Steve Carell is an Academy Award®-nominated actor who first garnered critical recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Over the course two decades, Carell has successfully segued from the small screen to above-the-title status on the big screen, both in big budget films and arthouse indies. (Continue Reading)
Currently, Carell stars Stewart’s latest directorial effort, Irresistible. He’s also starring in “Space Force,” a Netflix Original comedy series co-created, and executive produced by himself and Greg Daniels. The series follows General Mark R. Naird (Carell) and his team who are tasked with establishing Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. Military. John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, and Lisa Kudrow, among others will co-star. Netflix released the series on May 29, 2020.
Carell can currently be seen in “The Morning Show,” an original drama series executive produced by and also starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. The series takes an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual. The show premiered as part of the Apple TV+ inaugural slate in November 2019 and will return for a second season. Carell’s nuanced performance earned him a 2019 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series.
Next Summer, Carell will lend his voice in Universal and Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, the sequel to Minions (2015) and spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me film series. The story will follow twelve-year-old Felonius Gru (Carell) and his fandom and ultimate goal of joining the “Vicious 6,” a supervillain supergroup with the help from his loyal followers, The Minions. The film will also feature voices from Alan Arkin, Julie Andrews, Taraji P. Henson and Russell Brand, among others.
In December 2018, Carell starred in Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, which tells the true story of Mark Hogencamp, a victim of a violent assault who constructs a miniature World War II village in his yard to help his recovery. The film is based on the 2010 documentary, Marwencol, and was released by Universal Pictures. Also in December, Carell co-starred in Annapurna’s Vice, a biographical drama directed by Adam McKay about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. Carell portrayed former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, opposite Christian Bale and Amy Adams.
In October 2018, Carell starred opposite Timothée Chalamet in Amazon Studios’ Beautiful Boy for director Felix van Groeningen. Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, the film chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
In September 2017, Carell starred opposite Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes, helmed by the Little Miss Sunshine directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris with a script by Academy Award Winner Simon Beaufoy. The Fox Searchlight film centered on the 1973 epic tennis match between Billie Jean King (Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Carell). Carell was nominated for a Golden Globe® award and Screen Actors Guild award for his role as Riggs. The following month, Carell starred in the film adaptation of Darryl Ponicsan’s novel, Last Flag Flying, opposite Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne. Directed by Richard Linklater, the three play old friends and Navy Officers who meet up to help Larry Meadows (Carell) bring home the body of his deceased son, killed in the Iraq war. Amazon Studios released the film.
Carell lent his vocal talents in the animated feature Despicable Me in 2010, as the lead role of Gru. The international smash hit led to a sequel in 2013 with Despicable Me 2. After reprising his role, Carell returned for the third film in June 2017 as the voices for both Gru and his long-lost twin brother Dru in Despicable Me 3.
In 2016, Carell starred in Woody Allen’s Café Society opposite Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Corey Stoll. Allen served as the director and writer of the feature, produced by Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum and Edward Walson. The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Carell previously worked with Woody Allen on his 2004 film Melinda and Melinda.
In 2015, Carell starred in Paramount’s Academy Award®-nominated film The Big Short, for which he received an individual Golden Globe® nomination for his performance as real-life money manager Mark Baum. The film was recognized with nominations for SAG Best Ensemble and a Golden Globe® for Motion Picture Comedy. Previous to that, Carell starred opposite Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Peter Sollett’s Freeheld.
In 2014, Carell starred as John du Pont alongside Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, and Vanessa Redgrave in Bennett Miller’s Oscar®–nominated film, Foxcatcher. For his revelatory performance, Carell received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor, a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category of “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role,” a BAFTA nomination for “Best Supporting Actor”, and a Golden Globe® nomination for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama.”
Carell’s first lead role in a feature film, The-40-Year-Old Virgin, which he co-wrote with director Judd Apatow, became a worldwide box-office sensation in 2005. The film was honored with an AFI Award as one of 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year. The film also earned Carell and Apatow a co-nomination for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America.
Carell played the lead role of Maxwell Smart in Get Smart, opposite Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin, for director Peter Segal. Carell was part of the ensemble of the acclaimed Little Miss Sunshine, which earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture and won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Carell also starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love, opposite Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone, which was produced by his production company, Carousel Productions.
Additional film credits include Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, opposite Keira Knightly; Hope Springs, opposite Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones; The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, opposite Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi; The Way, Way Back, opposite Toni Collette and Allison Janney; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, opposite Jennifer Garner; Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, opposite Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, and Paul Rudd. Additional vocal work includes The Mayor of Whoville in Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who!, opposite Jim Carrey, and Hammy in Over the Hedge for Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures.
On the small screen, Carell completed an eight-year run playing the pompous boss ‘Michael Scott’ on the Emmy-nominated NBC comedy “The Office,” adapted from Ricky Gervais’ acclaimed British series of the same name. For the role, Carell was nominated for six Emmy awards for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and won a Golden Globe® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Carell was also nominated four times for a SAG award and won two as part of the show’s ensemble.
Carell and his wife Nancy co-created and executive produced the TBS police comedy series, “Angie Tribeca,” starring Rashida Jones. The show was produced under Carell’s production banner, Carousel Productions, and ran for four seasons on the network.
Born in Massachusetts, Carell resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Nancy Carell (“Saturday Night Live”). He is a proud father of a daughter and a son.