How Old is Will Ferrell, and How Many Movies Has He Acted In?

Will Ferrell is returning to theaters as Sherlock Holmes on December 21st, in Holmes & Watson. The movie features him alongside his Talladega Nights counterpart, John C. Reilly and is just one film in a long line that Ferrell has helped create. Whether it be acting, writing, or producing, Ferrell is known for bringing superior comedies to the big screen.

How old is Will Ferrell?

Will Ferrell

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Ferrell was born John William Ferrell, on July 16th, 1967 making him 51 years old. His parents were Betty Kay, a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell Jr. They divorced while he was only eight years old. While his parents had a great relationship, his father’s work in show business had him away from home for long periods. Thankfully the split was amicable, and both parents committed to providing the best life possible for Ferrell and his younger brother, Patrick.

Watching the tole show business took on his family inspired Ferrell to get a steady job. A string of failed attempts resulted in his mother encouraging him to embrace his passion and pursue comedy. After a move to Los Angeles Ferrell initially found little success as a comedian but he built up his skills and landed a spot in the top comedy group, The Groundlings.

How did Will Ferrell’s TV career begin?

Ferrell’s TV career began in the mid-1990s when the popular comedy sketch show, Saturday Night Live hired him. Before SNL, Ferrell’s roles were all unnamed characters, such as the unimaginative Construction Worker and Man at Meeting. At least “Roommate from Hell #1” has some flair! He has since acted in several comedies, some of which he even co-wrote.

Will Ferrell stands alongside several other leading Hollywood comedy actors who came out during the same time including Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson. The group is lovingly known as the “Frat Pack.”

How many movies has Will Ferrell acted in?

According to IMDB, Ferrell has an impressive 107 acting credits for his work on both movies and TV shows. Out of the 107 credits, 69 of them are for movies. One of his earliest roles was as Al in Men Seeking Women, a comedy from 1997. While many people may not remember that film they probably recall him playing Mustafa, Dr. Evil’s henchman, in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery that same year. He even reprised the role in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999. Though with one of Hollywood’s most hilarious villains on screen, it’s possible you overlooked Ferrell in this role as well.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay bring comedy to the big screen

Ferrell has worked “behind the scenes” as well as “in the scenes” for several of his more well-known films. Talladega Nights (2006), Step Brothers (2008), The Other Guys (2010) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) were all films he developed with his comedy partner, Adam McKay. By far the most popular film the two created is Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby which made over $47 million its opening week. The film grossed over $148 million total. Ferrell and McKay’s business relationship doesn’t end there. They also launched Funny or Die, a comedy streaming website, together in April 2007.

Ferrell has 17 other writing credits to his name and 70 production credits total.

Will Ferrell’s most popular films

Rolling Stone once took on the monumental task of ranking forty of Ferrell’s films. Their top 5 at the time were Zoolander, Old School, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and The Lego Movie. This doesn’t entirely match up with his top five highest grossing films. Both Elf and Daddy’s Home are missing. To be fair, Daddy’s Home came out after this list, but what about Elf? The 2003 film stars Ferrell in one of his most iconic and unforgettable roles and is a must watch during the Christmas season. The world misses Buddy so much that we are all still waiting for a sequel over a decade later!

Will Ferrell’s accolades

Ferrell has been making us laugh for decades, weaseling his way into our hearts one movie at a time. We aren’t the only ones to recognize his contribution to the entertainment industry either. Throughout his career, Ferrell has been nominated 72 times and has walked away with 12 awards. On March 24, 2015, Ferrell finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, cementing his place in Tinseltown forever.