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Will Ferrell Net Worth 2022: Early Life, Film Career & More Details!

Will Ferrell is a multimillionaire American comedian, actor, and writer. Will Ferrell is best known as a humorous actor and for his work on Saturday Night Live as a sketch comedian. He’s been known to collect upwards of $20 million for a single film, making him one of the highest-paid actors in the world.

Early Life

Betty Kay (a teacher) and Roy Lee Ferrell Jr. welcomed their first child on July 16, 1967, in Irvine, California (keyboardist for the band The Righteous Brothers.) Because of Will’s father’s frequent travel and failure to provide a regular income, his parents divorced when he was eight years old.

As a child, Will had no desire to be a star, and he grew up thinking he wanted a stable job and normal existence. He began his education at Cloverdale Elementary School and finished high school at University High School, where he played football as a kicker. As a member of the basketball team, he was also captain. In his own words, he believes that his unique sense of humor stems from his upbringing in a “boring” suburb of California.

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When Ferrell was in high school, he and a friend started making up funny voices for the school’s morning announcements, which piqued his interest in acting. He was voted “best personality” in the senior superlatives by his classmates for his comedic skits in the school’s talent events.

Ferrell earned a degree in Sports Information from the University of Southern California, where he studied Sports Broadcasting. Pranks like disguising up as a janitor and sneaking into his buddies’ classrooms were well-known around campus. He was also well-known on campus for his fraternity’s streaking antics (Delta Tau Delta). A failed attempt at stand-up comedy led Will to join The Groundlings in 1994, where he was able to hone his improv abilities. In 1990, Will graduated from college.

Film Career

He appeared in several films based on his Saturday Night Live characters, including Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Superstar, and The Ladies Man, as well as Dick, Drowning Mona, and Zoolander. In 2003, he had his first starring role as Frank “The Tank” Richard in the film Old School.

The character was well-received by the critics, and the picture as a whole was a big hit. For his performance as Frank, Ferrell was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.’ Elf, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Starsky & Hutch followed that year, and he continued to land prominent roles in films such as Elf. During 2005, Ferrell made a total of $40 million.

He continued on his road of critical and box office hits in 2016 when he starred in Stranger Than Fiction (where he successfully showed off his knack for dramatic acting) and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which was his highest-grossing opening ever at $47 million. In 2008, another movie office triumph came in the form of Step Brothers, in which he co-starred with John C. Reilly. It grossed $128 million globally.

The heyday of Ferrell began to cool slightly in 2009 when Land of the Lost was released as a commercial and critical flop, earning only roughly $19 million on opening weekend. He continued to make movies throughout the 2010s, primarily in the style of sequels to former blockbusters. Ferrell continues to be one of the most famous faces in comedy with his whacky and distinctive style of humor.

Will Ferrell

Net Worth: $160 Million
Date of Birth: Jul 16, 1967 (54 years old)
Gender: Male
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Profession: Actor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television producer, Impressionist, Voice Actor, Singer
Nationality: United States of America

Saturday Night Live

The popularity and ratings of Saturday Night Live began to drop in 1994 and 1995. Ferrell, Chris Kattan, and Cheri Oteri were all invited to audition for SNL’s chief producer Lorne Michaels after seeing The Groundlings. During his seven-year stint as a regular on Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell established himself as one of the show’s most beloved cast members.

Due to his spot-on and humorous impersonations, Ferrell quickly became a beloved cast member. In addition to George W. Bush, Harry Caray of the Chicago Cubs, Robert Goulet, James Lipton, Janet Reno, and Alex Trebek, he also impersonated others. In 1998, a feature film based on his skits, “A Night at the Roxbury,” was made about Blue Oyster Cult member Gene Frenkel, cheerleader Craig Buchanan, and nightclubber Steve Butabi.

Since he left the show in 2002, he’s returned five times as a guest host, earning him membership in the show’s exclusive “Five-Timers” club. Ferrell was chosen as the best SNL cast member of all time in a poll conducted by SNL in 2014.

Salary Highlights

SNL cast member Ferrell was paid $17,500 each episode in 2001, making him the highest-paid cast member at the time.

Will was one of Hollywood’s highest-paid performers in the early to late 2000s. Regularly, he made around 20 million dollars from his films. In today’s market, he may still command very high film salaries; nevertheless, recent earnings have been a combination of lower base salaries and backside profit participation points.

Following the success of Anchorman in 2004, Will’s compensation was increased up to a minimum of $20 million. Among the $20 million-plus films he’s appeared in are Kicking & Screaming; Bewitched; Talladega Nights; Semipro; and Land of the Lost.

To his surprise, Will stated in November 2021 that he had once been promised $29 million to return to the “Elf” franchise. He turned down the money since he wasn’t interested in working on a second version. In 2021, he explained:

“To effectively market the film, I would have had to say things like, ‘Oh no, it’s not good. That much money was too irresistible for me to refuse. That got me thinking: ‘Can I say those words? As a result, it’s safe to say that I will not be appearing in the film.'”

Will Ferrell's Net Worth
Will Ferrell’s Net Worth

Other Ventures

The comedy website Funny or Die was launched by Ferrell and his collaborator Adam McKay in April 2007 and features user-generated comedy films that are voted on by the website visitors. ‘You’re Welcome America – A Final Night with George W. Bush,’ a one-man show featuring Ferrell’s imitation of Bush, opened on Broadway in January 2009. Curious George and Family Guy are just two of the many animated projects for which he has provided the voice acting.

Los Angeles FC, the soccer team he helps own, is one of his many interests.

Eastbound & Down (featuring Danny McBride, whom Will helped find) and Succession are only two of the HBO shows Will and McKay have worked on together.

Personal Life

In August 2000, Ferrell married Viveca Paulin. It was at an acting lesson in 1995 that they first met. Magnus Paulin Ferrell, Mattias Paulin Ferrell, and Axel Paul Ferrell are their three sons (b. 2010). Between New York City and Orange County, the family spends much of their time.

He has run the Boston and New York marathons. Scholarships for Cancer Survivors are a foundation that he supports.

Real Estate

After purchasing Ellen DeGeneres’ $9.9 million Hollywood Hills estate in 2007, Will has made it his primary residence in Los Angeles. The property covers a total of 2.3 acres, divided into three separate parcels, all of which are covered in sprawling lawns and gardens. In today’s market, the property would command easily $20 million.


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