Paul Rudd

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Paul Rudd

Rudd at Hollywood Life magazine's 8th Annual Breakthrough Awards, December 2007
BornPaul Stephen Rudd
(1969-04-06) April 6, 1969 (age 43)
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, screenwriter, comedian, producer
Years active1992–present
SpouseJulie Yaeger (2003–present)
ChildrenJack Rudd
Darby Rudd
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Paul Rudd

Rudd at Hollywood Life magazine's 8th Annual Breakthrough Awards, December 2007
BornPaul Stephen Rudd
(1969-04-06) April 6, 1969 (age 43)
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, screenwriter, comedian, producer
Years active1992–present
SpouseJulie Yaeger (2003–present)
ChildrenJack Rudd
Darby Rudd

Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969)[1] is an American actor, comedian and screenwriter. He has primarily appeared in comedies, and is known for his roles in the films Clueless, The Cider House Rules, Wet Hot American Summer, Anchorman, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Dinner for Schmucks, The Object of My Affection, Role Models, I Love You, Man, and Our Idiot Brother. In television, he appeared on the NBC sitcom Friends, playing Mike Hannigan, Phoebe Buffay's boyfriend and later husband for the final two seasons, and is commonly featured on the Tim and Eric show.


Early life

Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey.[2] His parents, both natives of London (England), were Jewish, and were descended from immigrants from Russia and Poland;[3][4] the family's original surname, "Rudnitzky", was changed by his grandfather to "Rudd".[5][6] Rudd had a bar mitzvah.[7] His father, Michael, was a historical tour guide who was formerly the vice president of World Airways, while his mother, Gloria, was a sales manager at the television station KSMO-TV.[8][9] 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.[10][11][12] He attended high school at Shawnee Mission West and college at the University of Kansas,[13] where he was a member of the Nu Chapter of Sigma Nu.[14] He spent three months studying Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy based in Oxford, U.K.[15][16]


Rudd made his breakout performance in the 1995 film Clueless, which turned him into a minor teen idol. Additional early-career credits include Wet Hot American Summer, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The Cider House Rules, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, and The Object of My Affection. He also garnered recognition with a recurring role on the television sitcom Friends as Mike Hannigan, who married Phoebe Buffay. Rudd's Broadway acting credits include The Last Night of Ballyhoo (1997), Twelfth Night (1998), and Three Days of Rain (2006). He guest-starred as a hasbeen 1990s rock star, Desmond Fellows, on the television series, Veronica Mars, in an episode titled "Debasement Tapes". He voiced the audiobook recordings of John Hodgman's books The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require. In 2006, he appeared in several episodes of Reno 911! as "Guy Gerricault" (pronounced "jericho"), the coach of a lamaze class, and portrayed a drug lord in the film Reno 911!: Miami. 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. He won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series on June 18, 2012 for his portrayal as Bobby Newport.

Rudd became a full-fledged comedy star with his roles in Judd Apatow pictures The 40-Year-Old Virgin (directed by Apatow) and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (produced by Apatow). In 2007, he starred as frustrated husband Pete in Knocked Up, his third collaboration with Apatow and Seth Rogen. That year he also starred in both The Oh in Ohio and The Ten, which reunited him with David Wain and Michael Showalter. The former film was a box-office and critical disappointment as was his next starring vehicle, Over Her Dead Body with Eva Longoria. He bounced back with a memorable supporting role as Kunu (Hawaiian for "Chuck"), the drug-addled surf instructor in Nicholas Stoller's Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The film was a hit, as was his next comedy Role Models, where he and co-star Seann William Scott portrayed energy-drink salesmen forced to perform community service in a child mentoring program. Rudd also made cameo appearances in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Year One and Night at the Museum.

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. He co-created TV series Party Down with John Enbom, Rob Thomas and Dan Etheridge. 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.

Rudd has become one of the most popular and marketable stars of Apatow films and the like, often starring with other regulars like Seth Rogen (four films), Jonah Hill (three films), Leslie Mann (three films), Kristen Wiig (three films), Jason Segel (three films), Steve Carell (four films), Elizabeth Banks (five films), and Joe Lo Truglio (seven films).

Running gags on television

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-using Eric (Jade Calegory) flies off a cliff while Mac watches on, instead of showing clips from the actual film he is there to promote.[17][18] He also has appeared on stage for Conan O'Brien's live tour.

Rudd also has a running gag on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in which Rudd and Jimmy Fallon appear to be setting up a clip from a film Rudd is appearing in. The clip that follows, however, is a clip from Late Show with David Letterman in which Rudd, in an earlier appearance, and David Letterman set up the clip verbatim to how Rudd and Fallon appeared to set up the clip.

Running Gags in Films

Paul and Seth Rogen went back and forth with each other in a "You Know How I Know You're Gay?" dialogue in two films - The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)[19] [20] and Knocked Up (2007).[21] The scenes were reported to be unscripted.

Personal life

In 2003, Rudd married Julie Yaeger[22] and the couple have two children[23]: A son, Jack Sullivan (b. 2006), and a daughter, Darby. Rudd frequently travels to Overland Park, Kansas, where he attended high school.[24] He is a fan of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals and National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, for whom he narrated the 2007 HBO special Hard Knocks. He also frequents University of Kansas basketball games and is a big fan of the Jayhawks.


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


1995Halloween: The Curse of Michael MyersTommy Doylecredited as Paul Stephen Rudd
1996Romeo + JulietDave Paris
1996Size of Watermelons, TheThe Size of WatermelonsAlex
1997Locusts, TheThe LocustsEarl
1998Overnight DeliveryWyatt Trips
1998Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My AffectionGeorge Hanson
1999200 CigarettesKevin
1999Cider House Rules, TheThe Cider House RulesWally Worthington
2000Gen Y CopsIan Curtis
2000Great Gatsby, TheThe Great GatsbyNick CarrawayTelevision film
2001Wet Hot American SummerAndy
2001Reaching NormalKenneth
2001Château, TheThe ChâteauGraham Granville
2003Shape of Things, TheThe Shape of ThingsAdam Sorenson
2003Two DaysPaul Miller
2003House HuntingDaniel
2004Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyBrian Fantana
2004P.S.Sammy Silverstein
2004Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost MovieBrian Fantana
2005Baxter, TheThe BaxterDan Abbott
200540-Year-Old Virgin, TheThe 40-Year-Old VirginDavid
2005Tennis, Anyone...?Lance Rockwood
2006Oh in Ohio, TheThe Oh in OhioJack Chase
2006Night at the MuseumDon
2007Reno 911: MiamiEthan the Drug lord
2007I Could Never Be Your WomanAdam Pearl
2007Ex, TheThe Ex'Leon
2007Knocked UpPete
2007Ten, TheThe TenJeff ReigertAlso producer
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryJohn LennonUncredited cameo
2008Over Her Dead BodyDr. Henry Mills
2008Forgetting Sarah MarshallChuck or "Kunu"
2008Role ModelsDanny DonahueAlso Writer
2009I Love You, ManPeter Klaven
2009Monsters vs. AliensDerekVoice role
2009Year OneAbelUncredited cameo
2010Dinner for SchmucksTim Conrad
2010How Do You KnowGeorge Madison
2011Our Idiot BrotherNed
2011BridesmaidsDaveUncredited DVD cameo
2012Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a WallflowerBill
2012This Is FortyPete
2013Lucky DogFilming


1992–95SistersKirby Quimby PhilbyRecurring guest star
1994Wild OatsBrian GrantSeries regular
1996CluelessSonnyGuest star, episode: "I Got You Babe"
2000DeadlineZander PriceGuest star, episode: "Lovers and Madmen"
2000Strangers with CandyBrent BrooksGuest star, episode: "The Last Temptation of Blank"
2002–04FriendsMike HanniganRecurring guest star 18 episodes
2005StellaGregGuest star, episode: "Office Party"
2006Cheap SeatsDave PendersGuest star, episode: "1996 Spelling Bee: Part 2"
2006Robot ChickenJasper the Douchebag Ghost, Ang LeeGuest star, episode: "Book of Corrine"
2006–07Reno 911!Guy GerricaultRecurring guest star
2007Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, TheThe Naked Trucker and T-Bones ShowAntagonistic PassengerGuest star, episode: "Gold Watch"
2007Veronica MarsDesmond FellowsGuest star, episode: "Debasement Tapes"
2007Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City ChiefsHimselfNarrator
2008Little Britain USAFrench presidentGuest Star
2008Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost (November 15)
2009DelocatedHimselfGuest Star (February 13)
2009Saturday Night LiveHimselfCameo (May 16)
2010Saturday Night LiveHimselfCameo (March 6)
2010Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!Himself, Celery Man, Oyster, TayneGuest star, episode: "Man Milk"
2010Simpsons, TheThe SimpsonsHomer's Therapist, Dr. ZanderGuest star, season 22
2010Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost (December 11)
2011Saturday Night LiveHimselfCameo (November 19)
2012Parks and RecreationBobby NewportSpecial Guest Star, Bobby Newport: "Campaign Ad", "The Debate", "Bus Tour", "Win, Lose, or Draw"

Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series

2012Daily Show with Jon Stewart, TheThe Daily Show with Jon StewartHimselfGuest Star (February 24)
2012Jimmy Kimmel Live!HimselfGuest Star (February 24)


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