Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd

Birth name: Paul Stephen Rudd
Born: April 6, 1969
Age: 55
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
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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 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 (2009), Dinner for Schmucks (2010), Our Idiot Brother (2011), Wanderlust (2012), This Is 40 (2012), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), and for playing Scott Lang / Ant-Man in Marvel Studios' Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War.

In addition to his film career, Rudd has appeared in numerous television shows, most notably as Mike Hannigan on the NBC sitcom Friends, along with guest roles on Tim and Eric and Parks and Recreation (as politician Bobby Newport), and hosting Saturday Night Live. Rudd received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 1, 2015.


Early life

Rudd was born on April 6, 1969, in Passaic, New Jersey. His father, Michael, was a historical tour guide and former vice-president of Trans World Airlines who died of cancer, while his mother, Gloria, was a sales manager at the television station KCMO-TV in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were born in the United Kingdom, his father from Edgware and his mother from Surbiton, both in London. Rudd's parents were both Jewish (descended from Jewish immigrants who moved from Russia and Poland to England). The family's original surname, "Rudnitzky", was changed by his grandfather to "Rudd." Rudd had a bar mitzvah ceremony. 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 Shawnee Mission West High School. Rudd then went to the University of Kansas, where he majored in theater. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity's Nu Chapter there. After graduating, he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West in Los Angeles. Rudd spent three months studying Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy based in Oxford, U.K. While attending acting school, Rudd worked as a Bar Mitzvah disc jockey.

On Screen Career

Early career (1992-99)

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 then 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 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.

Success with leading roles (2000-2009)

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 has-been 1990s rock star, Desmond Fellows, on the television series Veronica Mars, in the 2007 episode "Debasement Tapes".

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 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. 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 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. 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 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 both The Oh in Ohio and The Ten, which reunited him with David Wain and Michael Showalter., 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.

In 2009, Rudd again appeared with Jason Segel in 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.

Continued success (2010-present)

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 film Our Idiot Brother with Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. 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).

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.

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 (2016).

Rudd will next be seen in the comedy-drama film The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, alongside Selena Gomez, and will lend his voice to the animated films Sausage Party, starring Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, and The Little Prince, starring Jeff Bridges and Benicio Del Toro. He will also reprise his role as Andy from 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.

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 (five 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).


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 in Twelfth Night with Kyra Sedgwick and Max Wright at the Lincoln Center Theatre. In 2006, he appeared in the Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's 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 shown 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.

Personal life

In 2003, Rudd married Julie Yaeger and the couple have two children: 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.

Rudd received a star on the 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?"



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Moment of Truth Scott
1994 Runaway Daughters Jimmy
1995 Clueless Josh
1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Tommy Doyle Credited as Paul Stephen Rudd
1996 Romeo + Juliet Dave Paris
1996 Size of Watermelons, TheThe Size of Watermelons Alex
1997 Locusts, TheThe Locusts Earl
1998 Overnight Delivery Wyatt Trips
1998 Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My Affection George Hanson
1999 200 Cigarettes Kevin
1999 Cider House Rules, TheThe Cider House Rules Wally Worthington
2000 Gen-Y Cops Ian Curtis
2000 Great Gatsby, TheThe Great Gatsby Nick Carraway Television film
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Andy
2001 Reaching Normal Kenneth
2001 Château, TheThe Château Graham Granville
2003 Shape of Things, TheThe Shape of Things Adam Sorenson
2003 Two Days Paul Miller
2003 House Hunting Daniel
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Brian Fantana
2004 P.S. Sammy Silverstein
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Brian Fantana Straight-to-DVD
2005 Baxter, TheThe Baxter Dan Abbott
2005 40-Year-Old Virgin, TheThe 40-Year-Old Virgin David
2005 Tennis, Anyone...? Lance Rockwood
2006 Oh in Ohio, TheThe Oh in Ohio Jack Chase
2006 Diggers Hunt
2006 Night at the Museum Don
2007 Reno 911: Miami Ethan
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Adam Pearl
2007 Ex, TheThe Ex Leon
2007 Knocked Up Pete
2007 Ten, TheThe Ten Jeff Reigert Also producer
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story John Lennon Uncredited
2008 Over Her Dead Body Dr. Henry Mills
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Chuck
2008 Role Models Danny Donahue Also writer
2009 I Love You, Man Peter Klaven
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Derek (voice)
2009 Year One Abel Uncredited
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Tim Conrad
2010 How Do You Know George Madison
2011 Our Idiot Brother Ned
2012 Wanderlust George Also producer
2012 Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a Wallflower Bill Anderson
2012 This Is 40 Pete
2013 Admission John
2013 Prince Avalanche Alvin
2013 This Is the End Himself Cameo
2013 All Is Bright Rene
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Brian Fantana
2014 They Came Together Joel
2015 The Little Prince Mr. Prince (voice)
2015 Ant-Man Scott Lang / Ant-Man Also writer
2016 The Fundamentals of Caring Ben
2016 Nerdland John (voice)
2016 Captain America: Civil War Scott Lang / Ant-Man
2016 Sausage Party (voice) Post-production
2017 Ideal Home Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1992-1995 Sisters Kirby Quimby Philby 20 episodes
1994 Wild Oats Brian Grant 6 episodes
1996 Clueless Sonny Episode: "I Got You Babe"
2000 Deadline Zander Price Episode: "Lovers and Madmen"
2000 Strangers with Candy Brent Brooks Episode: "The Last Temptation of Blank"
2002-2004 Friends Mike Hannigan 18 episodes
2005 Stella Greg Episode: "Office Party"
2006 Cheap Seats Dave Penders Episode: "1996 Spelling Bee: Part 2"
2006 Robot Chicken Jasper the Douchebag Ghost / Ang Lee (voice) Episode: "Book of Corrine"
2006-2007 Reno 911! Guy Gerricault 5 episodes
2007 Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, TheThe Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show Antagonistic Passenger Episode: "Gold Watch"
2007 Veronica Mars Desmond Fellows Episode: "Debasement Tapes"
2007 Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City Chiefs Himself Narrator
2008 Little Britain USA French president Episode: "1.3"
2008-2013 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 3 episodes
2009 Delocated Himself Episode: "Pilot"
2009-2010 Party Down Co-creator, writer, executive producer
2012 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Himself / Celery Man / Oyster / Tayne Episode: "Man Milk"
2011, 2014 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Dr. Zander / Himself (voice) 2 episodes
2012, 2015 Parks and Recreation Bobby Newport 5 episodes
2012 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Paul Rudd Wears A Red Lumberjack Flannel Shirt"
2012 Louie Himself Episode: "Late Show: Part 3"
2013 Burning Love Nate 3 episodes
2015 The Jack and Triumph Show Himself Episode: "Coffee"
2015 Moone Boy George Gershwin Episode: "Gershwin's Bucket List"
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Andy 8 episodes
2015 Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter Himself Episode: "Made Ya Look"
2016 Bob's Burgers Jericho (voice) Episode: "The Horse Rider-er"

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2015 WHIH Newsfront Scott Lang / Ant-Man First appearance as the Character

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Paul Rudd

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