Will Ferrell (born John William Ferell) is known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live in the ‘90s when he was just beginning to establish himself as an actor in the entertainment industry through being cast in various movies at the time. Only five years ago, Ferrell earned his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he’s now worth $160 million. Let’s take a look at how Ferrell became so prosperous; we’ll begin with his first movie.
Will Ferrell’s first movie was in 1997, starring in the spy comedy film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery as Mustafa. Produced on a budget of $16,500,000, the film resulted in commercial success after it grossed at $67,683,989 worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
Stay tuned to explore how Ferrell shot to fame and discover some of his funniest movies.
Will Ferrell’s Life In Front Of The Camera: Saturday Night Live & More
It’s clear that fan-favorite Will Ferrell has always liked being in front of the camera, especially in 1995, where Ferrell became heavily immersed in his career.
Before Ferrell appeared on Saturday Night Live, he had already begun appearing in American sitcoms. Ferrell appeared in three different sitcoms in 1995 (On Our Own, Grace Under Fire and Living Single), alongside a TV film A Bucket of Blood directed by Michael McDonald.
Then, in comes Saturday Night Live. To date, Ferrell has been in 138 episodes of the late-night comedy show, hosting five of those – that’s according to Wikipedia. Describing Ferrell’s hosting style, LaToya Ferguson from IndieWire says Ferrell’s style is more lowkey as opposed to highly energetic, but that he’s indeed very humorous in his hosting.
From then on out, Ferrell has provided the world with all the comedy they could ever need, starring in comedic films including Zoolander (2001), Elf (2003), Step Brothers (2008), and Daddy’s Home (2015).
By now, you might be wondering what Ferrell’s funniest movies are. You’re in luck because that’s up next!
Will Ferrell’s Funniest Movies
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
- Step Brothers (2008)
- Old School (2003)
- Blades of Glory (2007)
- Elf (2003)
I’d argue that Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Elf are amongst the funniest. Let’s take a look at these in more detail.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
If you can’t tell from the trailer, this one is definitely a humorous one that’s worth watching. With sarcastic humor, Anchorman provides a unique yet funny take on the culture of the 1970s. If you’re ready to take a step back in time, grab some popcorn (or whatever snacks you prefer), sit back, and relax, you can even access this film on Netflix!
Step Brothers (2008)
In this classic comedy, Ferrell appears alongside Adam McKay as they’re both forced to live together when their single parents decide to wed. With the immaturity and lack of common sense of Ferrell and McKay’s characters, there’ll be enough to keep you laughing for a while. This is on Netflix too.
Elf is a Christmas classic, and I’d be surprised if you’ve not heard of it or watched it with how well known the film is. The scene above gives you an insight into what the film is about. Buddy is a human elf who was adopted by Santa’s elves when he was younger, and in this film, he meets his biological parents.
Elf is expected to be streamed on Netflix sometime this year, but if you’re itching to watch it, then it’s available for rent on Netflix’s DVD platform.