Paul Rudd (born April 6, 1969) 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), Role Models (2008), I Love You, Man (2009), Wanderlust (2012), This Is 40 (2012), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). In television, he appeared in the early 1990s on the NBC drama Sisters and some years later he appeared as Mike Hannigan on the NBC sitcom Friends. 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, and hosting Saturday Night Live. In 2015, Rudd starred as Scott Lang / Ant-Man in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and will be reprising the character in Captain America: Civil War, set for release May 6, 2016. Rudd received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 1, 2015.
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 6 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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