The Daily Mashup: Steve Jobs to Steve Carell
Steve Jobs is the mastermind behind the technology giant Apple Inc. and is considered a pioneer of the personal computer. He was an entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor with a legacy that will last. He was named the most powerful person in business by Forbes in 2007. Jobs is a major role model and hero to anyone in the computer industry and is extremely respected for his work. Multiple biographies and films have been created to document his life and accomplishments. Steve Carell is an American actor, comedian, producer, director, and writer. He is best known for his role as Michael in the successful comedy series The Office, as well as his leading roles in movies such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Get Smart, Despicable Me, The Way, Way Back, Crazy, Stupid Love, and Foxcatcher. He was nominated as “America’s funniest man” in Life magazine and received a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series for his role in The Office. Always funny, always talented, and always kind, Carell is one of the most lovable actors in the Hollywood.
Here are a few similarities:
Steve Jobs and Steve Carell both grew up with dads who were mechanics. Jobs’ dad, Paul Jobs, built a small workbench in their garage so he could teach his son about mechanics and pass along his love for it. Steve Jobs admired his dad’s craftsmanship and watched him build things the family needed. He could build anything, from a new cabinet, a fence, or fixing a car, which Steve helped him with. We can probably guess that Steve Jobs got his drive for creation and computer science from his father. Steve Carell, on the other hand, had a dad whom worked on the mechanics of computers. His dad was an electrical engineer.
Jobs and Carell both have lived in California. Jobs was born in San Francisco, right near Silicon Valley, which also influenced his interest in the up and coming computer industry. When he was in middle school, Jobs convinced his parents to move to Los Altos, California, to the home where the Apple Computer was first created. Once Jobs was married, he lived in Paolo Alto with his wife and children, the home where he passed away at the age of 56 due to his pancreatic cancer. Carell was born in Massachusetts, went to school in Ohio, and performed with The Second City in Chicago. However, he found his current home after becoming a successful actor and getting married, when he moved to Los Angeles. Carell currently resides in an estate within the Toluca Lake area.
Both of these men only got married once in their mid thirties. Jobs had a daughter named Lisa with his previous girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan, before marrying his wife Laurene Powell at age 36. Jobs denied that he was the father of Lisa for years before finally admitting it to the public. It wasn’t until he was forced out of the Apple Company and Lisa was seven years old that he started having a relationship with her. Jobs met his wife Laurene at a lecture series at Stanford Business School when the pair were seated next to each other. When she left at the conclusion of the lecture, Jobs ran after her and asked her out to dinner. With Laurene, Jobs had three more children: Reed, Erin, and Eve. Carell met his wife, Nancy Walls, when she was a student in an improvisation class Carell was teaching at The Second City. They have worked together multiple times, with Nancy appearing in The Daily Show, The Office, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, all of which Carell played a major role in. Nancy and Steve Carell have two children: Elisabeth and John.
Believe it or not, these two have both been involved with Disney. Steve Jobs bought The Graphics Group, now known as Pixar, in 1986. He orchestrated a deal with Disney, who bought Pixar for $7.4 billion. Jobs then became The Walt Disney Company’s largest single shareholder, owning seven percent of their stock. He was also on the Board of Directors for The Walt Disney Company. In 2013, after Jobs’ death, he was awarded the Disney Legends honor given to those who have made great contributions to the company. Who knew? Carell might not own any stock or authority at Disney, but he has acted in multiple Disney productions. In 2014, he was Ben in the fantasy comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. He was also the voice of Mr. Delancey in Disney’s animated series Fillmore! and starred in the film Dan In Real Life, which was distributed by Walt Disney Studios.
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By Molly Mae Force, Cool Girls Reporter. Connect with me on LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/in/mollymaeforce
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