Actor, writer and comedian Will Forte was born in Alameda County in California on June 17, 1970 as Orville Willis Forte IV. He was raised in Lafayette and graduated from Acalanes High School, before obtaining his history degree from UCLA. He is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, which he joined in 2002. Despite his popularity on the sketch-comedy show, he has worked on other projects as well.
Getting his start in the entertainment industry, Will Forte became a member of The Groundlings. Soon, he found himself writing and producing several television series, including Late Show with David Letterman, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Action and That ‘70s Show. He has also voiced a character in the short-lived but acclaimed series Clone High, in addition to work on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Drawn Together and American Dad! He even played a radio host in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.
On Saturday Night Live, Forte rose to fame for his impressions of George W. Bush, Macaulay Culkin, Drake Bell, Bruce Jenner, Nick Lachey, Bruce Springsteen, Chad Michael Murray and even Kermit the Frog. Some of the characters he has portrayed are receptionist Andy and the fictional political candidate Tim Calhoun.
Forte has also been known for writing and starring in the film The Brothers Solomon. Other appearances of his include those in HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Forte has a recurring guest role in the Adult Swim comedy Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as well. He has also been slated to work with John Krasinski for Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and with Saturday Night Live cast-mate Andy Samberg for Parental Guidance Suggested. In 2009, he became a regular voice character on the series Sit Down, Shut Up as Vice Principal Stuart Proszakian.
- In 1988, he graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California.
- He lists Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Strokes as his favorite bands.
- One of his hobbies is collecting life preservers and construction helmets.
- He is a member of Los Angeles' Groundlings comedy troupe.
2010-2011: Conan (TV series) - Ted Turner
2011: Parks and Recreation (TV series) - Kelly Larson
2009-2011: The Cleveland Show (TV series) - Principal Wally Farquhare/Oliver Wilkerson/Wally Farquhare
2011: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
2007-2010: 30 Rock (TV series) - Paul/Tomas
2008-2010: How I Met Your Mother (TV series) - Randy/Randy Wharmpess
2002-2010: Saturday Night Live (TV series) - Various/MacGruber/Contestant/…
2010: Funny or Die Presents... (TV series) - Cast (Scott & Behr)/Sleeping Celebrity
2010: WWF Raw Is War (TV series) - MacGruber
2010: MacGruber - MacGruber
2007-2010: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (TV series) - Pall Willeaux/Will Grello/Dr. Reid Tamaranda/…
2010: The Life & Times of Tim (TV series) - Chipper
2009: American Dad! (TV series) - Jesus Christ/Mayor Woodside/Security Guard
2009: Sit Down Shut Up (TV series) - Stuart Proszakian
2008-2009: Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (TV series) - Daryl Hall/Hall/Jeff the Aide/…
2009: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Joe Towne (voice)
2009: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (Video Game) - Martin Serious (voice)
2009: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - Subject #72
2009: The Slammin' Salmon - Horace the Lone Diner
2008: Young Person's Guide to History (TV series) - The Frenchmen
2008: Fanboys - THX Security Guard #4
2008: Baby Mama - Scott
2007: Tim and Eric Nite Live (TV series) - Emanuel Melly
2007: The Brothers Solomon - Dean Solomon
2007: The Flight of the Conchords (TV series) - Ben
2006: Aqua Teen Hunger Force (TV series) - Alien
2006: Drawn Together (TV series) - Kirk Cameron
2006: Beerfest - Otto
2006: Campus Ladies (TV series) - Stuart
2006: Channel 101 (TV movie) - Father of Samson
2004: Around the World in 80 Days - Young Bobby
2002-2003: Clone High (TV series) - Abe Lincoln
2003: Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special (TV movie) - Referee
1997: Late Show with David Letterman (TV series) - Snow Shovel Murder Victim