Biography: Paul Rudd

Paul-Rudd-WanderlustPaul Rudd recently completed production on This Is 40, in which he stars opposite Leslie Mann.  The film is an original comedy written, directed and produced by Judd Apatow that expands upon the story of Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann), from Knocked Up, as we see firsthand how they are dealing with their current state of life.  Knocked Up grossed more than $300 million worldwide and won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Movie.  It was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Comedy Movie and was named one of AFI’s top-ten Movies of the Year.  Universal Pictures will release This Is 40 on December 21, 2012.

Rudd was last seen in Jesse Peretz’s Our Idiot Brother, opposite Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer and Rashida Jones.  This film marks Rudd’s second collaboration with Peretz having previously worked with him on The ChâteauOur Idiot Brother premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released by The Weinstein Company.

Rudd also starred in James BrooksHow Do You Know, opposite Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicholson, and Jay Roach’s Dinner for Schmucks, opposite Steve Carell.  Prior to that, he starred in John Hamburg’s I Love You, Man, which grossed more than $90 million worldwide.  He also starred in and co-wrote David Wain’s box-office hit Role Models, opposite Seann William Scott.  The film was nominated for Best Comedy Movie by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the St. Louis Film Critics.

Rudd’s other film credits include Monsters vs Aliens; Forgetting Sarah Marshall; The 40-Year-Old Virgin; Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; The Ten, on which he also served as a producer; Night at the Museum; Diggers; Reno 911!: Miami; The Cider House Rules; The Object of My Affection; Wet Hot American Summer; Clueless; and Romeo + Juliet, among others.

On stage, Rudd starred opposite Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper in Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain.  He also starred in Neil LaBute’s Bash: Latterday Plays, both in New York and Los Angeles, as well as LaBute’s The Shape of Things, in London and New York.  He made his West End debut in the London production of Robin PhillipsLong Day’s Journey Into Night, opposite Jessica Lange.  His other stage credits include Nicholas Hytner’s Twelfth Night, at Lincoln Center Theater, with a special performance that aired on PBS’ Great Performances, and in Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award-winning play The Last Night of Ballyhoo.

On television, Rudd guest starred on NBC’s Friends for the final two seasons as Phoebe’s (Lisa Kudrow) husband, Mike Hannigan, and starred as Nick Carraway in A&E’s production of The Great Gatsby.

Filmography courtesy of Universal Pictures and Relativity Media. Wanderlust opens March 24th, 2012.

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