Will Forte

BirthDay:

17 Jun 1970

BirthPlace:

Alameda County, California, USA

BirthName:

Orville Willis Forte IV

Bio:

Forte was age 32 before he came to the public's attention on Saturday Night Live (1975), but had been working in comedy since 1997. Forte is the son of artist Patricia (Stivers) and financial broker Orville Willis Forte III (divorced), and has one older sister, Michelle. A creative and artistic child, he was an athlete (football and swimming) in high school and voted Best Personality at Acalanes High School. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in History, Forte had a brief career at a brokerage house before deciding to try comedy. Although he rarely performed stand-up, he joined the world-famous "Groundlings" and was hired as a writer for the series The Jenny McCarthy Show (1997), The Army Show, and The David Letterman Show. He eventually caught the attention of Carsey-Werner executive Tom Werner when he wrote a pilot about two childlike idiot brothers (eventually turned into the film, The Brothers Solomon (2007)) and was hired for the shows 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) and That '70s Show (1998).

In 2002, Forte moved from his home state of California to New York City to join Saturday Night Live (1975) as a writer and cast member. Although known as shy and reserved in his personal life, Forte was one of the individuals responsible for the shows move to absurd, surrealist comedy. Along with voice-over acting, guest appearances on television and small roles in films, Forte had his biggest opportunities to be a movie star with films he wrote. Forte wrote the screenplay for The Brothers Solomon (2007) (and had the leading role of childlike "Dean Solomon") and played the title role and co-wrote the SNL film MacGruber (2010). Both films were given small budgets ($10,000,000 each) and they were both considered box-office and critical failures, although they do have a cult following.

After MacGruber's theatrical release, Forte left SNL for personal and professional reasons, although he has returned as a guest performer. Forte has had a recurring role on the series 30 Rock and made numerous other guest appearances on other TV comedies. Since leaving SNL, he has also increased his work as a voice artist and appeared in 5 movies (A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011), Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012), Rock of Ages (2012), That's My Boy (2012), and The Watch (2012)).

Since 2012, he has moved into dramatic and straight roles on a television pilot titled Rebounding by the producers of Modern Family and Irish film Run and Jump. In August 2012, he was cast (and first choice) in the Alexander Payne film Nebraska, despite rumors that higher profile actors such as Casey Affleck and Paul Rudd were interested in the role.
Filmography

Actor ( 103 credits )

A Futile & Stupid Gesture (2017) Douglas Kenney
My Life as a Zucchini (2016) Mr. Paul (voice)
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
Keanu (2016)
Maya and Marty in Manhattan (2016)  Various (1 episode, 2016)
A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown (2015) Cody (voice)
The Ridiculous 6 (2015) Will Patch
Don Verdean (2015) Pastor Fontaine
Last Man on Earth (2015)  Phil Miller (1 episode)
Moonbeam City (2015)  Rad Cunningham (voice)
The Boris & Nicole Show (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore (2015)  Himself - Panelist (1 episode, 2015)
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
She's Funny That Way (2014)
Apartment Troubles (2014)
The Lego Movie (2014) Abraham Lincoln (voice) (as Orville Forte)
Off Camera with Sam Jones (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (2 episodes, 2015)
Life of Crime (2013) Marshall Taylor
Nebraska (2013) David Grant
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) Chester V (voice)
Grown Ups 2 (2013) Male Cheerleader (uncredited)
Run & Jump (2013) Ted
Drunk History (2013)  Edwin Booth (1 episode, 2013)
Kroll Show (2013)  Photographer / ... (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
The Awesomes (2013)  Malocchio Jr. (1 episode, 2014)
The Watch (2012) Sgt. Bressman
Rock of Ages (2012) Mitch Miley
That's My Boy (2012) Phil
The Immigrant (2012) Will
The Bluegrass Brainwash Conspiracy (2012) Hillbilly
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) Allen Bishopman
Lab Rats (2012)  Eddy / ... (19 episodes, 2012-2014)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012)  Chet Barnsider / ... (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Gravity Falls (2012)  Cute Biker / ... (8 episodes, 2012-2014)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012)
Reggie Makes Music (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Always Open (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Audio Tour (2011)
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011) Glenn
Bob's Burgers (2011)  Kurt / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
Up All Night (2011)  Reed (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Allen Gregory (2011)  Ian / ... (7 episodes, 2011)
1st Look (2011)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2011)
Dear Woman (2011) Himself
MacGruber (2010) MacGruber
Saturday Night (2010) Himself
Conan (2010)  Ted Turner / ... (15 episodes, 2010-2013)
Funny or Die Presents... (2010)  Cast (Scott & Behr) / ... (2 episodes, 2010)
The Talk (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Morning Prayer with Skott and Behr (2010)  Brown Eggz (2010)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Joe Towne (voice)
Fanboys (2009) THX Security Guard #4
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009) Subject #72
The Slammin' Salmon (2009) Horace the Lone Diner
Parks and Recreation (2009)  Kelly Larson (1 episode, 2011)
The League (2009)  Chuck (1 episode, 2011)
The Cleveland Show (2009)  Principal Wally Farquhare / ... (23 episodes, 2009-201
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2009-2013)
Cubed (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Sit Down Shut Up (2009)  Stuart Proszakian (13 episodes, 2009)
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Live from New York... (2009) Himself
Baby Mama (2008) Scott
The Life & Times of Tim (2008)  Chipper (1 episode, 2010)
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (2008)  Daryl Hall / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Young Person's Guide to History (2008)  Monsieur Bouffant (The Frenchman) (1 episode, 2008)
Falseface (2008) Nathan
The Brothers Solomon (2007) Dean Solomon
Flight of the Conchords (2007)  Ben (1 episode, 2007)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007)  Pall Willeaux / ... (6 episodes, 2007-2010)
Tim and Eric Nite Live (2007)  Emanuel Melly (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2012)
Beerfest (2006) Otto
30 Rock (2006)  Paul / ... (13 episodes, 2007-2012)
Campus Ladies (2006)  Stuart (2 episodes, 2006)
How I Met Your Mother (2005)  Randy / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
American Dad! (2005)  Firefighter Henry Watkins / ... (5 episodes, 2009-2012
Squidbillies (2005)  Tom Treebow (1 episode, 2010)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Around the World in 80 Days (2004) Young Bobby
Drawn Together (2004)  Kirk Cameron (1 episode, 2006)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
McEnroe (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Clone High (2002)  Abe Lincoln (13 episodes, 2002-2003)
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000)  Alien (1 episode, 2006)
The View (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2013)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
WWF Raw (1993)  MacGruber (1 episode, 2010)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1997-2013)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2007)
E! News (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Simpsons (1989)  King Toot (1 episode, 2014)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Various / ... (158 episodes, 2002-2012)
60 Minutes (1968)  Himself - Comedian (segment "Live from New York") (1 e
Today (1952)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2010)
Staten Island Summer (0) Griffith
MacGruber 2 (0) MacGruber

Producer ( 2 credits )

Last Man on Earth (2015) executive producer (unknown episodes)
That '70s Show (1998) co-producer / producer (33 episodes, 2001-2002)

Writer ( 10 credits )

Last Man on Earth (2015) (creator) (unknown episodes)
MacGruber (2010) (written by) &
Extreme Movie (2008) (written by) &
The Brothers Solomon (2007) (written by)
Action (1999) (2 episodes, 1999)
That '70s Show (1998) (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
The Army Show (1998) (1 episode, 1998)
The Jenny McCarthy Show (1997) (3 episodes, 1997)
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993) (28 episodes, 1997-1998)