Facts you probably didn’t know about Will Ferrell
1. He has an uncredited voice role in Kingpin in 1996. At the final showdown between Bill Murray and Woody Harrelson, Ferrell can be heard in the background shouting “Ernie, you’re the man!”
2. He was the highest paid cast member of “SNL” ever in 2001 with a salary of $350,000. Just a few years later, Ferrell was making upwards of $20 million per movie.
3. He has three sons: Axel, Magnus, and Mattias.
4. His father, Roy Lee Ferrell Jr., was a keyboardist and saxophonist for The Righteous Brothers. His mother was a school teacher.
5. While attending University High School in Irvine, California, Ferrell used to make the daily morning announcements in disguised voices. Additionally, he and his friend would perform skits over the intercom, which led to his interest in performing.
6. After graduating from the University of Southern California, he began working as a hotel valet, but on the second day of work, he drove a van under a low-hanging beam and tore the luggage rack off. Later, after working as a teller at Wells Fargo, Ferrell decided to focus on acting and successfully auditioned for the Los Angeles comedy group The Groundlings.
7. While in high school, he was the varsity football kicker, member of the soccer team, and captain of the basketball team.
8. He and his wife ran the Boston Marathon in April, 2003. Ferrell’s official time was 4 hours, 2 minutes, and 29 seconds. Previously, they ran the New York City Marathon together in 2001, completing the race in 5 hours, 1 minute, and 56 seconds.
9. While at USC, he would show up in his friends’ classes dressed in a janitor’s outfit.
10. Ferrell thinks of himself as just another guy, and his love of comedy makes him industrious. He’s said, “I’m a lazy person who found this thing that I love… Without it, I’m just another guy.”
11. Ferrell based his iconic Ron Burgundy character on Philadelphia and Detroit news anchor Mort Crim. In a nutshell, Ferrell was watching a documentary on Crim’s former co-anchor, Jessica Savitch, and was enamored with Crim’s silky baritone voice spewing out sexist and other offensive remarks. After watching the documentary, he immediately called “Anchorman” director and co-writer Adam McKay.
12. He beat out future co-star Steve Carell for a spot on “Saturday Night Live” back in 1995.
13. Ferrell appeared in the Beastie Boys music video “Make Some Noise” (2011). He was featured playing a cowbell, paying tribute to his Blue Oyster Cult “SNL” sketch.
14. Ferrell posed with “Talladega Nights” co-star Leslie Bibb on the cover of “Stuff Magazine” for its August 2006 issue.
15. In the final bowling match scene of “Kingpin” (2006) between Bill Murray and Woody Harrelson, someone in the crowd shouts, “Ernie, you’re the man!” Turns out that someone was Will Ferrell.
16. Ferrell created his own sunscreen lotions which features a scantily clad Will and comes in three different options. The best part, all of the sales proceeds benefit the charity Cancer for College’s “College Willpowered Scholarship Fund” which gives scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees. He says, “I’ve always dreamed of owning a lotion company. And, I’ve always hated cancer.”
17. In 2001, Ferrell became the highest-paid cast member on SNL. The studio was desperate to keep him, so he was given a salary upwards of $350,000.
18. On February 13, 2013, while working security during a Lakers game at the Staples Center, Will Ferrell escorted a good-natured Shaquille O’Neal away from his courtside seat. The name on Ferrell’s official red jacket read “Ted Vagina.”
19. His first son, Magnus, was born during the filming Kicking & Screaming in 2005, which is why it is his favorite of the films he appeared in. He said that he is eager for his son to see it, because he will always associate it with his birth.
20. An avid runner, Ferrell competed in the Boston Marathon in 2003 and finished at an official time of 4 hours, 2 minutes, and 29 seconds.