Date of Birth : Aug 16th 1962
Prior to opting for a career as a performer, Carell worked as a mail carrier in Littleton, Massachusetts. He later recounted that he quit after a few months because he was “very, very bad at it.” 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. Carrell has also poked fun at himself for auditioning for Saturday Night Live, but losing the job to Will Ferrell.
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. He did another guest appearance on June 18, 2007 to promote Evan Almighty. 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 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Carell plays another news personality, as slow-witted weatherman Brick Tamland, whose humorous non-sequiturs helped make the comedy a success at the box office.