Steve Carell is one of Hollywood’s funniest personalities. Infusing wit, character, and humor into his several roles, Steve has been putting smiles on faces and giving laughs to viewers worldwide for many years. His outstanding performances have earned him worldwide recognition that won’t peter out anytime soon, owing mostly to his energetic approach towards the movies he finds himself in.
His most prominent role is perhaps that of the office boss Michael Scott on the American version of The Office, which ran from 2005 to 2013. He was also an occasional writer, producer, and director on the series as well. Once nominated as “America’s Funniest Man,” Steve is also a voice-over actor who has put his humorous personality on display in many animated films, including providing the voice of Gru in the Despicable Me movie franchise.
Steve Carell’s Early Life and Career Beginnings
The movie star was born Steven John Carell on the 16th of August 1962, in the town of Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet Theresa (née Koch)—a psychiatric nurse of Polish descent, and Edwin A. Carell—an electrical engineer of Italian and German descent. Their surname is from the Italian ‘Caroselli,’ which Steve’s grandfather later changed to ‘Carell.’ He was born and raised as a Roman Catholic alongside his three older brothers; he is the youngest of four sons in the family.
Carell attended an all-boys private school called The Fenn School in Concord and then moved on to Middlesex School, also in Concord. He spent his university days at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he received a history degree, with plans to move to law school afterward. While in Massachusetts, the actor worked for seven months as a USPS mail carrier. He then leaped into the entertainment industry by featuring in the comedy musical Knat Scatt Private Eye, as well as a 1989 Brown’s Chicken TV commercial.
He subsequently relocated to Chicago, and there, he became a teacher for an improvisational comedy class in Second City, also performing with Stephen Colbert in The Second City troupe. In 1991, Steve Carell put his acting career to a start with a minor role in Curly Sue. Five years later, he moved on to forge a career in acting with his depictions on the ABC’s sketch comedy show titled The Dana Carvey Show. More acting gigs began rolling in for the actor afterward as he scored roles in many TV shows, including Just Shoot Me! (1998), Strangers with Candy (2000), Watching Elle (2002-03), Fillmore! (2004), and Come to Papa (2004).
His Role In The Office Made Him a Hollywood Star
After working as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 1999 to 2005, Steve Carell penned down a deal with NBC in the year 2005 to start featuring in The Office. He played the role of Michael Scott, the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, a paper supply company in the mockumentary series, which is a remake of British series of the same name.
His anticipated success in The-40-Year-Old Virgin gave NBC a reason to renew The Office for a second season, even though the first season suffered mediocre ratings. Eventually, The Office became one of the most acclaimed television series. Consequently, Steve won a Golden Globe Award and Television Critics Association Award in 2006 for the role he played, receiving six Primetime Emmy Award nominations, from 2006 to 2011.
Also, the role earned him additional nominations and awards, some of which are the Television Critics Association (which he won in 2006 and was nominated again for in 2009) and Screen Actors Guild Awards (which he won in 2008 and was nominated five other times for from 2008 – 2012). While filming The Office, the celebrated actor also starred in other projects. He eventually decided to concentrate solely on his film career, as such, he left The Office in 2011 but returned for the series finale in the year 2013.
Having starred in one of the most popular sitcoms to date, as well as being one of the show’s most memorable characters, Steve Carell is widely regarded among Hollywood’s finest actors and has been cast in many blockbuster films after his stint in the aforementioned mockumentary TV series.
He Landed a Handful Of Acting Gigs After The Office
In 2005, while still starring in The Office, Steve Carell scored one of the best-recognized roles of his career in the box office success movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin. In the next year, he played Frank Ginsburg in Little Miss Sunshine, Rich in The short film American Storage, and also provided the voice of Hammy in Over the Hedge, as well as in Hammy’s Boomerang Adventure. Between 2007 and 2010, he was cast in over seven films, and they include Evan Almighty, Dan In Real Life, Get Smart, Date Night, Dinner for Schmucks, and Despicable Me.
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He followed it up by subsequently scoring roles in Crazy, Stupid Love (2011), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), Despicable Me 2 (2013), Foxcatcher (2014), Café Society (2016), Battle of Sexes (2017), Beautiful Boy (2018), and Vice (2018). Then in 2019, Steve Carell returned on TV and has been portraying Mitch Kessler in The Morning Show to date. More so, he was cast in the 2020 film, Irresistible and is currently featured as Mark R. Naird in another TV project, a Netflix series titled Space Force.
Besides his work on The Office, his movie roles have garnered him a slew of awards and more than 100 nominations, decorating his over two-decade-long acting career with accolades. His over 30 award wins include 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2 Teen Choice Awards, 1 People’s Choice Award, 1 MTV Movie Award, and 1 National Board of Review Award. Thanks to his contribution to the Hollywood film industry, Carell received the 2,570th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016.
Breakdown of Carell’s Career Earnings & Net Worth
With an extensive acting career and filmography, it’s no surprise that the Despicable Me actor has been able to amass impressive fortune running in millions of dollars. According to Forbes, Steve earned $15 million in 2011, making him the 3rd highest-paid Hollywood TV actor at the time. For the first and second season of the NBC series The Office, Carell reportedly walked away with a paycheck of $87,000 per episode, and in the third season, he earned $175,000 per episode. With the show gaining an incredible rating success in the subsequent seasons, the actor is said to have raked in a salary of $300,000 per episode at the peak of the show.
Following his portrayals in The Office, the accomplished producer’s acting career was skyrocketed to the stratosphere, as he earned $5 million for his role in Evan Almighty after cashing in about $500,000 for The 40-Year-Old Virgin back in 2005. He additionally took home a paycheck of $12 million and $12.5 million for his roles in Dinner for Schmucks and Date Night, respectively. As one of Hollywood’s finest actors, Carell was paid $15 million for his role in Crazy, Stupid Love, and between $15 million and $20 million for featuring in the sequels of Despicable Me after earning $500,000 for his role in the first installment of the movie franchise.
Steve Carell also earned additional income from his works as a writer, producer, and director. He wrote two episodes of The Office: Casino Night and Survivor Man, with the former winning him the Writers Guild of America Awards for ‘Comedy Series’ and ‘Episodic Comedy’ in 2006. Having starred in many box office success films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Bewitched, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Big Short, Carell has an estimated net worth of $80 million.
His Real Estate Acquisitions
Alongside his wife, he purchased a property at the Toluca Lake suburb in Los Angeles for $6 million in 2010, and on it, the couple constructed a 6,600 square foot luxury home. Also, they have a 4-bedroom house in Marshfield, Massachusetts, and serve as the owner of the Marshfield Hills General Store. Steve and his wife realized $5.1 million from the sales of their former home in Toluca in the year 2012.
What We Know About Steve’s Married Life With Nancy Carell
Steve Carell met his wife, Nancy Carell (née Walls) when he was a teacher at the improv class at Second City. She was one of his students at the time, and Carell mentioned how his earliest attempts at flirting with her felt stupid because of his approach. However, they both clicked and later got married on the 5th of August 1995. Together, they have two children, Elisabeth Anne—born May 2001, and John—born June 2004.
Steve shares a sense of humor with his beauteous wife, who equally has a background in TV comedy. This points to why their marriage has stood the test of time, thriving for over two decades. Nancy is very proud of her husband’s career achievements and has shown him support by being his date in many of the red carpet shows for his movie premieres. The lovely couple is happily married, and their love wax stronger with each passing year.
He Has Collaborated With Nancy In Many Projects
Steve Carell has worked together with his wife in several acting projects. Nancy, who is an actress and writer, played a recurring role as Michael Scott’s realtor, Carol Stills, in The Office. She was also among the cast of Saturday Night Live, from 1995 to 1996, and equally worked alongside her future husband in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, serving as a correspondent from 1999 to 2002.
Later in 2005, she played the role of Health Clinic Counselor in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, as well as Linda in the 2012 film, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Additionally, the two created and appeared in the TBS comedy series, Angie Tribeca, from 2016 to 2019.