Will Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer., who has recorded consistent success in most of the things he has handled over the years. And due to his outstanding qualities, a lot of fans are eager to know a whole lot of things about him – from details about his family life to the most trivial such as the statistics of most of his body parts.
While a good-looking man, one thing that many people have always pointed out about the actor is his teeth. He has found himself on many lists of celebrities without the best set of teeth – with other stars such as Tom Cruise, Madonna, Morgan Freeman, and many others. Still, the actor never gets tired of laughing or making others laugh. For this, he has accumulated a massive amount of wealth over the years.
Family Issues Made Him Avoid a Career In Entertainment
John William Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967, in Irvine, California. At the age of 8, his parents began living separately and later divorced. While many of today’s comedians showed an early passion for entertainment, the same can’t be said for Will who hated the show business because of his father whose involvement with the show business kept him away for months from the family.
Will instead dreamed that he would stick to a steady paying job when he grew up. However, the display of his comic side while attending University High School, Irvine was the first sign that just maybe, he would follow in the footsteps of his father. The class clown, Ferrell would make his friends laugh by faking an accident like colliding with a wall or a trip and fall. Fast forward to senior year, he began performing comic skits in talent shows and even wrote his own materials.
After high school graduation, he enrolled in the University of Southern California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Information in 1990. Despite his comic side getting the best of him in high school and in college, Ferrell remained adamant about not pursuing a career in show business opting instead to find a steady paying job. However, he finally yielded after his attempts at “steady paying jobs” like a teller and hotel valet proved unfruitful.
Will Ferrell Is Married to a Swedish Actress
Ferrell has been married to Viveca Paulin since 2000. Ferrell’s wife is an actress who has also been around for quite some time. However, she is more popular for being the wife of Will Ferrell, which is so because she hasn’t acted in many movies of late. More than anything else, she is an auctioneer and a producer with credits in projects like 2018’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, 1998’s A Night at the Roxbury, and 1997’s Money Talks. She was born on the 24th of April 1969 and her place of birth was in Askim, located in Göteborg och Bohus län, Sweden.
It was in 1995 that the couple met in an acting class, they quickly became friends but it morphed into a romantic relationship as time went by. Ferrell and Paulin who met many years before they began dating broke up as the years progressed, but came back together to get married. Their union has been blessed with three kids: Magnus Paulin Ferrell, Mattias Paulin Ferrell, and Axel Paulin Ferrell.
Magnus is the oldest of the siblings and he was born on the 7th of March 2004. Like his parents, he is an actor and has been a part of projects like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) and If You Build The House They Will Come (2017). Mattias came after Magnus as he was born on the 30th of December 2006. He has also been credited as an actor and this was for his role in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Axel is the youngest of the siblings. He was born on the 23rd of January 2010 and like his siblings, he made his acting debut in 2013 alongside their father in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
His Career Exploits and Earnings from Saturday Night Live (SNL)
Ferrell in 1991, left for Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in show business. He started out doing stand up and later developed a passion for improvisation. Soon he successfully auditioned and joined the popular Los Angeles comedy improv group “The Groundlings”. While honing his improv skills with the group, he landed a few gigs including commercials, low-budget movies, and even TV series.
In the mid 90’s, New York-based late-night sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live (SNL) began to drop in ratings, and in a bid to revive the show, its boss, Lorne Michaels embarked on a journey to Hollywood to scout for capable hands. He then discovered Ferrell with The Groundlings (the group was already famed for producing SNL cast members). After a successful impersonation audition, Will Ferrell was listed as one of SNL’s main cast in 1995.
His first years with the New York-based show were quite rough, however, he got it all figured out after a few seasons and evidently, SNL was back on its feet with surging ratings. Will was known to make impersonations of George W. Bush. In 2001, he became the highest-paid SNL cast member with a salary of over $350,000. The raise was meant to lure Ferrell to stick to the show despite other mouthwatering offers from Hollywood. Nonetheless, Ferrell left SNL in 2002 after five highly successful seasons. He has continued to make sporadic appearances on the show.
A Look At Will Ferrell’s Movie Career and Earnings
While with SNL, Ferrell landed several roles in movies like the SNL spinoff, A Night at the Roxbury and the first of the Austin Powers movies. His first post-SNL role came in Old School (2003) which struck box office gold and was labeled as his signature role. His success continued with box office hits like Elf (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Melinda and Melinda (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Blades of Glory (2007), and Step Brothers (2008). In 2005, Ferrell was estimated to have earned $40 million from all his endeavors.
After receiving $7 million for his role in the 2004 movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Ferrell began to command a paycheck as high as $20 million per role. Some of his recent movies include Get Hard (2015), Daddy’s Home (2015), Zoolander 2 (2016), Daddy’s Home 2 (2017), Holmes & Watson (2018), and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019).
Beginning in 2009, Ferrell became a regular on Forbes list of Hollywood’s Overpaid Actors. This list features actors who despite receiving huge paychecks for their roles, fail to make the movies a box office success. In 2015, Forbes reported that out of every $1 he made, his movies returned $6.80. Regardless, Ferrell continues to be active in Hollywood and has also lent his voice to numerous animated movies.
Other Endeavors That Contributed To His Net Worth of $160 Million
Ferrell alongside comedy partner, Adam McKay, founded the comedy website “Funny or Die” in 2007. The duo have also produced their own show like HBO’s “Eastbound and Down” and Fusion TV’s “The Chris Gethard Show”
In 2009, he founded his own sunscreen lotions which came in three types; Sun Stroke, Sexy Hot Tan, and Forbidden Fruit. Ferrell donated some of the sale proceeds to a Cancer charity program.
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Most notably, Ferrell alongside Magic Johnson in January 2016, became a part-owner of Major League Soccer team Los Angeles FC which began featuring in the league in 2018. In all, it is believed that the man’s net worth is around $160 million.