Happy Birthday Will Ferrell!

We need more cowbell in order to celebrate properly.

Saturday Night Live alum and movie star in his own right as Frank “The Tank” Richard in Old School and as Buddy the Elf, Will Ferrell is almost 50 (but not quite) today. He is 49.

A California native and active athlete, Ferrell graduated from USC, but didn’t get very far as an actor until he joined The Groundlings comedy troupe in 1994.  It was there where he and Chris Kattan created the Butabi Brothers. In 1995, Ferrell began a seven-year stint on Saturday Night Live where he grew famous for his impressions of President George W. Bush; James Lipton, the Inside the Actors Studio host; even Shaft and one of his most endearing performances was in his more cowbell sketch with Christopher Walken spoofing the Blue Öyster Cult song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”

While still starring on Saturday Night Live, Ferrell appeared in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, A Night at the Roxbury, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Zoolander.

His stardom continued to grow and he appeared in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and its sequel, as well as Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and lent his voice in A Lego Movie.

In 2014, Ferrell and Chad Smith drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers (a.k.a. Will Ferrell lookalike) appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a charity drum-off battle. Wherein, despite a poorer performance, Ferrell was named the winner and awarded a giant gold cowbell.

Ferrell married Swedish actress Viveca Paulin in 2000 and they have three sons.

He is an original member of Hollywood’s “Frat Pack” and continues to make audiences smile.

Happy Birthday Will Ferrell!

 

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.