 7 years.
He imitated many celebrities in SNL including singers Neil Diamond and Robert Goulet, US president George W. Bush and other personalities such as Ted Kennedy, Alex Trebek, Jesse Ventura, Saddam Hussain, Al Gore, and Harry Caray.
“Saturday Night Live is such a comedy boot camp in a way, because you get to work with so many different people who come in to host the show and you get thrown into so many situations and learn how to think on your feet, so filmmaking actually feels slow, in a good way.”- Will Ferrell
While working for SNL he also appeared in films including Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, The Ladies Man, A Night at the Roxbury, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Zoolander, and Drowning Mona. In 2003, his film Elf got much popularity about which he once said:
“Elf has become this big holiday movie, and I remember running around the streets of New York in tights saying, ‘This could be the last movie I ever make,’ and I could never have predicted that it’d become such a popular film.”- Will Ferrell
After Elf, he was seen in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Melinda and Melinda, and Starsky and Hutch and hence he became a part of the Hollywood’s Frat Pack.
Awards and Achievements
- Will was nominated 9 times in the MTV Movie Awards. however, he won only 1 award for the Best Kiss for his film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of the Ricky Bobby.
- After several nominations he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons.
- He was also added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.
- He won the ESPY Award for the Best Sports Movie twice for his films Semi-Pro and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
- In 2015 he was also awarded the British GQ Men of the Year Award for Comedian of the Year.
“I know the nature of comedy, and you never know what will happen with the next movie or whether people will find it funny.”- Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell Net Worth and Salary
The latest updates show that Will Ferrell net worth today is around $160 million. He earned a lot of money from Saturday Night Live. in 2001, he was highest paid member of the show and was paid $17,500 for a single episode. His films also add a great sum to his net worth. He is also the producer of many films which include Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Boss, and Daddy’s Home. He has also produces shows for HBO along with Adam McKay.
“I’ve never been a conceited person or cocky, never felt boastful, but I always had a sense of self-worth; I always had a real sense of myself.”- Will Ferrell
Will was once among the highest paid actors in Hollywood. This he earned with a lot of hard work and success. Before joining The Groundlings his journey was not neither easy nor successful. After Saturday Night Live, his fortune led him become one of the most influential personalities.
“I think anyone who has, you know, is in any sort of artistic pursuit, kind of goes up and down with the way they feel about their work. And I, for the most part, am pretty happy person. But, yeah. I go through definite periods of time where I’m not funny. I’m not good. I’m – I don’t feel original.”- Will Ferrell