Steve Carell in Dinner for Schmucks
STEVE CARELL (Barry Speck) has emerged as one of the most sought-after comedic actors in Hollywood. First gaining recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy® Award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Carell has successfully segued into primetime television and above-the-title status in the film world with equal aplomb.
Carell opened his first lead feature, “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” which he co-wrote with director Judd Apatow, at #1, a spot it remained in for two straight weekends. The surprise hit of 2005 went on to gross more than $175 million worldwide and had #1 openings in 12 countries. The success of the film has continued, as it has also generated over $100 million in DVD sales in North America alone. On an award level, the film was honored with an AFI Award naming it one of 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year and took home Best Comedy Movie at the 11th annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The film also earned Carell and Apatow a co-nomination for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild Association.
Carell starred as Maxwell Smart in “Get Smart,” opposite Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin. The film grossed over $230 million worldwide and, due to the success, Warner Bros. announced they will release a sequel in 2011. He also lent his voice as the Mayor of Whoville in 20th Century Fox Film’s animated “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”, based on the children’s book written by Dr. Seuss. Directed by Jimmy Hayward (“Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc.”), Carell played opposite of Jim Carrey, and helped launch the film as an international success that earned over $295 million worldwide. In 2006, as part of an ensemble, he starred in “Little Miss Sunshine,” which earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture and won the SAG Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The black comedy also starred Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette.
Most recently, Carell starred in Universal Pictures’ animated comedy “Despicable Me,” as a super villain who finds his plans to steal the moon put on hold when three orphan girls adopt him as their dad. He also starred with Tina Fey in the romantic comedy “Date Night,” as Phil and Claire Foster, a married couple who add a little spice to their relationship by going on a date, and who are mistaken for a mob boss and his spouse when they steal their table at a fancy restaurant. The film is poised to break the $100 million mark domestically.
Previous film credits include “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Bewitched” and “Dan in Real Life.” Carell currently stars in the Americanized adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ acclaimed British television series “The Office.” Just completing its sixth season, the show continues to flourish in ratings and has earned Carell four Emmy® Award nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy. In 2006, Carell earned a Golden Globe® Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy, followed by four more nominations, for his portrayal of Michael Scott, the pompous and deluded boss of a Pennsylvania paper company. In 2007 and 2008, the show won the Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Carell also heads his own production company, Carousel Productions. Carell’s endeavors and successes in acting, writing and producing were an organic segue to the creation of Carousel Productions.
Born in Massachusetts, Carell now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Nancy Walls (NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”), whom he met while at the Second City Theater Group in Chicago, where both were members. He is the proud father of a daughter and a son.
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