Rudd at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Paul Stephen Rudd
April 6, 1969
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, filmmaker|
|Spouse(s)||Julie Yaeger (m. 2003)|
Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He has primarily appeared in comedies, and is known for his roles in the films Clueless (1995), Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), I Love You, Man (2009), This Is 40 (2012), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). In television, he appeared in the early 1990s on the NBC drama Sisters as the eventual husband of Ashley Judd's character, and some years later on the NBC sitcom Friends, playing Mike Hannigan, Phoebe Buffay's boyfriend and later husband for the final two seasons. Other guest television roles have included an appearance on the Tim and Eric show and hosting Saturday Night Live three times as of June 2014. Rudd has been cast as Ant-Man in Marvel Studios' film of the same name, to be released in 2015.
Rudd was born on April 6, 1969 in Passaic, New Jersey. His father, Michael, was a historical tour guide who was formerly the vice president of Trans World Airlines, while his mother, Gloria, was a sales manager at the television station KSMO-TV. His parents were British, his father from Edgware and his mother from Surbiton. Rudd's parents were both Jewish (descended from Jewish immigrants who moved from Russia and Poland to England). The family's original surname, "Rudnitzky," was changed by his grandfather to "Rudd." When he was of age, Rudd had a bar mitzvah celebration. When he was ten, Rudd's family moved to Overland Park, Kansas, where he was raised; his family also spent three years living in Anaheim, California, because of his father's occupation.
Rudd attended Broadmoor Junior High and Shawnee Mission West. Rudd went on to college at the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the Nu Chapter of Sigma Nu. He spent three months studying Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy based in Oxford, U.K. While attending acting school, Rudd worked as a DJ.
Film and television
Rudd made his acting debut in 1992 with the television drama Sisters where he played Kirby Quimby Philby. During that time, in 1994 he appeared in Wild Oats for 6 episodes. Rudd left Sisters in 1995 to then appear in the comedy film Clueless with Alicia Silverstone. He also appeared in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, The Locusts, Overnight Delivery, The Object of My Affection, and 200 Cigarettes. He was then in the 1999 film The Cider House Rules that earned him and the cast a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
He played FBI Agent Ian Curtis in Benny Chan's 2000 Hong Kong action film Gen-Y Cops. In 2002, he was cast as Mike Hannigan on the sitcom Friends who dates and then marries Phoebe Buffay, played by Lisa Kudrow. In 2006, he appeared in several episodes of Reno 911! as "Guy Gerricault" (pronounced "jericho"), the coach of a lamaze class, and then portrayed a drug lord in the Reno 911!: Miami film. He guest-starred as a hasbeen 1990s rock star, Desmond Fellows, on the television series Veronica Mars, in the 2007 episode "Debasement Tapes".
2004 marked the start of his work with director/producer Judd Apatow, first on the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as Brian Fantana with Steve Carell, David Koechner and Will Ferrell, produced by Apatow and again in 2005 in The 40-Year-Old Virgin with Steve Carell and Seth Rogen, directed by Apatow. He subsequently worked with Apatow in 2007's Knocked Up, as frustrated husband Pete, married to Leslie Mann's character. In that film, he co-starred with Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, and Jay Baruchel. Rudd appeared as John Lennon in the comedy film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in 2007 and as the drug-addled surf instructor in Nicholas Stoller's Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008 with Jason Segel and Jonah Hill, both of which Apatow produced. Rudd appeared as an uncredited cameos in Year One (2009) and Bridesmaids (2011). In 2012, he starred and also co-produced with Apatow on the film Wanderlust with Jennifer Aniston. He starred in the comedy film This Is 40 with Leslie Mann, a spinoff from Knocked Up, which was directed and produced by Apatow. He reprised his role as Brian Fantana in the 2013 sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
In 2007, he starred in both The Oh in Ohio and The Ten, which reunited him with David Wain and Michael Showalter. And then in Over Her Dead Body with Eva Longoria the next year. His next comedy which he also wrote, Role Models, he and co-star Seann William Scott portray energy-drink salesmen forced to perform community service in a child mentoring program.
In 2009, Rudd again appeared with Jason Segel in I Love You Man and co-created the TV series Party Down with John Embom, Rob Thomas and Dan Etheridge. He lent his voice to the DreamWorks computer-animated hit movie Monsters Vs. Aliens. In 2010, he reunited with Steve Carell for the first time since The 40-Year-Old Virgin for the Jay Roach-directed comedy Dinner for Schmucks. In 2012, he had a supporting role in the teen drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower, playing Mr. Anderson, a teacher of Charlie, played by Logan Lerman.
He starred in the 2011 comedy-drama film Our Idiot Brother with Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. It would be the fifth film that Rudd starred in with Elizabeth Banks. He had previously appeared with her in Wet Hot American Summer (2001), The Baxter (2005), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Role Models (2008).
In 2012, he signed to appear on four episodes of NBC's Parks and Recreation as Bobby Newport, a candidate for City Council and a rival of Amy Poehler's character Leslie Knope. A role which he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
In December 2013, Rudd entered early negotiations to star in the upcoming 2015 Marvel film Ant-Man as the lead character. Marvel officially confirmed Rudd's casting on December 19, 2013.
Rudd often stars with other Apatow film regulars like Seth Rogen (four films), Steve Carell (four films), Jonah Hill (three films), Leslie Mann (three films), Kristen Wiig (three films), Jason Segel (three films), Elizabeth Banks (five films), and Joe Lo Truglio (seven films), as well as working with director David Wain (four films).
Running gags on television
As part of a running gag during his appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and Conan, Rudd has brought a clip from the film Mac and Me, where the wheelchair-bound Eric (Jade Calegory) flies off a cliff while Mac watches on, instead of showing clips from the actual film he is there to promote.
Rudd has also appeared in Broadway plays, the first being The Last Night of Ballyhoo as Joe Farkas in 1997. The next year he appeared in Twelfth Night with Kyra Sedgwick and Max Wright at the Lincoln Center Theatre. And in 2006, he was in the Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain with Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts at the Bernard Jacobs Theater.
In 2003, Rudd married Julie Yaeger and the couple have two children: a son, Jack Sullivan (b. 2006), and a daughter, Darby (b. 2010). He is a fan of MLB's Kansas City Royals and of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, for whom he narrated the 2007 season of HBO's Hard Knocks.
|1995||Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers||Tommy Doyle||Credited as Paul Stephen Rudd|
|1996||Romeo + Juliet||Paris|
|1996||Size of Watermelons, TheThe Size of Watermelons||Alex|
|1997||Locusts, TheThe Locusts||Earl|
|1998||Overnight Delivery||Wyatt Trips|
|1998||Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My Affection||George Hanson|
|1999||Cider House Rules, TheThe Cider House Rules||Wally Worthington|
|2000||Gen-Y Cops||Ian Curtis|
|2000||Great Gatsby, TheThe Great Gatsby||Nick Carraway||TV film|
|2001||Wet Hot American Summer||Andy|
|2001||Château, TheThe Château||Graham Granville|
|2003||Shape of Things, TheThe Shape of Things||Adam Sorenson|
|2003||Two Days||Paul Miller|
|2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Brian Fantana|
|2004||Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie||Brian Fantana||Straight-to-DVD|
|2005||Baxter, TheThe Baxter||Dan Abbott|
|2005||40-Year-Old Virgin, TheThe 40-Year-Old Virgin||David|
|2005||Tennis, Anyone...?||Lance Rockwood|
|2006||Oh in Ohio, TheThe Oh in Ohio||Jack Chase|
|2006||Night at the Museum||Don|
|2007||Reno 911: Miami||Ethan|
|2007||I Could Never Be Your Woman||Adam Pearl|
|2007||Ex, TheThe Ex||Leon|
|2007||Ten, TheThe Ten||Jeff Reigert||Also producer|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||John Lennon||Uncredited|
|2008||Over Her Dead Body||Dr. Henry Mills|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Chuck or "Kunu"|
|2008||Role Models||Danny Donahue||Also writer|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Peter Klaven|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||Derek (voice)|
|2010||Dinner for Schmucks||Tim Conrad|
|2010||How Do You Know||George Madison|
|2011||Our Idiot Brother||Ned|
|2011||Bridesmaids||Dave||Uncredited (DVD only)|
|2012||Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a Wallflower||Bill Anderson|
|2012||This Is 40||Pete|
|2013||This Is the End||Paul Rudd||Cameo|
|2013||All Is Bright||Rene|
|2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Brian Fantana|
|2014||They Came Together||Joel|
|2015||Ant-Man||Scott Lang / Ant-Man||Filming|
|1992–1995||Sisters||Kirby Quimby Philby||20 episodes|
|1994||Wild Oats||Brian Grant||6 episodes|
|1996||Clueless||Sonny||Episode: "I Got You Babe"|
|2000||Deadline||Zander Price||Episode: "Lovers and Madmen"|
|2000||Strangers with Candy||Brent Brooks||Episode: "The Last Temptation of Blank"|
|2002–2004||Friends||Mike Hannigan||18 episodes|
|2005||Stella||Greg||Episode: "Office Party"|
|2006||Cheap Seats||Dave Penders||Episode: "1996 Spelling Bee: Part 2"|
|2006||Robot Chicken||Jasper the Douchebag Ghost / Ang Lee (voices)||Episode: "Book of Corrine"|
|2006–2007||Reno 911!||Guy Gerricault||5 episodes|
|2007||Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, TheThe Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show||Antagonistic Passenger||Episode: "Gold Watch"|
|2007||Veronica Mars||Desmond Fellows||Episode: "Debasement Tapes"|
|2007||Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City Chiefs||Himself||Narrator|
|2008||Little Britain USA||French president||Episode: "1.3"|
|2008||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Paul Rudd/Beyoncé"|
|2009–2010||Party Down||Co-creator, writer, executive producer|
|2010||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Himself / Celery Man / Oyster / Tayne||Episode: "Man Milk"|
|2010||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Paul Rudd/Paul McCartney"|
|2011||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Dr. Zander (voice)||Episode: "Love Is a Many Strangled Thing"|
|2012||Parks and Recreation||Bobby Newport||4 episodes|
|2012||Louie||Paul Rudd||Episode: "Late Show: Part 3"|
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Paul Rudd/One Direction"|
|2014||The Simpsons||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Steal This Episode"|
Awards and nominations
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- Stated on The Graham Norton Show, February 1, 2013
- "Movies that Bang! Hiller Movie Reviews: The Shape of Things (2003)". Bangitout.com. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
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- Mills, Nancy (July 26, 2010). "Paul Rudd's offbeat 'Dinner' date". Reading Eagle. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
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- KU Alumni Association (2013). "Notable Alumni". University of Kansas. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
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- "Alumni". British American Drama Academy. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
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- Zakarin, Jordan. "Judd Apatow: I'm 'Disgusted' When Wife Leslie Mann Fools Around Onscreen With Other Men". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
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- "'Our Idiot Brother' premiere: Paul Rudd hits Hollywood with his 'sisters'". LA Times. August 17, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
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- "The Areas of My Expertise". Powells.com. 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- Kuntzman, Gersh (October 25, 2011). "John Hodgman is big — bigger than Paul Rudd, even". BrooklynPaper.com. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- "MAC AND ME (1988) – infamous wheelchair scene". YouTube. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
- "Paul Rudd on Conan promoting Role Models". November 13, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
- "Paul Rudd's EXCLUSIVE "Anchorman 2" clip". April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
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- "Lincoln Center Theatre : Twelfth Night". Lincoln Center Theatre. 1998. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- "Bradley Cooper & Paul Rudd Join Julia Roberts in B'way's Three Days of Rain". Broadway.com. November 28, 2005. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
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