Will Forte (born June 17, 1970) is an American actor, writer, and comedian.
Forte was born Orville Willis Forte IV in Alameda County, California, the son of Patricia C. (née Stivers) and Orville Willis Forte III. He was raised in Lafayette, California, and graduated from Acalanes High School and UCLA with a history degree. While at UCLA, he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha international fraternity.
Characters: Andy (a receptionist who annoys people by shouting "Oh, no!" when he answers the phone), awkward political candidate Tim Calhoun, The Falconer, Patrick Kelly of The Kelly Brothers, Lyle Kane, Cardinal Riccio, a Lundford dancer, MacGyver-esque action hero MacGruber, meatball-eating crew member of the Vinny Vedecci show, one of the guys (along with Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader and a host) who tells a past memory after listening to a classic song in the Song Memories sketches, and Neil the Introvert
Impressions: Drake Bell, Jennifer Finney Boylan, George W. Bush, Macaulay Culkin, Tom DeLay, John Edwards, Newt Gingrich, Daryl Hall, Benny Hill, Lance Ito, Bruce Jenner, Nick Lachey, Chad Lowe, Zell Miller, Constantine Maroulis, Lorne Michaels, Michael Moloney, Chad Michael Murray, General David Petraeus, Jorge Ramos, Mark Sellers, Bruce Springsteen, Alec John Such, Jack White, Brian Williams
He also made an appearance on Night of Too Many Stars, including a moment where he and Fred Armisen kissed on stage. He was the star of a memorable sketch with Peyton Manning, in which he used Herb Alpert's theme to the movie Casino Royale to pump up a room full of basketball players. His motivational dance gets so out of control that even Manning joins in and starts playing his leg like a guitar. The sketch was featured on SNL: The Best of 06-07, and was redone with Michael Phelps in 2008, except with swimmers.
Before joining SNL, Forte was a member of The Groundlings. He has also written and/or produced on the television series Late Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, That '70s Show, and Action. Forte provided the voice of Abe Lincoln on the critically acclaimed but short-lived animated series, Clone High. He was also a consultant on another short-lived animated series, God, the Devil and Bob. He also made a cameo in the movie Around the World in 80 Days and was in the Broken Lizard film Beerfest. Forte also made an appearance on Demetri Martin's album, These Are Jokes. Forte is also a recurring guest on the Adult Swim comedy program Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.
Forte wrote the film The Brothers Solomon, in which he stars opposite Will Arnett. He is also writing the script to the movie Parental Guidance Suggested with fellow SNL castmember Andy Samberg. He will also be making an appearance in John Krasinski's film adaptation of David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. The comedy troupe Broken Lizard (with whom Will worked on the comedy Beerfest) stated on their Myspace page that Will has a cameo in their upcoming comedy The Slammin' Salmon.
Forte guest starred on HBO's Flight of the Conchords as a "semi-professional" actor who poses as a record company executive, as well as CBS's How I Met Your Mother as one of Barney's co-workers and potential new wingman.