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Steve Carell
Steve Carell 2 2013.jpg
Carell at the Sydney premiere of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in 2013
BornSteven John Carell
(1962-08-16) August 16, 1962 (age 51)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materDenison University
OccupationActor, comedian, director, producer, writer, voice artist
Years active1986–present
Notable work(s)The Daily Show
The Office
Spouse(s)Nancy Carell (née Walls) (m. 1995)[1]
Children2
AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series
2006 The Office
 
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Steve Carell
Steve Carell 2 2013.jpg
Carell at the Sydney premiere of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in 2013
BornSteven John Carell
(1962-08-16) August 16, 1962 (age 51)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materDenison University
OccupationActor, comedian, director, producer, writer, voice artist
Years active1986–present
Notable work(s)The Daily Show
The Office
Spouse(s)Nancy Carell (née Walls) (m. 1995)[1]
Children2
AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series
2006 The Office

Steven John "Steve" Carell (/kəˈrɛl/; born August 16, 1962)[2] is an American actor, comedian, director, producer, writer, and voice artist. After a five-year stint on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Carell found greater fame in the late 2000s for playing Michael Scott on the American version of The Office. He has also starred in lead roles in the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine, Evan Almighty, Dan in Real Life, Get Smart, Date Night, Dinner for Schmucks, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and The Way Way Back, and voiced characters in the animated films Over the Hedge, Horton Hears a Who!, Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. Carell was nominated as "America's funniest man" in Life magazine, and received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series for his work on The Office.

Early life[edit]

The youngest of four brothers, Carell was born at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts, and raised in nearby Acton, Massachusetts. His father, Edwin A. Carell, was an electrical engineer,[3][4] and his mother, Harriet T. (née Koch), was a psychiatric nurse. His maternal uncle, Stanley Koch, worked with scientist Allen B. DuMont to create cathode ray tubes.[5] Carell is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), German, and Polish descent.[3][6][7] His father was born under the surname "Caroselli", and later adapted it to "Carell".[4] Carell was raised Roman Catholic,[8] and was educated at Nashoba Brooks School, The Fenn School, and Middlesex School. Carell also played ice hockey while in high school.[9] Carell played the fife, performing with other members of his family, and later joined a reenacting group portraying the 10th (North Lincoln) Regiment of Foot. Carell attributed his interest in history to this,[10] in which he earned his degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1984.[11][12] While at Denison, Carell was a member of Burpee's Seedy Theatrical Company, a student-run improvisational comedy troupe.[13]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Carell states that he worked as a mail carrier in Littleton, Massachusetts. He later recounted that he quit after 6 months because his boss told him he was not very good as a mail carrier and needed to be faster.[14] Early in his performing career, Carell acted on the stage in a touring children's theater company, later in the comedy musical, Knat Scatt Private Eye and in a television commercial for Brown's Chicken in 1989.[15] After that, Carell performed with Chicago troupe The Second City where Stephen Colbert was his understudy for a time in 1991, the same year he made his film debut in a minor role as Tesio in Curly Sue. In spring 1996, he was a cast member of The Dana Carvey Show, a small, short-lived sketch comedy program on ABC. Along with fellow cast member Stephen Colbert, Carell provided the voice of Gary, half of The Ambiguously Gay Duo, the Robert Smigel-produced animated short which continued on Saturday Night Live later that year. While the program lasted only seven episodes, The Dana Carvey Show has since been credited with forging Carell's career.[16] During that time, he also played a supporting character for several series including Come to Papa and the short-lived 1997 Tim Curry situation comedy Over the Top. He has made numerous guest appearances, including on an episode of Just Shoot Me! titled "Funny Girl." Carell's other early screen credits includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus's short-lived situation comedy Watching Ellie (2002–2003) and Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda. Carell was a correspondent for The Daily Show from 1999 until 2005, with a number of regular segments including "Even Stevphen" with Stephen Colbert and "Produce Pete" on the Daily Show.

The Office[edit]

During 2005, Carell signed a deal with NBC to star in The Office, a mockumentary about life at a mid-sized paper supply company, which was a remake of a successful British TV series. He played the role of Michael Scott, the idiosyncratic regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Inc, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Although the first season of the adaptation suffered mediocre ratings, NBC renewed it for another season due to the anticipated success of Carell's film The 40-Year-Old Virgin,[17][verification needed] and the series subsequently became a ratings success. Carell won a Golden Globe and Television Critics Association award during 2006 for his Office role. He also received six Emmy Award nominations[18] for his work in the series (2006–2011). Carell earned approximately US$175,000 per episode of the third season of The Office, twice his salary for the previous two seasons. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, he commented on his salary, saying, "You don't want people to think you're a pampered jerk. Salaries can be ridiculous. On the other hand, a lot of people are making a lot of money off of these shows."[19] Carell was allowed "flex time" during filming to work on theatrical films. Carell worked on Evan Almighty during a production hiatus during the second season of The Office.[20] Production ended during the middle of the fourth season of The Office because of Carell's and others' refusal to cross the picket line of the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike. Carell, a WGA member,[21] has written two episodes of The Office: "Casino Night" and "Survivor Man". Both episodes were praised, and Carell won a Writers Guild of America Award for "Casino Night".[22] On April 29, 2010, Carell stated he would be leaving the show when his contract expired at the conclusion of the 2010–2011 season because he wanted to focus on his film career.[23] His last episode as a main character, "Goodbye, Michael", aired April 28, 2011 with his final shot showing Carell walking to a Colorado-bound plane to join his fiancée, Holly Flax, in Boulder, Colorado. Although he was invited back for the series finale in 2013, Carell originally declined believing that it would go against his character's arc.[24] Ultimately in the final version of the finale Carell reprised the role.[25]

Film career[edit]

Carell at the Academy Awards in 2007

Carell's first major film role was as weatherman Brick Tamland in the 2004 hit comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Struck by Carell's performance in the film, Anchorman producer Judd Apatow approached Carell about creating a film together, and Carell told him about an idea he had had involving a middle-aged man who is still a virgin.[26] The result was the 2005 film The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which Carell and Apatow developed and wrote together, starring Carell as the title character. The film made $109 million in domestic box office sales[27] and established him as a leading man. It also earned Carell an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance and a WGA Award nomination, along with Apatow, for Best Original Screenplay.

Carell acted as "Uncle Arthur", imitating the camp mannerisms of Paul Lynde's original character for the 2005 remake of Bewitched with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. He also voiced Hammy the Squirrel in the 2006 computer-animated film, Over the Hedge and the 2008 animated film Horton Hears a Who! as the mayor of Whoville, Ned McDodd. He starred in Little Miss Sunshine during 2006, as Uncle Frank.

His work in the films Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Bewitched established Carell as a member of Hollywood's so-called "Frat Pack", a group of actors who often appear in films together, that also includes Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Luke Wilson. Carell acted as the title character of Evan Almighty, a sequel to Bruce Almighty, reprising his role as Evan Baxter, now a U.S. Congressman. The film received mostly negative reviews, but is currently the most expensive comedy ever made. Carell starred in the 2007 film Dan in Real Life, co-starring Dane Cook and Juliette Binoche.

Carell played Maxwell Smart for a 2008 movie remake of Get Smart. The movie was successful, grossing over $200 million worldwide.[28] During 2007, Carell was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[29][30] Carell starred with Tina Fey in Date Night during late 2008 and was released on April 9, 2010 in the U.S. He voiced Gru, the main character in the Universal CGI film, Despicable Me along with Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, and Kristen Wiig, which was very successful and reprised his role in its sequel Despicable Me 2. He has several other projects in the works, including a remake of the 1967 Peter Sellers film The Bobo. He is currently doing voiceover work in commercials for Wrigley's Extra gum. Carell has launched a television division of his Carousel Prods., which has contracted a three-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios, the studio behind his NBC comedy series. Thom Hinkle and Campbell Smith of North South Prods., former producers on Carell's alma mater, Comedy Central's The Daily Show, were hired to manage Carousel's TV operations.[31][32]

Personal life[edit]

Carell and wife Nancy at the 2010 Academy Awards in March 2010

Carell is married to Saturday Night Live alumna Nancy Carell (née Walls), whom he met when she was a student in an improvisation class he was teaching at Second City.[33] They have two children, Elisabeth Anne (born May 26, 2001) and John (born June 2004). In addition to working with Carell as a fellow correspondent on The Daily Show, Nancy Carell acted with him on The Office as his realtor and short-lived girlfriend Carol Stills, and also cameoed as a sex therapist in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and played Linda in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

In 2011, Carell earned $17.5 million, making him the 31st highest paid actor (this excluded TV-related projects).[34]

Carell is a Catholic and he once said,

"I hope that God gives me guidance and that he directs me to make good choices, and that he helps me with my family. But that is such a personal thing and I think everyone has a different idea of what God is and what he represents." [35]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Curly SueTesioCredited as "Steven Carell"
1998Tomorrow NightMailroom Guy without Glasses
2003Bruce AlmightyEvan BaxterCredited as "Steven Carell"
2004Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyBrick TamlandNominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Paul Rudd)
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance (shared with Will Ferrell, David Koecher, Paul Rudd, and Fred Armisen)
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost MovieBrick Tamland
SleepoverOfficer John Sherman
2005Melinda and MelindaWalt Wagner
BewitchedUncle Arthur
The 40-Year-Old VirginAndy StitzerAlso Writer/Executive Producer
MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Performance
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Romany Malco, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd)
Nominated — Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Judd Apatow)
2006Over the HedgeHammyVoice
Little Miss SunshineFrank GinsburgBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Chlotrudis Award for Best Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007Evan AlmightyEvan BaxterTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Scream
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Hissy Fit
Stories USAMark Ronson
Knocked UpHimself
Dan in Real LifeDan Burns
2008Horton Hears a Who!Ned McDodd: Mayor of WhoVilleVoice
Get SmartMaxwell SmartAlso Executive Producer
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2010Date NightPhil FosterNominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Dance (Shared with Tina Fey)
Despicable MeGruVoice
Nominated — Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Buttkicker
Dinner for SchmucksBarry SpeckNominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2011Crazy, Stupid, Love.Cal WeaverAlso producer
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Hissy Fit
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry (Shared with Ryan Gosling) - Best Actor of Comedy
2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldDodge Petersen
Hope SpringsDr. Bernie Feld
2013The Incredible Burt WonderstoneBurt WonderstoneAlso producer
The Way, Way BackTrent
Despicable Me 2GruVoice
Nominated — Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesBrick Tamland
2014Foxcatcher[36]John du Pont
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayBenPost-Production
2015MinionsGruFilming
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996The Ambiguously Gay DuoGary
Police commissioner
Voice
Sketch comedy
The Dana Carvey ShowVarious charactersSketch comedy
1996–2011Saturday Night LiveGary
Big Head
15 episodes
1997Over the TopYorgo Galfanikos12 episodes; only 3 aired
1998Just Shoot Me!Border Control Agent
1999–2005The Daily ShowCorrespondent
2002–2003Watching EllieEdgar16 episodes
2004Fillmore!Mr. DelanceyVoice
Episode: Field Trip of the Just
Come to PapaBlevin4 episodes
2005–2011, 2013The OfficeMichael ScottLead Role (Seasons 1–7; 148 episodes)
Guest Star (Season 9; one episode)
Writer — "Casino Night" and "Survivor Man", Director — "Broke", "Secretary's Day and "Garage Sale"
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2006)
People Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor (2009)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007—2008)
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy (2007—2008)
TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2006)
Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy Series (Shared with ensemble writers, 2007)
Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Comedy (For episode "Casino Night")
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2007—2011)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2006—2011)
Nominated — Prism Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Series (2007)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2006—2007)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2007—2012)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2009—2012)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy (2006, 2009—2011)
Nominated — TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2009)
Nominated — Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy Series (Shared with ensemble writers, 2008—2009)
20102010 Kids' Choice AwardsHimselfCovered by slime
2011Life's Too ShortEpisode # 1.4
Rove LAEpisode 5
2012The SimpsonsDan GillickVoice
Episode: Penny-Wiseguys
2013Pawn StarsHimselfEpisode: Hello, Goodbye
Web TherapyJackson Pickett3 episodes
Video games
YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Outlaw GolfCommentatorCredited as "Steven Carell"

Other awards[edit]

Carell won the Spike TV 2008 "Guys Choice", Funniest M.F. Award.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheri Stritof; Bob Stritof (March 21, 2008). "Steve and Nancy Carell Marriage Profile". Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Holloway, Diane (August 16, 2005). "Steve Carell's 42, a 'Virgin' and the worst boss ever". Austin American-Statesman. Archived from the original on August 11, 2007. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Ancestry.com profile". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Gostin, Nicki (June 22, 2007). "As Nice as He Is mean". Newsweek. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Steve Carell Biography". Tiscali.co.uk. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/steve-carell
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0136797/
  8. ^ Pringle, Gill (July 27, 2007). "Steve Carell: The American Ricky Gervais is now a major movie star". The Independent (London). Retrieved June 26, 2010. "Carell has no witty speech rehearsed when you ask the Catholic comic..." 
  9. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (August 12, 2010). "Steve Carell interview". The Guardian. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Steve Carell Plays the Fife". [Show with David Letterman]. July 20, 2010. CBS. http://www.cbs.com/e/oJZVSl08cDPeXI9wIfAhgagqtW98RFej/cbs/1/. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  11. ^ Some Famous History Majors Website Retrieved July 21, 2010
  12. ^ "TheDEN [Denison University]". Denison.edu. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Company – Burpee'S Seedy Theatrical Company". Bstcalumni.webs.com. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ Interview: Steve Carell (March 20, 2006). InFANity: The Office, TV Guide Channel.
  15. ^ "''Steve Carell in 1989 Brown's Chicken TV commercial''". Youtube. August 15, 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  16. ^ Dave, Itzkoff Comedy Ahead of Its Time (if That Time Ever Comes) The New York Times (May 7, 2009). Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  17. ^ "'Office' promotions pay off in a big way." Chicago Tribune. February 23, 2006
  18. ^ "Steve Carell Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  19. ^ Lynette, Rice (March 30, 2007). "Deal or No Deal". Entertainment Weekly. p. 34 
  20. ^ "Carell's 'Office' Work Pays Off", @TV.com, dated June 8, 2006
  21. ^ "WGA uses YouTube to state case", The Hollywood Reporter
  22. ^ "Awards for Steve Carell". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  23. ^ "CNN.com Video". CNN. 
  24. ^ Michael Ausiello (January 24, 2013). "Steve Carell Formally Nixes Office Series Finale Comeback: 'It Didn't Make Sense'". Tv Line. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  25. ^ Michael Ausiello (May 6, 2013). "Exclusive: Steve Carell Back for The Office Finale". Tv Line. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  26. ^ Steve Carell is "The 40 Year Old Virgin", Rebecca Murray, About.com
  27. ^ Box office/business for The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  28. ^ GET SMART
  29. ^    (June 19, 2007). "abc7.com: Film Academy Invites 115 New Members June 19, 2007". Abclocal.go.com. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  30. ^ Academy Invites 115 to Become Members[dead link]
  31. ^ The Hollywood Reporter.Com[dead link]
  32. ^ "'The Office' star Steve Carell visits The South Shore's Morning News". YouTube. July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  33. ^ Interview: Steve Carell (January 11, 2006). The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC.
  34. ^ "Hollywood’s Highest Paid Stars 2011 – Highest Paid Actors " The Richest People in the World 2012". Therichest.org. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  35. ^ [1]
  36. ^ "Foxcatcher Movie (Pre-Production)". Movieinsider.com. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  37. ^ "2008: Funniest M. F". Spike.com. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 

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