Ben Falcone Biography, Ben Falcone Wiki
Benjamin Scott Falcone is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is married to actress Melissa McCarthy, with whom he has two children. He had co-starring roles in What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Enough Said. He has also had small roles in Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, The Heat, Tammy, Spy, Life of the Party, and Can You Ever Forgive Me?, all of which starred his wife.
Falcone made his directorial debut in 2014 with Tammy, which he co-wrote with McCarthy, and also directed, co-wrote and produced The Boss and Life of the Party, all of which starred McCarthy.
Melissa McCarthy is taking over as host of NBC’s popular children’s showcase Little Big Shots for its upcoming fourth season. But what you might not know is that her husband, Ben Falcone, is an executive producer on the show and the two of them have two children together.
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Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy Married
McCarthy and Falcone met over 20 years in a comedy writing class at Los Angeles-area improv theater The Groundlings. In 2018 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, McCarthy told the talk show host that he was “strange” when they first met and she liked that.
“We met at Groundlings … it was the first day of class, everybody’s getting louder and crazier and doing weirder characters and Ben got up there and was so quiet and just very peculiar,” said McCarthy, adding, “He was the only one that went really quiet and I immediately was like, ‘Oh, he’s strange! I like him.’ And we were friends from then on.”
But actually, 10 years before they ever met at the Groundlings, McCarthy told DeGeneres that Falcone actually remembered being at a party with her when he was still in high school and she was in college, but she didn’t remember him.
The pair married in 2005 after being together for seven years. In 2013, McCarthy told More magazine (via US Weekly) that she “got hit with the lucky stick with Ben,” to which he replied, “We got hit with the same lucky stick. From the very first time we spoke, we were on the same page. We love each other, respect each other and try not to sweat the small stuff. And we really make each other laugh.”
Six years later, McCarthy was still calling herself and her husband lucky. On the couple’s 14th wedding anniversary, she posted a photo to Instagram of them looking so, so young and captioned it, “These two babies had no idea that 14 years later they’d still be together. Lucky.”
Over the years, Falcone and McCarthy have worked on a number of projects together. Falcone directed McCarthy in The Boss, Life of the Party, and Tammy, all of which he and McCarthy also wrote together. They also co-wrote and Falcone directed the 2020 release Superintelligence, which stars McCarthy, James Corden, Bobby Cannavale, and Brian Tyree Henry. There is also a project called Thunder Force that McCarthy and Falcone co-wrote, which stars McCarthy and Octavia Spencer.
Additionally, Falcone had roles in McCarthy’s films The Heat, Bridesmaids, Spy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Identity Thief, The Nines, and Pretty Ugly People.
In 2016, McCarthy told the Daily Mail that they feel “lucky” to “have worked together for so long” and still continue to “have the same goals” after all these years.
In May 2007, Falcone and McCarthy welcomed daughter Vivian, and in March 2010, they welcomed daughter, Georgette. Now that the girls are almost teenagers, McCarthy recently told reporters that she wishes she had had their confidence at that age.
“They’re really smart and funny, weird,” McCarthy told reporters at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2018. “I think they’re better [than me]. They’re further along in their young lives than I was. I feel like I had to push almost 30 to get their kind of confidence, so I love seeing that.”
She also added that she just hopes she’s “doing enough” for them and she loves to continually be “surprised and amazed by [her] girls.”
As far as following in their parents’ footsteps, the girls made their movie debuts in The Boss, when Vivian played the younger version of her mom and Georgette played one of the other young girls working at the brownie company. But that doesn’t mean the girls are going to be child stars any time soon.