A graduate of the University of Southern California, Will Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine, California, where he made his school's daily morning announcements over the public address system in disguised voices. He started as a member of the Los Angeles comedy/improv group The Groundlings, where fellow cast members Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph and former SNL repertory players such as Laraine Newman, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman began their careers. It was there he met Chris Kattan and the two became good friends and both went on to Saturday Night Live later. He has also appeared on several television programs, including "Strangers with Candy," "Grace Under Fire" and "Living Single," during his time at The Groundlings. Will also lent his voice to the armless and legless dad of cartoon family "The Oblongs."
In 1995 he became a feature cast member at Saturday Night Live during the show's rapid recasting. He was declared quite possibly the worst cast member ever during his first season. However, his talents of impersonations and range of characters shot him forward to making him arguably the greatest SNL cast member ever. During his seven year run he is one of the few cast members to ever be nominated for an Emmy for a performance and played George W. Bush during the 2000 elections. He's appeared in every Saturday Night Live movie since his premiere on the show in 1995. In 2002 he left SNL and was the only cast member to ever receive a farewell from all the current cast members at the end of the season finale show. Since leaving the show Will has pursued a career in film. In 2000 he married and now lives in L.A.
Lives in both Los Angeles and New York City.
While he was in high school, Will made the daily morning announcements over the public access system in disguised voices. This is how he first became interested in performing.
Graduated from University High School in Irvine, California. 
His father, Lee, was a longtime keyboardist and saxophonist for the Righteous Brothers.
Graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in Sports Information. Former member of The Groundlings.
Celebrity impersonations include Alex Trebek, Jesse Ventura, Charlton Heston, Mark McGwire, George W. Bush, Janet Reno and Harry Caray.
Brother of Patrick Ferrell.
Wife is Swedish.
Became "Saturday Night Live" (1975)'s highest paid cast member ever in 2001. Producers were desperate to keep him, resulting in a salary of over $350,000.
Final appearance on 'SNL" on May 18, 2002, followed by career move into full- time movie-acting.
He can be heard (uncredited) in the movie Kingpin (1996) in the background during the final bowling scene between Bill Murray and Woody Harrelson's characters yelling, "Ernie, you're the man!"
Competed at the Boston Marathon; his official time was 4 hours, 2 minutes, and 29 seconds. [21 April 2003]
He and his wife, Viv, ran the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2003.
He and his wife, Viveca, ran in the New York City Marathon in 2001, finishing together in 5 hours, 1 minute and 56 seconds.
Is a member of the Delta Tau Delta international fraternity
Studied at USC in the hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster. He graduated and interned at NBC Sports, but then drew laughs after ad-libbing a joke on-air during one of his broadcasting courses and switched to comedy.
Was not a class clown in high school but a scholar and an athlete.
Son, Magnus Paulin Ferrell, born on March 7, 2004. He weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz.
Was voted the 3rd funniest person in America by Entertainment Weekly.
Played NWA-TNA announcer Don West on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
His style is unique among modern movie funnymen, a majority of whom have some sort of background in stand-up comedy. Ferrell's humor is character-driven and his genius lies in his improvised riffs from the minds of his typically cracked characters. His appearances on talk shows are often awkward, as he is uncomfortable appearing in public as himself.
Is a member of, what the media refers to as, "The Frat Pack," along with Jack Black, Ben Stiller , Vince Vaughn, Steve Carell, Owen Wilson, and Luke Wilson. The "Frat Pack" name is a reference to the film, Old School (2003), featuring Vaughn, Ferrell and Luke Wilson, due to the wide number of films featuring the seven actors. Ferrell's "Frat Pack" films include Zoolander (2001), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), and Starsky & Hutch (2004).
Ranked #51 in Premiere's 2004 Power 100 List. It is his first appearance on the list.
In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) he played Marshal Willenholly, a reference to Marshall, Will, and Holly from the TV show "Land of the Lost" (1974). It has now been announced that Ferrell will play Marshall in the movie adaptation of Land of the Lost (2007).
Ranked #38 on Premiere's 2005 Power 50 List. Had ranked #51 in 2004.
Once said that one of his favourite films is Patton (1970)
He is a member of an adult soccer league that plays at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences - an exclusive private school in Santa Monica, California.