Will Ferrell was 36 years old when he made the iconic Christmas movie, Elf. Released in 2003, Elf quickly became a beloved holiday classic, charming audiences with its heartwarming story and Ferrell’s comedic brilliance. Born on July 16, 1967, in Irvine, California, Ferrell had already made a name for himself as a talented actor and comedian before taking on the role of Buddy the Elf.
Prior to Elf, Ferrell gained fame as a cast member on the popular sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live (SNL). He joined SNL in 1995 and became widely recognized for his memorable characters and spot-on impressions. Ferrell’s time on SNL allowed him to showcase his comedic abilities, ultimately paving the way for his successful transition into film.
Elf tells the story of Buddy, a human raised as one of Santa’s elves in the North Pole. After discovering that he is not actually an elf, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his real father. In the film, Ferrell’s childlike innocence and boundless energy bring the character of Buddy to life, ensuring his place in the hearts of viewers of all ages.