Steve Carell

Actor / Producer / Writer

Birthdate – August 16, 1962 (61 Years Old)

Birthplace – Concord, Massachusetts, USA

One of Hollywood’s more versatile comic and dramatic actors, Steve Carell (birthname: Steven John Carell) has carved out one of the most successful filmographies blending comic satire, comedy character portrayals, and dramatic studies, likening him to previous comedy-to-drama actors like Peter Sellars. From 1996 to 2004, Carell developed a cult following off of his regular stint as a “correspondent” on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show hosted by Jon Stewart.

At the same time that he helped launch the American remake of the British comedy series, The Office (2005-2013) on NBC, Steve Carell established himself in a range of hit comedies, starting with the supporting role of hapless weatherman Brick Tamland in Adam McKay’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), with Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, and Fred Willard, continued in the sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), with the additional cast members of Dylan Baker, Kristen Wiig, and James Marsden.  

Off the success of Anchorman, Steve Carrell developed The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) with co-writer and director Judd Apatow, launching Carell as a star and earning him a Writers Guild best screenplay award nomination. Carell’s first step into blending comedy and drama came with Dan in Real Life (2007), with Juliette Binoche, Alison Pill, and Dane Cook, and followed it up with the spoofy Get Smart (2008), re-creating the classic Don Adams TV series from the 1960s, and earning $230 worldwide. Steve Carell made a pivotal career choice, joining the vocal cast of the megahit animated comedy, Despicable Me (2010), as the lead voice of Gru alongside Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, and Julie Andrews.

This launched the phenomenally successful Illumination Entertainment franchise, including Despicable Me 2 (2013)—the most profitable movie in the century-long history of Universal Studios–Minions (2015), Despicable Me 3 (2017), Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022), and the planned Despicable Me 4 (set for 2024), with total global returns for the first four movies nearing $3.7 billion.

Steve Carell took a major artistic leap forward in 2014, portraying murdering billionaire John DuPont—with loads of makeup—in Bennett Newman’s powerful true-crime study, Foxcatcher, with Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum. For his role, Carell earned an Academy Award Best Actor nomination. He next appeared in Peter Sollett’s drama, Freeheld (2015), with Julianne Moore, Elliot Page, and Michael Shannon, then reuniting with Adam McKay for his ripped-from-the-headlines The Big Short (2015), with Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, and Ryan Gosling, and the first of two McKay-Carell projects (including 2018’s Vice) nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Steve Carell returned to comedy, Woody Allen style, in Allen’s lighter-than-air Café Society (2016), with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, marking Carell’s second visit in three years to the Cannes Film Festival, where Allen’s movie opened the 2016 edition.

Having previously portrayed actual people in Foxcatcher and The Big Short, Carell did it again with the notorious tennis figure Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes (2017), opposite Emma Stone, and then as Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in McKay’s richly inventive if controversial bio-portrait of Dick Cheney, Vice, with Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell, Allison Pill, Tyler Perry.

Steve Carell further explored his dramatic side with indie filmmaker Richard Linklater in the box-office disappointment, Last Flag Flying (2017), with Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne, and in the family drama, Beautiful Boy (2018), co-starring Timothée Chalamet, in which Carell again re-created a true life character, as he did in the box office bomb, Welcome to Marwen (2018), directed by Robert Zemeckis.

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Personal Details

A native of Concord, Massachusetts, Steve Carell was raised by mother and psychiatric nurse Harriet Carell and father and electrical engineer Edwin Carell. Carell’s Italian family name was originally Caroselli. His maternal uncle, Stanley Koch, helped develop the cathode ray tube. Steve Carell schooled in Concord at Nashoba Brooks School, The Fenn School Boys’ Academy, and Middlesex School.

He attended and graduated from Denison University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Since 1995, Carell has been married to actor-comedian Nancy Carell, whom he met while he taught an improv comedy at Chicago’s legendary comedy company, The Second City. The couple has two children, an older daughter Elizabeth and a younger son John. His height is 5’ 9”. Carell’s net worth is $80 million.


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Ben Cooper (2014)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Brick Tamland (2013)

Beautiful Boy

David Sheff (2018)

Despicable Me 2

Gru (2013)

Despicable Me 3

Gru (2017)

Hope Springs

Doctor Feld (2012)

The Big Short

Mark Baum (2015)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Burt Wonderstone (2013)


Donald Rumsfeld (2018)

Welcome to Marwen

Mark Hogancamp (2018)

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Gru (2022)

Gru ()

Battle of the Sexes

Bobby Riggs (2017)

Last Flag Flying

Larry 'Doc' Shepherd (2017)


Blue (2024)

Despicable Me 4

Gru (2024)

Some Facts About Steve Carell

Patriotic Music: With his family, Steve Carell played the 18th-century instrument, the fife, in American Revolutionary re-enactments of the 10th North Lincoln Regiment of Foot, or the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment of Great Britain.

Job-Job: Steve Carell worked as a postal service mail carrier, but soon quit after being told he worked too slowly. 

Role Reversals: Although Stephen Colbert was Steve Carell’s understudy at The Second City comedy company in Chicago, Carell worked side-by-side with Colbert when he became a “correspondent” on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, from 1999 to 2005, before Colbert himself took over the show as host.


Nominee, Best Supporting Actor, Academy Awards (2015); Seven-time Nominee, Outstanding Comedy Series/Outstanding Lead Actor, Emmy Awards (2006-2011, 2020); Nominee, Best Supporting Actor, BAFTA Awards (2015); Winner, Special Distinction Award, Independent Spirit Awards (2015); Winner, Best Actor-Television, Golden Globes Awards (2006); Eight-time Nominee, Best Actor—TV and Motion Picture, Golden Globes Awards (2007-2011, 2015-2016, 2018); Two-time Winner, Best Ensemble Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild (2007-2008); Fifteen-time Nominee, Best Actor-Comedy Series/Best Ensemble-Comedy Series; Winner, Comedy Star of the Year, ShoWest (2007); Recipient, Hollywood Star Walk of Fame (2016); Winner, Best Comedy Series, Writers Guild of America Awards (2007); Three-time Nominee, Best Comedy Series/Best Original Screenplay, Writers Guild of America (2006, 2008-2009).