Five Things You Don't Know About Steve Carell

On June 22, Steve Carell's latest film, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," opens nationwide. Much is known about "The Office" star's career highlights from his beginnings on "The Daily Show" to his big screen hits like "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and "Despicable Me." But here are five things you may not know about Steve Carell.

1. Steve Carell Was a Mailman Before He Became an Actor

After graduating from Dennison College in Ohio, Carell moved back to his home state, Massachusetts, and took a job with the Post Office. He became a letter carrier for a few short months in Littleton, where he delivered mail from his Toyota Corona because the town did not have any mail trucks. He once told Larry King, "I actually moved to Chicago after I was a mail carrier, and probably three or four months later, I was still finding mail under the seat, undelivered."

2. Steve Carell Met Important People at Second City

In 1991 Carell moved to Chicago to join the Second City improv troupe. It was here that he developed his comedy chops but he also encountered a few people who would become important players in his life. While at Second City he met both his future wife, Nancy (Walls) Carell, and one day "Daily Show" co-star Stephen Colbert.

3. Steve Carell Is Ambiguously Gay

Before becoming a familiar face on TV, Carell was a voice known to many late night viewers. In 1996 he began voicing Gary, one half of Robert Smigel's "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" from "Saturday Night Live."

4. Steve Carell Had a Few Strikes Before 'The Office'

Carell may have found huge fame playing Michael Scott on "The Office" but before that he had two not-so-successful series under his belt. First "The Dana Carvey Show," a sketch comedy featuring the "SNL" actor doing his most beloved characters, did not translate to primetime and lasted just one month. Carell then played an annoying Greek chef on the Tim Curry/Annie Potts series "Over the Top," which only aired for three weeks. Luckily for Carell, "The Daily Show," and fellow Second City alum Stephen Colbert, came knocking.

5. Steve Carell Owns a General Store in Massachusetts

Having grown up in the Massachusetts, Carell and his wife Nancy spend a lot of time in the New England state. When he heard the Marshfield Hills General Store was for sale, he was compelled to save the local landmark to save a piece of Americana. His sister-in-law, Tish, operates the establishment on a daily basis but Carell is known to pop by while spending time at his summer home.

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" opens nationwide on June 22. Check local listings for theaters and showtimes.

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