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Will Ferrell is one of the most legendary comedy actors of all time. He got his start on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in the mid-1990s, then went on to star in a number of blockbuster comedy films. Many of Ferrell's most popular films were directed by his creative partner, Adam McKay. The duo also founded Funny or Die together in 2007.

Over the course of his three decades in Hollywood, Ferrell has played many iconic roles—from a fashion villain to a Christmas elf to a news anchor to a NASCAR driver. Take a look at some of his most impressive and impressionable roles through ink in the gallery below, then let us know your favorite Ferrell film in the comments section on social media.


In 2001's "Zoolander," Ferrell portrays fashion mogul Jacobim Mugatu, who seeks a model that he can brainwash into assassinating the President of Malaysia. Ferrell reprises his role in 2016's "Zoolander 2," and seeks revenge on Zoolander after being bested in the first film.

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After playing a villain, Ferrell went on to play the beloved Buddy the Elf in 2003's Christmas classic "Elf." In the film, he's a human who's adopted by elves at the North Pole that ventures to New York City to reconnect with his estranged father.

Tattoo by Kyle Cotterman

Tattoo by Kyle Cotterman

Tattoo by Tony Skleptic

Tattoo by Tony Skleptic

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Inspired by news shows of the 1970s, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" had Ferrell playing an eccentric news anchor for San Diego's KVWN channel 4. He reprized his role in the film's sequel, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," in 2013.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

In 2006, Ferrell went on to play Ricky Bobby, a winning obsessed NASCAR driver whose life in turned upside down when the league introduces a French Formula One driver to the mix.

Tattoo by Cecil Porter

Tattoo by Cecil Porter


In this film, Ferrell plays one hit wonder Jackie Moon, who uses his music money to buy a basketball team in the American Basketball Association—which is ultimately bought by the NBA, forcing Moon to get his act together and create a winning team.

Tattoo by Sake Tattoo

Tattoo by Sake Tattoo

Step Brothers

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly appear in this film as immature adults who still live with their parents but end up together under the same roof after becoming step brothers.

The Other Guys

In 2010, Ferrell starred in buddy cop comedy "The Other Guys" alongside Mark Wahlberg, who'd later reunite for "Daddy's Home" and "Daddy's Home 2."

Get Hard

In "Get Hard," Ferrell plays a wealthy hedge fund manager who's busted for fraud and sentenced to 10 years in state prison. He teams up with car washer owner Darnell (played by Kevin Hart) who teaches him the ins and outs of prison life.