Will Fote was born on 17 June 1970 in Alameda Country in California, US. He was then called Orville Willis Will Forte IV. He is an American comedian, actor, producer, voice actor, and writer. He is known mostly for his movies and his role in Television on
Saturday Night Live
. He is also a producer and creative head of the program The Last man on Earth. Will Fote was born to Patricia C, a former school teacher, and an artist. Orville Willis Forte III, his father, was a financial Broker. He grew up in Moraga and later went to live in Lafayette in California. He was a very jolly kid. He soon changed his name to Will for Orville was the name of one of his female classmates. He always loved comedy and wanted to become a comedian. His idols were David Lettermen and Steve Martin.
He was a huge fan of the comedy series called Saturday Night Live. He loved playing Football and Swimming as well. Will studied at Acalanes High school and was voted the Best Personality there. Will Fote was the class Leader. He continued to study History at The University of California in Los Angeles. After his graduation, he tried his hands at comedy sketch. In the 1990s, he joined the Groundings to pursue his dream. He soon got selected for the Jenny McCarthy Show as a writer. He worked at the Letterman for nine months. He soon got fired and realized that he needed more experience with writing. It was a repulsive life for him, and he was not mentally prepared for it. Eventually, Tom Werner noticed him and was hired for writing to That '70s Show and 3rd Rock From The Sun.
In 2001, Lorne Michaels spotted him in his performances. Lorne is the maker of Saturday Night Live, the series Will loved since childhood. His previous shows were doing well. He was offered an audition by Lorne, which was quite an unexpected turn of events for him. He got an offer but was reluctant to take it. His dream finally coming true got him scared that he might lose the financial stability he already had from That '70s Show. However, he realized that would be a mistake, and took the offer. In 2002, he decided to join SNL season 28 as a featured a player and writer. He shifted to New York City to pursue the role.
Forte was a shy lad. However, he went on to become the entire part on the show. Will Fote was not able to perform well. He suffered from stage fright, and his sketches were not appreciated. He believed it was his tendency to overthink things that did not let his performance improve. It took him almost five seasons to get comfortable with the show. The situation began to improve when his character MacGruber's sketch released in 2007. Within two years, the sketches were converted into a series of commercials. It got Pepsi's sponsorship and grew even more popular.
Lorne Michaels was quite impressed by his success and wanted to produce a MacGruber film with him. Will performed the lead role in MacGruber and co-wrote the film as well in 2010. This flick was a box office failure. The film is a cult classic. Forte has no regrets and considers it a part of his experience and is proud of it. Meanwhile, he acted in Around the World in 80 days, Fanboys, Beerfest and more. After this failure, Will left Saturday Nights Live for certain personal reasons. He wanted to be close to his sister who just had kids. He was soon found regretting his decision and started missing the show. He went on to act in the series 30 Rock and made guest appearances on Comedy series including How I Met Your Mother. All these roles were small, and his career came to a standstill.
He appeared in movies including That's My Boy, The Watch and Rock of Ages. Grown Ups 2 was the only successful project he worked on. He also played the male cheerleader cameo in the film. In 2014, he got selected for the Independent Spirit Award and the American Comedy Award for his role in Nebraska. The movie was a comedy-drama where he played a supporting role. He couldn't win these Awards, but his performance got Awarded the National Board of review Award. He discovered that he was suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Will's is now working on the FOX show sitcom, where he is a writer, producer, and an Actor. The show is called the Last Man On Earth. It aired in 2015 and bagged him two Emmy nominations.
The series did well and is set to return with its second season in 2016. He appeared on Moonbeam City for ten episodes in 2015. His upcoming movies are The Ridiculous 6, Keanu, and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping in 2016 and A Futile and Stupid Gesture in 2017. He currently lives in Santa Monica, California.