Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian,
writer, and producer. He studied theatre at the University of Kansas
and the British American Drama Academy, before making his acting debut
in 1992 with NBC's drama series Sisters. He is known for his starring
roles in the film The Cider House Rules (1999), Halloween: The Curse
of Michael Myers (1995), and the comedy films Clueless (1995), Wet Hot
American Summer (2001), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004),
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005),
Knocked Up (2007),
Role Models (2008),
I Love You, Man
I Love You, Man (2009),
Dinner for Schmucks
Dinner for Schmucks (2010), Our Idiot Brother
(2011), Wanderlust (2012),
This Is 40
This Is 40 (2012), and
Anchorman 2: The
Legend Continues (2013), and for playing the superhero Ant-Man in
Marvel Studios' Ant-Man (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016).
In addition to his film career, Rudd has appeared in numerous
television shows, including the
Friends as Mike Hannigan,
along with guest roles on
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and
Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation (as businessman Bobby Newport), and hosting
Saturday Night Live. Rudd received a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame on July 1, 2015.
1 Early life
2.1 1992–1999: Early career
2.2 2000–2009: Success with leading roles
2.3 2010–present: Continued success and Ant-Man
4 Personal life
5 Awards and nominations
8 External links
Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His father, Michael Rudd,
was a historical tour guide and former vice-president of Trans World
Airlines who died of cancer. His mother, Gloria Irene (Granville),
was a sales manager at the television station
KCMO-TV in Kansas City,
Missouri. His parents were born in England; his father was
Edgware and his mother from Surbiton, both in London.
Rudd's parents were both Jewish (descended from Jewish immigrants who
moved to Britain from Russia, Belarus, and Poland). Rudd's
parents were second cousins. His father's family's original
surname, "Rudnitsky", was changed by his grandfather to "Rudd", and
his mother's family's surname was originally "Goldstein". Rudd
had a Bar Mitzvah service. Growing up, he loved reading British
The Beano and The Dandy, which his uncle in the U.K. would
send to him.
When he was ten, Rudd's family moved to Lenexa, Kansas. His family
also spent three years living in Anaheim, California, because of his
father's occupation. Rudd attended Broadmoor Junior High
and graduated from
Shawnee Mission West High School in the class of
1987. Rudd attended the University of Kansas, where he majored in
theater. He was a member of the
Sigma Nu fraternity's Nu Chapter
there. He studied at the
American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West
American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West in
Los Angeles. Rudd spent three months studying
Jacobean drama at
British American Drama Academy based in Oxford, England.
While attending acting school, Rudd worked as a Bar Mitzvah disc
1992–1999: Early career
Rudd made his acting debut in 1992 with the television drama Sisters
where he played Kirby Quimby Philby. In 1994, he appeared in Wild Oats
for six episodes. Rudd left Sisters in 1995 to 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 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.
2000–2009: Success with leading roles
He played FBI Agent Ian Curtis in Benny Chan's 2000 Hong Kong action
film Gen-Y Cops. In 2002, he was cast on the sitcom
Friends as Mike
Hannigan, 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 has-been 1990s rock star, Desmond Fellows, on the
television series Veronica Mars, in the 2007 episode "Debasement
Rudd at the premiere of
I Love You, Man
I Love You, Man in March 2009
The year 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
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 Rogen, 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
Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008 with
Jason Segel and Jonah Hill,
both of which Apatow produced. Rudd appeared as 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
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
The Oh in Ohio
The Oh in Ohio and The Ten, which reunited him
David Wain and Michael Showalter., and then in Over Her Dead
Eva Longoria the next year. In his next comedy which he also
wrote, Role Models, he and co-star
Seann William Scott
Seann William Scott portray
energy-drink salesmen forced to perform community service in a child
In 2009, Rudd again appeared with
Jason Segel in
I Love You Man
I Love You Man where
he and Segel play buddies who bond over their shared love for the rock
band Rush. Both Rudd and Segel are themselves fans of the
band. Also in 2009, Rudd 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.
2010–present: Continued success and Ant-Man
In 2010, Rudd 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
Our Idiot Brother
Our Idiot Brother with Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and
Emily Mortimer. It was 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
Role Models (2008).
Rudd on the
MLB Network in 2015
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 for which he won the
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy
Series. In 2014, he began providing voiceovers for Hyundai
television commercials. He has also voiced the audiobook recordings of
John Hodgman's books
The Areas of My Expertise
The Areas of My Expertise (2005) and More
Information Than You Require (2008).
On December 19, 2013, Rudd was officially confirmed as cast in the
2015 Marvel film Ant-Man. He played lead character Scott
Lang/Ant-Man, and also co-wrote the screenplay
with Adam McKay. Rudd reprised his role in Captain America: Civil War
Rudd reprised his role as Andy from
Wet Hot American Summer
Wet Hot American Summer in the
Netflix prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, alongside
an ensemble cast including Bradley Cooper,
Amy Poehler and Elizabeth
Banks, all reprising their roles from the 2001 film. In 2016, he
appeared in the comedy-drama film The Fundamentals of Caring,
alongside Selena Gomez, and lent his voice to the animated films The
Little Prince and Sausage Party.
Rudd often stars with other Apatow film regulars like
Seth Rogen (four
Steve Carell (four films),
Jonah Hill (three films), Leslie
Mann (three films),
Kristen Wiig (three films),
Jason Segel (three
Elizabeth Banks (five films), and
Joe Lo Truglio
Joe Lo Truglio (seven
films), as well as working with director
David Wain (five films).
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
Twelfth Night with
Kyra Sedgwick and
Max Wright at the Lincoln
Center Theatre. In 2006, he appeared in the Broadway production of
Three Days of Rain with
Bradley Cooper and Julia
Roberts at the Bernard Jacobs Theater.
In 2012, Rudd appeared in the Broadway production of Craig Wright's
Grace. The play was performed at the Cort Theatre. Starring alongside
Rudd was Academy award nominee Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington, and
seven-time Emmy award winner Ed Asner. The play was first acclaimed at
the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. In 2004. It would then
go on to receive equal praise at NorthLight Theatre in Chicago and
then at the Pasadena Playhouse in LA, where it received three L.A.
Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play.
Rudd at the world premiere of Ant-Man in June 2015 with his wife Julie
In 2003, Rudd married Julie Yaeger. They have two children: a son,
Jack Sullivan (b. 2006) and a daughter, Darby (b. 2010).
Rudd is a fan of MLB's
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals and of the NFL's Kansas City
Chiefs, for whom he narrated the 2007 season of HBO's Hard Knocks.
Rudd received a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 1, 2015. He
unveiled the 2,554th star on the mile-long strip of plaques on
Hollywood Boulevard. At the occasion Rudd said, "I remember being a
kid and walking this boulevard and reading the names and thinking
about what so many other millions of people thought about, which is,
you know, 'Who's that?'"
Rudd is a supporter of the
Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY),
a nonprofit organization to help young people who stutter. He hosted
the organization's 6th Annual All-Star Bowling Benefit on January 22,
2018. Rudd told Vanity Fair that he became an advocate for
stuttering awareness after portraying a character who stutters in a
Awards and nominations
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd filmography
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