He initially had his eyes set on the legal career and even took classes as a pre-law student. He was filling out his law school applications when he got to the point where he had to state why he wanted to be an attorney. At this point, the famous Steve Carell was blank so he went to his parents who in turn asked him what he enjoyed doing. He told them acting has always been fun for him and his parents urged him to do it! This is how the journey began for him.
Steve John Carell has earned the title as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand funnymen but is also a pro when it comes to dramatic roles. He worked several odd jobs including being a mail man before eventually finding his way into the entertainment business. He first joined a children’s theatre company then began performing with The Second City.
Date of Birth: August 16, 1962
Zodiac Sign: Leo
He started out in the early 1990s and gradually earned more recognition on shows in that same decade. His big break did not come until he starred in the sitcom The Office (2005 – 2013). From there, he went on to feature in several other films and has become a household name ever since. Keep reading to know more about the personal life of this comedic actor.
Harriet T. Carell (nee Koch) (mother)
Date of Birth: October 15, 1925
Date of Death: May 7, 2016 (aged 90)
Zodiac Sign: Libra
The late Acton native was a psychiatric nurse for over 30 years but is also remembered as the mother to the American actor. Family was important to her and she enjoyed every minute spent with her loved ones. Harriet died surrounded by family a day before Mother’s day in 2016 at a good old age.
Edwin A. Carell (father)
Year of birth: 1925
Edwin, according to his famous son has always been the super supportive father. They were middle class parents but worked extra hard to give their kids the life they dreamed of. When he was much younger, Steve wanted to play ice hockey which required a lot of equipments and his parents made it happen.
The Foxcatcher (2014) star added that his Italian dad would wake up as early as 5am to drive him to hockey practise before school and would read a book while he waited. The Carell parents were indeed committed to raising great kids and did anything to expand their horizons.
Steve says his father – a veteran of World War II was his inspiration for his role as a Vietnam War Vet in Last Flag Flying (2017).
Gregory Carell (elder brother from same parents)
He is now married to a woman named Meg and has a son.
Timothy Carell (elder brother from same parents)
There is virtually nothing that can be said about Tim and the rest of his brothers.
Michael Carell (elder brother from same parents)
Michael is another brother to The 40-Year Old Virgin (2005) actor and like the other Carell boys, he is mighty proud of his baby brother’s achievements in the entertainment industry.
Nancy Ellen Walls Carell (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: August 5, 1995 till present
Date of Birth: July 19, 1966
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Carell was teaching an improvisation class at the famed Second City theatre in Chicago where Nancy was coincidentally a student. He was immediately attracted to her but it was awkward at first as he couldn’t even ask her out properly. He explains that his stupid attempt at flirting was all self protection and the Saturday Night Live alumna also replied indirectly that she would love to go out with ‘someone like him’. In 1995, they were officially married and have appeared in several projects together.
On their 17th wedding anniversary, they shot a scene for a movie where they had to breakup as a married couple. It was a sweet night for them eventually as the director got them a cake and the crew sang for them. Steve says his wife is his creative partner and she makes him laugh more than anyone else. It’s been over two decades now and the love birds are still going strong with their family of four.
Elisabeth Anne Carell (daughter with Nancy Carell)
Date of Birth: May 26, 2001
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
She is the first child to the Despicable Me (2010 – 2017) voice actor. He says his life changed after he became a father. Carell recalls his first audition as a dad, he won the role but his perspective on career and life had changed and all he wanted to do was get home to his baby.
John Carell (son with Nancy Carell)
Month of Birth: June 2004
To his children, he is just Dad and not anything close to being an actor. Steve says his kids are not “very impressed” with his works.