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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 6, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, actor, dishwasher

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Former TV writer-turned-feature comedy guru, Judd Apatow reached the peak of his professional career in the late 2000's after a long and steady climb up the Hollywood ladder. Considered one of the hottest comedy "punch-up" men in the industry, Apatow's services were originally in high demand as a script doctor. As a television producer, however, Apatow's career was practically cursed. Plagued by a cycle of critical praise, cult followings and speedy cancellations, Apatow's work on such quality shows as "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox, 1992-93), "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000) and "Undeclared" (Fox, 2001-02 ) were a mixed bag of blessings. Still, the quality of his work won Apatow more than a small measure of respect. In 2005, he became a triple-threat by making his film directorial debut, resulting in a homerun with the "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005). The film not only put him on the map, it made a marquee name out of its star, Steve Carell and ushered in a new era of sophomoric R-rated comedies with heart. With a reserve of respect built up after the instant comedy classic that was "Virgin," expectations were high for Apatow's second directorial outing -...

Former TV writer-turned-feature comedy guru, Judd Apatow reached the peak of his professional career in the late 2000's after a long and steady climb up the Hollywood ladder. Considered one of the hottest comedy "punch-up" men in the industry, Apatow's services were originally in high demand as a script doctor. As a television producer, however, Apatow's career was practically cursed. Plagued by a cycle of critical praise, cult followings and speedy cancellations, Apatow's work on such quality shows as "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox, 1992-93), "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000) and "Undeclared" (Fox, 2001-02 ) were a mixed bag of blessings. Still, the quality of his work won Apatow more than a small measure of respect. In 2005, he became a triple-threat by making his film directorial debut, resulting in a homerun with the "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005). The film not only put him on the map, it made a marquee name out of its star, Steve Carell and ushered in a new era of sophomoric R-rated comedies with heart. With a reserve of respect built up after the instant comedy classic that was "Virgin," expectations were high for Apatow's second directorial outing - the comedically fertile 2007 comedy, "Knocked Up." Proving his first foray was no fluke, "Knocked Up" resonated with fans, and again, with impressed critics, who universally hailed it the "comedy of the summer." Suffice to say, every comedic actor in town looked to join the very exclusive Apatow comedy repertory company - an elite, tight-knit group that included Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Carell and Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Trainwreck (2015)
2.
  This Is 40 (2012)
3.
4.
  Knocked Up (2007)
5.
  74th Annual Academy Awards, The (2002) Segment Director (Costume Film)
6.
  52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, The (2000) Segment Director ("Survivor")

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mansome (2012)
2.
 Zookeeper (2011)
3.
 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) News Station Employee
4.
 Heavyweights (1995) Homer
5.
 Perfect Pitch, The (2002) Interviewee
6.
 Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) Interviewee
7.
8.
 Jim Carrey: The Joker's Wild (1996) Interviewee
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Raised near Syosset, NY
1982:
At age 16, worked as a dishwasher at the Eastside Comedy Club in Huntington, NY (date approximate)
1982:
Hosted own radio show at his high school; interviewed such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Martin Short
1985:
Made debut as stand-up comic in Long Island
1988:
TV debut as performer, "Comic Strip Live" (Fox)
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Worked as a joke writer for both Roseanne, Tom Arnold, and Jim Carrey
1991:
TV debut as writer, "Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth" (HBO)
1992:
First film as associate producer, "Crossing the Bridge"
1992:
Series debut as writer and consulting producer, "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO)
1992:
Created, produced, wrote for and appeared in "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox); won Emmy for writing
1994:
Wrote for the annual telecast of the Grammy Awards
1994:
Produced and wrote for the animated series "The Critic" (Fox)
1995:
First film as executive producer and co-screenwriter, "Heavyweights"; also played bit part
1996:
First solo screenwriting credit, "Celtic Pride"; also executive produced
:
Formed Apatow Productions; signed two-year, first look deal with New Line
1996:
Sued Writers Guild of America for writing credit on "The Cable Guy"; also served as a producer; suit later withdrawn
1999:
Served as executive producer of the NBC drama "Freaks and Geeks"; initial collaboration with Paul Feig
2001:
With Feig, created the Fox series "Undeclared," about freshmen college students; also served as executive producer
2004:
Produced "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" starring Will Ferrell; also cast in a small role
2005:
Made directorial debut with the comedy "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" starring Steve Carell; also co-wrote the film with Steve Carell
2007:
Helmed the comedy "Knocked Up" about an insensitive slacker who impregnates a girl after a one-night stand
2007:
Produced the film "Superbad," which was co-penned by frequent collaborator Seth Rogen
2007:
Co-wrote the music and lyrics for "Walk Hard" from the film, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture and a Grammy nomination for Best Song
2008:
Co-wrote and co-produced the comedy "Pineapple Express"
2009:
Took a serious turn with the dramedy "Funny People"; wrote, directed and produced the film starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and wife Leslie Mann
2011:
Produced the female comedy "Bridesmaids," starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph
2012:
Produced the Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd comedy vehicle "Wanderlust"
2012:
Executive produced the HBO series "Girls," created by and starring Lena Dunham
2012:
Produced romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement," starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt
2012:
Wrote and directed "This Is 40," a comedy that followed the married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from "Knocked Up" (2007)
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
Syosset High School: Syosset , New York - 1985

Notes

Apatow roomed with Adam Sandler in the late 1980s while working as a joke writer for Roseanne and Tom Arnold.

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wife:
Leslie Mann. Actor. Met during filming of "The Cable Guy" (1996); married June 9, 1997.

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daughter:
Maude Apatow. Born c. 1998.

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