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Quotable Quote: "They're the same face! Doesn't anybody notice this? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! I invented the piano key necktie. I invented it!"
Time for high fashion! In this 2001 Ben Stiller comedy, Ferrell plays Mugatu, an evil fashion designer who attempts to brainwash male model Derek Zoolander to kill the Malaysian prime minister.
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TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY
Quotable Quote: "Well let me just quote the late-great Colonel Sanders, who said ... 'I'm too drunk to taste this chicken.'"
In the 2006 comedy, Ferrell had the need for speed as Ricky Bobby, a reckless race car driver who abuses his best friend (John
C. Reilly), fights with a French rival (Sacha Baron Cohen) and is about as intelligent as the rubber he burns on the track. Case in
point: He prefers to pray to "Christmas Jesus."
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Quotable Quote: "Do you wanna go do karate in the garage?"
Shake amp Bake returns! Ferrell and John C. Reilly teamed up again to play 40-something perpetual teenagers who still live at home – and are forced to get along when their parents get married.
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Quotable Quote: "What is she doing? I never know what she's doing back there. Ma! The meatloaf!"
In an uncredited cameo in 2005's Wedding Crashers, Ferrell plays Chazz, a womanizer who trolls funerals, instead of weddings, to score with the ladies. Chazz says he's "livin' the dream" – but he also lives at home with his mother.
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BLADES OF GLORY
Quotable Quote: "We're gonna skate to one song, and one song only" – and yes, Jay-Z and Kanye West sampled that line for their current hit, "N– in Paris."
Chazz, take two? Ferrell played another character of the same name in the 2007 comedy about an acrimonious pair of male figure skaters who team up when they're banned from the sport for life.
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Quotable Quote: "We're going streaking through the quad and into the gymnasium!"
Ferrell put his comedic timing – and his other, ahem, assets – on display in the raucous 2003 comedy about grown men who
start a fraternity. As newlywed Frank Ricard, Ferrell's character embraces college life a bit too much, devolving into a beer-swilling, girl-chasing, pledge-harassing party animal.
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JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK
Quotable Quote: This is a family Web site, so we can't quote his double-entendre-laden scene with Jon Stewart, no matter how hilarious.
Playing Marshall Willenholly – a nod to the names of the major characters in Land of the Lost – Ferrell hunted for Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) in this 2001 inside-jokefest.
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LAND OF THE LOST
Quotable Quote: "Matt Lauer can suck it!"
After his joking turn as Marshall Willenholly, Ferrell did indeed play Marshall in 2009's Land of the Lost, about an explorer who fights with Matt Lauer and gets sucked into an alternate universe full of dinosaurs, giant mosquitos and other scary critters.
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Quotable Quote: "If you've got a small child, use it as a shield! They love the tender meat!"
Who wears short shorts? Just Ferrell as Jackie Moon, the misguided Flint, Mich., owner/coach/star player of a struggling basketball team who does questionable things like fighting bears to draw an audience – bears that get loose in the arena and threaten to kill the audience.
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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Quotable Quote: "Terr-ist."
During his time on SNL, Ferrell mastered many impressions (Robert Goulet and Neil Diamond, for example). But it was his turn as President George W. Bush – played as an incompetent buffoon with a penchant for mispronouncing words – that helped Ferrell make his mark.
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Quotable Quote: "I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."
In this instant Christmas classic from 2003, Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf, a human who is raised by Santa's elves and travels to New York to meet his father, who is – gasp! – on Santa's naughty list!
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ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY
Quotable Quote: "You pooped in the refrigerator? And you ate a whole wheel of cheese? How'd you do that? I'm not even mad. That's amazing."
Of course, what collection of Will Ferrell roles would be complete without the misogynistic, jazz flute-playing, Baxter-the dog-loving, afternoon-delight-enjoying newscaster Ron Burgundy? It's arguably Ferrell's most quotable role – and one he'll reprise in Anchorman 2.