Will Forte Biography

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Born: June 17, 1970


Date of Birth: June 17, 1970

Will Forte has established himself as one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television. Not only has he put in eight seasons on Saturday Night Live, but he has successfully made the transition to feature film work by writing and starring in The Brothers Solomon and MacGruber (2010). Forte also lent his voice to the hit animated film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

During his time at SNL, Forte has produced many memorable sketches. He has showcased his singing talents as an unhinged "Fly High Duluth" bandleader with a penchant for chugging Jack Daniels. He created lasting characters in The Falconer—the once-successful executive who has mysteriously chosen to live in the woods with his faithful falcon Donald—and the soft-spoken politician Tim Calhoun, as well as the creepily naive office worker, Neil, whose ventures outside of work with colleague Jean quickly turn perverse. Forte has also brought life to MacGruber, the resourceful—albeit distractible man who can disarm a bomb with just about anything.

Additional film credits include Baby Mama, The Slammin' Salmon and Beerfest.

Forte recently had very memorable guest-starring roles on the hit comedies How I Met Your Mother, NBC's award-winning 30 Rock and on HBO's The Flight of the Conchords. He also lent his voice to a handful of animated series including FOX's The Cleveland Show, from creator Seth MacFarlane, and FOX's animated sitcom Sit Down Shut Up, as well as MTV's Clone High.

Forte came to SNL from Los Angeles' improv-sketch theater The Groundlings, where SNL alum Chris Parnell and former cast mate Maya Rudolph got their start. Forte has a great deal of experience behind the camera, serving as a producer on That '70s Show and as a story editor for 3rd Rock From the Sun and Action, as well as working as a writer for Late Show With David Letterman and the MTV Movie Awards. In 2012, Forte returned to the big screen starring alongside SNL stars Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg in That's My Boy and joining the A-list cast of the film-adaptation of Rock of Ages.

Forte currently divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.

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