Paul Feig

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Paul Feig
Paul Feig.jpg
Feig at a special Chicago Public Radio screening of Unaccompanied Minors, 2006
Born(1962-09-17) September 17, 1962 (age 52)
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, writer, film director
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Laurie Karon (1994–)
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Paul Feig
Paul Feig.jpg
Feig at a special Chicago Public Radio screening of Unaccompanied Minors, 2006
Born(1962-09-17) September 17, 1962 (age 52)
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, writer, film director
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Laurie Karon (1994–)

Paul S. Feig (born September 17, 1962) is an American director, actor and author. Feig directed the blockbuster Oscar nominated 2011 film Bridesmaids featuring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy. Feig also directed the blockbuster film The Heat also starring McCarthy, and Sandra Bullock. He created the critically acclaimed show Freaks and Geeks and has directed several episodes of The Office and Arrested Development; plus select 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[edit]

Feig was born in and raised in Mount Clemens, Michigan.[1] His mother, Elaine Elizabeth (née Artingstall), was a telephone operator, and his father, Sanford William Feig, owned Ark Surplus on Gratiot Avenue.[2][3][4] Feig's father was born Jewish and converted to Christianity; Feig's parents met at a church social, and Feig was raised in Christian Science.[2][5][6]

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.[7] 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,[8] and in summer 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Freaks and Geeks as the 13th best show of the past 25 years.[9] Feig was nominated for two Emmys for writing the show's pilot and the season finale.

In June 2013 it was announced that Feig will be developing a female spy comedy movie titled Susan Cooper later retitled Spy for 20th Century Fox, which he'll write and direct.[10]

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 24th, 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.[11]

Feig is currently being sought by Sony to direct the third installment of the Ghostbusters franchise.[12]

Feig has been married to Laurie Karon since 1994.



1987Zombie HighYesEmmerson
1987Three O'Clock HighYesHall Monitor
1990Ski PatrolYesStanley
1992Deep Dish TVYes
1995Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final InsultYesOscar Audience Member
1995The TV WheelYesVarious
1995HeavyweightsYesTim The Guidance Counselor
1996That Thing You Do!YesKMPC D.J.
1996My Fellow AmericansYesReporter #2
1997Life Sold SeparatelyYes
1997Statical PlanetsYes
2000Bad DogYes
2002Stealing HarvardYesElectrician
2003I Am DavidYesYesYesAmerican Man
2006Unaccompanied MinorsYes
2007Knocked UpYesFantasy Baseball Guy
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryYesDifferent DJ (Uncredited)
2011Bad TeacherYesDad at Carwash
2011BridesmaidsYesYesGuy at wedding (Uncredited)
2013The HeatYesYesDoctor (Uncredited)
2015The Peanuts MovieYes
2016Ghostbusters rebootYesYes


1986The Facts of LifeYes*"The Ratings Game"


1988 - 1989Dirty DancingYesAs Norman Bryant

11 Episodes

1990thirtysomethingYesAs Focus Group Member
  • "Pulling Away"
1990It's Garry Shandling's ShowYesAs Chester Bass
  • "The Proposal"
  • "The Honeymoon Show"
  • "Chester Gets a Show"
1991Good SportsYesAs Leash
  • "Pros and Ex-Cons"
  • "Electricity"
  • "The Return of Nick"
  • "A Class Act"
1991Get a LifeYesAs Mark
  • "Chris Becomes a Male Escort"
1992 - 1993The EdgeYesAs Various Characters

7 Episodes

1992 - 1993The Jackie Thomas ShowYesAs Bobby Wynn

18 Episodes

1993RoseanneYesAs Pete
  • "A Stash from the Past"
1994The Good LifeYesAs Video Clerk
  • "Paul Dates a Buddhist"
  • "John Takes Out Melissa"
1994HardballYesAs Agent #1
  • "Whose Strike Is It Anyway?"
1996The Louie ShowYesAs Dr. Jake Anderson

6 Episodes

1996 - 1997Sabrina, the Teenage WitchYesAs Mr. Eugene Pool

26 Episodes

1997Men Behaving BadlyYesAs Nelson
  • "The Sting"
1997EllenYesAs Peterson
  • "G.I. Ellen"
1998The Drew Carey ShowYesWorker #1
  • "From the Earth to the Moon"
1999Freaks and GeeksYesYesYesYesAs Alexander The Guitarist(Uncredited)
  • "I'm With The Band"
2005The OfficeYesYesDirected Episodes:
2004 & 2005Arrested DevelopmentYesYesAs Magician in "Sword of Destiny"

Directed Episodes:

2007Mad MenYesDirected Episodes:
2005 & 2007WeedsYesEpisodes Directed:
  • "Risk"
  • "He Taught Me How to Drive By"
  • "The Punishment Lighter"
200730 RockYesEpisodes Directed: *"Cleveland"
2009Parks and RecreationYesEpisodes Directed: *"Pawnee Zoo"
2009Bored to DeathYesEpisodes Directed: *"Take a Dive"
  • "The Case of the Lonely White Dove"
2009Nurse JackieYesYesAs Mr. Spagnolo in *"Monkey Bits"

Episodes Directed:*"Nose Bleed"

  • "Ring Finger"
  • "Comfort Food"
  • "Twitter"
  • "Candyland"
  • "Apple Bong"
  • "Caregiver"
  • "Bleeding"
  • "Silly String"
  • "Monkey Bits"
  • "P.O. Box"
  • "Sleeping Dogs"
  • "What the Day Brings"
  • "Years of Service"



  1. ^ Associated Press (October 9, 2014). "Michigan's Paul Feig to direct female-led 'Ghostbusters'". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b The New York Times
  3. ^ Daily Tribune
  4. ^ The Windsor Star
  5. ^ Robert, Daniel (2006-05-04). "Interviews > Paul Feig Director Of Unaccompanied Minors". Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  6. ^ Grantland
  7. ^ Bowe, John (September 26, 2008). "The Trouble With Paul Feig". The New York Times Magazine. 
  8. ^ Poniewozik, James (2007-09-06). "The Abbott and Costello Show | All-TIME 100 TV Shows | Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  9. ^ "The New Classics: TV | TV". 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (18 June 2013). "Paul Feig Developing Female James Bond Comedy 'Susan Cooper'". Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Evans, Bradford (24 June 2014). "Melissa McCarthy Shares Details on Her Upcoming Movies 'Michelle Darnell' and 'Just Do It'". Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (8/2/14). "'Ghostbusters 3' Targets Paul Feig as Director". Retrieved 8/2/14.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)

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