Date of Birth
6 April 1969, Passaic, New Jersey, USA
Paul Stephen Rudd
5' 10" (1.78 m)
Paul Rudd traveled with his family during his early years because of his father's airline job. He attended the Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kansas, and then enrolled at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, majoring in theater. He graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts-West in Los Angeles and participated in a three-month intensive workshop under the guidance of Michael Kahn at the British Drama Academy at Oxford University in Britain. Rudd helped to produce the Globe Theater's production of Howard Brenton's "Bloody Poetry," which starred Rudd as Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Paul Stephen Rudd was raised in Overland Park, Kansas. His father is American, but his mother is British. He has one sister, who is three years younger than he is. Paul attended Broadmoor Junior High and Shawnee Mission West High Schools. He graduated from High School in 1987 and was Student Body President. He then attended the University of Kansas to find that he wasn't overly academic. Turning to his native charm and charisma, he applied to, and was accepted at, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Sean Tevis
|Julie Yaeger||(23 February 2003 - present) 1 child|
Low-key, sardonic sense of humor.
1998: Began filming on a movie called "Chicken Blood and Other Tales," but production was canceled before it wrapped.
Was disappointed by the final result of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) because filming had him believing it was going to be a high-caliber suspense film, but the reaction to the film was overwhelmingly negative.
Was classmates with Matthew Lillard at American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Was a DJ at Bar Mitzvahs before his career took off.
2/23/03: Married his girlfriend, Julie Yaeger in upstate New York. They live in Manhattan. As of 2009, they have been together for 14 years.
Prior to joining the cast of "Friends" (1994), he co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in The Object of My Affection (1998).
Attended the University of Kansas.
His favorite music is that of Tom Waits.
His parents were Jewish immigrants from England. Original family surname, "Rudnitzky," was shortened by his grandfather.
He is a self-described "mega-fan" of the TV show "Lost" (2004). He volunteered to interview "Lost" star Emilie de Ravin, whom he has never met, for "Interview Magazine" because of his love for the show.
Has a son with wife Julie Yaeger named Jack Rudd (b. 2006).
Friend of TV writer Rob Thomas and Jon Hamm.
Kansas City Chiefs fan.
Is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
He spray painted his name on Shawnee Mission West High School's stage wall. Another ex-Shawnee Mission West student was Jason Sudeikis.
Came up with the idea of the "Kelly Clarkson!" call-out during 'Steve Carell''s infamous chest wax in The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005).
As part of a running gag during his appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993), Rudd often brought a clip from the film Mac and Me (1988) where the wheelchair-bound Eric (Jade Calegory) flies off a cliff while Mac watches on, instead of showing clips from the actual movie he is there to promote. The only exception was when he came to promote Knocked Up (2007). Judd Apatow showed up specifically to make sure Rudd wouldn't do it.
Improvised the "You know how I know you're gay?" sequence in The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) with Seth Rogen.
Theater is the most enriching and thrilling thing to do as an actor. It trumps movies and all that other stuff. People say, "You must love the instant feedback," and we're all attention whores for sure - that's why we choose this profession. But it goes beyond that: There's something magical about a shared experience in a theater, with actors and an audience. I don't know if the audience members realize just how huge a part they play in a production. How they are determines how we are, and when it all works, it's magical.
There's a feeling of enrichment and challenge when it comes to doing a play, and especially doing, you know, a classical play or a tragic play. In a way, it works a different set of muscles, I guess. But I do love it, and I love great writing, whatever it is, and there are so many great plays, and a lot of the writing in a lot of plays is just stellar, and no one is making movies like that, or if they are, I'm certainly not getting cast in them. But you know, working on a comedy with your friends. Like, I would say that with Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) and Wet Hot American Summer (2001), I was working with people who are completely inspiring. I love being around that company, and I try and step up to the level of their game.
I can, and do, walk the street. No one bothers me or anything, because most people wouldn't know who I am.
When I was doing The Shape of Things (2003), which we'd done as a play, it was just so tired by the time we rolled tape.
I think there's something great and generic about goldfish. They're everybody's first pet.
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