Steve Carell Biography

Steve Carell is an American actor, comedian, producer, director and writer. This biography profiles his childhood, early life, career, major works, awards, personal life, legacy, timeline and trivia.

Steve Carell
Quick Facts

Birthday: August 16, 1962

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Steve Carell Actors

Age: 56 Years, 56 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Steven John Carell

Born in: Emerson Hospital, Concord, Massachusetts, United States

Famous as: Actor, Comedian, Director

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Nancy Walls (m. 1995)

father: Edwin A. Carell

mother: Harriet T.

children: Elisabeth Anne Carell, John Carell

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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education: Middlesex School, Denison University

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Effectively using his distinctive surreal deadpan humor to make memorable comedic performances, Steve Carell has established himself as one of major comedic actors in Hollywood. His debut film was ‘Curly Sue’ and then he managed to appear on TV and movies such as ‘The Dana Carvey Show’, ‘Over the Top’ and ‘Suits’ and became one of the correspondents in Comedy Central's ‘The Daily Show’ by the turn of the 21st century. It gave him ample opportunity to hone his comedic skills and more significantly provided him enough buzz to be able to make it big on the silver screen. The hilarious flick ‘Bruce Almighty’ was a huge success and brought him widespread recognition and more favorable offers. He went on to act in box-office hits such as ‘Anchorman’, ‘The 40 Year-Old Virgin’, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, ‘Evan Almighty’, and ‘Get Smart’ and ‘High T’. Throughout this time, he maintained a successful career in television and starred as Michael Scott in the existential comedy ‘The Office’. He left the series to concentrate on his film career and appeared in such films as ‘Date Night’, ‘Despicable Me’, ‘Crazy’, ‘Stupid’, ‘Love’, and ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’.

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Steve Carell
Childhood & Early Life
  • Carell was born at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts, to Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer and Harriet T, a psychiatric nurse. The youngest of four siblings, he grew up in Acton, Massachusetts.
  • He was raised Roman Catholic and attended Nashoba Brooks School, The Fenn School, and Middlesex School. He played ice hockey while in high school and played the fife with other family members.
  • He earned his degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1984. Here, he was a member of Burpee's Seedy Theatrical Company, a student-run improvisational comedy troupe.
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  • Starting with a touring children's theater company, he performed with Chicago troupe in The Second City. In 1991, he made his film debut in a minor role as Tesio in Curly Sue.
  • ’The Dana Carvey Show’ is credited with building his career when he appeared in 1996, in a short sketch comedy program on ABC providing the voice of Gary of The Ambiguously Gay Duo.
  • Between 1997 and 2005, he played supporting characters in several series such as ‘Come to Papa’, ‘Tim Curry’, ‘Over the Top’, ‘Just Shoot Me!, and ‘Watching Ellie’ and tuned his acting skill.
  • He was a correspondent for ‘The Daily Show’ from 1999 until 2005.
  • In 2003 he acted in the film ‘Bruce Almighty’, starring Jim Carrey as Bruce, and Morgan Freeman as God. He played Evan Baxter the coworker rival of Bruce.
  • ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’, a 2004 comedy film, starred Will Ferrell while Carell played Brick Tamland, the weatherman for the news team who has a habit of providing unrequested or irrelevant information.
  • ‘Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie’ (2004), was a sequel to ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’, in which he reprised the role of Brick Tamland.
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  • In ‘Evan Almighty’, a 2007 sequel to Bruce Almighty, he plays the newly elected to Congress, former local television news anchorman Evan Baxter who promised to change the world during his election campaign.
  • He starred in ‘Dan in Real Life’, a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Hedges, He played Dan Burns, a newspaper advice columnist, a widower, and a controlling father to his children
  • In Get Smart, a 2008 American spy-fi comedy, he starred as Maxwell "Max" Smart who wants to become a real field agent and successfully fends off plans of killing the United States President.
  • ’Date Night’, a 2010 romantic comedy crime film, starred him with Tina Fey. It was about a married couple from New Jersey with two children whose domestic life had become boring and routine.
  • He lent his voice to Gru, a super-villain who adopts three girls from an orphanage in the computer-animated 3D comedy 2010 film, ‘Despicable Me’, and finds it difficult to nurture them.
  • ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’, a 2011 romantic comedy-drama film saw him play Cal Weaver, a middle-aged man who learns that his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) cheated on him with a co-worker
  • Hope Springs, a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, starred Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones while he received praise for his performance as Dr. Bernard 'Bernie' Feld,
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  • ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’, a 2013 comedy film follows Las Vegas magician Burt Wonderstone played by Steve Carelltaking on dangerous street magician Steve Gray played by Jim Carrey
Major Works
  • His ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, a 2006 comedy-drama film about a family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant grossed of $100.5 million.
  • He played Michael Scott, the idiosyncratic regional manager in the acclaimed serial, ‘The Office’, a mockumentary about typical office workers, their ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.
  • Carrel won the Golden Globe for his superb performance in ‘The Office’, in 2006 and two years later shared the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
  • He was the recipient of the Teen Choice Award for ‘Evan Almighty’ in 2007 and for the television series, ‘The Office’ the following year. He was nominated for the award almost every year
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Carell is married to Nancy Walls, whom he met when she was a student in an improvisation class he was teaching at Second City and they have two children, Elisabeth Anne and John.
  • Has the rare distinction of being in two movies that opened on the same day in the U.S. – ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’ and ‘Sleepover’.

1. The Big Short (2015)

  (Biography, History, Drama, Comedy)

2. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

  (Drama, Comedy)

3. Despicable Me (2010)

  (Adventure, Family, Animation, Comedy)

4. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)

5. The Way Way Back (2013)

  (Drama, Comedy)

6. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

  (Comedy, Romance)

7. Despicable Me 2 (2013)

  (Comedy, Adventure, Family, Animation, Sci-Fi)

8. Beautiful Boy (2018)



Golden Globe Awards
2006 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical The Office (2005)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2006 Best Comedic Performance The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

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