However, on the BBC Radio 5 Live Film Review show, he stated in an interview that his time on the show would probably end after his contract ran out after Season 7.
This was later confirmed on June 28, 2010, when Carell confirmed that the seventh season of the show was to be his last after his contract with NBC expired. His birthdate is March 15, 1964, as given in "Michael's Birthday" and "Dream Team".
He did not continue watching for fear that he would start copying Gervais' characterizations.
On the audio commentary of The Pilot episode, director Ken Kwapis says that Carell's unfamiliarity with the British version of The Office and their experience working together on Watching Ellie influenced his being cast as Scott.
Unnamed mother and father (divorced) Jeff (step-father) Unnamed brother Unnamed half-sister Barbara Kevis (grandmother) (portrayed by Connie Sawyer) Luke Cooper (nephew, portrayed by Evan Peters) Four unnamed children Michael Gary Scott is a fictional character in NBC's The Office, portrayed by Steve Carell and based on David Brent from the original British version of the program.
Michael is the central character of the series, serving as Regional Manager of the Scranton branch of paper distribution company Dunder Mifflin Inc. However, he leaves Dunder Mifflin temporarily to form the Michael Scott Paper Company during the late end of the 5th season and shares a co-managerial position with Jim Halpert during a 6th season arc from "The Meeting" to "The Manager and the Salesman".
Carell won a Golden Globe and Television Critics Association award in 2006 for his role.In January 2004, Variety reported Steve Carell of the popular Comedy Central program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, was in talks to play the role.At the time, he was already committed to another NBC midseason replacement comedy, Come to Papa.The skills that made him successful as a salesman, however, are not effective when applied to managerial duties and Michael is shown to be ill-suited to that position, injecting a lot of his personal feelings into the work environment.During a candid conversation in "The Fire", Michael tells Ryan that he became a salesman because he loved to make friends and, after being promoted to regional manager at a young age, continued to treat work-related relationships as personal friendships which he acknowledges is more difficult because his colleagues are all lower than him in the workplace's hierarchy.