Paul Rudd

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Paul Rudd
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Paul Rudd
Born Paul Stephen Rudd
(1969-04-06) April 6, 1969 (age 49)
Passaic, New Jersey, USA
Occupation Actor, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1992 – present
Spouse(s) Julie Yaeger (2003 - present)
Children 2

Paul Stephen Rudd[1] (born April 6, 1969) is an American movie, television, and stage actor.

Early life[change | change source]

Paul Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey.[2][3] His father, Michael Rudd, was a historical tour guide and former vice-president of Trans World Airlines who died of cancer when Rudd was 39.[4][5][6] His mother, Gloria Irene (Granville), was a sales manager at the television station KCMO-TV in Kansas City, Missouri.[7][8][9] His parents were born in England; his father was from Edgware and his mother from Surbiton, both in London.[10][11] Rudd's parents were both Jewish (descended from Jewish immigrants who moved to Britain from Russia, Belarus, and Poland).[7][12][13][2][14][15] Rudd's parents were second cousins.[16] His father's family's original surname, "Rudnitsky", was changed by his grandfather to "Rudd", and his mother's family's surname was originally "Goldstein".[16][17] Rudd had a Bar Mitzvah service.[7][18] Growing up, he loved reading British comics, The Beano, and The Dandy, which his uncle in the U.K. would send to him.[19]

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.[20][21][22] Rudd attended Broadmoor Junior High and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in the class of 1987. Rudd attended the University of Kansas, where he majored in theater.[23] He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity's Nu Chapter there.[24] He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West in Los Angeles with fellow actor Matthew Lillard.[23] Rudd spent three months studying Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy based in Oxford, England.[25][26] While attending acting school, Rudd worked as a Bar Mitzvah disc jockey.[27]

Filmography[change | change source]

Movies[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Clueless Josh
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Tommy Doyle
1996 Romeo + Juliet Dave Paris
The Size of Watermelons Alex
1997 The Locusts Earl
1998 Overnight Delivery Wyatt Trips
The Object of My Affection George Hanson
1999 200 Cigarettes Kevin
The Cider House Rules Wally Worthington
2000 Gen Y Cops Ian Curtis
The Great Gatsby Nick Carraway
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Andy
Reaching Normal Kenneth
The Château Graham Granville
2003 The Shape of Things Adam Sorenson
Two Days Paul Miller
House Hunting Daniel
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Brian Fantana
P.S. Sammy Silverstein
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Brian Fantana
2005 The Baxter Dan Abbott
The 40 Year-Old Virgin David
Tennis, Anyone...? Lance Rockwood
2006 The OH in Ohio Jack Chase
Diggers Hunt
Night at the Museum Don
2007 Reno 911: Miami Ethan the Drug lord
The Ex Leon Cameo
Knocked Up Pete
The Ten Jeff Reigert Also producer
I Could Never Be Your Woman Adam
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story John Lennon Cameo
2008 Over Her Dead Body Henry completed
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Surfing Instructor post-production
Little Big Men TBA movieing; also writer
2009 I Love You, Man TBA pre-production

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Family Reunion Lane Lyman Television debut
1992-1995 Sisters Kirby Quimby Philby Recurring guest star
1994 Wild Oats Brian Grant Series regular
1996 Clueless Sonny Guest star, episode: "I Got You Babe"
2000 Deadline Zander Price Guest star, episode: "Lovers and Madmen"
Strangers with Candy Brent Brooks Guest star, episode: "The Last Temptation of Blank"
2002-2004 Friends Mike Hannigan Recurring guest star
2005 Stella Greg Guest star, episode: "Office Party"
2006 Cheap Seats Dave Penders Guest star, episode: "1996 Spelling Bee: Part 2"
Robot Chicken Vince Vaughn Guest star, episode: "Book of Corrine"
2006-2007 Reno 911! Guy Gerricault Recurring guest star
2007 The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show Antagonistic Passenger Guest star, episode: "Gold Watch"
Veronica Mars Desmond Fellows Guest star, episode: "Debasement Tapes"
Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Kansas City Chiefs Himself Narrator

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Freeman, Hadley (2015-07-09). "Paul Rudd on Ant-Man, being Hollywood's go-to nice guy and growing up with English parents in Kansas". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-09-19. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Freeman, Hadley (July 9, 2015). "Paul Rudd on Ant-Man, being Hollywood's go-to nice guy and growing up with English parents in Kansas". The Guardian. London, England: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  3. "Paul Rudd biography". A+E Television Networks, LLC. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  4. Berman, Ali (March 22, 2011). "Paul Rudd's Birthday Wish Is For You To Help Him Cure Cancer". Ecorazzi. 
  5. "Will Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd's Discussion of Cremated Therapists, Dogs, and Fathers Make You Want to See Their New Movie?". Vanity Fair. February 14, 2012. 
  6. "Julia Roberts presents 'Honorary Irishman' award to actor Paul Rudd". IrishCentral. February 27, 2011. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Pfefferman, Naomi (December 28, 2012). "Paul Rudd Q & A: 'This is 40'". Jewish Journal. Retrieved July 6, 2018. 
  8. Weiner, Caren (April 26, 1998). "FILM; Suddenly the Object Of Much Attention". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  9. Garron, Barry (October 23, 1994). "Actor takes his career in stride For Paul Rudd, the cancellation of 'Wild Oats is merely a bend in the road". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 10, 2008. 
  10. Whitty, Stephen (March 22, 2009). "Paul Rudd interview: He's happy to have a job – any job". The Star-Ledger. Newark. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  11. Stated on The Graham Norton Show, February 1, 2013.
  12. "Jews Making News: Parker, Rudd". Atlanta Jewish Times. May 28, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  13. Schleier, Curt (October 26, 2017). "Paul Rudd learns about his family history from a JTA article on 'Finding Your Roots'". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  14. Ginott, Jamie H. (April 17, 1998). "An 'Object' of Affection: Talking with Paul Rudd". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  15. Kuperinsky, Amy (November 1, 2017). "N.J. actor Paul Rudd plumbs family history on 'Finding Your Roots'". Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 Stated on Finding Your Roots, October 31, 2017.
  17. Weisz, Marni (July 14, 2015). "Interview: Paul Rudd on breaking into the Marvel Universe in Ant-Man". Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  18. Rudd, Paul (Summer 1997). "Interview: Alfred Uhry". Bomb. No. 60. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  19. Armstrong, Stephen (July 27, 2015). "Was Pixar's Inside Out inspired by The Beano?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  20. Karpel, Ari (May 25, 2007). "Spotlight on Paul Rudd: Comedy's go-to guy improvises his next career move after 'Knocked Up'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  21. Mills, Nancy (July 26, 2010). "Paul Rudd's offbeat 'Dinner' date". Reading Eagle. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  22. Spitznagel, Eric (October 2011). "Playboy Interview: Paul Rudd". Playboy. Archived from the original on January 28, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  23. 23.0 23.1 Marx, Rebecca Flint. "Paul Rudd: Biography". AllMovie. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  24. "Famous Members of Sigma Nu". Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  25. Heath, Chris (May 2009). "You Know You're Paul Rudd When..." GQ. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  26. "Alumni". British American Drama Academy. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  27. Stern, Marlow (October 8, 2012). "Paul Rudd on Grace, Bar Mitzvahs and This is 40". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on December 12, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2018.