Craig Ferguson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on May 17, 1962. In his 20s, he took up acting and before long turned his focus toward a comedy career. After bouncing back and forth between stints in America and the UK, Ferguson finally put down roots in Hollywood in the mid-1990s. It was a long-running role on The Drew Carey Show that gave him the exposure he needed to take his career to the next level, and in 2005 Ferguson was given hosting duties on the The Late Late Show. He signed off the series at the end of 2014.
Early Years and Career
Craig Ferguson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on May 17, 1962. In the early 1980s, Ferguson drummed in punk bands for a few years before a bartending job led him to Michael Boyd, the artistic director of the Tron Theatre. Boyd talked Ferguson into giving acting a shot, which Ferguson soon did, finding the comedy prong of the art too compelling to ignore.
Ferguson soon created an outrageous—and successful—stage character called Bing Hitler. On top of the local success he was experiencing, Ferguson used the experience as a backdrop from which to move into mainstream acting roles.
Now Appearing on TV
Craig Ferguson’s first TV appearance came on an episode of the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf in 1988, and it was enough to get Ferguson to head overseas to the United States for his first role on American TV. The part was playing a teacher in the pilot episode of High (1989), which starred Gwyneth Paltrow and Zach Braff. The pilot wasn’t picked up, though, and Ferguson headed back to Scotland.
Once back in the UK, Ferguson found that roles came sporadically before he landed his own BBC show: The Ferguson Theory (1994). While the sketch comedy show put the funnyman front and center, it only lasted five episodes.
When Theory was no more, Ferguson packed his bags once again for America. But this time he’d find a lot more success waiting for him than he did years before.
Success With ‘Late Late Show’
When Ferguson joined The Drew Carey Show as Nigel Wick in 1996, his run lasted several seasons and led to the actor becoming a known quantity in the world of U.S. television.
Ferguson’s busy life on TV and the big screen got a lot busier in January 2005, when he took over the late-night comedy series The Late Late Show. Once it found its footing, Ferguson’s show was another hit, earning its first Emmy nomination a year into its run. Mixed in with his work on the show were several high-profile big-screen roles, often voice-over work, in movies like How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Winnie the Pooh (2011) and Brave (2012).
Ferguson, who became an American citizen in 2008, is also an author, publishing Between the Bridge and the River (a novel; 2006) and American on Purpose (a memoir; 2009).
In April 2014, Ferguson announced that at the end of the year he would leave The Late Late Show. His last appearance on the show came in December. While he may be out of the late night scene, Ferguson has been exploring other opportunities. He began hosting Celebrity Name Game, a game show produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, in September 2014. In February 2016, he began hosting a history-based topical talk show. Join or Die with Craig Ferguson features a panel discussion with a variety of comedians, experts and other guests.
Craig Ferguson was married to Anne Hogarth from 1983 to 1986. His second marriage was to Sascha Corwin, with whom he has a son, Milo. In 2008, he married Megan Wallace-Cunningham. The couple welcomed a son, Liam, who was born in 2011.
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