53 Facts About Will Arnett


William Emerson Arnett is a Canadian actor, comedian and producer.


Will Arnett has appeared in films such as Let's Go to Prison, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, G-Force, Jonah Hex, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and Show Dogs.


Will Arnett was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Edith Alexandra "Alix" and Emerson James "Jim" Will Arnett, who was a corporate lawyer and brewer, among other occupations.


Will Arnett's parents were originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and he has roots on both sides of his family in Manitoba going back many generations.


Will Arnett briefly attended Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario, but was asked not to return after a semester for being a troublemaker.


Will Arnett eventually graduated from Leaside High School and attended Concordia University, Montreal for a semester but dropped out.


Will Arnett auditioned for commercials in Toronto and enjoyed acting.


Will Arnett appeared in plays in New York, and his first acting role was in Felicity Huffman's independent film Erie, which was filmed on the Erie Canal.


In February 1996, Will Arnett made his first television pilot with Kevin Pollak and his wife Lucy Webb for CBS, that was not picked up.


In 1999, Will Arnett was in another pilot for The Mike O'Malley Show on NBC as the protagonist's friend Jimmy.


In 2001, Will Arnett was cast in the CBS television pilot, Loomis as the slacker brother of a local news reporter, that was not picked up.


In 2002, Will Arnett was cast in a fourth television pilot which was for the CBS sitcom Still Standing, which was picked up and ran for several seasons, but his character was cut from the series after the pilot.


Will Arnett became so frustrated, after his fourth failed pilot, that he "swore off pilots" altogether, until his agent persuaded him to audition for the pilot for Arrested Development.


In 2003, Will Arnett found mainstream success in television when he played George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development and in 2006 he was nominated for his first Emmy.


Will Arnett played Max the Magician in Sesame Street, in a nod to Gob Bluth's penchant for using Europe's "The Final Countdown" during his magic shows.


Will Arnett "never considered himself a comic" and considers himself an "actor first".


In 2006, Will Arnett starred in his first leading role in Let's Go to Prison, directed by Bob Odenkirk.


Will Arnett guest-starred in King of the Hill and 30 Rock, in which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.


Will Arnett played supporting roles in the films Spring Breakdown, Hot Rod, The Comebacks, and On Broadway, where he worked with his close friend and director Dave McLaughlin.


Will Arnett appeared in a major supporting role in the basketball comedy Semi-Pro, his second film with Ferrell.


Will Arnett plays Lou Redwood, the commentator of the team, who is "a former player, a bit of a womanizer, and a boozer".


On November 17,2009, it was announced that Will Arnett would try to win over real-life wife Amy Poehler in a guest spot on Parks and Recreation.


Will Arnett played Chris, an MRI technician and possible love interest for Poehler's Leslie Knope.


Will Arnett signed on for one episode, and the episode entitled "The Set Up" aired January 14,2010.


Will Arnett starred in Running Wilde which was cancelled in January 2011, due to poor ratings as well as The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret with David Cross.


On March 23,2011, Will Arnett appeared in the penultimate episode to The Office season 7.


Will Arnett co-starred in the NBC television comedy series Up All Night, about a couple who struggle to balance their home lives and their work ones.


Will Arnett had been attached to play the lead role of David Miller in the 2013 comedy We're the Millers, but had to pass due to scheduling; the part went to Jason Sudeikis.


Will Arnett co-starred as Vern Fenwick in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its 2016 sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.


Will Arnett starred in the CBS sitcom The Millers, which lasted for two seasons.


In 2017, Will Arnett was cast in the recurring role of Mr Quagmire on the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events.


In December 2021, it was announced that Will Arnett had replaced Armie Hammer in reshoots, in part of the role of Alex Magnussen in Next Goal Wins due to abuse allegations made against Hammer in January 2021.


Will Arnett has lent his voice to a number of television shows, such as Ghost Writer in the 2005 Nickelodeon's series Danny Phantom, Duncan Schiesst for the Comedy Central animated program Freak Show, which was created by and stars the voice of his Arrested Development co-star David Cross.


Will Arnett was the announcer for the faux trailer "Don't" in the 2007 film Grindhouse, and became announcer for Cartoon Network in October 2008 during its "Noods" era, replacing Greg Cipes.


Since Will Arnett had a previous long standing relationship with competitor automaker General Motors as the voice for GMC Trucks commercials, GM asked Will Arnett to pull out of the project.


Will Arnett opted to withdraw from the project and he was replaced by Val Kilmer.


Will Arnett made a commercial cameo for the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.


Will Arnett lent his voice to Batman in the film The Lego Movie.


Will Arnett reprised the role in The Lego Batman Movie, a spin-off of The Lego Movie released in 2017 as well as The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, released in 2019.


Will Arnett voiced the eponymous character in the critically acclaimed Netflix animated sitcom BoJack Horseman, which ran from 2014 to 2020.


In 2021, Will Arnett played The Facts of Lifes Dink Lockwood in a reenactment of the third season episode "Kids Can Be Cruel" for the third edition of Live in Front of a Studio Audience.


Will Arnett is the spokesman of a series of Hulu advertisements and his role in television spots deliberately recalls Devon Banks as a power-hungry manipulator.


Will Arnett lives in Los Angeles, California, and is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.


Will Arnett moved to Venice in 2000 and lived there for 17 years.


In 2015, Will Arnett bought property in Beverly Hills and began construction on a new home, which was completed in 2017.


Will Arnett was married to Penelope Ann Miller for a brief period between 1994 and 1995.


Will Arnett began dating Amy Poehler in 2000, several years after their initial encounter in 1996 when he saw her in an Upright Citizens Brigade performance.


In December 2013, Will Arnett began dating Erin David, a long-time friend and producer who worked on his series Up All Night.


Will Arnett began a relationship with socialite and businesswoman Alessandra Brawn in 2019.


Will Arnett and Brawn have one child together, who was born on May 27,2020.


Will Arnett has struggled with alcoholism in the past, a topic explored in his shows Flaked and BoJack Horseman.


Will Arnett managed to achieve sobriety for fifteen years until a relapse during the production of Flaked.


Will Arnett is an avid follower of his hometown teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto FC, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Argonauts and Toronto Raptors.