Steve Carell is one of Hollywood’s funniest personalities. Infusing wit, character, and humor into his several roles, Steve Carell has been putting smiles on faces and giving laughs to viewers worldwide for years. His acting roles have garnered him worldwide recognition that won’t peter down anytime soon, owing mostly to his energetic approach towards the movies he finds himself in. His most prominent role is 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”, here is some more information about the person who gave us the voice of Gru in the Despicable Me movie franchise.
Steve Carell’s Bio, Age and Early Life
The star was born Steven John Carell on the 16th of August, 1962, in the town of Concord in the Middlesex County of 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’.
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 in Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he received a history degree, with plans to move to law school afterward. In the end, he moved to Chicago where he became a teacher for an improvisational comedy class in Second City, also performing with Stephen Colbert in The Second City troupe.
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, with Steve Carell playing the role of Michael Scott, the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin; a paper supply company.
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. The role earned him several 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).
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.
Steve Carell is also a writer, a producer, and a 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.
Thanks to his contribution to the Hollywood film industry, Steve Carell received the 2,570th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016.
Steve Carell is worth USD50 million. With an extensive acting career and filmography, it’s no surprise that he has been able to amass this level of wealth. He earned USD17.5 million in 2011, making him the 31st highest-paid actor of the time. On the third season of the NBC series The Office, Steve earned USD175,000 per episode.
Wife, Kids, and Family
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. They have also worked together on several projects such as The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
Steve Carell was born and raised as a Roman Catholic, alongside his three elder brothers. He is the youngest of four sons in the family.
Height and Other Facts
Steve Carell is a beloved comic and a successful actor. Besides his acting career, he also purchased the Marshfield Hills General Store in February 2009. He runs it with his wife, Nancy, and spends the summers with her there to preserve it as a local landmark.
He can play the musical instrument fife and worked as a DJ for his campus radio station under the name Sapphire Steve Carell.
Steve has mentioned that his inspirations are Peter Sellers, Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, John Cleese, and George Carlin.
Here are a few extra facts:
Full Name: Steve John Carell
Profession: Actor, Writer, Producer, Director
Height: 5ft 9in / 175cm
Weight: 172lbs / 78kg
Eye color: Green
Religion: Roman Catholic
Date of Birth: 16th August 1962
Place of Birth: Concord, Massachusetts
Education: The Fenn School, Middlesex School, Denison University
Marital Status: Married
Net Worth: USD50 million
Movie debut: Curly Sue (1991)
Television debut: The Dana Carvey Show (1996)