Will Forte
American actor, comedian, writer
Will Forte
Orville Willis Forte IV, better known as Will Forte, is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and writer best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002–2010 and for starring in the SNL spin-off film MacGruber, as well as for the role of Paul L'Astnamé, Jenna Maroney's cross-dressing boyfriend on NBC's 30 Rock.
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Kristen Wiig Sings A Very Questionable History Of Thanksgiving On 'SNL'
Huffington Post - 3 months
Kristen Wiig joined “Saturday Night Live” cast members in singing the history of Thanksgiving. But some of her claims — like Christopher Columbus sailing to the Americas from South Korea — were, let’s just say, somewhat dubious. It was enough to prompt special guests Steve Martin and Will Forte to drop in and call out Wiig on her inaccuracy. “Guys, I know I adjusted some of the facts so they would rhyme, like any true historian,” Wiig said in her defense, before her guests also got swept up in the holiday spirit. After all, who needs real facts in this post-truth world? Check it out in the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58314853e4b030997bbfdc1b,57879a3be4b08608d3331c93,57dae016e4b08cb140944d1d -- 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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Mary Steenburgen On Queer Equality And Her Friendship With Hillary Clinton
Huffington Post - 4 months
Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, who stars in Will Forte’s hit post-apocalyptic comedy series “The Last Man on Earth” on Fox, sounded off on her commitment to LGBTQ rights and her decades-long friendship with Hillary Clinton in a recent interview with me on SiriusXM Progress. Steenburgen, who was born and raised in Arkansas, and her husband, actor Ted Danson, have been long-time supporters of marriage equality. And she spoke out in 2015 when Arkansas passed an anti-LGBTQ “religious liberty” bill which legislators were forced to soften after national outrage. “It was shocking that it had to be spoken of, that in this time it still came up,” she said. “But it’s fear ― people are afraid of what they don’t know. It was just something that felt like an egregious abuse of civil rights. I felt like I couldn’t be silent about it. I love my state. I love the people of my state. My state has always had its battles for civil rights...Growing up someplace like that, you eith ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Clinton Unveils 'Hill Force One,' Allows Press on Board
ABC News - 6 months
Clinton has not been traveling with the press on her flights until now.
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Facebook Will Force Advertising on Ad-Blocking Users
Wall Street Journal - 7 months
Facebook is going to start using technology to disguise ads on its desktop website to make them considerably more difficult for ad-blocking software to detect.
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Facebook Will Force Ads, Despite Ad-Blockers
Wall Street Journal - 7 months
Facebook will use technology to circumvent ad-blocking software and force advertising to appear to users of its desktop website. Photo: Zuma Press
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Emmy nominee Will Forte talks about the F-word - only it's not the one you think it is
LATimes - 7 months
Will Forte’s total commitment to his post-apocalyptic comedy “The Last Man on Earth” can be easily charted just by looking at his face. For much of the show’s first season, Forte sported a shaggy beard that would put a song in Walt Whitman’s heart. This season, for a running joke on the show, he...
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Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis Duet on ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
The 'Last Man on Earth' co-stars did their best REO Speedwagon on Thursday's 'Tonight Show.'
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Here's why Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis sound so good dueting
LATimes - 9 months
Throughout the past season of “The Last Man on Earth,” you saw Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis duet … and duet ... and duet on “Falling Slowly,” the deeply emotional, Oscar-winning ballad from the 2007 film “Once.” It was their slow jam, about the only thing their characters – brothers with a serious...
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Encounters: A Karaoke Night With Will Forte, Star of ‘Last Man on Earth’
NYTimes - 12 months
In a private room in Los Angeles, the star and co-creator of “The Last Man on Earth” belts his way through “Mama Tried,” “Help Me” and “Superstar.”
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Will Forte’s funny urinal encounter with Bill Clinton
Houston Chronicle - 12 months
“What You Missed”: Will Forte shared a story with Jimmy Kimmel about the time he shared a urinal with President Bill Clinton. After meeting at a U2 concert, Will Forte was invited back to President Clinton’s after-party, where the former “SNL” star had a funny encounter with the former POTUS. You can tweet our host
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Will Forte
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 44
    In a feature on him and his new Fox series in February 2015, the writer of the article said that Forte mentioned OCD often but it was not clear if he had ever been formally diagnosed, though Forte related how he and a former girlfriend had gone through an OCD questionnaire and it concluded that Forte "should immediately talk to someone about this".
    More Details Hide Details Forte currently resides in Santa Monica, California. He purchased his home just two weeks before joining SNL and being forced to move to New York City; "It was not the greatest timing," he later said. Bibliography
    Forte created, writes and stars in his own television sitcom, The Last Man on Earth, which premiered on Fox in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, for acting and writing for the series. Orville Willis Forte IV was born in Alameda County, California. His father, Orville Willis Forte III, is a financial broker, and his mother, Patricia C. (née Stivers), is an artist and former schoolteacher. He was raised in Moraga, before moving to Lafayette. He went by Billy in his early years until he was teased at school for it also being a girl's name, at which point he decided he would from there on be known as Will. Forte describes himself as a "really happy kid," whose parents were "wonderful" and created a "very loving environment." He was interested in comedy from a young age, growing up idolizing comedians, Peter Sellers, David Letterman, Steve Martin and the sketch-comedy television series Saturday Night Live. He often pranked his parents, and would record himself performing imaginary radio shows. He did not aim to be a comedian, however, and he initially wanted to become a football player.
  • 2013
    Age 42
    Forte began work on The Last Man on Earth, a sitcom, with longtime collaborators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Though it was the duo's idea, Forte attached himself to the concept, crafting a treatment over a weekend. The series was pitched around Hollywood to positive responses, and was picked up in 2014 by Fox. Forte serves as the series' creator, a writer, the lead role, and showrunner for its first season. He felt odd being in charge of its writing team (composed of longtime friends), and awkward at delegating tasks, so much so that he would end up doing the work himself. Being a showrunner "truly was an amount of work I never knew existed," he said, which involved him working a "minimum of 12 hours" daily. The series premiered in 2015 to positive responses, and was renewed for a second season. Forte is a supporter of the camp Wampler's Kids and recorded a promotional piece at SNL with Will Ferrell. Forte was a childhood friend of founder Steven Wampler and previously the national spokesman for SciEyes, a non-profit organization created to support research, training and public education in stem cell biology and to further the field by recognizing and supporting its potential for creating new therapies for the treatment of blinding and debilitating eye diseases. He was a primary donor towards the establishment of a research fellowship for third-year medical students at Duke Medical Center. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness.
    Forte took his first dramatic role for the 2013 film Run & Jump.
    More Details Hide Details Director Steph Green offered him the part, and Forte imagined it a "fun thing to try," though he noted that she had more confidence in him than he had himself. Later, he sent an audition tape to director Alexander Payne for a role in his next film, Nebraska. He equated his casting in the film to his fear of joining SNL a decade prior, noting that he was "terrified" to begin working on it. He felt hard initially, but followed co-star Bruce Dern's acting advice to "look for the truth" in each scene—in other words, "In every scene, you're just trying to play it as honestly and as real as you can."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 39
    Forte left Saturday Night Live, shortly before the beginning of the show's thirty-sixth season in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He felt it the "right time to go," considering his eight-year tenure there, his expansion into film with MacGruber, and his age. In addition, his sister had just had kids and he wanted to move to the West Coast to be closer to them. He soon regretted the decision, calling the following year an "emotionally trying period," as he felt "devastated" that he would no longer be on the program. He assumed his shot at a film career was ruined, and he imagined that if acting did not work out, he would return to writing primarily. Following this, he entered what he has called a "lost period" and had small supporting roles, such as Rock of Ages, That's My Boy and The Watch, all of which were not successful. The only commercial successful film he worked on was Grown Ups 2, where he made a cameo as a male cheerleader. He also took a role as Paul L'Astname, the cross-dressing boyfriend of Jenna Maroney on the critically acclaimed sitcom 30 Rock.
  • 2007
    Age 36
    During his time at the show, he costarred in and wrote the 2007 film The Brothers Solomon.
    More Details Hide Details The film was originally a pilot for Carsey-Werner, and its creation was an extension of his agreement to terminate his contract to appear on SNL. Forte's best-known character on SNL was MacGruber, a special operations agent who is tasked in each episode with deactivating a ticking bomb but becomes distracted by personal issues. The sketches were based on the television series MacGyver. It was created by writer Jorma Taccone, who pitched the idea relentlessly to Forte. He was initially reluctant to commit to the sketch, deeming it too dumb, but accepted after persuasion from Taccone. The first sketch aired in January 2007, and led to multiple more segments in the following years. In 2009, the sketches were spun off into a series of commercials sponsored by Pepsi premiering during Super Bowl XLIII that featured the actor behind MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson, as MacGruber's father. The advertisements led the character and sketches to receive a wider level of popularity. Following the success of the advertisements, creator Lorne Michaels approached Forte, Taccone, and writer John Solomon with the idea to produce a MacGruber film.
  • 2001
    Age 30
    While performing with the troupe in 2001, he was spotted by Lorne Michaels, the creator of Saturday Night Live (SNL).
    More Details Hide Details Forte felt his confidence was higher than usual, as That '70s Show had been picked up for two more years. He was invited to audition for SNL, which he regarded as unexpected. At his audition for SNL, he performed multiple original characters, including Tim Calhoun, a speed reader, a prison guard, in addition to impressions of singer Michael McDonald and actor Martin Sheen. His final character was an older piece from his days with the Groundlings, in which he portrays a gold-painted street performer who performs fellatio to pay for his face paint, which devolves into a song needlessly uttering the words "cock" and "face paint" dozens of times. He felt his time to shine as a performer was already over, as he was in his thirties when he auditioned. To his surprise, he was offered a chance to be on the show, but declined, opting instead for the financial stability of his work at That '70s Show. He felt working for SNL could not live up to the idealized version he had dreamed of, but he later realized he would be making a mistake.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 17
    Forte was a "a laid-back teen with a lot of friends," and a member of the varsity football and swim teams at Acalanes High School, from which he graduated in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details He was voted "Best Personality" by his graduating class, and served as class president. He had no ambitions for a television or film career, though his mother noticed a "creative streak" in him. Following high school, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and completed a degree in history. Planning to follow his father, he became a financial broker at Smith Barney Shearson in Beverly Hills, but felt "miserable" during his time there. He started writing while he was at Shearson, and he co-wrote a feature-length script. On the subject of writing, Forte remarked, "I discovered that I loved it more than anything I had ever done in my life." He had been encouraged to attempt comedy during his years at university, and he decided to change his career to become a writer-performer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Born on June 17, 1970.
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