From 'SNL' to the Big Screen: The Will Ferrell Quiz



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Funny man Will Ferrell has brought us to tears in his roles as everything from the Christmas-saving Buddy the Elf to NASCAR-driving Ricky Bobby to the legendary newscaster Ron Burgundy. See how much you know about Ferrell and all his characters.

When was Will Ferrell born?

John W. Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967, in Irvine, California.


True or false: While in high school, Will Ferrell set a school record for most field goals.

Ferrell was a football star and not much of a class clown.


Where did Will Ferrell attend college?

Ferrell attended the University of Southern California at Los Angeles to pursue a degree in sports journalism.


What popular Los Angeles improv troupe did Will Ferrell work with in the early '90s?

Ferrell landed a regular spot with the Groundlings, a popular Los Angeles improv troupe that has helped launched the career of many "Saturday Night Live" cast members.


What helped Will Ferrell land a spot on "SNL" during his audition with founder and producer Lorne Michaels?

Impersonating Harry Caray is part of what helped Ferrell secure a spot on SNL.


When did Will Ferrell join "Saturday Night Live"?

Ferrell joined "SNL" in 1995, when ratings were low.


What was Will Ferrell's first big screen movie appearance?

Ferrell played Mustafa, the Turkish or Egyptian henchman of Dr. Evil in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery."


True or false: Will Ferrell starred in a remake of the iconic 1960s sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie."

Ferrell actually played the role of Darrin from the sitcom "Bewitched."


What Will Ferrell movie is based on a sketch he first performed with the Groundlings comedy troupe?

Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan created "A Night at the Roxbury" characters while they were both members of the Groundlings.


What character did Will Ferrell base on Philadelphia and Detroit news anchor Mort Crim?

Ferrell struck gold when he created Ron Burgundy, the anchorman character based on the pompous, sexist newscaster Mort Crim.


In "Zoolander," what song does Will Ferrell's character, Mugatu, use to hypnotize Ben Stiller's Derek Zoolander?

There's even a remix of "Relax" in "Zoolander 2."


In what film did Will Ferrell play Dr. Rick Marshall?

Ferrell played Dr. Marshall in the big screen spoof of the 1970s sitcom "Land of the Lost," in which he and his research assistant are sucked into a space-time vortex.


What 2012 film starred Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis?

Ferrell starred as an incumbent congressman embroiled in personal scandal in "The Campaign" with Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis.


True or false: Will Ferrell was scheduled to play Ronald Reagan in a film about the president while he suffered from dementia during his second term in office.

While reports initially said Ferrell was on board to play the ailing Reagan, he later abandoned the role after outcry from the public because the script followed the president and an intern who must convince the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.


True or false: "Elf" is considered the movie that catapulted Will Ferrell into stardom

While "Elf" is one of Ferrell's funniest family hits, it was actually the 2003 hilarious comedy "Old School" that made him a Hollywood A-lister.


What are Ricky Bobby's kids' names in "Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"?

Ricky Bobby's sons are named Walker and Texas Ranger Bobby in this classic Will Ferrell flick.


What news channel does Ron Burgundy work for in "Anchorman"?

Ron Burgundy is the beloved anchorman for San Diego's KVWN-TV Channel 4 Evening News.


True or false: Ron Burgundy ends his newscasts with the signature line "you stay classy, San Diego!"

This is one of Burgundy's many memorable lines.


What radio station does Will Ferrell work for as Brad Whitaker in "Daddy's Home"?

Ferrell is the station manager at the Panda, the country's third most popular smooth jazz radio station.


True or false: Will Ferrell signed on for "Elf 2."

In late 2013, Ferrell reportedly turned down $29 million to be in "Elf 2."


How many awards was "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" nominated for?

The silly follow up to "Anchorman" was nominated for 23 awards but only brought home one: the American Comedy Award for best comedy actor – film went to Will Ferrell.


In what animated film did Will Ferrell play Lord Business?

Ferrell was Lord Business in "The Lego Movie," where he turned out to be a figment of a young boy’s imagination who had transformed his overbearing dad into the all-powerful villain.


Will Ferrell played Chazz Reinhold in what hilarious film?

Chazz Reinhold was the original wedding crasher who taught John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) everything they know about picking up women.


What hysterical Will Ferrell short film went viral online in 2007?

"The Landlord" features Ferrell being harassed by his landlord, a 2-year-old girl, for overdue rent money. The short debuted online in April 2007 on Ferrell and Adam McKay's website, Funny or Die, and has been viewed more than 80 million times.


What does Will Ferrell's character Brennan Huff do while sleepwalking in the 2008 comedy "Step Brothers"?

Brennan puts purses in the refrigerator, while his sleepwalking stepbrother Dale Doback puts pillows in the oven.


True or false: Will Ferrell collaborated on many movies with producer Adam McKay.

McKay and Ferrell met when they were both on "Saturday Night Live." Since then they've gone on to make "Anchorman," "Step Brothers" and "Talladega Nights," and they founded the website Funny or Die.


True or false: Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman won a Stinker Award for worst screen couple for "Bewitched."

They were nominated for a Stinker for worst screen couple, but Kidman and Ferrell actually won the Razzie for worst screen couple.


True or false: Will Ferrell has won two Golden Globes for his performances in "Stranger Than Fiction" and "The Producers."

Ferrell was nominated for his performances in both films but didn't win the Golden Globe for either.


What two then-unknown actors were listed as writers in the credits in "Anchorman"?

Adam Scott and Jon Hamm were listed as writers in the credits as a joke for Paul Rudd, who was living with Jon Hamm and had been friends with Adam Scott for nearly 20 years.


True or false: Will Ferrell has an uncredited role in "Kingpin"

Ferrell shouts, "Ernie, you da man!" in his minor role.


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