Paul Rudd

Actor, Producer
Armed with effortless charm and a disarming smile, actor Paul Rudd made his name on stage and screen in a number of notable projects, as well as cultivating an avid following as both a sensitive leading man and as a ... Read more »
Born: 04/05/1969 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (102)

Ant-Man 2015 (Movie)

Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Actor)

Clueless 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Achilles Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sisters 1992 - 1997, 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 1992 - 1993, 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

Joel (Actor)

Admission 2013 (Movie)

John Pressman (Actor)

All is Bright 2013 (Movie)

Rene (Actor)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 (Movie)

Brian Fantana (Actor)

Burning Love 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prince Avalanche 2013 (Movie)

Alvin (Actor)

The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Greatest Event in Television History 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is The End 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Louie 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mansome 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Parks and Recreation 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Anderson (Actor)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Our Idiot Brother 2011 (Movie)

Ned (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Simpsons 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

2010 MTV Movie Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Casino Jack & The United States of Money 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Michael Scanlon (Actor)

Dinner for Schmucks 2010 (Movie)

Tim Conrad (Actor)

How Do You Know 2010 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Howl 2010 (Movie)

Luther Nichols (Actor)

I Love You, Man 2009 (Movie)

Peter Klaven (Actor)

Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 (Movie)

Derek Dietl (Voice)

Reel Comedy: I Love You, Man 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Year One 2009 (Movie)

Abel (Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1992 - 1993, 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Delocated 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Little Britain USA 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Over Her Dead Body 2008 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Role Models 2008 (Movie)

Danny Donahue (Actor)

Diggers 2007 (Movie)

Hunt (Actor)

I Could Never Be Your Woman 2007 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Knocked Up 2007 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Knocked Up 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Reno 911! 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reno 911: Miami 2007 (Movie)

Ethan the Drug Lord (Actor)

The Ex 2007 (Movie)

Leon (Actor)

The Ten 2007 (Movie)

Jeff Reigert (Actor)

Veronica Mars 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

John Lennon (Actor)

Night at the Museum 2006 (Movie)

Don (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Oh in Ohio 2006 (Movie)

Jack Chase (Actor)

Wanderlust 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: The 40 Year-Old Virgin 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Stella 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

David (Actor)

The Baxter 2005 (Movie)

Dan Abbot (Actor)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

Brian Fantana (Actor)

Friends 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

P.S. 2004 (Movie)

Sammy Silverstein (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Anchorman 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Tennis Anyone? 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brilliant But Cancelled: Pilot Season 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Shape of Things 2003 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Jessica Lange: On Her Own Terms 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chateau 2002 (Movie)

Graham (Actor)

2 Days 2001 (Movie)

Paul Miller (Actor)

Deadline 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Strangers With Candy 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Gatsby 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Bash: Latterday Plays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Chan Presents: Metal Mayhem 2000 (Movie)

Ian Curtis (Actor)

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

Overnight Delivery 1999 (Movie)

Wyatt Trips (Actor)

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

Wally Worthington (Actor)

The Object of My Affection 1998 (Movie)

George Hanson (Actor)

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Locusts 1997 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

Dave Paris (Actor)

Clueless 1995 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers 1995 (Movie)

Tommy Doyle (Actor)

The Size of Watermelons 1995 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Wild Oats 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Moment of Truth: Stalking Back 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Gen Y Cops (TV Show)

Actor

Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Too Many Stars (TV Show)

Performer

On the Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Daughters (TV Show)

Actor

The Fire Next Time (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Party Down 1992 - 1997, 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2009, 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ten 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (2)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("Happy Birthday To You") (Song Performer)

I Love You, Man 2009 (Movie)

("Tom Sawyer") (Song Performer)
Writer (2)

Ant-Man 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Role Models 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Armed with effortless charm and a disarming smile, actor Paul Rudd made his name on stage and screen in a number of notable projects, as well as cultivating an avid following as both a sensitive leading man and as a comic foil. While he became vaguely recognizable thanks to several prominent film and television roles - namely as Alicia Silverstone's know-it-all stepbrother in "Clueless" (1995), Phoebe's husband on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), and Jennifer Aniston's gay best friend in the romantic comedy "The Object of My Affection" (1998) - Rudd eventually rode the Judd Apatow wave to stardom with a series of surprisingly successful comedies in which he was more often than not, the primary scene-stealer. His roles in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005), "Knocked Up" (2007), "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (2008), "Role Models" (2008) and "I Love You, Man" (2009) established the versatile actor, who oscillated easily between comedy and drama both on screen and on stage, as a bona fide box-office force and a rising star. Because of his raised profile, Rudd was able to take bigger risks in less mainstream projects, as he did for "Dinner for Schmucks" (2010) and "Our Idiot Brother" (2011). He took a step back with a leading role in James L. Brooks' critically maligned romantic comedy "How Do You Know" (2010) and stepped into a producer's role for the low-budget "Wanderlust" (2011), but regardless of his projects' success or lack thereof, moviegoers held great reserves of goodwill for the actor. No matter how big or small the project, Rudd became one of Apatow's most popular and marketable stars.

Relationships

Michael Rudd

Father
British; former Vice President of World Airways

Gloria Rudd

Mother
British; worked at the television station KSMO-TV in Kansas City, MO

Jack Rudd

Son
Born in 2006; mother, Julie Yaeger

Darby Rudd

Daughter
Mother, Julie Yaeger

Julie Yaeger Publicity

Wife
Married on Feb. 23, 2003 after dating for five years

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Pasadena , California 1991
Attended on Spencer Tracy Scholarship

British American Academy

Attended a three-month workshop at Oxford University; studied under Michael Kahn

University of Kansas

Lawrence , Kansas
Member of Sigma Nu fraternity

Shawnee Mission West High School

Kansas City , Kansas

Milestones

2013

Appeared in "This Is the End"

2013

Co-starred with Tina Fey in "Admission," directed by Paul Weitz

2013

Starred in the indie film "Prince Avalanche"

2012

Played Logan Lerman's English teacher in feature adaptation of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," written and directed by the novel's author Stephen Chbosky

2012

Co-starred with Jennifer Aniston as a married couple who try to escape modern society in "Wanderlust"; also produced

2012

Reprised "Knocked Up" role in "This Is 40," co-starring Leslie Mann and directed by Apatow

2011

Played title role in comedy "Our Idiot Brother"

2010

Co-starred with Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know"

2010

Co-starred opposite Steve Carell in quirky comedy "Dinner for Schmucks"

2009

Voiced Reese Witherspoon's fiancé in computer-animated 3D feature "Monsters vs. Aliens"

2009

Co-starred with Jason Segel in buddy comedy "I Love You, Man"

2008

With David Wain, co-wrote comedy feature "Role Models"; also co-starred with Seann William Scott

2008

Played a supporting role in Apatow produced comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

2007

Starred as Katherine Heigl's brother-in-law in Judd Apatow directed "Knocked Up"

2006

Joined Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts in Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain"

2005

Cast as Steve Carell's buddy in Judd Apatow's "The 40 Year-Old Virgin"

2004

Portrayed journalist Brian Fantana in period comedy "Anchorman" opposite Will Ferrell

2003

Starred in "House Hunting" with Zooey Deschanel and Felicity Huffman, written and directed by Amy Lippman

2003

Reprised role of Adam in film adaptation of Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things"

2002

Played recurring guest role of Mike Hannigan, the boyfriend and later husband of Lisa Kudrow's Phoebe Buffay on "Friends" (NBC)

2001

Portrayed Nick Carraway in A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby"

2001

Played Adam in Neil LaBute's London stage production of "The Shape of Things"

2000

Made London stage debut playing Jamie Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

2000

Starred opposite Andie MacDowell in film short "Reaching Normal," written and directed by Anne Heche; screened at Sundance before airing on Showtime

1999

Co-starred as WWII pilot Wally Worthington in "The Cider House Rules"

1999

Appeared as a recently jilted guy depressed over his love life in ensemble comedy "200 Cigarettes"

1998

Returned to Broadway stage as Orsino to Helen Hunt's Viola in "Twelfth Night"; production aired on PBS' "Live From Lincoln Center" under the direction of Kirk Browning

1998

Appeared in first leading role in a mainstream feature as a gay schoolteacher who befriends an unwed pregnant woman (Jennifer Aniston) in "The Object of My Affection," directed by Nicholas Hytner

1997

Reteamed with Ashley Judd in "The Locusts"

1997

Made Broadway stage debut in Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"

1996

Portrayed glibly preppy Dave Paris in Baz Lurhmann's "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet"

1996

Made guest appearance on sitcom adaptation of "Clueless" (ABC) as Rachel Blanchard's date

1995

Cast in feature film debut "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers"; filmed before "Clueless," but released after

1995

Landed breakthrough screen role in "Clueless" as Josh, the stepbrother and would-be love interest of Alicia Silverstone's Beverly Hills socialite Cher Horowitz

1994

Co-starred on short-lived Fox sitcom "Wild Oats"

1993

Made TV miniseries debut in "The Fire Next Time" (CBS)

1992

Made TV acting debut as Kirby Philby, the husband of Reed Halsey (originated by Ashley Judd and then played by Noelle Parker) on NBC series "Sisters"

Raised in Overland Park, KS

Bonus Trivia

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He was not to be confused with actor Paul Rudd (b. 1940), who was featured on the CBS series "Beacon Hill" and who retired from performing in the 1980s.

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About his role in "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers": "Even when I was doing it, I knew this was something I'd always be teased about. And when I finally saw it, I thought my career was over."The only good thing was working with the great Donald Pleasance [in the last film before his death]. But I remember the end credits listing 'In loving memory of Donald Pleasance.' How sad is that? Here's a guy who worked with Pinter, starred in 'The Great Escape' and was one of Britain's greatest actors, ending up in 'Halloween VI'. I felt even worse for him than I did for myself." – Rudd quoted in the New York Post, Feb. 27, 1997

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On his Broadway debut in Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo": "I tried to suck in every moment of it when I would walk to rehearsal carrying my script and having coffee, and thinking, 'I'm on my way to rehearse a Broadway play.' The feeling of history in that was thrilling." – Rudd to The New York Times, April 26, 1998

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"I feel pretty fortunate that I've been able to make a jump to doing something like [Shakespeare] in a fairly short amount of time. I always hoped that it would happen." – Rudd to Time Out New York, July 2-9, 1998

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"He's got that million-dollar smile. I always tell him he's the father's nightmare. Every woman I've ever known says the same thing – 'He's so cute!'" – playwright Alfred Uhry on Rudd to InTheater, July 17, 1998

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"I don't think it's normal to live anyplace where it's 70 degrees and sunny all the time. Many people think it's paradise, but it's f*cking hell to me." – Rudd on why he won't live in Los Angeles to Playboy magazine, July 2007

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"I've always felt like I'm the kind of actor that some people might recognize, but they probably don't know my name. I don't have a big drive to be 'The Guy.'" – Rudd quoted in Entertainment Weekly, March 27, 2009

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According to Entertainment Weekly (March 27, 2009), Rudd and "Mad Men" (AMC) actor Jon Hamm have been good friends since they were young. They met through a mutual friend while Rudd was a freshman in college at University of Kansas and Hamm was still in high school in St. Louis, MO.

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"I've been naked in a lot of my movies. There's something inherently funny about the naked male body, particularly mine. Ryan Reynolds, sure, it makes sense why he'd strip down. But not me. I shouldn't be allowed to." – quoted in Playboy magazine, October 2011

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"[President Barack Obama] asked about my character in 'How Do You Know,' and I told him I'm a guy who gets into some hot water, and though his intentions are good he gets indicted by the government for possible violations. And Obama says, 'Oh, so you're playing a congressman.' And I was like, 'No, actually I work for my dad in this corporation.' I'm trying to explain, and Obama interrupts me and says, 'It was a joke.' I just felt so stupid. – Rudd on meeting the President, quoted in Playboy magazine, October 2011

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