Born in Concord the youngest of four brothers and raised in Acton, Steven John “Steve” Carell — an actor, comedian, director, producer, writer, and voice artist — created the role of Michael Scott in the American version of “The Office,” which attained icon status during its eight-year run (2005-13).
Carell left after the 2010-11 season to pursue a full-time career in movies, usually as a slightly off-kilter Everyman sort. Six times he was nominated for an Emmy for “The Office,” but had to be satisfied with a Golden Globe and awards from the Writers Guild of America for episodes he wrote.
The son of Edwin Carell, a former electrical engineer, and Harriet Carell, a former psychiatric nurse, he went to the Nashoba Brooks School, the Fenn School, and the Middlesex School, where he played hockey, before graduating from Denison College in Ohio with a history degree. He briefly worked as a mail carrier in Littleton, and gained a foothold performing with Second City in Chicago in 1991, which led to a number of minor film roles as well as regular TV appearances.
He was a correspondent for “The Daily Show” from 1999 until 2005, when his breakthrough film role came as the shy Andy Stitzer in “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” which Carell helped write and grossed $177 million worldwide. Carell is married to Nancy Walls Carell and they have two children.