Background and Early Work
Carell was born August 16, 1962 in Acton, Massachusetts. In 1991, he performed with famed Chicago improv troupe The Second City, and had his first (albeit minor) film role in Curly Sue. In Carell's early career he worked with the likes of Dana Carvey, Robert Smigel, Tim Curry, Julie Louis-Dreyfuss, and Woody Allen.
Carell gained initial major recognition on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show , where he was a correspondent and guest from 1999-2004, and in his supporting roles in Bruce Almighty and The Anchorman. In 2005, Carell began his role as Michael Scott, never having seen an episode of the British version.
Since becoming Michael Scott, Carell has starred in a number of films including The 40 Year Old Virgin, Evan Almighty, Little Miss Sunshine, Dan in Real Life and Get Smart. Carell is a member of Hollywood's "Frat Pack" along with his buddies Stiller, Black, Ferrell, Vaughn, and the Wilson brothers.