Will Arnett

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Will Arnett
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Birth name William Emerson Arnett
Born May 4, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Notable Roles Arrested Development: G.O.B. Bluth
Notable Episodes
Awards

Will Arnett is a Canadian actor best known for his role as the charming, devious, magician-slash-male stripper brother GOB Bluth on the cult hit sitcom Arrested Development.

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Biography

Will Arnett was born in 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, the third of four children (although his older sisters are twins) to Alexandra and E. James Arnett. James was a corporate lawyer who worked for the famous Molson Breweries and later served as the company's President and CEO. As a child, Arnett attended French-speaking schools in Toronto. As a teenager, his mother sent him to commercial auditions, and Arnett found he enjoyed acting, so at age 20, he moved to New York to study at the famous Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Arnett struggled in New York for several years and performed in indie and student films. His first interest was in drama, but for money, he accepted work in sitcom pilots. The first of these to be sold was The Mike O'Malley Show, in which Arnett played the womanizing best friend who was finally settling down and getting married. Although Arnett was initially excited to work on a sitcom in which he was friends with the entire cast (which included Mike O'Malley, Mark Rosenthal and Kate Walsh), the show was critically reviled and a ratings disaster, and it was cancelled after only two episodes had aired.

The failure of The Mike O'Malley Show led to what Arnett has called "the darkest year of my life." He stopped working and turned to drinking. In the summer of 2000, a friend convinced him to clean up his act and look for work again. In early 2001, he met actress Amy Poehler, and the two were later married. (His previous 1994 marriage to actress Penelope Ann Miller had lasted less than a year.)

In 2002, Arnett was cast for the pilot for the sitcom Still Standing. Although the series was picked up by CBS, Arnett's character was cut. Angry from the rejection, the following February, he told his agent he refused to do any pilots that year. However, casting director Deb Barylski—who had cast him in the Still Standing pilot—liked his work and convinced him to look at a pilot script by Mitchell Hurwitz. Although reluctant and working on a play, Arnett had heard good buzz about the script from his friends, and when the character remained uncast and his play fell apart, he agreed to audition. He made his audition tape on a Friday, flew to Los Angeles and read for Hurwitz on Saturday, and the following Monday night, he was at a table read for the role as GOB Bluth on Arrested Development.

The role did not make Arnett a household name, but it caught the eye of critics, directors and producers, as well as the Emmys. Since the series' demise in 2006, he has been steadily working on films and television projects. He lives in New York with Poehler.

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Mike O'Malley Show Jimmy Nelson 1999 1
Arrested Development George Oscar Bluth 2003–  1 2 3 4
Freak Show Duncan Schiesst 2006 1
Sit Down, Shut Up (USA) Ennis Hofftard 2009 1
Running Wilde Steve Wilde 2010 1
Up All Night Chris Brinkley 2011–2012 1 2
The Millers Nathan Miller 2013–  1 2

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Sex and the City Jack 2x12 - La Douleur Exquise! August 22, 1999
Third Watch Kenny 1x19 - Spring Forward, Fall Back April 17, 2000
Boston Public Hand Salesman 2x07 - Chapter Twenty-Nine December 10, 2001
Yes, Dear Bobby 2x18 - Johnny Ampleseed March 25, 2002
The Sopranos Mike Waldrup 4x01 - For All Debts Public and Private September 15, 2002
The Sopranos Mike Waldrup 4x02 - No Show September 22, 2002
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tony Damon 4x06 - Angels November 1, 2002
Will & Grace Artemis Johnson 7x02 - Back Up Dancer September 23, 2004
MADtv Himself 11x02 - Episode 1102 September 24, 2005
King of the Hill Portis (voice) 11x05 - Hank Gets Dusted April 1, 2007
30 Rock Devin Banks 1x18 - Fireworks April 5, 2007
30 Rock Devin Banks 2x02 - Jack Gets in the Game October 11, 2007
30 Rock Devon Banks 2x13 - Succession April 24, 2008
30 Rock Devon Banks 3x01 - Do Over October 30, 2008
30 Rock Devon Banks 4x02 - Into the Crevasse October 22, 2009
30 Rock Devon Banks 4x07 - Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001 December 3, 2009
30 Rock Devon Banks 5x18 - Plan B March 24, 2011
30 Rock Devon Banks 6x03 - Idiots Are People Three! January 26, 2012
30 Rock Devon Banks 7x09 - Game Over January 10, 2013

Specials

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Undefeated Scott Green's Assistant July 26, 2003
Arrested Development: Making of a Future Classic Himself March 12, 2004
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Nominee August 27, 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education Phone Bank October 15, 2006
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education Performer April 13, 2008

Talk Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Sharon Osbourne Show March 19, 2004
Celebrity Poker Showdown Tournament 3, Game 3 July 22, 2004
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 1973 October 22, 2004
The Tony Danza Show October 25, 2004
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 2042 March 31, 2005
Last Call with Carson Daly April 8, 2005
Weekends at the DL July 31, 2005
Jimmy Kimmel Live September 16, 2005
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 2174 January 13, 2006
The Daily Show Will Arnett (February 9, 2006) February 9, 2006
Late Night with Conan O'Brien November 22, 2006

Notable Film Roles

Writer

Series Episode Airdate
Running Wilde 1x01 - Pilot September 21, 2010

Awards and Accolades

IVy Awards

  • Won: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2005-06)
Arrested Development

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2006)
Arrested Development
  • Nominated: Oustanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
30 Rock

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005, 2006)
Arrested Development

Trivia

  • Frequently works as a voice over announcer on commercials. Amongst dozens of others, he is the voice of the toenail anti-fungal cream Lamocil.