Actor Will Ferrell greets crowd as he leaves Dan Patrick's studio downtown

Actor Will Ferrell, aka Ron Burgundy of the movie Anchorman, walked out of the Dan Patrick Studio around noon Thursday, waved to the crowd and got into an awaiting car.

A crowd had gathered near Subway in downtown Milford, hoping to catch a glimpse of the actor, who was in Milford this morning co-hosting the Dan Patrick Show.

Police were on the scene, keeping the crowd out of the street.

“My daughter texted me and told me he was here,” said one resident. “She suggested I walk down, so I did.”

Ryan Burns of Milford waited with a camera for about two hours for Ferrell to leave the studio. He wasn’t disappointed.

“I got a great shot,” Burns said, “and he shook my hand.”

According to a tweet earlier from David Scott, spokesman for ESPN, Farrell had been scheduled to be on ESPN’s Sports Center Thursday evening to promote his new movie, Anchorman 2 the Legend Continues, but that was canceled.

Milford’s Dan Patrick, who hosts The Dan Patrick Show from downtown Milford, previously worked at ESPN, and he often anchored the weekend and Sunday edition of SportsCenter, according to an online source.

Farrell showed up at the downtown Milford studio in the Ron Burgundy persona, wearing the trademark red suit highlighted on movie trailers. Anchorman 2 is scheduled to come out Dec. 18.

Clips on the Dan Patrick website show him and Ferrell “co-hosting” the broadcast from downtown Milford, including conducting a phone interview with “Champ Kind” from Anchorman 2. Farrell, as Ron Burgundy, also reenacts some of the best calls in sports history.