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Will Arnett portrays Father in the Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Biography

Arnett was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Edith Alexandra "Alix" (née Palk) and Emerson James "Jim" Arnett, who was a corporate lawyer and brewer, among other occupations. His parents were originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and he has roots on both sides of his family in Manitoba going back many generations. Arnett has two older sisters and a younger brother. His father, a graduate of Harvard University and corporate lawyer, served as the president and CEO of Molson Breweries from 1997 to 2000.

Arnett briefly attended Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario, but was asked not to return after a semester for being a troublemaker. The Subway Academy II allowed him to take theatre classes at the Tarragon Theatre. He eventually graduated from Leaside High School and attended Concordia University, Montreal for one semester, but dropped out. As a teenager, he was encouraged by his mother to pursue an acting career. He auditioned for commercials in Toronto and enjoyed acting. In 1990, he moved to New York City to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He 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.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Close Up Dave
1996 Ed's Next Move Weather Video Guy
1998 The Broken Giant Ezra Caton
1999 Southie Whitey
1999 The Waiting Game Lenny
2000 The Acting Class Will Bennett
2001 Series 7: The Contenders Narrator (voice)
2005 Monster-in-Law Kit
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Lone Gunslinger(voice)
2006 RV Todd Mallory
2006 The Great New Wonderful Danny Segment: Emme's Story
2006 Let's Go to Prison Nelson Biederman IV
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Messiah
2007 Blades of Glory Stranz Van Waldenberg
2007 Grindhouse Announcer (voice) Segment: Don't
2007 On Broadway Tom
2007 Ratatouille Horst (voice)
2007 Hot Rod Jonathan Ault
2007 The Brothers Solomon John Solomon
2007 The Comebacks Mailman
2008 Semi-Pro Lou Redwood
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Vlad Vladikoff (voice)
2008 The Rocker Lex
2009 Spring Breakdown Ted Direct-to-DVD
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject No. 11
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens The Missing Link (voice)
2009 G-Force Kip Killian
2009 When in Rome Antonio
2010 Jonah Hex Lieutenant Grass
2010 Despicable Me Mr. Perkins (voice)
2012 The Secret World of Arrietty Pod (voice) English dub
2012 Men in Black 3 Agent AA Uncredited
2012 Mansome Himself Documentary

Producer

2014 The Nut Job Surly (voice)
2014 The Lego Movie Batman(voice)
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vern Fenwick
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Vern Fenwick
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Main CMZ Reporter
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Batman (voice)
2017 The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Surly (voice) In production
2017 Show Dogs Frank In post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sex and the City Jack Episode: "La Douleur Exquise!"
1999 The Mike O'Malley Show Jimmy 13 episodes
2000 Third Watch Kenny Episode: "Spring Forward, Fall Back"
2001 Boston Public Hand Salesman Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Nine"
2002 Yes, Dear Bobby Episode: "Johnny Ampleseed"
2002 The Sopranos Mike Waldrup 2 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tony Damon Episode: "Angels"
2003 Undefeated Scott Green's Assistant Television film
2003–06, 2013 Arrested Development George Oscar "G.O.B." Bluth II 66 episodes
2004 Will & Grace Artemis Johnson Episode: "Back Up, Dancer"
2005 Odd Job Jack Tiberius McKorkindale (voice) 2 episodes
2005 Danny Phantom Ghost Writer (voice) Episode: "The Fright Before Christmas"
2006 Freak Show Duncan Schiesst (voice) 7 episodes
2007 King of the Hill Portis (voice) Episode: "Hank Gets Dusted"
2007–13 30 Rock Devon Banks 9 episodes
2008 Sesame Street Max the Magician Episode: "Max the Magician"
2008 Human Giant Himself Episode: "I'm Gonna Live Forever!"
2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Ennis Hofftard (voice) 13 episodes
2009 Delocated TV Announcer (voice) Episode: "Good Buds"
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space The Missing Link (voice) Television special
2010 Parks and Recreation Chris Episode: "The Set Up"
2010–11 Running Wilde Steve Wilde 13 episodes; also co-creator and executive producer
2010–12, 2016 The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Brent Wilts 17 episodes
2011 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Brett Favre 2 episodes
2011 The Office Fred Henry Episode: "Search Committee"
2011–12 Up All Night Chris 35 episodes
2012 The Cleveland Show General Richter (voice) Episode: "A General Thanksgiving Episode"
2012 Comedy Bang! Bang! Dale Episode: "Seth Rogen Wears a Plaid Shirt & Brown Pants"
2013–14 The Millers Nathan Miller 34 episodes
2014 The Simpsons Deputy Director Gratman (voice) Episode: "Steal This Episode"
2014 Wander Over Yonder Ryder (voice)[52] Episode: "The Rider"
2014–present BoJack Horseman BoJack Horseman (voice) 37 episodes; also executive producer
2015 The Late Late Show Guest host 1 episode
2016–present Flaked Chip 8 episodes; also co-creator and executive producer
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Kitty (voice) Uncredited

Episode: "Kimmy Kidnaps Gretchen!"

2017 A Series of Unfortunate Events Father (Mr. Quagmire) 8 episodes
Video games
Year Title Voice role
2009 Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard Matt Hazard
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens The Missing Link
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Additional Voice Talent
2014 The LEGO Movie Videogame Batman
2015 Lego Dimensions Batman (The LEGO Movieversion)

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