Prior to deciding on a career as a performer, he was a mail carrier. He quit because he was “very, very bad at it”.
He also planned to go to law school but when he was asked on his entry form why he wanted to become a lawyer, he was unable to write a response.
He performed with Chicago troupe The Second City in 1991, where Stephen Colbert was his understudy for a time.
That same year he landed his first film role in Curly Sue.
In 1995 he married Nancy Walls, whom he met when she was a student in an improv class he was teaching. They have two children, Elizabeth & John.
In 1996, he was a cast member of the briefly aired The Dana Carvey Show. Along with cast member Colbert, he provided the voice of Gary, half of “The Ambiguously Gay Duo.” The animated short has since moved to SNL.
In 1999 he became a correspondent on The Daily Show and remained a regular on the show until 2004.
Two supporting roles in the films Bruce Almighty and Anchorman: The Legend of Run Burgundy helped get the attention of audiences.
In the spring of 2005, he began playing the lead role of Michael Scott on NBC’s remake of the British sitcom The Office. Although the series premiered to mediocre ratings, NBC renewed it for a second season due to the anticipated success of his upcoming movie The 40-Year Old Virgin.
He was hurled to stardom and has won a Golden Globe, Writers Guild Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and an MTV Movie Award.
His newest movie, Evan Almighty, is set for release on June 22, 2007.
This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ Steve Carrell