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Will Ferrell Net Worth

Will Ferrell Net Worth
Net Worth$100,000,000
NameJohn William Ferrell
Date of Birth/AgeJuly 16, 1967 (age 52)
State/City of originIrvine, California, U.S.
Years active1991–present
Occupation(s) Actor,comedian,producer,writer.

Net Worth

Will Ferrell’s net worth is $100 million.

How Did Will Ferrell Make His Money?

Ferrell is a popular comic actor, writer and film producer. He has starred in numerous smash comedy hits including Elf and Stepbrothers.


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Ferrell is known for playing goofy, immature and stupid people. At the same time, he is regarded as one of the most astute and intelligent actors in Hollywood.

The Frat Pack

Ferrell is a member of the so-called Frat Pack along with Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Steve Carell and brothers Owen and Luke Wilson.

The group first worked together on the 2003 comedy Old School. They have also appeared in the movies Zoolander, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Starsky & Hutch and Wedding Crashers.


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In a 2009 interview, Ferrell said, “It doesn’t really exist, this Frat Pack. We run into each other on occasion and we all like each other’s films, I guess, but there isn’t some big funny restaurant or bar where we all hang out.

At least, if there is, they haven’t invited me.”

Ferrell has received an Emmy nomination and three Golden Globe nominations.

Will Ferrell Quick Facts

  • He was born on July 16, 1967, in Irvine, California.
  • He is 6 feet tall.
  • He has a degree in Sports Information from the University of Southern California.


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Ferrell grew up in suburban Irvine, California. His mother Kay Overman was a teacher. His father Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., was a successful musician who had worked as a keyboardist for the Righteous Brothers.

Early Life

While he was in high school, Ferrell developed an interest in performing. He did not take the idea seriously until he graduated from college, however.

Ferrell was an outstanding student in high school and at university. When he graduated, he was planning to become a sports broadcaster.


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He was interning at NBC Sports when he ad-libbed a joke during a sports broadcast. The reaction he got confirmed that comedy was his life’s calling.

First Roles

In 1990, he became a member of the Los Angeles improvisation group The Groundlings. Over the next few years, he got small roles on various television shows including Grace Under Fire, Strangers with Candy and Living Single.

He also performed as a voice actor on the cartoon The Oblongs.


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Saturday Night Live

When Ferrell joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1995, he was voted the worst cast member at the end of the season.

He continued working hard and soon became known for his excellent impersonations of famous people, in particular, President George W. Bush.

He was one of the only cast members to be nominated for an Emmy. When he announced that he was thinking of leaving the show in 2001, the show’s producers responded by raising his salary to $350,000 a year.

This made him the highest-paid cast member in the show’s history.


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Moving to Movies

Ferrell had small parts in movies throughout his years at Saturday Night Live. These include two Austin Powers movies and A Night at the Roxbury. None of these made him a household name.

In 2002, Ferrell left Saturday Night Live in order to pursue a full-time movie career. In 2003, he starred in the lead roles in Old School and the Christmas comedy Elf.

At present, Will Ferrell’s net worth is $100 million.

Both movies were box office smashes. Ferrell also received high praise for his performances from critics.


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More Smash Hits

Ferrell continued to star in a series of well-reviewed comedies that were also huge commercial successes.

These include:

  • Melinda and Melinda.
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
  • Stranger Than Fiction.
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
  • Starsky & Hutch.
  • Stepbrothers.
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
  • Wedding Crashers.
  • The Watch.
  • The Other Guys.
  • Get Hard.
  • Daddy’s Home.

Nearly all his movies have been hugely successful. The one glaring exception is the 2009 flop Land of the Lost.


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Cowbell Competition

Ferrell has a longstanding joke feud with Chad Smith, the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The feud centers on the idea that they resemble each other.

In 2014, he challenged Smith to a live drumming competition. The competition took place on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and the audience awarded the prize to Ferrell.


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Ferrell’s prize was a giant cowbell, which recalled a famous Saturday Night Live line about a song needing more cowbell. After the competition, Ferrell played the cowbell while the Red Hot Chili Peppers played “Don’t Fear the Reaper.”


Ferrell is married to Viveca Paulin, an actress he met in an acting class in 1994. They have been married since 2000.

They have three sons, Magnus, Mattias and Axel. His wife is Swedish, and the family spends every summer vacationing in Sweden.


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Interesting Facts About Will Ferrell

The Evil Genius Beer Company named two of their beers for famous Ferrell lines. Their holiday seasonal beer is named Santa!! I Know Him!, and their mango Belgian white is named Ma! The Meatloaf!

Favorite Quotes from Will Ferrell

“Santa? I know him!” – Elf

“I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal.” – Anchorman

“Hey. They laughed at Louis Armstrong when he said he was going to go to the moon. Now he’s up there, laughing at them.” – Blades of Glory

“Well, let me just quote the late, great Colonel Sanders, who said, ’I’m too drunk to taste this chicken.’” – Talladega Nights

“Mom! Can we get some meatloaf? What is she doing back there? I never know what she’s doing.” – Wedding Crashers


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Success Tips from Will Ferrell

1.”I’ve got no dark secrets, I wasn’t beaten up, my parents were kind to me and there was a low crime rate where we lived. Maybe that’s where the comedy comes from, as some sort of reaction to the safe, boring suburbs. I have to say, though, I never had any resentment of the place. I loved the suburbs.”

2.“I’d much rather be in a comedy. In my view, comedy wins out in the long run. I’m not sure I’m a good enough actor to play real tragedy, so I bring a comic element to most things as my answer to the world’s problems. I’m not a clown, though. I love goofing around, but I don’t feel the need to act the clown in private. I do it at work, that’s where I exorcise my demons. Although I confess that I do sometimes put together outfits to annoy my wife.”

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