Will Arnett

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William Emerson Arnett was born on May 4, 1970 in Toronto, Canada to Emerson James Arnett, a corporate lawyer and Edith Alexandria. Will Arnett attended Lakefield College School but after being asked to leave on the accord of being a troublemaker, he switched over to Subway Academy II where he took up acting classes. After graduating from Leaside High School, he went on to enroll at Concordia University, Montreal but soon found out that college was not his destiny. He dropped out after the semester and it was his mother who encouraged him to try his luck in showbiz. It was in 1990 that he moved to New York and started studying acting at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. It was during this time that he started appearing in plays and subsequently got his first acting job in the movie, “Erie”.

It was finally in 1996 that his career as an actor officially started when he was signed for two movies; “Close up” and “Ed’s Next Move”. Following this, he co-starred in three more movies, “The Broken Giant”, “Southie” and “The Waiting Game”. He also guest starred in an episode of “Sex and the City”. In 1999, he started acting in the TV series; “The Mike O’Malley Show” as ‘Jimmy’ but the show was taken off air after only two episodes. This was a serious setback for Arnett who went into depression and started drinking heavily. However, with the help and support of his friend, he finally got back on his feet and got ready to work again. Following this, Arnett was signed on a couple of more TV shows like, “Loomis” (2001) and “Still Standing” (2002) but none of them worked out for him. Ironically, in both the shows he was playing the role of a pilot and after the cancellation of both, he decided never to take on any such role again.

After being persuaded by his agent to audition for the show, “Arrested Development” (2003) Will Arnett finally found himself back on the road to success. The show earned him a nomination for the Emmy Award in 2006. “Arrested Development” was a major stepping stone in his film career as he was signed for movies like, “Let’s go to Prison” and “Blades of Glory” (2007), the latter which stayed No. 1 at the box office for two weeks. He also guest starred in several other TV series and was nominated for Best Guest Star at the Emmys for “30 Rock”. In 2009, he was once more signed up for a role in the TV series, “Sit Down, Shut up” and in 2011, he also played the role of Steve Wilde, a spoiled wealthy man, in “Running Wilde”.

Along with acting, he is also famous for voice-overs in both commercials and movies.  Some examples of his voice-overs include that of ‘Horst’ in “Ratatouille” (2007), ‘Lone Gunslinger’ in “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006) and Batman in “The Lego Movie” (2014). Will Arnett is the first Canadian to play the voice of Batman in any movie. He is also the winner of ‘Future Classic Award’ which he won in 2004. In his personal life, he is an avid sports fan and has two children with the actress Amy Poehler. The couple however got separated in 2012.


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