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Dec 2, 2021

Will Forte’s net worth and salary have been revealed.

Will Forte has a $14 million net worth as an actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. Will Forte is most recognized for his time on “Saturday Night Live” from 2002 until 2010. Later in his career, he received critical praise for developing and acting in the Fox comedy “The Last Man on Earth.” Forte has also appeared in comedies such as “MacGruber,” “Nebraska,” “She’s Funny That Way,” and “A Futile and Stupid Gesture,” as well as animated features such as “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Lego Movie,” and “The Willoughbys.”

Early Years and the Beginnings of a Career

Will Forte was born on June 17, 1970 in Alameda, California as Orville Willis Forte IV. Orville Forte III, his father, was a financial broker, and Patricia, his mother, was an artist and former schoolteacher. Forte was reared in Moraga before relocating to Lafayette with his family when he was 13 years old. He had an early interest in humor, idolizing comedians such as Steve Martin and Peter Sellers, and often pulled practical jokes on his parents. However, he first wanted to pursue a career in football. Forte attended Acalanes High School, where he participated on the varsity football and swim teams. He then enrolled in UCLA, where he earned a BA in history.

Following his graduation from UCLA, Forte worked as a financial broker at Smith Barney Shearson in Beverly Hills, intending to follow in his father’s footsteps. However, he regarded his time there as “miserable,” and he opted to pursue comedy and writing instead. As a result, Forte began attending lessons with the Groundlings, an improvisational sketch comedy company, while simultaneously tutoring children for a profession. He went on to write for “The Jenny McCarthy Show” and produce the comic book “101 Things to Definitely Not Do If You Want to Get a Chick,” which led to his first professional employment. Following that, he worked as a writer on the “Late Show with David Letterman” for nine months. After that, Forte went to Los Angeles to perform with the Groundlings’ Main Company. He worked as a writer on the unsuccessful comedies “The Army Show” and “Action” before moving on to the successful sitcoms “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “That ’70s Show.”

“Saturday Night Live”

While performing with the Groundlings in 2001, Lorne Michaels, the creator of “Saturday Night Live,” saw Forte and urged him to apply for the program. Despite being offered a job on “SNL,” Forte chose the financial security of working on “That ’70s Show.” However, he realized he had made a mistake and returned to the program the next year when Will Ferrell departed. Early on, Forte fought with stage fright and was uneasy with the parts he was assigned, including President George W. Bush. It grew so terrible that he was almost dismissed during his third season. Fortunately, he soon settled down and became a successful show performer.

During his time on “SNL,” Forte was known for portraying bizarre characters such as Jeff Montgomery, Tim Calhoun, Greg Stink, and the Falconer. He also done impressions of Peyton Manning, Tom DeLay, Newt Gingrich, Harry Reid, John Edward, Chad Lowe, and David Petraeus, among others. However, Forte’s most well-known character was MacGruber, a special operations agent who is continuously sidetracked by personal troubles while trying to defuse a ticking time bomb. The sketch’s success resulted in a feature film in 2010, the year Forte departed “SNL.”

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Furthering Your Television Career

Following “SNL,” Forte had a recurring role as the cross-dressing Paul L’astnamé on the NBC comedy “30 Rock.” He later featured in episodes of “How I Met Your Mother,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Up All Night,” as well as in animated programs such as “Sit Down, Shut Up,” “The Cleveland Show,” “American Dad!,” and “Allen Gregory.” Forte started voicing characters in the famous Disney XD animated shows “Gravity Falls” and “Lab Rats” in 2012. He then voiced characters on “Bob’s Burgers,” “The Awesomes,” “The Simpsons,” “Moonbeam City,” “Alien News Desk,” “The Great North,” “No Activity,” and “HouseBroken.”

Forte’s most renowned post-“SNL” job came in 2015, when he took up the lead role of Philip Tandy “Phil” Miller on the post-apocalyptic comedy series “The Last Man on Earth.” The program was also developed, written, and executive produced by him. He received three Emmy Award nominations for his work, two for acting and one for writing. Other credits for Forte include the television films “7 Days in Hell” and “Tour de Pharmacy,” as well as the streaming series “Flipped,” “Sweet Tooth,” and “MacGruber.”

Career in Film

In 2004, Forte made his feature film debut as Young Bobby in the remake of “Around the World in 80 Days.” In 2006, he appeared in “Beerfest.” The next year, he earned his first main role in “The Brothers Solomon,” which he also authored, starring alongside Will Arnett. Forte went on to have minor parts in films including “Baby Mama,” “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,” and “Fanboys.” He portrayed Joe Towne in the animated film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” in 2009, and the following year, he returned his “SNL” role as MacGruber in a big-screen rendition of the comedic skit. Forte went on to star in a slew of additional comedies, including “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy,” “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie,” “Rock of Ages,” “That’s My Boy,” and “The Watch.”

Forte made his dramatic debut in the romantic film “Run & Jump” in 2013. The same year, he appeared in “Life of Crime” and received critical praise for his role as the son of Bruce Dern’s character in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska.” Forte played Abraham Lincoln in the animated comedy “The Lego Movie” in 2014, and starred in Peter Bogdanovich’s screwball comedy “She’s Funny That Way” in 2015. “Don Verdean,” “Staten Island Summer,” “The Ridiculous 6,” “Keanu,” “A Futile and Stupid Gesture,” “Extra Ordinary,” “Booksmart,” “Good Boys,” “The Willoughbys,” and “Scoob!” are among Forte’s many other credits.

Personal Life

Forte dated January Jones, his co-star from “The Last Man on Earth,” in 2015. He met Olivia Modling, whom he eventually married, a few years later. In February 2021, the couple had a daughter called Zoe.

Property for sale

Will purchased a $850,000 home in Santa Monica, California, two weeks before being recruited by SNL. Because of his SNL work, he had to uproot and relocate to New York, thus he scarcely resided in the home for almost a decade. He plans to sell this house for $2.5 million in September 2020.

Will paid $6.25 million for an oceanfront house in Carmel Highlands, California, in January 2020.


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