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Steve Carell Biography (UPDATE)

VO: Matthew Campbell
He’s one of Hollywood’s top funnymen. In this bio update, WatchMojo.com takes a look at what Steve Carell has accomplished since we first released his biography in 2010, in honor of his impressive resumé and taking a shot at a dramatic role. His role as Office boss Michael Scott may have come to an end, but Carell has continued to make us laugh, especially playing the dimwitted Brick Tamland in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. But, his career may take on a dramatic shift, as Carell wowed audiences in Foxcatcher.
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Steve Carell Profile


He has become famous for his outrageous roles and unique sense of humor. Welcome to Watchmojo.com and today we’ll be taking a look at the career of comedian Steve Carell.

Born on August 16, 1962 in Concord, Massachusetts Carell studied at Denison University in the hopes of becoming a radiobroadcaster. However, he eventually found work with a theatre company performing in comedy musicals. During that time he tried to break into television with a 1989 commercial for Brown’s Chicken.

Despite an embarrassing entry into the entertainment industry, his career defining moment came to him as a result of taking on Steven Colbert as his understudy in the Chicago stage troupe “The Second City.”

As a result, the pair not only became cast members on the short-lived sketch 1996 comedy series “The Dana Carvey Show”, but it also gave him a chance to flex his comedic muscle by voicing the part of Gary in “the Ambiguously Gay Duo”. Fortunately, the cartoon skit endured by being transferred over to Saturday Night Live, and Carrel continued to land bit parts on several other comedy series (Editor’s note: Over the Top/Just Shoot Me).

In 1999, he became the outrageous correspondent of “The Daily Show”, and got to take part in various wacky segments opposite his Colbert.
With a newfound prominence as a comedian, he set his sights on film acting with 2003’s “Bruce Almighty”, alongside Jim Carrey. Interestingly, his supportive role of Evan Baxter later garnered its own dedicated sequel.

Further turning the spotlight onto himself in 2004, he appearing as the hilarious and slow-witted Brick Tamland in 2004’s “Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy”. Despite his involvement in this high-profile Will Farrell comedy, the movie that made him a Hollywood star was “The 40 Year-Old Virgin”. As a result of the enormous media buzz the film gathered, he was quickly cast in the lead role of Michael Scott on the American Mockumentary series “The Office.”

When not in playing his dumbfounded office role, he continued to appear in various feature films. These included that of a bearded Frank Ginsberg in “Little Miss Sunshine”, the hilarious voiceover of Hammy in the animated feature “Over the Hedge”, and as the mayor of WhoVille in the film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s “Horton Hears a Who!”

Aside from his passion for voicing offbeat characters, Carell was also given several starring roles. These included the comedy-drama “Dan in Real Life”, and the imbecilic part of Maxwell Smart in 2008’s update of the Bond spoof “Get Smart.”

In 2010, Carell continued to make audiences laugh with by appearing opposite Tina Fey in the comedy romp “Date Night”, and as the world’s #2 super villain in the computer animated 3-D feature “Despicable Me”.

UPDATE


After the first decade of the 21st century came to a close, Carell was keeping himself very, very busy on both the big and small screens. In fact, Carell had somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, proving he’s one of Hollywood’s top men.

He starred in the rom-com Crazy, Stupid Love; played the title character and magician in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone; and returned as Gru and Brick Tamland in the Despicable Me and Anchorman sequels respectively.

But most notable was Carell’s emotional departure from the television hit The Office after 6 hilarious years of portraying the lovably inappropriate Michael Scott.

2014 saw Carell star in the film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. But it was his role as convicted murderer and wrestling coach John du Pont in Foxcatcher that showed Carell can take on a serious tone and could prove to be a turning point for future roles.

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