Paul Rudd

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Paul Rudd
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BornPaul Stephen Rudd
(1969-04-06) April 6, 1969 (age 45)
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Julie Yaeger (m. 2003)
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This article is about the American actor. For the American actor with a similar name, see Paul Ryan Rudd. For the English DJ, see Paul Rudd (DJ).
Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd 2 SDCC 2014.jpg
BornPaul Stephen Rudd
(1969-04-06) April 6, 1969 (age 45)
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Julie Yaeger (m. 2003)

Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969)[1] is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He has primarily appeared in comedies, and is known for his roles in the films Clueless (1995), Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), I Love You, Man (2009), This Is 40 (2012), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). In television, he appeared in the early 1990s on the NBC drama Sisters as the eventual husband of Ashley Judd's character, and some years later on the NBC sitcom Friends, playing Mike Hannigan, Phoebe Buffay's boyfriend and later husband for the final two seasons. Other guest television roles have included an appearance on the Tim and Eric show, a recurring role on Parks and Recreation as politician Bobby Newport,[2] and hosting Saturday Night Live three times as of June 2014. Rudd has been cast as Ant-Man in Marvel Studios' film of the same name, to be released July 17, 2015.

Early life[edit]

Rudd was born on April 6, 1969 in Passaic, New Jersey. His father, Michael, was a historical tour guide who was formerly the vice president of Trans World Airlines, while his mother, Gloria, was a sales manager at the television station KSMO-TV.[3][4][5] His parents were British, his father from Edgware and his mother from Surbiton.[6][7] Rudd's parents were both Jewish (descended from Jewish immigrants who moved from Russia and Poland to England).[8][9] The family's original surname, "Rudnitzky," was changed by his grandfather to "Rudd."[10][11] Rudd had a bar mitzvah ceremony.[3][12] 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.[13][14][15]

Rudd attended Broadmoor Junior High and Shawnee Mission West. Rudd went on to college at the University of Kansas,[16][17] where he was a member of the Nu Chapter of Sigma Nu.[18] He spent three months studying Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy based in Oxford, U.K.[19][20] While attending acting school, Rudd worked as a DJ.[21]


Film and television[edit]

Rudd made his acting debut in 1992 with the television drama Sisters where he played Kirby Quimby Philby. During that time, in 1994 he appeared in Wild Oats for 6 episodes. Rudd left Sisters in 1995 to then appear in the comedy film Clueless with Alicia Silverstone.[22] 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.[22] He was then 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.

He played FBI Agent Ian Curtis in Benny Chan's 2000 Hong Kong action film Gen-Y Cops. In 2002, he was cast as Mike Hannigan on the sitcom Friends 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 hasbeen 1990s rock star, Desmond Fellows, on the television series Veronica Mars, in the 2007 episode "Debasement Tapes".

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 Steve 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.[23] In that film, he co-starred with Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, and Jay Baruchel. Rudd appeared as John Lennon in the comedy film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in 2007[22] and as the drug-addled surf instructor in Nicholas Stoller's Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008 with Jason Segel and Jonah Hill, both of which Apatow produced.[24] Rudd appeared as an 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.[22] He starred in the comedy film This Is 40 with Leslie Mann,[23] 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 both The Oh in Ohio and The Ten, which reunited him with David Wain and Michael Showalter.[25] And then in Over Her Dead Body with Eva Longoria the next year. His next comedy which he also wrote, Role Models, he and co-star Seann William Scott portray energy-drink salesmen forced to perform community service in a child mentoring program.[26]

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 and co-created the TV series Party Down with John Embom, Rob Thomas and Dan Etheridge.[22] 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. 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 film Our Idiot Brother with Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer.[27] It would be 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 (2005) and Role Models (2008).[28]

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 which he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.

In December 2013, Rudd entered early negotiations to star in the upcoming 2015 Marvel film Ant-Man as the lead character Scott Lang.[29][30][31] Marvel officially confirmed Rudd's casting on December 19, 2013.[32][33] Rudd also co-wrote the screenplay with Adam McKay.

Rudd often stars with other Apatow film regulars like Seth Rogen (four films), Steve Carell (four films), Jonah Hill (three films), Leslie Mann (three films), Kristen Wiig (three films), Jason Segel (three films), Elizabeth Banks (five films), and Joe Lo Truglio (seven films), as well as working with director David Wain (four films).

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 (2005) and More Information Than You Require (2008).[34][35]

Running gags on television[edit]

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-bound Eric (Jade Calegory) flies off a cliff while Mac watches on, instead of showing clips from the actual film he is there to promote.[36][37][38]


Rudd has also appeared in Broadway plays, the first being The Last Night of Ballyhoo as Joe Farkas in 1997.[39] The next year he appeared in Twelfth Night with Kyra Sedgwick and Max Wright at the Lincoln Center Theatre.[40] And in 2006, he was in the Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain with Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts at the Bernard Jacobs Theater.[41]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Rudd married Julie Yaeger[42] and the couple have two children:[43] a son, Jack Sullivan (b. 2006), and a daughter, Darby (b. 2010). He is a fan of MLB's Kansas City Royals and of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, for whom he narrated the 2007 season of HBO's Hard Knocks.[44] When the Royals won the 2014 American League Pennant, Rudd invited fans over to his mother's house for a celebration party.[45]


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


1994Runaway DaughtersJimmy
1995Halloween: The Curse of Michael MyersTommy DoyleCredited as Paul Stephen Rudd
1996Romeo + JulietParis
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 CarrawayTV 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 FantanaStraight-to-DVD
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
2007I Could Never Be Your WomanAdam Pearl
2007Ex, TheThe ExLeon
2007Knocked UpPete
2007Ten, TheThe TenJeff ReigertAlso producer
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryJohn LennonUncredited
2008Over Her Dead BodyDr. Henry Mills
2008Forgetting Sarah MarshallChuck or "Kunu"
2008Role ModelsDanny DonahueAlso writer
2009I Love You, ManPeter Klaven
2009Monsters vs. AliensDerek (voice)
2009Year OneAbelUncredited
2010Dinner for SchmucksTim Conrad
2010How Do You KnowGeorge Madison
2011Our Idiot BrotherNed
2012WanderlustGeorgeAlso producer
2012Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a WallflowerBill Anderson
2012This Is 40Pete
2013Prince AvalancheAlvin
2013This Is the EndHimselfCameo
2013All Is BrightRene
2013Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesBrian Fantana
2014They Came TogetherJoel
2015Ant-ManScott Lang / Ant-ManPost-production; also writer
2016Sausage PartyFilming


1992–1995SistersKirby Quimby Philby20 episodes
1994Wild OatsBrian Grant6 episodes
1996CluelessSonnyEpisode: "I Got You Babe"
2000DeadlineZander PriceEpisode: "Lovers and Madmen"
2000Strangers with CandyBrent BrooksEpisode: "The Last Temptation of Blank"
2002–2004FriendsMike Hannigan18 episodes
2005StellaGregEpisode: "Office Party"
2006Cheap SeatsDave PendersEpisode: "1996 Spelling Bee: Part 2"
2006Robot ChickenJasper the Douchebag Ghost / Ang Lee (voice)Episode: "Book of Corrine"
2006–2007Reno 911!Guy Gerricault5 episodes
2007Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, TheThe Naked Trucker and T-Bones ShowAntagonistic PassengerEpisode: "Gold Watch"
2007Veronica MarsDesmond FellowsEpisode: "Debasement Tapes"
2007Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City ChiefsHimselfNarrator
2008Little Britain USAFrench presidentEpisode: "1.3"
2008–2013Saturday Night LiveHimself (host)3 episodes
2009DelocatedHimselfEpisode: "Pilot"
2010Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!Himself / Celery Man / Oyster / TayneEpisode: "Man Milk"
2011–2014Simpsons, TheThe SimpsonsDr. Zander / Himself (voice)2 episodes
2012Parks and RecreationBobby Newport4 episodes
2012LouiePaul RuddEpisode: "Late Show: Part 3"

As a crew member[edit]

2009–2010Party Down20 episodes; co-creator, writer, executive producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Rudd at the Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards
YearNominated workAwardCategoryResult
1999The Cider House RulesScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with the cast)Nominated
2004AnchormanMTV Movie AwardsBest Musical Performance (shared with Will Ferrell, Fred Armisen and Steve Carell)Nominated
2004AnchormanMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen Team (shared with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and David Koechner)Nominated
2005The 40-Year-Old VirginMTV Movie AwardBest On-Screen Team (shared with Steve Carell, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco)Nominated
2007Knocked UpTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Seth Rogen)Nominated
2009I Love You, ManMTV Movie AwardBest Kiss (shared with Thomas Lennon)Nominated
2009I Love You, ManTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Rockstar Moment (shared with Jason Segel)Nominated
2012Parks and RecreationCritics' Choice Television AwardBest Guest Performer in a Comedy Series[46]Won
2012The Perks of Being a WallflowerSan Diego Film Critics SocietyBest Performance by an Ensemble (shared with the cast)Won
2012This Is 40Critics' Choice Movie AwardsBest Actor in a ComedyNominated


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