Steve Carell

Steve Carell

Infobox Comedian
name = Steve Carell

imagesize = 220px
caption = Steve Carell, March 2007
birth_date = Birth date and age|1962|8|16
birth_name = Steven John Carell
birth_place = Concord, Massachusetts, USA
spouse = Nancy Walls (1995 – present)
medium = comedian, actor, producer and writer
notable_work = Correspondent on "The Daily Show"
Michael Scott in "The Office"
goldenglobeawards = Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Series
2006 "The Office"
sagawards = Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture
2006 "Little Miss Sunshine"
Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2006 "The Office"
2007 "The Office"

Steven John "Steve" Carell (born August 16, 1962cite web | last = Holloway | first = Diane | title = Steve Carell's 42, a 'Virgin' and the worst boss ever | publisher = Austin-American Statesman. | date = 2005-08-16 | url = | accessdate = 2006-12-30] ) is a Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American comedian, actor, producer and writer, who rose to fame as a correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", from 1999 to 2004. Since 2005, he has starred in the American version of British TV series "The Office", as main character Michael Scott. He has starred and co-starred in several films including "Bruce Almighty", "Evan Almighty", "", "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", "Little Miss Sunshine", "Dan in Real Life", "Horton Hears a Who!" and "Get Smart".

He has been celebrated as America's funniest man on the cover of Life Magazine. He received the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Television Comedy for the leading role of Michael Scott in American adaptation of Britain's comedy "The Office".


Early life

Carell, the youngest of four sons, was born and raised in Acton, Massachusetts to Harriet T. (née Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer.] [ [ Steve Carell & Harriet Carell ] ] Dead link|date=August 2008cite news|last=Gostin|first=Nicki|coauthors=|title=As Nice as He Is mean|pages=|publisher=Newsweek|date=2007-06-22|url=|accessdate=2007-06-30] Dead link|date=August 2008 His maternal uncle was Stanley Koch, a glassblower who worked with Allen B. DuMont to create cathode ray tubes. [ [ Steve Carell Biography ] ] Carell's paternal grandfather was Italian; his father was born with the surname "Caroselli", later shortening it to "Carell". Carell was educated at The Fenn School and Middlesex School, from which he graduated in 1980, and took part on the hockey team [number 22] and lacrosse team in Concord, as well at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He originally aspired to become a radio broadcaster, deejaying at WDUB in Granville. He returned to his radio roots on a national level by guest-hosting "American Top 40" with Ryan Seacrest on the show's Saturday, May 31, 2008 broadcast.

Personal life

Carell is married to "Saturday Night Live" alumna Nancy Walls, whom he met when she was a student in an improv class he was teaching at The Second City. [Interview: Steve Carell (January 11, 2006). "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", NBC.] They have two children, Elisabeth Anne (born May 25, 2001) and John (born June 2004). Walls appeared with him on "The Office" as his realtor and short-lived girlfriend, Carol Stills. Like her husband, Walls had been a "Daily Show" correspondent.

Carell is a skilled ice skater, which was used in a Season Two episode of "The Office", then later referenced by Jan in a Season 4 episode. Carell is also an avid hockey fan, and even played the position of goaltender as a child. He still plays in a men's league in Los Angeles, where he lives with his family.

Carell is a lifelong Catholic.

Early career

Prior to opting for a career as a performer, Carell worked as a mail carrier in Littleton. He later recounted that he quit after a few months because he was "very, very bad at it." [Interview: Steve Carell (March 20, 2006). "InFANity: The Office", TV Guide Channel.] He also planned on attending law school, but was unable to write an explanation on an application form as to why he wanted to be a lawyer. Carell performed with Chicago troupe The Second City in 1991, where Stephen Colbert was his understudy for a time. That same year, he landed his first film work in a minor role as Tesio in "Curly Sue".

In 1996, he was a cast member of the briefly aired "The Dana Carvey Show". Along with fellow cast member Stephen Colbert, Carell provided the voice of Gary, half of "The Ambiguously Gay Duo", the Robert Smigel-produced animated short which was moved to "Saturday Night Live" in 1997. He played a supporting character on many shows including "Come to Papa" and the short-lived 1997 Tim Curry sitcom "Over the Top". He has made numerous notable guest appearances, including on an episode of "Just Shoot Me" entitled "Funny Girl."

Other early screen credits include a role in Julia Louis-Dreyfus's short-lived sitcom "Watching Ellie" (2002 – 2003) and Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda". Carell has also poked fun at himself for auditioning for "Saturday Night Live", but losing the job to Will Ferrell.

"The Daily Show"

In 1999, he became a correspondent on "The Daily Show", appearing in recurring sketches like "Even Stephven " (opposite Stephen Colbert) and "Produce Pete with Steve Carell." He remained a regular on the show until 2004.

Carell returned to "The Daily Show" on March 23, 2005, for a humorous piece on the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

While there, he also recorded two guest appearances as "Produce Pete" which aired on April 4, 2005, and May 3, 2005 (and was credited as a contributor).

He returned to the show as the guest on August 15, 2005, declaring that he was officially no longer with the show, ending speculation that he might return as a regular player.

Carell did his second guest appearance on June 18, 2007 to promote "Evan Almighty".

Carell appeared once again, a year later on June 18, 2008, as a guest on the show to promote his newest movie, "Get Smart". He joked about wanting to buy the show since he was now "very, very rich."

"The Office"

In 2005, Carell signed a deal with NBC to star in an American reimagination of the BBC TV show "The Office", a mockumentary about life at a mid-sized paper supply company. Steve Carell plays Michael Scott, the idiosyncratic regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton. The show has become enormously popular, with Carell receiving praise for his comedic performance, as well as a Golden Globe award and multiple nominations.

Mainstream success

Two supporting roles in films helped get the attention of audiences: "Bruce Almighty", in which Carell plays Evan Baxter (an arrogant rival to Jim Carrey's character), who gets a humorous comeuppance while co-anchoring the news. In "", Carell plays another news personality, as slow-witted weatherman Brick Tamland.In spring of 2005, Carell began playing the lead role of Michael Scott on NBC's adaptation of a British programme "The Office". Although the first season of the adaptation was notable for its mediocre ratings, NBC renewed it for another season due to the anticipated success of Carell's movie "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", [ "'Office' promotions pay off in a big way"] , Chicago Tribune weblog, posted February 23, 2006] and the show subsequently became a ratings success. Carell won a Golden Globe and Television Critics Association award in 2006 for his "Office" role. He also received Emmy nominations in 2006 and 2007 for his work in the series.He played the lead role in the 2005 film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", which he developed and co-wrote. Although the film was a surprise success, Carell revealed in an interview with "Entertainment Weekly" that he has no plans to leave "The Office".

Carell earned approximately $175,000 per episode of the third season of "The Office", twice his salary for the previous two seasons. Carell is also allowed "flex time" during filming to work on theatrical films. Carell worked on "Evan Almighty" during a production hiatus during the second season of the "The Office". [ "Carell's 'Office' Work Pays Off"] , @ [] , dated June 8, 2006]

Carell appeared as "Uncle Arthur" alongside Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell in the 2005 remake of "Bewitched". He also voiced a starring role in the 2006 computer-animated film "Over the Hedge" as Hammy the Squirrel. He also voiced in the 2008 animated film "Horton Hears a Who!" as the mayor of Whoville, Ned McDodd. He starred in "Little Miss Sunshine" in 2006, as Uncle Frank. His work in the films "," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", and "Bewitched" established Carell as a member of Hollywood's Frat Pack group. This set of actors, headlined by Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson, has become a profitable force in modern comedy. Carell acknowledged his membership in the group in his monologue when hosting the first episode of "Saturday Night Live"'s 31st season on October 1, 2005. Carell also mentioned that he auditioned to be a castmember on "Saturday Night Live" for the 1995-1996 season (season 21), but lost to Will Ferrell.

Carell appeared as the title character of "Evan Almighty", a sequel to "Bruce Almighty", reprising his role as Evan Baxter, now a U.S. Congressman. Although, ostensibly, God tasks Baxter with building an ark, Baxter also learns that life can generate positive returns with people offering Acts of Random Kindness. In October 2006, Carell began shooting the film "Dan in Real Life", co-starring Dane Cook and Juliette Binoche. Filming wrapped December 22, 2006, and the film was released on October 26, 2007.

Carell played Maxwell Smart in a movie remake of "Get Smart", which began filming February 3, 2007 and was shot in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Moscow, Russia). [ The movie was very successful, grossing over $200 million worldwide. [ GET SMART] ] In 2007, Carell was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [ [ Film Academy Invites 115 New Members 6/19/07 ] ] [ [ Academy Invites 115 to Become Members ] ]

Production closed down in the middle of the fourth season of "The Office" because of Carell's and others' refusal to cross the picket line of the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, although it has begun again.

Carell is going to begin shooting a movie in late 2008 with opposite Tina Fey, with a release sometime in 2009, entitled Date Night.


Golden Globes

*2006: Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series Musical or Comedy (for his role as Michael Scott in "The Office")

*2007: Best Performance by an actor in a TV series Musical or Comedy (for "The Office")
*2008: Best Performance by an actor in a TV series Musical or Comedy (for "The Office")Cite web|url=|title=Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2008 Golden Globe Awards For The Year Ended December 31, 2007|accessdate=2007-12-13|publisher=HFPA|year=2007]

Emmy Awards

*2006: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series ("The Office")
*2007: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series ("The Office") - Since Ricky Gervais was not at the ceremony to receive his trophy for 'Extras', presenters Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert chose instead to present it to their "good friend," Steve Carell.
*2008: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series ("The Office")

Writers Guild of America

*2007: Comedy Series (shared with Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Brent Forrester, Ricky Gervais, Mindy Kaling, Paul Lieberstein, Stephen Merchant, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky) for "The Office"
*2007: Episodic Comedy (any length — one airing time), for "The Office" - ""Casino Night""

*2006: Best Original Screenplay (shared with Judd Apatow) for the film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"

Television Critics Association

*2006: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy (for his role as Michael Scott in "The Office")

creen Actors Guild of America

*2007: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (part of ensemble cast for "Little Miss Sunshine")
*2007: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (part of ensemble cast for "The Office")

*2007: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

MTV Movie Awards

*2006: Best Comedic Performance for the film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"

*2006: Best Performance for the film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"
*2006: Best On-Screen Team (shared with Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco) for the film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"
*2005: Best On-Screen Team (shared with Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner) for the film ""
*2005: Best Musical Performance (shared with Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner) for the film ""

Teen Choice Awards

*2007: Choice TV Actor: Comedy for "The Office"
*2008: Choice TV Actor: Comedy for "The Office"

Guys Choice Awards

*2008: Funniest Mother F*cker award



*"The Office" (Season 3) - $175,000 an episode (renegotiated in 2006). [ [ Steve Carell Gets Richer Deal for 'The Office'] Andreeva, Nellie; June 8, 2006; [ The Actor's Resource] ] In an "Entertainment Weekly" interview, he commented on his salary, saying "You don't want people to think you're a pampered jerk. Salaries can be ridiculous. On the other hand, a lot of people are making a lot of money off of these shows."Citation|last=Lynette|first=Rice|author-link=Rice Lynette| |title=Deal or No Deal|newspaper=Entertainment Weekly|pages=34|year=2007|date=March 30]
* "The Office" (Seasons 1, 2) - $76,000 an episode
* "Evan Almighty" - $5,000,000
* "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" - $500,000


* [ USA Today article on real-life CEO lessons]

External links

* [ | Fan Website]
*imdb name|id=0136797|name=Steve Carell
* person|26234
* [ Dateline NBC's interview with Carell]

NAME=Carell, Steve
DATE OF BIRTH=August 16, 1963
PLACE OF BIRTH=Concord, Massachusetts

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