September 17, 1962 |
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, writer, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Laurie Karon (m. 1994)|
Paul Samuel Feig (born September 17, 1962) is an American director, actor and author. He is best known for directing the 2011 film Bridesmaids, featuring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Feig also directed the comedy films The Heat (2013) starring McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, and Spy (2015) which stars McCarthy, Jason Statham, and Jude Law.
He created the critically acclaimed show Freaks and Geeks and directed several episodes of The Office and Arrested Development; plus episodes of 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Mad Men and other television series. Feig has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for writing on Freaks and Geeks and three for directing on The Office. He is also known for playing Mr. Eugene Pool, Sabrina's science teacher, on the first season of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, as well as Tim, a camp counselor, in the film Heavyweights.
Life and career
Feig was born in and raised in Mount Clemens, Michigan. His mother, Elaine Elizabeth (née Artingstall), was a telephone operator, and his father, Sanford William Feig, owned Ark Surplus on Gratiot Avenue. Feig's father was born Jewish and converted to Christian Science; Feig's parents met at a church social, and Feig was also raised in Christian Science.
After a year at Wayne State University, Feig moved to Los Angeles, California and transferred to the University of Southern California. He also worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood, embarked on a stand-up comedy act, and landed minor roles on various television shows. Feig also appeared in several films, including a role alongside good friend Ben Stiller in the 1995 film Heavyweights, in which he played camp counselor Tim. On the first season of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Feig portrayed Mr. Eugene Pool, Sabrina's science teacher.
With Heavyweights co-scripter Judd Apatow, Feig created the short-lived dramedy series Freaks and Geeks, inspired by his experiences at Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township, Michigan. The show aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. Eighteen episodes were completed, but the series was canceled after only twelve had aired. Despite the short run, Freaks and Geeks has since maintained a devoted cult following. The show was named in Time magazine's 100 Greatest Shows of All Time, and in summer 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Freaks and Geeks as the 13th best show of the past 25 years. Feig was nominated for two Emmys for writing the show's pilot and the season finale.
Feig wrote, directed, and produced the 2015 spy comedy movie Spy for 20th Century Fox, starring Melissa McCarthy. On March 17, 2014, It was announced that Feig would produce the upcoming animated feature, Peanuts for Blue Sky Studios, based on the Peanuts comic strip and characters created by Charles M. Schulz.
On June 24, 2014, it was announced that Feig will also be directing a film with Melissa McCarthy called Just Do It. The film is about a wife determined to repair her and her husband's marriage via 100 days of continuous sex. The film will be written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone. Feig will also be directing a female driven reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise.
Feig has been married to Laurie Karon since September 23, 1994.
|1987||Three O'Clock High||Yes||Hall Monitor|
|1992||Deep Dish TV||Yes|
|1995||Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult||Yes||Oscar Audience Member|
|1995||The TV Wheel||Yes||Various|
|1995||Heavyweights||Yes||Tim The Guidance Counselor|
|1996||That Thing You Do!||Yes||KMPC D.J.|
|1996||My Fellow Americans||Yes||Reporter #2|
|1997||Life Sold Separately||Yes|
|2003||I Am David||Yes||Yes||Yes||American Man|
|2007||Knocked Up||Yes||Fantasy Baseball Guy|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Yes||Different DJ (Uncredited)|
|2011||Bad Teacher||Yes||Dad at Car Wash|
|2011||Bridesmaids||Yes||Yes||Guy at wedding (Uncredited)|
|2013||The Heat||Yes||Yes||Doctor (Uncredited)|
|2015||Spy||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Drunken Guest at Paris Hotel (Uncredited)|
|2015||The Peanuts Movie||Yes|
|1986||The Facts of Life||Yes||*"The Ratings Game"
|1988 - 1989||Dirty Dancing||Yes||As Norman Bryant
|1990||thirtysomething||Yes||As Focus Group Member
|1990||It's Garry Shandling's Show||Yes||As Chester Bass
|1991||Good Sports||Yes||As Leash
|1991||Get a Life||Yes||As Mark
|1992 - 1993||The Edge||Yes||As Various Characters
|1992 - 1993||The Jackie Thomas Show||Yes||As Bobby Wynn
|1994||The Good Life||Yes||As Video Clerk
|1994||Hardball||Yes||As Agent #1
|1996||The Louie Show||Yes||As Dr. Jake Anderson
|1996 - 1997||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Yes||As Mr. Eugene Pool
|1997||Men Behaving Badly||Yes||As Nelson
|1998||The Drew Carey Show||Yes||Worker #1
|1999||Freaks and Geeks||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||As Alexander The Guitarist(Uncredited)
|2005||The Office||Yes||Yes||Directed Episodes:|
|2004 & 2005||Arrested Development||Yes||Yes||As Magician in "Sword of Destiny"
|2007||Mad Men||Yes||Directed Episodes:
|2005 & 2007||Weeds||Yes||Episodes Directed:
|2007||30 Rock||Yes||Episodes Directed:|
|2009||Parks and Recreation||Yes||Episodes Directed:|
|2009||Bored to Death||Yes||Episodes Directed:
|2009||Nurse Jackie||Yes||Yes||As Mr. Spagnolo in *"Monkey Bits"
|2014||Maron||Yes||As Warren in *"Therapy"|
- Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence (ISBN 0-609-80943-1, 2002)
- Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin (ISBN 1-4000-5175-4, 2005)
- Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut! (ISBN 0-316-16663-4, 2008)
- Ignatius MacFarland: Frequency Freakout! (2010)
- Associated Press (October 9, 2014). "Michigan's Paul Feig to direct female-led 'Ghostbusters'". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
- The New York Times
- Daily Tribune
- The Windsor Star
- Robert, Daniel (2006-05-04). "Interviews > Paul Feig Director Of Unaccompanied Minors". Suicidegirls.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
- Bowe, John (September 26, 2008). "The Trouble With Paul Feig". The New York Times Magazine.
- Poniewozik, James (2007-09-06). "The Abbott and Costello Show | All-TIME 100 TV Shows | Entertainment". TIME.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
- Connolly, Kelly (2012-03-20). "The New Classics: TV | TV". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
- Sneider, Jeff (18 June 2013). "Paul Feig Developing Female James Bond Comedy 'Susan Cooper'". thewrap.com. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- Evans, Bradford (24 June 2014). "Melissa McCarthy Shares Details on Her Upcoming Movies 'Michelle Darnell' and 'Just Do It'". Retrieved 1 August 2014.
- Zuckerman, Esther (October 8, 2014). "Paul Feig explains his vision for a female-led 'Ghostbusters'". Entertainment Weekly.