Paul Rudd

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This article is about the American actor. For the American actor with a similar name, see Paul Ryan Rudd. For the English DJ, see Paul Rudd (DJ).
Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd 2 SDCC 2014.jpg
Born Paul Stephen Rudd
(1969-04-06) April 6, 1969 (age 45)
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, comedian, producer, musician
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Julie Yaeger (m. 2003)
Children 2

Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969)[1] 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), 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.

Early life[edit]

Rudd was born 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.[2][3][4] His parents were British-born, his father from Edgware and his mother from Surbiton.[5][6] Rudd's parents were both Jewish (descended from Jewish immigrants who moved from Russia and Poland to England).[7][8] The family's original surname, "Rudnitzky," was changed by his grandfather to "Rudd."[9][10] When he was of age, Rudd had a bar mitzvah celebration.[2][11] 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.[12][13][14]

Rudd attended Broadmoor Junior High and Shawnee Mission West. Rudd went on to college at the University of Kansas,[15][16] where he was a member of the Nu Chapter of Sigma Nu.[17] He spent three months studying Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy based in Oxford, U.K.[18][19] While attending acting school, Rudd worked as a DJ.[20]

Career[edit]

Film and television[edit]

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.[21] 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.[21] 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.[22] 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[21] 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.[23] 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.[21] He starred in the comedy film This Is 40 with Leslie Mann,[22] 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.[24] 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.[25]

Rudd (right) with I Love You, Man co-stars Jason Segel and Rashida Jones at the premiere in March 2009

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.[21] 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.[26] 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).[27]

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.[28][29] Marvel officially confirmed Rudd's casting on December 19, 2013.[30][31]

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).

He has also voiced the audiobook recordings of John Hodgman's books The Areas of My Expertise (2005) and More Information Than You Require (2008).[32][33]

Running gags on television[edit]

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.[34][35][36]

Theatre[edit]

Rudd has also appeared in Broadway plays, the first being The Last Night of Ballyhoo as Joe Farkas in 1997.[37] The next year he appeared in Twelfth Night with Kyra Sedgwick and Max Wright at the Lincoln Center Theatre.[38] 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.[39]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Rudd married Julie Yaeger[40] and the couple have two children:[41] a son, Jack Sullivan (b. 2006), and a daughter, Darby (b. 2010). Rudd frequently travels to Overland Park, Kansas, where he attended high school.[42] 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.[42]

Filmography[edit]

Rudd at the SUNDANCE 2011: Inside The Cosmopolitan Lounge at The Sundance Channel HQ House

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Runaway Daughters Jimmy
1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Tommy Doyle Credited as Paul Stephen Rudd
1995 Clueless Josh
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 200 Cigarettes Kevin
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 Reaching Normal Kenneth
2001 Château, TheThe Château Graham Granville
2003 Shape of Things, TheThe Shape of Things Adam Sorenson
2003 Two Days Paul Miller
2003 House Hunting Daniel
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Brian Fantana
2004 P.S. Sammy Silverstein
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 Diggers Hunt
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
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)
2009 Year One Abel Uncredited
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 Wanderlust George Also producer
2012 Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a Wallflower Bill Anderson
2012 This Is 40 Pete
2013 Admission John
2013 Prince Avalanche Alvin
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Delocated Himself Episode: "Pilot"
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[edit]

Rudd at the Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards
Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1999 The Cider House Rules Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with the cast) Nominated
2004 Anchorman MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Performance (shared with Will Ferrell, Fred Armisen and Steve Carell) Nominated
2004 Anchorman MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team (shared with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and David Koechner) Nominated
2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team (shared with Steve Carell, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco) Nominated
2007 Knocked Up Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Seth Rogen) Nominated
2009 I Love You, Man MTV Movie Award Best Kiss (shared with Thomas Lennon) Nominated
2009 I Love You, Man Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Rockstar Moment (shared with Jason Segel) Nominated
2012 Parks and Recreation Critics' Choice Television Award Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series[43] Won
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower San Diego Film Critics Society Best Performance by an Ensemble (shared with the cast) Won
2012 This Is 40 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Nominated

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