Steve Carell Biography (Personal Life, Career)

Steve Carell is an American comedian, actor, voice artist, producer, writer, and director, known for being the funniest stand-up comedian on the cover of Life Magazine. The stand-up comedian received the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy and has received three Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Michael Scott, the pompous and deluded boss in NBC's hit comedy series "The Office."

Personal Life

The youngest of four sons, the stand-up comedian was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962 in Concord, Massachusetts, USA and grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. The stand-up comedian was raised by his father, Edwin, an electrical engineer and his mother, Harriet, a psychiatric nurse.

The stand-up comedian has Italian ancestry thanks to his grandfather, Edwin Caroselli. The stand-up comedian had been attending an all-boys private school in Concord, Massachusetts (Fenn School). After graduating Middlesex School, the stand-up comedian had been studying Dennison College where he formed a touring company that traveled the country improvising sketches. The stand-up comedian graduated in 1984 and tried to work as a letter carrier, but quit after only a couple of months. The stand-up comedian played ice hockey as a teenager for his high school.

In 1995 the stand-up comedian married to actress Nancy Carell, whom he met when she was a student in a comedy class he was teaching at The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago. They have two children, daughter Elisabeth (born in May 2001), and son John (born in June 2004).The stand-up comedian currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.


The stand-up comedian was in college where he and some friends acted on the stage in a touring children's theater company and later in the comedy musical, Knat Scatt Private Eye. He also performed in a television commercial for Brown's Chicken in 1989. After he graduated, the stand-up comedian continued along the same road by taking improvisational classes, theatre, and joined Chicago's Second City troupe where he performed improvisational comedy.

The comic actor made his film debut in 1991 as “Tesio” in Curly Sue. In 1996, the stand-up comedian was a reporter for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". In the same year, the stand-up comedian was a cast member of The Dana Carvey Show, a sketch comedy program on ABC. During this time, the stand-up comedian also performed a supporting character for several series including Come to Papa and the short-lived 1997 Tim Curry situation comedy Over the Top.

The gifted comedian hosted the 2005-2006 season premiere of "Saturday Night Live". During the same year (2005) the stand-up comedian signed a contract with NBC to star in an American version of the BBC British TV comedy show, The Office. The stand-up comedian played Michael Scott role, the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Inc, a paper supply company.

The comic actor became famous at Hollywood in 2005 thanks to his role from The 40-Year-Old Virgin movie. The stand-up comedian co-wrote the original screenplay for the summer box-office hit. The movie earned him an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance and a WGA Award nomination, along with co-writer Judd Apatow, for Best Original Screenplay. The stand-up comedian’s movie was chosen as one of the Top Ten movies of 2006 by the American Film Institute.

The stand-up comedian also appeared in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), an independent dark comedy that gives an unusually sharp and sarcastic view on America. In 2007, the comedian performed his role as "Evan Baxer in “Evan Almighty”. In 2008, he re-united with Jim Carrey in the highly successful animation hit Horton Hears a Who! (2008). The stand-up comedian also performed in "Dan in Real Life" then appeared as "Agent Maxwell Smart" in the popular comedy Get Smart (2008) which was filmed in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Moscow, Russia. The movie was successful, and confirmed one again that the stand-up comedian was one of the most versatile comedic actors working on either the big or small screen.

The stand-up comedian enriched his biography in 2008, when the stand-up comedian filmed the marital action comedy, titled Date Night which was released on April 9, 2010 in the US. The stand-up comedian performed together with Tina Fey, the husband and wife of an idyllic comic family. The stand-up comedian also performed the voice of Gru who is the main character in the Universal CGI movie Despicable Me. The stand-up comedian is currently doing voiceover work in commercials for Wrigley's Extra gum.

Much to the dismay of fans and network executives, the stand-up comedian announced earlier in the year that the 2010-11 season of "The Office" would be his last. The stand-up comedian’s last episode for the comedy show, "Goodbye, Michael" aired on April 28, 2011. The stand-up comedian was leaving the comedy show on a high-note, confirming that he is one of the best stand-up comedians ever.

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