Happy 50th Birthday Steve Carell! What's the Funnyman Up to Next?

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Happy 50th Birthday Steve Carell! What's the Funnyman Up to Next?
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Actor Steve Carell is 50 today.

Though he didn't become a true household name until he landed the central role in NBC's remake of the BBC comedy series "The Office," Steve Carell is now one of the bigger names in showbiz. His charm and affable nature comes across in interviews, and his ability to get laughs at his own expense, no matter what the film or TV show he's working on has made him one of America's favorites.

Since leaving "The Office," Carell has seen a fair amount of success in films, starring in roles that take him far outside that of the incompetent buffoon with a heart of gold that was Michael Scott. The former "Daily Show" correspondent turns 50 today, and judging by the slate of films he has coming out, he's not slowing down at all. Here's a look at some of what Steve has on tap.

He's Teaming Up With Ron Burgundy Again - Perhaps no other comedy sequel has been as fantasized about as "Anchorman 2," set for release some time next year. For years Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the brains behind the first "Anchorman" film, told us it just couldn't get done. Then earlier this year, out of nowhere, Ferrell appeared on "Conan" as Ron Burgundy and announced the sequel. Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner all appeared with Ferrell in a teaser trailer that hit theaters over the summer.

He's Going To Be Despicable Again - Steve was the lead voice actor in the 2010 smash hit animated comedy "Despicable Me." It was the story of a criminal genius who meets orphaned children and finds his humanity again. Steve will reprise his role as the bad guy turned good, Gru, in the upcoming sequel. The film is slated for release next summer.

Things May Get A Little Dark - Though certainly most well known as a comedic actor, Carell is starring in a drama based on the true story of John du Pont, a multimillionaire and part of the famous du Pont family who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. du Pont wound up being convicted of murdering wrestler David Schultz, who will be played by "The Avengers" star Mark Ruffalo. "Foxcatcher" is due out sometime in 2013.

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