Steve Carell quote

"Once I moved to Chicago and started trying to get acting jobs, I just tended to book more things that were comedically based than anything else. I never had the preconceived notion, 'I will be a comedic actor.' I just thought, 'I'll go into acting and see what kind of work I can get.'"

Steve Carell

Born: August 16, 1962

Occupation: Actor

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