There is no comedian who’s character portrayals and one liners are more recognized than Will Ferrell. From a historic run on Saturday Night Live to million dollar contracts for Hollywood blockbusters like Anchorman Will Ferrell is the hottest thing on the market. The actor is set to reprise his role as Ron Burgundy in the Anchorman sequel commanding a $30 million salary. The enormous amount of cash is seen as investment by movie producers. According to Forbes Ferrell his movies averaged $8 of gross income for every dollar the actor got paid. He’s also earned $20 million for 5 previous films including Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Talladega Nights grossed $47,042,215 in its first week, becoming the #1 film at the box office. After it’s run at theaters the film earned $163 million worldwide. Will Ferrell’s net worth is $100 million in 2013.
Will Ferrell has built an extensive career on being the funniest guy in the room. After graduating from University of Southern California Ferrell joined the Los Angeles comedy troupe the Groundlings. The name stems from a Shakespearean play, Hamlet in Act III. The Groundlings school has grown since it’s origin in 1979 hosting over 2,000 members per year. It’s an extensive program that requires students to go through 4 advanced levels after passing a basic level training program. The school is home to countless comedians including Ferrell’s SNL cast members Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, and Chris Katan.
Ferrell spent the 90’s on television with guest roles on Strangers With Candy, Living Single, and Grace Under Fire before joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1995. He stayed with the show for 7 seasons leaving in 2002 to focus on his budding film career. His run on SNL has made him a legendary actor on the show. He was known for his portrayal of George W. Bush, which he received an Emmy for in 2000.