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 51)
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 51)
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. 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.[citation needed] His mother, Elaine Elizabeth (née Artingstall), was a telephone operator, and his father, Sanford William Feig, owned Ark Surplus on Gratiot Avenue.[1][2][3] 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.[1][4][5]

After a year at Wayne State University, Feig moved to Los Angeles, where he studied at USC, worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood, embarked on a stand-up comedy act, and landed minor roles on various television shows.[6] 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 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,[7] and in summer 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Freaks and Geeks as the 13th best show of the past 25 years.[8] 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, hopefully franchise titled "Susan Cooper" for 20th Century Fox, which he'll write and direct.[9]

Feig has been married to Laurie Karon since 1994.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The New York Times
  2. ^ Daily Tribune
  3. ^ The Windsor Star
  4. ^ Robert, Daniel (2006-05-04). "Interviews > Paul Feig Director Of Unaccompanied Minors". Suicidegirls.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  5. ^ Grantland
  6. ^ Bowe, John (September 26, 2008). "The Trouble With Paul Feig". The New York Times Magazine. 
  7. ^ Poniewozik, James (2007-09-06). "The Abbott and Costello Show | All-TIME 100 TV Shows | Entertainment". TIME.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  8. ^ "The New Classics: TV | TV". EW.com. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (18 June 2013). "Paul Feig Developing Female James Bond Comedy 'Susan Cooper'". thewrap.com. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 

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