Funny man Will Ferrell developed his comedic roots at an early age, making fun of his friends while living in the Southern California suburban town of Irvine.
After graduating USC, he joined The Groundlings comedy troupe in LA and then became a regular series cast member for Saturday Night Live in 1995. During this year, while in an acting class, he met his future wife, Swedish actress, Viveca Paulin. They married five years later and have three sons.
Ferrell is well acquainted with his wife’s culture. Every summer, he and his family celebrate mid-summer in Sweden, a typical Swedish tradition. He also appeared on an episode of Man vs. Wild, where he traveled throughout the tundras of Sweden with the show’s host, Bear Grylls. In the episode, Ferrell came across various unique situations, which included eating the eye of a reindeer.
Ferrell’s three boys speak Swedish and English as well. In an interview for Moviefone, he said, “I know enough [Swedish] and I keep saying to them, ‘My Swedish is really good right?’ and they’re like, ‘No! It’s terrible, are you crazy?’
American born author, Jack Kerouac was born to French-Canadian parents. His known baptism name was Jean Louis Kirouac but referred to as Ti Jean or little John. Kerouac spoke the French-Canadian dialect called Joual until he learned English at age six, not speaking it confidently until his late teens.
In an article in Le Devoir by Gabriel Ancil, Kerouac’s articles in the Montreal newspaper revealed the existence of two unpublished novellas Kerouac wrote in French in the early 1950s. One of them, Sur le chemin, was composed at high speed in William Burroughs’ apartment in Mexico City. In the other, La nuit est ma femme, Kerouac identified French as the language in which he often swears, often dreams, and always cries.
In the same article it was also revealed on the 50th anniversary of his novel masterpiece On The Road that Kerouac’s first version was in French. The first ten pages were laid down on January 19, 1951, several months before writing the first version of the English novel.