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 on 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 with Pam and Ryan 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".In the end of the 7th season, he proposes to HR representative Holly Flax and moves to Colorado to take care of her aging parents, leaving the manager position to Deangelo Vickers in "Goodbye, Michael", to Andy Bernard in season 8 after Vickers becomes brain dead, and ultimately to Dwight Schrute in season 9. NBC programmer Tracy Mc Laughlin suggested Paul Giamatti to producer Ben Silverman for the role of Michael Scott, but the actor declined.All original series characters were adapted for the U. Martin Short, Hank Azaria, and Bob Odenkirk were also reported to be interested.
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.
Two supporting roles in films helped get the attention of audiences: Bruce Almighty, in which Carell plays Evan Baxter (an arrogant rival to Jim Carrey's character), who gets a humorous comeuppance while co-anchoring the news.
In Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Carell plays another news personality, as slow-witted weatherman Brick Tamland.
Although the series premiered to mediocre ratings, NBC renewed it for another season because of the anticipated success of Carell's movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and the show subsequently became a ratings success.
Carell won a Golden Globe and Television Critics Association award in 2006 for his role.
He also received Emmy nominations in 2006, 20 for his work in the series.