Will Ferrell
An American actor, writer, and comedian
Will Ferrell
John William "Will" Ferrell is an American comedian, impressionist, actor, and writer. Ferrell first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and has subsequently starred in the comedy films Old School, Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Stranger than Fiction, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys.
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Watch These Politicians Morph Into Their 'SNL' Characters
Huffington Post - 9 days
These days, it’s not clear if “Saturday Night Live” is art imitating life, or life imitating art. Whatever, one thing’s for sure: The show is getting way too good at political impressions. For proof, watch past and present American politicians as they literally morph into their “SNL” characters in graphics created by CompanyReview.com below. From Tina Fey’s uncanny Sarah Palin, Melissa McCarthy’s spot-on Sean Spicer, and Kate McKinnon as literally anyone, we can understand how international newspapers can confuse real-life politicians with their “SNL” actors. It’s almost like they’re the same people. Below, watch the lines blur between the White House and Studio 8H. Press Secretary Sean Spicer To Melissa McCarthy View post on imgur.com President Donald Trump To Alec Baldwin View post on imgur.com Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway To Kate McKinnon View post on imgur.com Attorney General Jeff Sessions To Kate M ...
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Sorry, Donald, But 'SNL' Is Having Its Biggest Season In Two Decades
Huffington Post - 18 days
In the last four months, President Donald Trump has called NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” “boring,” “unfunny,” “one-sided,” “biased,” “unwatchable,” “terrible,” “the worst of NBC” and “a complete hit job.” Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016 But if ratings are any indication, he’s wrong. In fact, NBC told The Huffington Post that Season 42 of “SNL” is the show’s most-watched season in 22 years. That means “SNL” is doing better right now than it ever did in the Will Ferrell and Tina Fey years, and it hasn’t done so well since Mike Myers was still a part of the cast, during the 1994-1995 season. Overall this season, the show’s total viewership is up 22 percent compared to this time last year and up 19 percent among 18-to-49-year-olds. Last week’s show was actually the second biggest of the week among 18-t ...
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Hot on the Trail of ‘La La Land,’ Here Come More Movie Musicals
NYTimes - about 1 month
When a song-and-dance film earns $132 million this fast, others will follow — with Emma Watson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Josh Gad, for starters.
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Michelle Obama to make final talk show appearance as first lady on ‘The Tonight Show’
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Michelle Obama will appear as a talk show guest for the final time as sitting first lady on Jan. 11, when she appears on The Tonight Show for the third time since first going on the NBC series in February 2014. During that 2014 appearance, Obama starred in the recurring “Ew!” sketch alongside host Jimmy Fallon and fellow guest Will Ferrell. More recently, Obama and Oprah Winfrey teamed up for an hour-long television special titled First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House — An Oprah Winfrey Special, which aired in December on both CBS and Winfrey’s network, OWN. There, Obama discussed the Obama administration’s focus on hope.
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Someone Recut The 'Elf' Trailer As A Thriller, And It’s Terrifying
Huffington Post - 2 months
“Elf” just got evil. The 2003 fantasy/comedy movie takes a very dark turn in this spoof trailer, which recuts it as a thriller. Instead of being a carefree elf searching for his biological father in New York City, Will Ferrell’s lead character Buddy is something altogether more sinister. Mashable’s YouTube channel CineFix posted the hilarious but slightly chilling clip online Saturday. Check out the full “trailer” above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=585e46c4e4b0d9a5945876f3,585e2a9be4b0de3a08f5734f,585e341ae4b0d9a594587557,585e525be4b0de3a08f57961 -- 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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This 'Nasty' T-Shirt Has Raised Over $100,000 For Planned Parenthood
Huffington Post - 2 months
: @itsraissaferrari A photo posted by Google Ghost (@googleghostpress) on Nov 17, 2016 at 8:23am PST Nasty women look damn good when we start the revolution.  After Donald Trump muttered “nasty woman” at Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate, the phrase quickly became a rallying cry for feminists and Clinton supporters across the country. A website titled nastywomengetshitdone.com was created that redirected to Hillary Clinton’s official website; Etsy stores created “nasty woman” merchandise; people proudly tweeted why they, too, are nasty women.  Within hours of that final debate, clothing store Google Ghost created a simple white t-shirt emblazoned with the words “NASTY WOMAN” in a pink heart, with 50 percent of the profits going directly to Planned Parenthood.  Two months later, Google Ghost has raised over $100,000 for Planned Parenthood. “I didn’t think I’d sell very many, maybe four or five,” Amanda, the shirt’s creator, tol ...
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'Elf' gets a musical makeover and a visit to Costa Mesa
LATimes - 2 months
The 2003 movie “Elf” starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, the North Pole helper who learns he’s human and heads off for New York City to find his biological father while spreading the joy of Christmas along the way, won over critics and made more than $220 million worldwide.  It wasn’t too long before...
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Johnny Depp And Will Smith Are Officially Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Will Ferrell set to lampoon the video game world in upcoming esports film
Yahoo News - 3 months
Pro gaming is a young man's game but not for Will Ferrell, it seems. In one of his upcoming roles, the perennial silly sportsman will be an old but still-with-it pro gamer competing with the teenage up-and-comers of the world.
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Name A Trump Christmas Movie
Huffington Post - 3 months
Greg Schwem invites Twitter users to submit their own PEOTUS holiday movie ideas with the hashtag #NameaTrumpXmasMovie. Follow Greg @Greg Schwem Say what you want about Twitter; no social media platform encourages the world's creativity and comedic tendencies quite like a clever hashtag and 140 characters. See last weekend's kerfuffle following the Hamilton curtain call, when a cast member from the Broadway smash musical delivered a prepared message to performance patron and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on immigration and diversity. Pence, critics argue, is a fierce opponent of both, judging from an assortment of his policies while governing Indiana. Within hours, the hashtag #NameaPenceMusical was trending and the social media world piled on, with suggestions ranging from the hilarious ("The Book of More White Men") to the angry and pointed ("Rent ... But Only to Straight People"). Thoroughly entertained by such variety, I spent the weekend refreshing my Twitter feed ...
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Will Ferrell Wants Floridians To Vote Real Bad
Huffington Post - 5 months
Hey Florida, Let's Vote! with Will Ferrell from Will Ferrell Will Ferrell knows Floridians are busy. “We’ve got gators to wrestle and neon to wear and beaches to hit,” he says in a new Funny or Die PSA. But he reminds the state’s citizens that they should find time to vote in this “s**t storm” of an election that “just might determine the fate of the entire planet.” “We’re like a national joke until we control the election,” he said. Hear that, Sunshine State? -- 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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See What Your Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Stars Looked Like Before They Were Famous
Huffington Post - 5 months
To commemorate the upcoming Season 42 premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” we’re taking a trip down memory lane.  Thanks to the folks at Classmates, we’re bringing you back to the days when your favorite stars from the sketch comedy series were just high school kids. Because even celebrities like Will Ferrell, David Spade and Gilda Radner had to sit through Picture Day just like the rest of us.  -- 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 Ferrell: I could play fat Jamie Vardy
CNN - 7 months
Comedian Will Ferrell has never been one to shy away from a physically challenging -- or hilarious -- movie role.
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Will Ferrell and David Letterman head to WH Nordic state dinner
Fox News - 10 months
Famous people and people just famous-for-Washington scored coveted invitations to Friday night's White House state dinner honoring the leaders of Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Norway.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Will Ferrell
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 48
    On January 7, 2016, it was announced that Ferrell would become a part-owner of Los Angeles FC, a Major League Soccer team set to begin playing in 2018, one of several celebrity owners of the team alongside Mia Hamm and Magic Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details Emmy Awards Nominated: ESPY Awards Won: Golden Globe Awards Nominated: James Joyce Award Kids Choice Awards MTV Movie Awards Won: Nominated: Razzie Awards Won: Nominated: Satellite Awards Nominated: Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards Won: Teen Choice Awards Won: Nominated: Tony Awards Nominated: Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
  • 2015
    Age 47
    Ferrell played in 5 games of Major League Baseball spring training on March 12, 2015 for 10 Cactus League teams as part of promoting a Funny or Die comedy/charity special.
    More Details Hide Details He played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and the San Francisco Giants, playing all 10 positions, including designated hitter. According to Baseball Reference, Ferrell faced and retired one batter – pitching on behalf of the Dodgers. The memorabilia from his one-day professional baseball career was sold and was auctioned and the proceeds was being sent to two cancer charities. Ferrell went 0–2 with two strikeouts over the day, but managed to foul off a 92 mph fastball from the Giants' Jean Machi. In April 2007, Ferrell and Adam McKay launched "Funny or Die", a streaming video website where short comedy films are uploaded and voted on by users. One of the featured shorts, The Landlord, stars Ferrell as a man harassed for the rent by his landlady, a swearing, beer-loving, two-year-old girl, played by McKay's own daughter, Pearl. Child psychologists have criticized Ferrell and the McKay family for child exploitation, to which McKay responded:
    In 2015, he starred in the buddy comedy Get Hard and the comedy Daddy's Home, with the latter reuniting him The Other Guys co-star Mark Walhberg.
    More Details Hide Details He reprised his role, Jacobim Mugatu, in the Zoolander sequel, Zoolander 2 (2016).
  • 2014
    Age 46
    On June 10, 2014, Ferrell and Smith challenged Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich to a drum-off with Ferrell saying Ulrich looks "eerily similar" to the two of them.
    More Details Hide Details Ulrich accepted the challenge two days later.
    Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who have had a long running joke feud over how both look like each other, appeared on the May 22, 2014 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a charity drum-off battle.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Smith clearly giving the better performance, Ferrell was named the winner and awarded a giant gold cowbell. Both were joined by Smith's Chili Peppers bandmates for a performance of "Don't Fear the Reaper" with Ferrell playing cowbell.
  • 2013
    Age 45
    In February 2013, Ferrell endorsed Eric Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    Ferrell supported Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.
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    Also in 2012, he appeared in the comedy Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie and starred as Armando Álvarez in the Spanish-language comedy Casa de Mi Padre, which was directed by frequent collaborator Matt Piedmont.
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    He starred alongside Zach Galifianakis in the 2012 political comedy The Campaign, which garnered mediocre reviews and grossed $104 million against a budget of $95 million.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    Ferrell was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
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    Ferrell appeared in the 2011 video for "Make Some Noise" by the Beastie Boys, in the front of a limo, playing a cowbell.
    More Details Hide Details He stars in Casa de Mi Padre, a telenovela spoof comedy set in a ranch with Mexican stars Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal. The movie is told in melodramatic telenovela form and features English-language subtitles.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    Ferrell made a comical debut as a relief pitcher for the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, on, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was introduced as Billy Ray "Rojo" Johnson, and was brought in to relief pitch for the sixth inning. He then entertained the fans by bringing a sack of beer cans to the mound, as well as being ejected and getting chased by the opposing batter. He revealed himself to the fans when his moustache fell off during the chase. The appearance was cooked up by Ferrell and the Express, who sent out a press release announcing Johnson's "signing" to promote The Will Powered Golf Classic the following day at the nearby Cimarron Hills Country Club, which benefits Cancer for College, an organization that provides scholarships to cancer survivors. In August 2012, whilst in Australia promoting The Campaign, Ferrell made a guest appearance on the Ch-10 live-panel news/comedy show The Project. He found himself speaking via video link to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, during which they had a humorous conversation about hairdressing.
    He voiced the title character in the 2010 DreamWorks Animation film Megamind as well as President Business in The Lego Movie, released in 2014. Ferrell made his Broadway debut taking on departing U.S. President George W. Bush in a one-man show called You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush. The show started performances on, 2009, in previews—Bush's final day in office—at the Cort Theatre and opened officially on. The limited engagement played through, 2009.
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    In 2010, he was the executive producer and star of The Other Guys, a buddy cop film, which also has an ensemble cast which consists of Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike Land of the Lost, the film was a commercial success, earning over $140 million, and was positively reviewed by critics.
  • 2009
    Age 41
    In August 2009, Ferrell decided not to do the film.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2009, Land of the Lost was released. It was a commercial and critical flop after earning on opening weekend, about two-thirds of what the studio expected.
    In May 2009, it was announced that Ferrell was in talks to star in Neighborhood Watch (later The Watch), a comedy about an urbanite who moves to the suburbs and uncovers a conspiracy.
    More Details Hide Details In negotiations to direct was David Dobkin, who gave Ferrell a cameo in Wedding Crashers.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    He and John C. Reilly also did a spot during the 2008 ESPY Awards where they made demands in order for them to appear at the ESPYs like asking Portland Trail Blazers' center Greg Oden to tuck them in at night and tell them stories of the old times or to bring back the Cold War so the Olympics can be interesting again.
    More Details Hide Details Ferrell participated in a 79th Academy Awards musical-comedy performance with John C. Reilly and Jack Black, wherein they sang a song about comedies being snubbed by the voters in favor of dramas.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 38
    Ferrell appeared as part of a pre-game video package for the Rose Bowl along with Texas alum Matthew McConaughey. Ferrell also sang a song at the ESPY Awards in 2006 about Lance Armstrong and Neil Armstrong.
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    On, 2006, 'The Magazine' named Ferrell as one of its three actors of the year in their 2006 year in review issue.
    More Details Hide Details The films Anchorman and Talladega Nights were the first two installments in the Mediocre American Man Trilogy. The third film in the trilogy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, was released in 2013. In 2008, Ferrell starred in the movie Step Brothers with John C. Reilly. It was directed by frequent Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay, who was also a co-writer of the movie. The movie earned $1.28 million worldwide,
    In 2006, Ferrell starred in Stranger Than Fiction and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
    More Details Hide Details Both received critical and box office success. Ferrell's performance in Stranger Than Fiction introduced audiences to the dramatic potential of Ferrell's acting talents, while Talladega Nights was his highest grossing live-action opening as of 2010 at $47 million.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    In 2005, Ferrell earned.
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  • 2004
    Age 36
    Ferrell continued to land comedy roles in 2004 and 2005 in films such as Melinda and Melinda, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Starsky & Hutch earning himself a place among Hollywood's Frat Pack.
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  • 2001
    Age 33
    Ferrell became the highest paid cast member of Saturday Night Live in 2001 with a season salary of $350,000.
    More Details Hide Details Ferrell returned to Saturday Night Live as a guest host on May 14, 2005, and May 16, 2009. Both times, he reprised his role as Alex Trebek in the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketches. On the May 14 appearance, Ferrell reprised his role as Robert Goulet in a fake commercial advertising a series of ringtones and, during the performance of the song "Little Sister" by musical guests Queens of the Stone Age, Ferrell came on stage playing the cowbell. In a 2014 poll taken as part of a commemorative SNL feature on Grantland, Ferrell was voted the best Saturday Night Live cast member of all time. On December 12, 2015, Ferrell appeared in the cold open of the show in character as George W. Bush. During his time on Saturday Night Live, Ferrell appeared in several movies: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, A Night at the Roxbury, Superstar, The Ladies Man, Dick, Drowning Mona, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Zoolander.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    In August 2000, Ferrell married Swedish actress Viveca Paulin, whom he met in 1995 at an acting class.
    More Details Hide Details They live in New York City and Orange County and have three sons, Magnus Paulin Ferrell (born March 7, 2004), Mattias Paulin Ferrell (born December 30, 2006), and Axel Paulin Ferrell (born January 23, 2010). At USC, Ferrell was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and is now an active alumnus. Ferrell has worked with former head coach Pete Carroll to do motivational stunts for the players during the season. Ferrell has participated in marathons including the Boston, New York, and Stockholm Marathons. He also raises money for charity, including his Scholarships for Cancer Survivors campaign through Crowdrise, a social networking community for volunteers and a micro-donations fundraising platform. In 2007, Autograph magazine named Ferrell the worst celebrity autographer. Its editor stated: "What's so frustrating about Will Ferrell being the worst autograph signer this past year is that he used to be so nice to fans and collectors and a great signer. What makes him so bad is that he'll taunt people asking for his autograph." In response, Ferrell stated: "I don't know how I got on the list. I sign a lot of autographs." He has, however, admitted to taunting autograph-seekers: "I do. I really do. I'm like, 'How badly do you want this autograph?' 'Are you sure?' 'You say you're my biggest fan, really, prove it.' I'll do things like that.
  • 1998
    Age 30
    His original characters included Morning Latte co-host Tom Wilkins, Ed the Horse's twin brother Ned, fictional Blue Öyster Cult member Gene Frenkle (physically modeled after the band's vocalist Eric Bloom), music teacher Marty Culp, Spartan cheerleader Craig Buchanan, Dale Sturtevant from Dissing Your Dog, Hank of the Bill Brasky Buddies, David Leary from Dog Show, and night clubber Steve Butabi in a sketch that was turned into a feature film in 1998's A Night at the Roxbury.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 27
    Ferrell joined Saturday Night Live in 1995 and left in 2002 after a successful seven-year tenure.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to host twice (both in season finales), and once in the cold open of the final episode of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday. During his time on SNL, Ferrell made a name for himself with his impersonations, which included US President George W. Bush, Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray, singer Robert Goulet (crooning a cappella pieces of music by Sisqó, Baha Men, and Notorious B.I.G.), singer Neil Diamond, Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton (who favored Ferrell's impersonation), Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, United States Attorney General Janet Reno, convicted unabomber Ted Kaczynski, game show host Alex Trebek, fictitious black private detective Shaft, professional wrestler Jesse Ventura, U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and Cuban President Fidel Castro.
  • 1994
    Age 26
    After SNL's decline in popularity in 1994–1995 and in need of new cast members for the next season, a producer saw The Groundlings and asked Ferrell, Kattan, and Cheri Oteri to audition for SNL's main producer, Lorne Michaels.
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    Then, in 1994, he won a spot with the top professional group of The Groundlings.
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  • 1991
    Age 23
    In 1991, encouraged by his mother to pursue something he liked, Ferrell moved to Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details He successfully auditioned for the comedy group The Groundlings, where he spent time developing his improvisation skills. Before joining The Groundlings, Ferrell's attempts at standup comedy had little success. He started in the advanced classes and grew to love improvisation. He realized he also liked to impersonate people, and one of his favorites was Harry Caray, the Hall of Fame baseball announcer. Soon he began to create original characters. With fellow Groundlings member Chris Kattan, they created the Butabi Brothers, who go out to dance clubs to try to pick up women but are constantly rejected. While taking classes, Ferrell got a job at an auction house via his friend Viveca Paulin. The job was ideal as it was flexible enough for him to audition and go to rehearsals while also being employed. He received small roles, including TV series Grace Under Fire and Living Single, low-budget films such as A Bucket of Blood, as well as commercials. One winter, he even served as a mall Santa Claus.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Sports Information in 1990, he knew he did not want to do broadcasting.
    More Details Hide Details He took up a job as a hotel valet where, on his second day, he tore a baggage rack off the top of a van by trying to drive it under a low-lying beam. He also worked as a teller at Wells Fargo, but came up short $300 the first day and $280 the second; he was not stealing the money, but was just careless and error-prone.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on July 16, 1967.
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