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Amy Poehler and Will Arnett Marriage Profile


Amy Poehler and Will Arnett in 2007

Actor Will Arnett and actress Amy Poehler arrive to the premiere of 'Blades Of Glory' held at Mann's Chinese Theater on March 28, 2007 in Hollywood, California.

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With Amy Poehler and Will Arnett successfully working together on many TV and film projects, folks assumed they had a great marriage. Only Poehler and Arnett know the reason for ending their marriage, but there are reports that they separated because the "laughter stopped" and they "drifted apart" when they "fizzled out" even though they "still love each other."

Sadness and disappointment about their "amicable" separation in September 2012 caused others to express feelings about losing a belief in love and soul mates.

Jen Chaney: "The actors — parents to sons Archie, 3, and Abel, 2 — also seem like pretty grounded people. Together, they were one of the rare Hollywood couples who seemed to have a solid chance at a lasting marriage. As silly as it might seem to feel sad about a split between two people that we don’t truly know, it’s really sad."
Source: Jen Chaney. "Amy Poehler and Will Arnett have separated." WashingtonPost.com. 9/06/2012.

Fast Marriage Facts - Will and Amy:

Wedding Date: August 29, 2003.
Separated: September 2012.
Divorce Filed: April 2014.
First Marriage: Yes for Amy and no for Will.

Did You Know?

Their marriage was described as a "marriage made in comedy heaven."



William Emerson "Will" Arnett: May 4, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Amy Meredith Poehler: September 16, 1971 in Newton, Massachusetts.


How Amy and Will Met:

Will first saw Amy on stage in 1996. In 2000, friends in New York introduced Will and Amy to one another.

Amy: "We met here in New York City. We were - just kind of through mutual friends, and yeah - and I was - I had just - I have lived here in New York since '96 and he used to come see me perform with the Upright Citizens Brigade, a group that I performed with here in New York City ... new things were starting when we - when we met, and we've kind of been on that journey together, which has been really nice."
Source: Terry Gross. "Amy Poehler's World of Local Government." NPR.org. 5/07/2009.
Will: "The first time I saw her onstage, I said, 'I'm gonna marry that girl.' It took seven years!"
Source: Jason Lynch, Kristen Mascia. "Picks and Pans Review: Will Arnett Monster Dad." People.com. 4/06/2009.


Wedding Information:

Amy and Will were married on August 29, 2003.


Will and Amy are the parents of two sons.

  • Archibald "Archie" william Emerson Arnett: Born in 2008.
  • Abel James Arnett: Born in 2010.



Will: Actor, producer, writer, voiceover artist.

Amy: Actress, writer, producer.

Separation and Divorce:

Saying the "laughter stopped a long time ago," RadarOnline.com reported when "their romance fizzled out," Amy and Will "drifted apart" and they "lost their spark and the happiness was drained out of their relationship."

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9/06/2012: Will and Amy announced their separation.


Previous Marriages:

Will was previously married for one year (1994-1995) to actress Penelope Ann Miller.

Quotes About the Marriage of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler:

Terri Pous: "They’ve made a huge mistake. Celebrity divorces are a dime a dozen, but this one feels emotionally bankrupt. Comedic couple Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are separating after nine years of marriage, two children and the notion that soul mates are real."
Source: Terri Pous. "Comedy Megacouple Amy Poehler and Will Arnett Separate." Time.com. 9/08/2012.

Amy: "People think we sit around and make each other laugh and stuff. But we're real homebodies."
Source: Donna Freydkin. "Arnett & Poehler sittin' in a tree l-a-u-g-h-i-n-g." USAToday.com. 3/23/2007.

Donna Freydkin: "Will Arnett and Amy Poehler go together like figure skating and sequins ... But this pair is perfectly matched, in life and on screen ... In person, they're affectionate, rubbing an arm here, patting a shoulder there, without ever encroaching on smug marrieds territory. They effortlessly seem to set up comedy bits for each other."
Source: Donna Freydkin. "Arnett & Poehler sittin' in a tree l-a-u-g-h-i-n-g." USAToday.com. 3/23/2007.

Ben Stiller: "They're the funniest married couple I know. They have such a similar sense of humor. They finish each other's sentences ... They work together so well as a couple. It's fun to see their rhythm together, they play off each other so well ... They seem comfortable and happy with each other. They joke around and make each other laugh, and that's the key to the success as any couple. They enjoy each other. There's no egos or weirdness. It never seems forced or anything."
Source: Donna Freydkin. "Arnett & Poehler sittin' in a tree l-a-u-g-h-i-n-g." USAToday.com. 3/23/2007.

Amy: "He makes me feel very safe. You can have a lot of adventures if you have someone by your side."
Source: Jennifer Wulff. "Poehler Express." People.com. 4/18/2005.


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