13 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Will Ferrell

His comedy skills remain a mystery to us, but here are a few facts we know for sure. And don’t miss him on Eric Jonrosh’s The Spoils of Babylon, Thursdays at 10/9c on IFC.

1. He made the daily announcements over his high school's intercom in different voices. This is reportedly how he first became interested in performing.

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2. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1990 with a degree in Sports Information.

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3. He's run three marathons!

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He completed the New York City Marathon in 2001, the Stockholm Marathon in 2002, and the Boston Marathon in 2003.

4. In his senior year of high school, he earned the Best Personality superlative.

5. He has his own line of sunscreen!

All proceeds go towards Cancer for College, a foundation that raises money to send cancer survivors to college.

6. He was the first and last guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

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7. He met his wife, Viveca Paulin, in an acting class in 1995.

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They have three children together: Magnus, Mattias, and Axel.

8. He didn't want to do impressions during his audition for SNL.

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Instead, his plan was to drop a suitcase full of fake money on Lorne Michaels’ desk and run.

9. He said his favorite movie to film was 2005's Kicking & Screaming because his wife got pregnant and gave birth to their first son during shooting.

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10. He was roommates with Jon Stewart in the mid-'90s.

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11. He received a Tony nomination in 2009 for You're Welcome, America: A Final Night with George W. Bush.

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12. In 2001, he earned $17,500 per episode on SNL.

13. In 2007, Autograph Magazine said he was the "worst celebrity autographer."

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The article said “He mocks people, taunts and embarrasses them when they ask for autographs.” But he looks pretty forthcoming here!

He's got a lot of stories to tell, and no special place to be.


Well, at least Eric Jonrosh doesn’t. Check him out on IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon, on Thursday, January 9 at 10/9c.

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