Life Before Fame: Steve Carell

Actor Steve Carell arrives at the 7th Annual AFI Awards luncheon held at the Four Seasons Hotel on January 12, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
August 6, 2019 - 10:20 / Sarah Schulz

Steve Carell is a very well-known name in the entertainment business nowadays, but he got his start in Hollywood quite a bit later than most people might think... Do you know what Steve Carell did before he landed his big role as "Michael Scott" on the American version of The Office? Find out here!

Steve Carell is one of the most well-known actors in Hollywood these days but it hasn't always been that way. Carell was almost thirty years old when he began to gain recognition in Hollywood. He was born and raised in Massachusetts and is currently 56 years old. 

Steve Carell Visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at Rockefeller Center on November 15, 2018 in New York City.

Steve Carell: What did he do before he was famous?

Steve Carell attended Denison University in Ohio and obtained a history degree. After college, he worked as a mail carrier but ended up quitting after seven months because his boss told him that he wasn't fast enough. Carell has always had an interest in performing as he was part of the improvisational comedy group at Denison University.

Steve Carell speaks during the NBC 2005 Television Critics Winter Press Tour on January 21, 2005 in Universal City, California.

In the late 1980's Steve Carell started his performing career by appearing in a children's theatre company and touring with them. In 1991, he performed with The Chicago Troupe in The Second City and then he made his film debut with a very minor role in Curly Sue.

Steve Carell on The Dana Carvey Show

In the spring of 1986, Steve Carell was a cast member of The Dana Carvey Show, which was a short-lived comedy sketch show on ABC. This show is the one that is largely considered to have really started Carell's career in the entertainment industry. He appeared in other short-lived series such as Come to Papa and Over the Top. From 1999 to 2005, Carell was a correspondent for The Daily Show and had a number of regular segments.

Actor Steve Carell attends the NBC upfront at Radio City Music Hall on May 16, 2005 in New York City.

Steve Carell and The Office

In 2005, Steve Carell signed a deal with NBC to star as "Michael Scott" in the American version of The Office. He played the lead role in this highly successful television series for a total of 149 episodes from 2005 to 2011. From then on out, his career has only continued to flourish.

Steve Carell and wife Nancy Walls arrive to the 2005 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium June 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

Steve Carell and his successful career

During and after The Office, Carell has starred in a number of films and shows. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Evan Almighty, Get Smart, Date Night, Despicable Me, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Minions, The Big Short, Battle of the Sexes and most recently Welcome to Marwen in 2018, to name just a few of his very successful roles. 

Steve Carell attends the Welcome to Marwen Screening & Conversation with Steve Carell on December 20, 2018 in New York City.

Steve Carell: His Personal Life

Steve Carell has been married to Nancy Carell since 1995. They have shared some of the same credits in films and series and have also created the comedy series Angie Tribeca together. Steve and Nancy have two kids together, one boy and one girl and they are both still active in the entertainment industry today!

Nancy Carell and Steve Carell attend the World Premiere of "Vice" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on December 11, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.