Born in California, Ferrell is a comedian, impressionist, actor and writer. He established his career in the 1990's on the NBC comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live, going on to star in various other TV shows such as Stranger With Candy and Living Single.
He also has a well-recognised movie career, appearing in films such as Zoolander, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Starsky and Hutch.
In 2007 he launched 'Funny or Die,' a website where short, comic videos could be uploaded and voted upon. The actor often uploads his own material there.
Among countless award nominations, Ferrell won the Teen Choice Award for Best Movie Actor- Comedy in 2007 for his performances in Blades of Glory and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.