Paul Rudd

American actor

Paul Stephen Rudd[1] (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor.[2]

Paul Rudd
Rudd in 2007
Paul Stephen Rudd

(1969-04-06) April 6, 1969 (age 55)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1991–present
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
SpouseJulie Yaeger (2003–present)

Early and personal life


Rudd was born on April 6, 1969 in Passaic, New Jersey.[3][4] 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.[5][6][7] His mother, Gloria Irene (Granville), was a sales manager at the television station KCMO-TV in Kansas City, Missouri.[8][9][10] His parents were born in England; his father was from Edgware and his mother from Surbiton, both in London.[11][12] Rudd's parents were both Jewish (descended from Jewish immigrants who moved to Britain from Russia, Belarus, and Poland).[3][8][13][14][15][16] Rudd's parents were second cousins.[17] 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".[17][18] Rudd had a Bar Mitzvah service.[8][19] Growing up, he loved reading British comics, The Beano, and The Dandy, which his uncle in the U.K. would send to him.[20]

At age ten, his family moved to Lenexa, Kansas. They spent three years living in Anaheim, California, because of his father's occupation.[21][22][23] 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.[24] He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity's Nu Chapter there.[25] He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West in Los Angeles with fellow actor Matthew Lillard.[24] Rudd spent three months studying Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy based in Oxford, England.[26][27] While attending acting school, Rudd worked as a Bar Mitzvah disc jockey.[28]


Year Title Role Director Notes
1995 Clueless Josh Amy Heckerling
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Tommy Doyle Joe Chappelle
1996 Romeo + Juliet Dave Paris Baz Luhrmann
The Size of Watermelons Alex Kari Skogland
1997 The Locusts Earl John Patrick Kelley
1998 Overnight Delivery Wyatt Trips Jason Bloom
The Object of My Affection George Hanson Nicholas Hytner
1999 200 Cigarettes Kevin Risa Bramon Garica
The Cider House Rules Wally Worthington Lasse Hallström
2000 Gen-Y Cops Ian Curtis Benny Chan
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Andy David Wain
Reaching Normal Kenneth Anne Heche
The Château Graham Granville Jesse Peretz
2003 The Shape of Things Adam Sorenson Neil LaBute
Two Days Paul Miller Sean McGinly
House Hunting Daniel Amy Lippman Short film
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Brian Fantana Adam McKay
P.S. Sammy Silverstein Dylan Kidd
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Brian Fantana Adam McKay Direct-to-DVD
2005 The Baxter Dan Abbott Michael Showalter
The 40-Year-Old Virgin David Judd Apatow
Tennis, Anyone...? Lance Rockwood Donal Logue
2006 The Oh in Ohio Jack Chase Billy Kent
Diggers Hunt Katherine Dieckmann
Night at the Museum Don Shawn Levy
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Ethan Robert Ben Garant
I Could Never Be Your Woman Adam Pearl Amy Heckerling
The Ex Leon Jesse Peretz
Knocked Up Pete Judd Apatow
The Ten Jeff Reigert David Wain Also producer
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story John Lennon Jake Kasdan Uncredited cameo
2008 Over Her Dead Body Dr. Henry Mills Jeff Lowell
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Chuck Nicholas Stoller
Role Models Danny Donahue David Wain Also writer
2009 I Love You, Man Peter Klaven John Hamburg
Monsters vs. Aliens Derek Dietl (voice) Conrad Vernon
Rob Letterman
Year One Abel Harold Ramis Uncredited
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Tim Conrad Jay Roach
How Do You Know George Madison James L. Brooks
2011 Our Idiot Brother Ned Jesse Peretz
2012 Wanderlust George David Wain Also producer
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Bill Anderson Stephen Chbosky
This Is 40 Pete Judd Apatow
2013 Admission John Paul Weitz
Prince Avalanche Alvin David Gordon Green
This Is the End Himself Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
All Is Bright Rene Phil Morrison
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Brian Fantana Adam McKay
2014 They Came Together Joel David Wain
2015 The Little Prince Mr. Prince (voice) Mark Osborne
Ant-Man Scott Lang / Ant-Man Peyton Reed Also writer
2016 The Fundamentals of Caring Ben Rob Burnett
Sausage Party Darren (voice) Greg Tiernan
Conrad Vernon
Captain America: Civil War Scott Lang / Ant-Man Anthony Russo
Joe Russo
Nerdland John (voice) Chris Prynoski
Narrator Dale Heslip
2017 Fun Mom Dinner Brady Alethea Jones Also executive producer
2018 The Catcher Was a Spy Moe Berg Ben Lewin
A Futile and Stupid Gesture Lawrence “Larry” Kroger David Wain Cameo
Ideal Home Paul Andrew Fleming
Mute Cactus Bill Duncan Jones
Ant-Man and the Wasp Scott Lang / Ant-Man Peyton Reed Also writer
2019 Avengers: Endgame Anthony Russo
Joe Russo


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  12. Stated on The Graham Norton Show, February 1, 2013.
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