Will Arnett
Actor
Will Arnett
William Emerson "Will" Arnett is a Canadian actor and comedian best known for his role as George Oscar "G.O.B. " Bluth II on the Fox comedy Arrested Development. He is also known for his role as Devon Banks on the NBC comedy 30 Rock. He played supporting roles in the comedy mini-series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and comedy films Semi-Pro, Blades of Glory, RV, and Hot Rod. He starred in 2006's Let's Go to Prison and 2007's The Brothers Solomon.
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'Lego Batman' Fights Off 'Fifty Shades' And 'The Great Wall' At The Box Office
Huffington Post - 9 days
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Watch Will Arnett Prank Call A Toy Store As Lego Batman
Huffington Post - 18 days
Will Arnett is known for his signature gravelly voice, which made him the perfect actor to voice the title character in “The Lego Batman Movie.” Appearing on BBC Radio 1’s “The Matt Edmondson Show,” Arnett put his Batman voice to use beyond the animated film world. Edmondson prompted the actor to make a prank call to a local toy store and speak to employees using his character’s voice. Another hitch: He had to start each sentence with a different letter of the alphabet in order.  Watch Arnett’s hilarious (and impressive) prank call mission in the video above. The HuffPost Parents newsletter offers a daily dose of personal stories, helpful advice and comedic takes on what it’s like to raise kids today. Sign up here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Will Arnett on the pressure of starring in 'The Lego Batman Movie' and the precious instrument that is his voice
LATimes - 18 days
“Ask me anything,” Will Arnett said, folding his arms behind his head and reclining on a couch as if he were in a therapist’s office. He said it, but it was unclear how much he meant it. Because about a year ago, right before the release of his Netflix show “Flaked” — a show heavily based on his...
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Review: In ‘The Lego Batman Movie,’ Toys and Heroes, What’s Not to Like?
NYTimes - 19 days
Warner Bros. offers amusement at its own expense and Will Arnett gives great voice to Gotham’s brooder, but this new movie is still a commercial.
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Arnett says voicing 'Lego Batman Movie' superhero left him 'spent'
Reuters.com - 28 days
LONDON (Reuters) - Comedian and actor Will Arnett reprises voicing Batman in "The Lego Batman Movie", a role he said took a toll on his vocal chords with long sessions in the booth performing the superhero's well-known deep gravelly voice.
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Will Arnett is voice of animated 'Lego Batman'
Reuters.com - 29 days
Lego Batman's Will Arnett said voicing the caped crusader for the new animation was a challenge. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Will Arnett to star in live-action family comedy 'Show Dogs'
Yahoo News - 3 months
Will Arnett and "Orange is the New Black" star Natasha Lyonne have boarded the live-action family comedy "Show Dogs."
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'The Gong Show' Is Getting A Reboot Produced By Will Arnett - Huffington Post
Google News - 5 months
Huffington Post 'The Gong Show' Is Getting A Reboot Produced By Will Arnett Huffington Post “The comedy culture we are living in has finally caught up to 'The Gong Show.'” 10/04/2016 01:56 am ET. Ed Mazza Overnight Editor. An error occurred. Try watching this video on www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser. ABC Orders 'Gong Show' Revival From Will ArnettHollywood Reporter ABC Orders 'The Gong Show' Revival Produced By Will ArnettDeadline The Gong Show revived by ABCEntertainment Weekly New York Post -ABC News -Los Angeles Times -Cinema Blend all 38 news articles »
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'The Gong Show' Is Getting A Reboot Produced By Will Arnett
Huffington Post - 5 months
“The Gong Show,” one of TV’s most iconic amateur talent contests, is making a comeback.  ABC has ordered a 10-episode run of the reboot, which will be executive produced by Will Arnett, the network said in a news release. Arnett will not be hosting, Variety reported. In the 1970s and 1980s, “The Gong Show” featured people with unusual talents ― or, in some cases, a complete lack of talent ― who performed routines, told jokes, sang and danced for a panel of celebrity judges. Any judge could stop an act by hitting a big gong.  Like the original, the new “Gong Show” will have a rotating panel of celebrity judges and amateur talent, but the recruitment process will receive a modern touch: Contestants will be “plucked from the Internet,” according to a news release.  “The comedy culture we are living in has finally caught up to ‘The Gong Show,’ so the timing is perfect,” Holly Jacobs, executive vice president of reality and syndication programming for Sony Pict ...
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Will Arnett and ABC are reviving the '70s quasi-talent show 'The Gong Show'
LATimes - 5 months
Offering further evidence that the thirst for reviving vintage TV continues, ABC announced that it is bringing back “The Gong Show” with executive producer Will Arnett. Scheduled for a 10-episode run, the game show/talent competition will “celebrate un-traditionally talented, unique performers...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Will Arnett
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In 2016, he co-created, co-wrote and starred in the Netflix original series Flaked, which received praise from viewers and negative reviews from critics.
    More Details Hide Details Arnett's distinctive gravelly voice has earned him voice-over work for CBS television promos, film trailers and numerous advertisements, including Lamisil medication. Perhaps most recognizable is Arnett's voice saying, "It's not more than you need, just more than you're used to" in ads for GMC trucks. He has also lent his voice to a number of television shows, such as Ghostwriter in the 2005 Nickelodeon's hit series Danny Phantom, Duncan Schiesst for the Comedy Central animated program Freak Show, which was created by and also stars the voice of his Arrested Development co-star, David Cross. Arnett was the announcer for the faux trailer "Don't" in the 2007 movie Grindhouse. He also voiced the character "Vlad" from the CGI film Horton Hears a Who! The Missing Link in DreamWorks' film Monsters vs. Aliens, Horst the German sous-chef, in the Disney Pixar film Ratatouille, and Mr. Perkins in Despicable Me. He planned to be the voice of the K.I.T.T. in Universal's Knight Rider, a sequel to the popular 1980s television series. The production featured a Ford Mustang as K.I.T.T. Since Arnett had a previous long standing relationship with competitor automaker General Motors as the voice for GMC Trucks commercials, GM asked Arnett to pull out of the project. Arnett opted to withdraw from the project and he was replaced by Val Kilmer. Arnett made a commercial cameo for the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
  • 2014
    Age 43
    On April 8, 2014, Arnett filed for divorce, which was finalized on July 29, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, New York magazine named Arnett and then-wife Poehler "New Yorkers of the Year" during its annual New York Magazine Culture Awards. In April 2007, during a panel hosted by The Paley Center for Media, talk show host Conan O'Brien and his writing staff named Will Arnett as one of their three all-time favorite guests, sharing the honor with Norm Macdonald and Harland Williams. Also in April 2007, Entertainment Weekly named Will Arnett a "Future King of Comedy." In May 2007, Best Week Ever ranked Arnett No. 9 on its "Top 15 Sexiest Nerd Boys" poll. In July 2007, Premiere magazine named Arnett one of "The 20 Hottest New Faces in Comedy."
    He co-starred as Vern Fenwick in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its 2016 sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
    More Details Hide Details Arnett starred in the CBS sitcom The Millers, which lasted for two seasons. Arnett also guest starred in the CBS sitcom Mom, with Anna Faris.
  • 2013
    Age 42
    He had been attached to play the lead role of David Miller in the 2013 comedy We're the Millers, but had to pass due to "scheduling reasons"; the part went to Jason Sudeikis.
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  • 2012
    Age 41
    In 2012, Arnett and Poehler announced that they were separating after nine years of marriage.
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    In March 2012, Mansome, Arnett’s first executive-producer credit with Jason Bateman, was announced as a Spotlight selection for the Tribeca Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The documentary, directed by Morgan Spurlock, is a comedic look at male identity as it is defined through men's grooming habits featuring celebrity and expert commentary.
  • 2011
    Age 40
    On March 23, 2011, Arnett appeared in the final episode in The Office season 7.
    More Details Hide Details Arnett co-starred in the NBC television comedy series Up All Night, about a couple who struggle to balance their home lives (especially with their newborn child) and their work ones. He is currently the spokesman of a series of Hulu advertisements and his role in television spots deliberately recalls Devon Banks as a power-hungry manipulator.
    He also starred in Running Wilde which was cancelled in January 2011, due to poor ratings as well as The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret with David Cross.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 39
    In 2010, Arnett and former Arrested Development co-star Jason Bateman created DumbDumb Productions, a production company focusing on digital content.
    More Details Hide Details Their first video was "Prom Date," the first in a series of "Dirty shorts" for Orbit (gum).
    Arnett signed on for one episode, and the episode entitled "The Set Up" aired January 14, 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 38
    On November 17, 2009, it was announced that Arnett would try to win over real-life wife Amy Poehler in a guest spot on Parks and Recreation.
    More Details Hide Details Arnett played Chris, an MRI technologist and possible love interest for Poehler's Leslie Knope. Justin Theroux appeared in the same episode as yet another suitor.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    According to a 2006 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Arnett's two favorite episodes of the show were "Pier Pressure" and "Afternoon Delight".
    More Details Hide Details His exposure on Arrested Development led to a number of larger roles in feature films. Though having worked in drama, his role for Arrested Development is still comedy, and he often portrays smug antagonists. He "never considered himself a comic" and considers himself an "actor first". In 2002, prior to Arrested Development, Arnett guest-starred in The Sopranos and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit In 2006, Arnett starred in his first leading role in Let's Go to Prison, directed by Bob Odenkirk, made on a budget of US$4 million. It earned more than US$4 million at the box office and more than US$13 million in rentals. In Blades of Glory, Arnett and his wife, Amy Poehler played brother/sister ice-skating pair with an incestuous relationship. The film was No. 1 at the U.S. box office during its first two weeks, and grossed approximately US$118 million domestically during its theatrical run. and US$36 million on home video. He guest-starred in King of the Hill and 30 Rock, in which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Arnett also played supporting roles in the films Spring Breakdown, Hot Rod, The Comebacks, and On Broadway, where he once again worked with his close friend and director Dave McLaughlin. In The Brothers Solomon, he again teamed with Odenkirk and starred with Saturday Night Live member, Will Forte.
  • 2003
    Age 32
    Arnett married Amy Poehler on August 29, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Together, they appeared in four episodes of Arrested Development in 2004 and 2005, an episode of Parks and Recreation in 2010, and in films, Blades of Glory, Horton Hears a Who! On Broadway, Spring Breakdown and Monsters vs. Aliens. Arnett and Poehler have two sons: Archibald (born October 25, 2008) and Abel (born August 6, 2010).
    In 2003, Arnett found mainstream success in television when he played George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the Fox comedy series, Arrested Development and in 2006 he was nominated for his first Emmy The show was cancelled after three seasons due to low ratings, despite its critical acclaim and cult following.
    More Details Hide Details He also played Max the Magician in Sesame Street, in a nod to Gob Bluth's penchant for using Europe's "The Final Countdown" during his magic shows.
  • 2002
    Age 31
    In 2002, Arnett was cast in a fourth television pilot which was for the CBS sitcom Still Standing, which was picked up and ran for several seasons, but his character was cut from the series after the pilot.
    More Details Hide Details Arnett became so frustrated, after his fourth failed pilot, that he "swore off pilots" altogether, until his agent persuaded him to audition for the pilot for Arrested Development.
  • 2001
    Age 30
    In 2001, Arnett was cast in the CBS television pilot, Loomis as the slacker brother of a local news reporter (Cheri Oteri), that was not picked up.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 29
    In summer 2000, a friend helped pull Arnett out of his battle with alcoholism, and he began to get his career back on track.
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    Arnett has referred to 2000, the year after that show was cancelled, as "the darkest year of his life" and he admits that he "didn't get a lot of work" and "drank those years away."
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  • 1999
    Age 28
    In 1999, Arnett starred in another pilot for The Mike O'Malley Show on NBC as the protagonist's friend Jimmy.
    More Details Hide Details The show was picked up, but was canceled after only two episodes.
  • 1997
    Age 26
    His father, a graduate of Harvard University and corporate lawyer, served as the president and CEO of Molson Breweries from 1997 to 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Arnett briefly attended Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario, but was asked not to return after a semester for being a troublemaker. The Subway Academy II allowed him to take theatre classes at the Tarragon Theatre. He eventually graduated from Leaside High School and attended Concordia University, Montreal for one semester, but dropped out. As a teenager, he was encouraged by his mother to pursue an acting career. He auditioned for commercials in Toronto and enjoyed acting.
  • 1996
    Age 25
    In February 1996, Arnett made his first television pilot with Kevin Pollak and his wife, Lucy Webb, for CBS, that was not picked up.
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  • 1994
    Age 23
    Arnett married Penelope Ann Miller in 1994 and divorced in 1995.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1990
    Age 19
    In 1990, he moved to New York City to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in plays in New York and his first acting role was in Felicity Huffman's independent film Erie, which was filmed on the Erie Canal.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Born in 1970.
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