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Steve Carrell attends the "Asteroid City" photocall at the 76th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 24, 2023 in Cannes, France.

Steve Carell is one of the most versatile comedic actors in Hollywood. He’s widely recognized for portraying Michael Scott in the American version of The Office television series. Carell has received numerous accolades for his acting in film and television. He was born on August 16, 1962, in Massachusetts, as the youngest of four brothers. His father, Edwin, was a mechanical engineer, and his mother, Harriet Theresa, was a psychiatric nurse. In high school, Carell played ice hockey and lacrosse. He also took up playing the fife (a small flute similar to the piccolo) with his family.

With an interest in history, Steve received a degree in the subject from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in 1984. While there, Carell was a member of Burpee’s Seedy Theatrical Company, a student-run improvisational comedy troupe, while being a goalie on the school’s Big Red hockey team for four years. He even was a disc jockey for the school’s campus radio station WDUB under the name “Sapphire Steve Carell.”

Steve’s Early Career

Early in his performing career, Carell acted onstage in a touring children’s theater company. He later starred in the comedy musical Knat Scatt Private Eye and in a television commercial for Brown’s Chicken in 1989. Carell made his film debut in a minor role as Tesio in 1991’s family comedy Curly Sue. It was in 1996 that Steve was a cast member of The Dana Carvey Show, a short-lived sketch program that lasted one season. Though the comedy program only lasted seven episodes, it has been credited with forging Carell’s career. Steve went on to star in several back-to-back comedy films in the 2000s, including 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the fan-favorite The 40-Year-Old Virgin a year later, Evan Almighty, Get Smart, and Date Night.

He’s got 84 acting credits below his belt. Take a look at our top 5 picks of Steve Carell’s funniest roles in movies (Not that that is the reason why The Office isn’t included here.)

  • 5 - in Despicable Me

    Carell’s first animated film role was as the Felonious Gru in the Despicable Me franchise. His wild accent is an entertaining watch for a children’s movie that adults can appreciate. He has reprised the role in all five films, even voicing the younger version of the character in 2022’s Minions: The Rise of Gru.

  • 4 - Maxwell Smart in Get Smart

    In this 2008 action comedy starring alongside Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, and Terence Stamp, Carell plays a highly intellectual analyst who dreams of becoming a field agent like Johnson’s Agent 23. While taking on this action role, Carell blends perfectly comedy and action with hilarious yet impressive scenes with Hathaway.

  • 3 - Brick Tamland in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Carell’s loveable dimwit character Brick Tamland is one of his most hilarious roles to date. As part of the four-man team, Brick is the weatherman for KVWN news. He often blurts out irrelevant information, and with an IQ of 48, is known for being mentally challenged.

  • 2- Andy Stitzer in The 40-Year-Old Virgin

    From the movie that gave us “Ahh!!! Kelly Clarkson!” Steve Carell’s Andy is an awkward introvert. His co-workers at Smart Tech are on a mission to helping Andy finally lose his virginity. Director Judd Apatow said Carell’s Andy “didn’t have to be that weird. Everybody has some built-in performance anxiety and for some people, it prevents them from taking risks and they simply stop trying.” But Carell really took one for the team here: the waxing scene was real. He didn’t have to act like it hurt. And his castmates didn’t have to act horrified.

  • 1 - Barry in Dinner For Schmucks

    Steve Carell’s funniest role goes to this performance as Barry in the 2010 comedy film starring alongside Paul Rudd. Carell’s character has a fascinating hobby of taxidermy mice into dioramas based on famous artwork, called “Mousterpieces.” Rudd’s Tim invites Barry to a dinner after finding him to be an eccentric person with a special talent, only to be used as entertainment for his bosses.

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