- NAME: Steve Carell
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Comedian
- BIRTH DATE: August 16, 1962 (Age: 51)
- EDUCATION: The Fenn School, Middlesex School, Concord, Dennison University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Concord, Massachusetts
- Full Name: Steven John Carell
- AKA: Steve Carell
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Television and film actor Steve Carell earned recognition on The Dana Carvey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Office and in The 40 Year Old Virgin.
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Over the next five years, Carell, who played one of the show's correspondents, filed some of the program's more memorable field reports. He interviewed political heavyweights such as Arizona Senator and Presidential hopeful John McCain, but also lesser-known, eccentric newsmakers.
His deadpan humor, and penchant for placing himself in absurd situations,
was a perfect for the program and its growing audience. "The best [interviews] were when we were taking the piss out of someone who deserved it—anyone intolerant or racist," Carell later told Esquire. "Those people were fair game. I always had a bad taste in my mouth when we had to go out and make fun of someone who was just eccentric or crazy through no fault of their own. It was just shooting fish in a barrel. So I always tried to make myself the butt of the jokes, to act the idiot, which probably wasn't too much of a stretch."
In 2005, Carell moved to network television for a starring role in the new NBC sitcom, The Office. The show, based on a BBC comedy of the same name, cast Carell in the role of Michael Scott, a mid-level sales manager for a paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
In an age when networks were struggling to find hits, The Office proved to be one of television's more successful comedies. But just as Carell was beginning to enjoy popularity for his small screen efforts, he began looking to take on more ambitious projects. This meant tackling films such as the 2003 comedy, Bruce Almighty, starring Jim Carrey. He then delivered another funny supporting performance as Uncle Arthur in Bewitched (2005), starring Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman. That same year, Carell headlined in the comedy of the summer, The 40 Year Old Virgin, a film he also co-wrote.
In the years that followed, Carell continued to stay busy. In addition to his role on The Office, Carell has taken on a steady stream of film work including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2005), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Dan in Real Life (2007), Horton Hears a Who (2008), Get Smart (2008) and Date Night (2010).
It was revealed that Carell would be taking a darker turn in the roles he played on film after he agreed to portray murderer John du Pont (sometimes spelled "DuPont") in the film Foxcatcher (2013). Carell's role as du Pont shows the DuPont Co. heir's relationship with Olympic wrestler brothers Mark and David Schultz—played by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, respectively—before the tragic murder of David at the hands of DuPont in 1996. The film was next in line for director Bennett Miller after he directed the Academy Award-winning film Moneyball (2011).
Carell and his wife, Saturday Night Live alumnus Nancy Walls, have two children: Elisabeth (born May 2001) and John (born June 2004). The family lives in Los Angeles.
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