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Rudd in December 2007
|Born||Paul Stephen Rudd
April 6, 1969
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, comedian, producer, musician|
|Spouse(s)||Julie Yaeger (2003–present)|
Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter and musician. He has primarily appeared in comedies, and is known for his roles in the films Clueless (1995), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), I Love You, Man (2009), Dinner for Schmucks (2010), Our Idiot Brother (2011), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), This Is 40 (2012), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). In television, he appeared on the NBC sitcom Friends, playing Mike Hannigan, Phoebe Buffay's boyfriend and later husband for the final two seasons, and was featured on the Tim and Eric show.
Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey, to British-born parents, his father from Edgware and his mother from Surbiton. Rudd's parents, both Jewish, were descended from immigrants from Russia and Poland. The family's original surname, "Rudnitzky", was changed by his grandfather to "Rudd". Rudd had a bar mitzvah celebration. His father, Michael, was a historical tour guide who was formerly the vice president of Trans World Airlines (TWA), while his mother, Gloria, was a sales manager at the television station KSMO-TV. 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.
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Rudd made his breakout performance in the 1995 film Clueless. Additional early career credits include Wet Hot American Summer, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The Cider House Rules, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, and The Object of My Affection. He also garnered recognition with a recurring role on the television sitcom Friends as Mike Hannigan, who married Phoebe Buffay. Rudd's Broadway acting credits include The Last Night of Ballyhoo (1997), Twelfth Night (1998), and Three Days of Rain (2006). He guest-starred as a hasbeen 1990s rock star, Desmond Fellows, on the television series, Veronica Mars, in an episode titled "Debasement Tapes". He voiced the audiobook recordings of John Hodgman's books The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require. In 2006, he appeared in several episodes of Reno 911! as "Guy Gerricault" (pronounced "jericho"), the coach of a lamaze class, and portrayed a drug lord in the film Reno 911!: Miami. 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. He won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series on June 18, 2012 for his portrayal as Bobby Newport. He also played FBI Agent Ian Curtis in Benny Chan's 2000 Hong Kong action film Gen-Y Cops.
Rudd became a according to whom?] with his roles in Judd Apatow pictures The 40-Year-Old Virgin (directed by Apatow) and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (produced by Apatow). In 2007, he starred as frustrated husband Pete in Knocked Up, his third collaboration with Apatow and Seth Rogen. That year he also starred in both The Oh in Ohio and The Ten, which reunited him with David Wain and Michael Showalter. The former film was a box-office and critical disappointment[original research?] as was his next starring vehicle, Over Her Dead Body with Eva Longoria. He bounced back with a [according to whom?] supporting role as Kunu (Hawaiian for "Chuck"), the drug-addled surf instructor in Nicholas Stoller's Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The film was a hit,[original research?] as was his next comedy Role Models,[original research?] where he and co-star Seann William Scott portrayed energy-drink salesmen forced to perform community service in a child mentoring program. Rudd also made cameo appearances in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Year One and Night at the Museum.[
In 2009, Rudd again appeared with Jason Segel in I Love You Man. He co-created 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 (Logan Lerman).
Rudd has become according to whom?], often starring with other regulars like Seth Rogen (four films), Jonah Hill (three films), Leslie Mann (three films), Kristen Wiig (three films), Jason Segel (three films), Steve Carell (four films), Elizabeth Banks (five films), and Joe Lo Truglio (seven 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. He also has appeared on stage for Conan O'Brien's live tour.
Rudd also has a running gag on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in which Rudd and Jimmy Fallon appear to be setting up a clip from a film Rudd is appearing in. The clip that follows, however, is a clip from Late Show with David Letterman in which Rudd, in an earlier appearance, and David Letterman set up the clip verbatim to how Rudd and Fallon appeared to set up the clip.
Running gags in films
Paul and Seth Rogen went back and forth with each other in a "You Know How I Know You're Gay?" dialogue in two films - The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) and Knocked Up (2007). The scenes were reported to be unscripted.
On November 10, 2013, actor Will Ferrell announced that rapper Kanye West and Rudd are working on an Anchorman album stating: "He's doing an album with Paul Rudd — which I shouldn't have said, anyway it's out there," Ferrell, dressed as Ron Burgundy said. "I think they were just comparing notes and laying down some tracks, as they say in the biz. Rudd is doing all the hooks. That's a big deal. I heard the album's terrible, by the way. Awful."
In 2003, Rudd married Julie Yaeger and the couple have two children: a son, Jack Sullivan (b. 2006), and a daughter, Darby (b. 2010). Rudd frequently travels to Overland Park, Kansas, where he attended high school. 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||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2000||Gen-Y Cops||Ian Curtis|
|2000||Great Gatsby, TheThe Great Gatsby||Nick Carraway||TV|
|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||Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance (shared with Will Ferrell, Fred Armisen and Steve Carell)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and David Koechner)
|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||Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Steve Carell, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco)|
|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||Knocked Up||Pete||Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Seth Rogen)|
|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||Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Thomas Lennon)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rockstar Moment (shared with Jason Segel)
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||Derek||Voice Only|
|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||San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Cast
|2012||This Is 40||Pete||Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in a Comedy|
|2013||This Is the End||Himself|
|2013||All Is Bright||Rene|
|2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Brian Fantana|
|2014||They Came Together||Joel||Post-production|
|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||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"|
|2010||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Himself, Celery Man, Oyster, Tayne||Episode: "Man Milk"|
|2010||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Dr. Zander||Episode: "Love Is a Many Strangled Thing"|
|2010||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Paul Rudd/Paul McCartney"|
|2012||Parks and Recreation||Bobby Newport||4 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Paul Rudd/One Direction"|
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