Steven John "Steve" Carell, born on August 16, 1962, is a topline actor, comedian, director, producer, and writer. Youngest of the four brothers, Steve was born to an electrical engineer by the name of Edwin Carell, and a nurse for psychiatry by the name of Harriet T. Koch. He was brought up in a suburban town named Acton in Massachusetts. “Caroselli” was the surname he was born with, however, Steven was brought up as a roman catholic, so later he changed his surname to Carell.
One of his first jobs included carrying mail in Massachusetts. In 1989, his career as a performer began, when he acted in a commercial for television for Brown’s Chicken. In 1991, Carell debuted in the film, ‘Curly Sue’, where he portrayed the role of ‘Tesio’.
In 1996, he starred in a show called ‘The Dana Carvey Show’, after which he continued to make several guest appearances. Examples of some of these shows are ‘Come to Papa’ (2004), 'Just Shoot Me!’ (1997), and 'Watching Ellie’ (2002). After these short stints, it was finally in 1999 that Steve Carell landed a permanent job as a correspondent, which lasted him till 2005. This show was called ‘The Daily Show’.
However, the most iconic role played by Steve was yet to come his way when in 2005 he signed a contract with the channel, NBC, for which he starred in a show called ‘The Office’. This television series was inspired by a British television series, which ran very successfully, and Steve enacted the character of ‘Michael Scott’. Carell not only received the Golden Globe Award, but he also won the Television Critics Association Award, in 2006. He was also nominated, six times, for the Primetime Emmy Award. Apart from acting in the show, Carell also wrote a couple of episodes of the show, The Office. He got an award for the Writers Guild of America Award for “Casino Night”. In order to elevate his movie career, in 2011, Carell departed from the show.
In 2004, ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’, saw Carell portraying the role of Brick Tamland. The film did good business at the box office. Also, the idea for his next movie, ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’, was Carell’s own, which he further evolved and co-wrote with
, who was the producer of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. The film was a box office success and earned him various accolades. One of these was the MTV Movie Award for Best Comic Performance. In the years that followed, Steve Carell went on to play various characters, both on the television as well as the movies. Some of his memorable roles include the character of Maxwell Smart, which was in the film, ‘Get Smart’ (2008), and the main lead in ‘Evans Almighty’. He was also a part of the cast for the 2007 movie, ’Dan In Real Life’.
Apart from acting and occasional writing, Steve Carell has also voiced characters in some animated movies including the role of Gru in Despicable Me (2010), and its sequel in 2013. Currently, he is doing a voice over in Wrigley’s gum commercials and working on the remake of “The Bobo”, which was a movie in 1967.
Carell is at peace with his personal life with actress
as his wife, who was his student in one of his classes at the Second City training centre. They have two children together, daughter Elisabeth (born in May 2001), and son John (born in June 2004). The happy family lives in Los Angeles, California.