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Will Forte Biography


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Birth Name: Will Forte
Born: 06/17/1970
Birth Place: Alameda County, California, USA


Orville Willis Forte IV was born on June 17, 1970 in Alameda County, CA to Patricia Stivers and Orville Willis Forte III. He graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA before receiving a degree in history at UCLA. While living in Los Angeles, Forte joined the improv comedy troupe The Groundlings. He also wrote skits for variety shows such as "Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993- ) and the "MTV Movie Awards" (MTV, 1992- ). In 2002, Forte joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" as a featured player opposite such full time cast members Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon and Amy Poehler. The hardworking comedian was soon elevated to repertory player during his second season on the show, where he took on the highly coveted role of then-president George W. Bush after Will Ferrell's departure.

"SNL" not only provided Forte the opportunity to showcase his talent of impersonating celebrities and politicians, but also allowed him to play a number of hilariously offbeat recurring characters. One of his earliest characters was "The Falconer," a sketch that followed a businessman (Forte) who leaves his job to become a hermit living in the jungle with his pet falcon, Donald. Another of his more recognized characters was Tim "Boo" Calhoun, a soft-spoken and fidgety criminal-turned-political candidate who often appeared during the show's "Weekend Update" segments alongside Fey and Fallon.

In 2007, Forte debuted his "MacGruber" character on "SNL." The sketch featured a special ops agent who is often distracted by personal issues while deactivating time bombs. Within minutes, the skits would end up with said bomb exploding, marking yet another of MacGruber's unsuccessful attempts to prevent disaster. Both the character's name and overall look parodied the long-running action/adventure series "MacGyver," which had starred Richard Dean Anderson in the 1980s as a secret agent who skillfully used household items to resolve life-or-death crises. In 2009, Anderson appeared alongside Forte in a series of Pepsi commercials designed as "MacGruber" sketches. Anderson later reprised his role on "SNL" that same year, where it was revealed that MacGyver was MacGruber's long-lost father.

Outside of "SNL," Forte made cameo appearances in such feature films as "Around the World in 80 Days" (2004) opposite Jackie Chan, and the gross-out comedy "Beerfest" (2006). The actor also wrote and starred in the 2007 comedy "The Brothers Solomon" as one of two clueless siblings (the other played by Will Arnett) who ask a woman they met on Craigslist (Kristen Wiig) to become their surrogate mother. "The Brothers Solomon" bombed at the box office and received negative reviews, including one from critic Richard Roeper, who claimed he walked out during the film's screening. Undaunted, Forte acted alongside his "SNL" castmates Fey and Poehler in the comedy "Baby Mama" (2008) as well as lent his vocals to the animated film "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (2009), which also featured the voices of "SNL" players Bill Hader and Andy Samberg.

Three years after its television debut, Forte brought his most famous "SNL" character to the big screen with the action/comedy, "MacGruber." The film, which also took inspiration from big-budget 1980s blockbusters such as "Die Hard" (1988) and "Lethal Weapon" (1987), found the title character on a mission to stop his sworn enemy Dieter von Cunth (Val Kilmer) from destroying Washington, D.C. with a nuclear warhead. The film also starred Wiig as MacGruber's sidekick and love interest Vicki St. Elmo, and Ryan Philippe as military expert Lt. Dixon Piper. That same year, Forte appeared - in full drag - on the hit comedy series "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006- ) as actress Jenna Maroney's (Jane Krakowski) cross-dressing boyfriend and secret onstage impersonator.