Steve Carell

Steve Carell


8/16/1963, Concord, Massachusetts, USA

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Stephen Carell, Steve Carrell, Steven Carell
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He was a correspondent on The Daily Show for several years, and also appeared in recurring sketches like "Even Stephven [sic]" (with Stephen Colbert) and "Produce Pete." In 2005, Carell played the lead role in NBC's remake of the British sitcom The Office, for which he subsequently won…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • From September 1995 until October 1995, Steve played Jonathan in the Wendy MacLeod play Sin at the McGinn-Cazale Theatre in New York, New York, USA.

    • In 2001, Steve appeared in commercials for FedEx.

    • In 1998, Steve had the role of Mail Room Guy Without Glasses in the film Tomorrow Night.

    • In 2007, Steve was honored with the Special Award at the ShoWest Convention, USA in the category of Comedy Star of the Year.

    • On December 13, 2007, Steve Carell was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the "Actor in a Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series" category for his performance in The Office.

    • Steve was chosen winner in the category "Choice Movie: Scream" for the movie Evan Almighty.

    • Steve's wife Nancy appeared on The Office as Carol Stills, a real estate broker and romantic interest to Steve's character.

    • On June 19, 2007 Steve was one of 115 people to be admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which is the group whose members vote on Academy Award nomination ballots.

    • Steve, along with the rest of The Office cast, won the 2007 SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

    • Before he was an actor he worked in the mailing industry.

    • Steve was nominated for a 2007 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Actor in a Comedy Series.

    • Steve performed with the Chicago Troupe of The Second City in 1991.

    • Steve won a 2006 Golden Globe award for the Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy for his role in The Office.

    • While on Saturday Night Live he did several voices for The Ambiguously Gay Duo.

    • Carell received an Emmy nomination in 2006 for his work on The Office, earning a nod for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series. He was also nominated in 2007 and 2008.

    • One of Carell's first jobs as a teen was working at a store, 24, in the town of Maynard, MA. The "24" store in that location is no longer and has been converted into a Dunkin Donuts.

    • Steve Carell is an unofficial member of Hollywood's "Frat Pack," a group of actors who often appear in each other's movies, as either cameos, co-stars, or supporting roles. Other members include Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, and Jack Black.

    • Steve is rumoured to have received five million dollars for his work on Evan Almighty and five hundred thousand dollars for his work on the film The Fourty Year Old Virgin.

    • In 1996, Steve worked as a writer and costar on ABC's Dana Carvey Show. The series, which Carell claims "seemed to be a comedy brain trust," lasted just eight episodes before being pulled by the network due to low ratings.

    • In 2005, Entertainment Weekly named Carell the #2 Entertainer of the Year in their annual issue that commemorates the year's biggest names and best performances. Steve was second only to the cast of Lost.

    • For his 2005 summer comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Carell actually had his chest waxed. Steve, seeking the most real reaction possible, knew that he had only one take in which to shoot the scene, and he says that it came out exactly as he envisioned it. Other cast members onscreen at the time laugh throughout the scene, and these are these actors' real reactions.

    • Entertainment Weekly did a cover story on Steve Carell and The Office for their February 24, 2006 issue, # 865. The headline read, "Steve Carell: Box Office King. TV Star. Is there anything the "Office" Boss can't do?"

    • At the 2006 Academy Awards, Steve Carell presented the award for Best Makeup with friend Will Ferrell. The two performed an uproarious skit, which involved both of them "applying their own makeup." The men's faces, painted either very pale (in Carell's case) or very smudged (in Ferrell's), was used to show the importance of the makeup artists in Hollywood. It was one of the highlights of the rather predictable evening.

    • Carell reportedly measures 5'10" or 1.78 m tall.

    • On July 9, 2004, two films that Carell was featured in, Anchorman and Sleepover, opened in the United States. This coincidence is extremely rare.

    • In high school, Steve served as the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, Newton South's The Lion's Roar.

    • Carell is of Italian ancestry, with his original family name being Carello.

    • Steve has two children. In May of 2001, he and wife Nancy had Elisabeth, who is currently four years old. John, the couple's second child, was born in June of 2004 and is currently one year old.

    • Carell married current wife Nancy Walls in 1995.

    • Carell's film debut was 1991's John Hughes comedy Curly Sue.

    • After emerging as a breakout from 2003's Bruce Almighty, starring Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston, Carell was granted his own sequel, Evan Almighty, where his character, the conceited news anchor Evan Baxter, is told by God himself to build an ark. The film is slated to be filmed in mid-2006, with a projected premiere date as December 22, 2006.

    • Carell was a high-profile star at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival with his independent movie Little Miss Sunshine, which he starred in alongside Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette.

    • Carell earned a Writer's Guild of America nomination for his work on The 40-Year-Old Virgin for Best Original Screenplay.

    • Steve's 2005 Golden Globe acceptance speech won a lot of laughs and was a highlight of the night. Steve said that his wife wrote his speech, and throughout the entire speech, Steve thanked his wife four or five times.

    • Steve performed with the Chicago troupe of The Second City in 1991.

    • Orignally wanted to be a lawyer, but he reached a question on an application form that said 'Why do you want to be a lawyer?' He couldn't think of anything.

    • Steve attended Denison University, a college in Granville, Ohio (near Columbus), the same school that Jennifer Garner attended.

  • Quotes

    • Steve: I have no idea where my pathetic nature comes from. If I thought about it too long, it would depress me.

    • Steve: (about his kissing scenes in films) My wife [Nancy] thinks it's hilarious. We both do. Some days, we sit on the couch and wonder how I ever became someone who kisses women in movies.

    • Steve: I don't think of myself as funny- I don't fill up a room with my humor...I would fail miserably as a stand-up comedian.

    • Steve (on his rigorous shooting schedule): I refuse to complain. You hope and dream for so long you'll actually become employed, and when you do, the last thing you want to do is whine about it.

    • Steve: Nothing to me feels as good as laughing incredibly hard.

    • Steve (asked if he thought The Office would have such an effect on his career): I didn't know whether The Office was going to make it past six episodes, let alone have an effect on anybody's career. We were definitely up against it because obviously we were faced with comparisons to the BBC version right off the bat. I think everyone was very dubious about recreating what is now a classic TV show. Most people did not have high hopes - us included, frankly. We were just trying to do the best we could and, with any luck, turn out a good show.

    • Steve (why he grew a beard for Little Miss Sunshine): I could say the beard made him look suicidal and then I'll get all sorts of letters from the bearded community. No, in my mind it just seemed it would something that guy would do. It was fun not to have to shave for six weeks.

    • Steve (on playing a gay character): I never approached the character in terms of his sexuality. In my mind, he was just a person who was in love and got rejected. That's a universal theme that everyone can empathise with. I wasn't looking for a departure or any kind of breakout character role. I just thought it was a really good script. It made me laugh, and it touched me.

    • Steve (asked if he's ever experience the level of despair as in Little Miss Sunshine): I don't think so, certainly not that I can consciously recall. But I think we can all relate to that kind of despair, whether we've actually felt that kind of serious clinical depression. We can all relate to what it feels like to go through at least something approaching that level of despair and having to navigate life with hat burden and that hollowness. Those were the things I was thinking about: where he begins, to give him a starting point so there could be incremental growth throughout the movie.