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Also Known As: Paul Stephen Rudd Died:
Born: April 6, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Passaic, New Jersey, USA Profession: Actor, Producer

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Armed with effortless charm and a disarming smile, actor Paul Rudd made his name on stage and screen in a number of notable projects, as well as cultivating an avid following as both a sensitive leading man and as a comic foil. While he became vaguely recognizable thanks to several prominent film and television roles - namely as Alicia Silverstone's know-it-all stepbrother in "Clueless" (1995), Phoebe's husband on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), and Jennifer Aniston's gay best friend in the romantic comedy "The Object of My Affection" (1998) - Rudd eventually rode the Judd Apatow wave to stardom with a series of surprisingly successful comedies in which he was more often than not, the primary scene-stealer. His roles in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005), "Knocked Up" (2007), "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (2008), "Role Models" (2008) and "I Love You, Man" (2009) established the versatile actor, who oscillated easily between comedy and drama both on screen and on stage, as a bona fide box-office force and a rising star. Because of his raised profile, Rudd was able to take bigger risks in less mainstream projects, as he did for "Dinner for Schmucks" (2010) and "Our Idiot Brother" (2011). He took a step back...

Armed with effortless charm and a disarming smile, actor Paul Rudd made his name on stage and screen in a number of notable projects, as well as cultivating an avid following as both a sensitive leading man and as a comic foil. While he became vaguely recognizable thanks to several prominent film and television roles - namely as Alicia Silverstone's know-it-all stepbrother in "Clueless" (1995), Phoebe's husband on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), and Jennifer Aniston's gay best friend in the romantic comedy "The Object of My Affection" (1998) - Rudd eventually rode the Judd Apatow wave to stardom with a series of surprisingly successful comedies in which he was more often than not, the primary scene-stealer. His roles in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005), "Knocked Up" (2007), "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (2008), "Role Models" (2008) and "I Love You, Man" (2009) established the versatile actor, who oscillated easily between comedy and drama both on screen and on stage, as a bona fide box-office force and a rising star. Because of his raised profile, Rudd was able to take bigger risks in less mainstream projects, as he did for "Dinner for Schmucks" (2010) and "Our Idiot Brother" (2011). He took a step back with a leading role in James L. Brooks' critically maligned romantic comedy "How Do You Know" (2010) and stepped into a producer's role for the low-budget "Wanderlust" (2011), but regardless of his projects' success or lack thereof, moviegoers held great reserves of goodwill for the actor. No matter how big or small the project, Rudd became one of Apatow's most popular and marketable stars.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sausage Party (2016)
2.
 Ant-Man (2015)
3.
4.
 Anchorman 2 (2013)
5.
 This Is the End (2013)
6.
 Prince Avalanche (2013)
7.
 All Is Bright (2013)
8.
 Admission (2013)
9.
 Wanderlust (2012)
10.
 Mansome (2012)
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Raised in Overland Park, KS
1992:
Made TV acting debut as Kirby Philby, the husband of Reed Halsey (originated by Ashley Judd and then played by Noelle Parker) on NBC series "Sisters"
1993:
Made TV miniseries debut in "The Fire Next Time" (CBS)
1994:
Co-starred on short-lived Fox sitcom "Wild Oats"
1995:
Cast in feature film debut "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers"; filmed before "Clueless," but released after
1995:
Landed breakthrough screen role in "Clueless" as Josh, the stepbrother and would-be love interest of Alicia Silverstone's Beverly Hills socialite Cher Horowitz
1996:
Portrayed glibly preppy Dave Paris in Baz Lurhmann's "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet"
1996:
Made guest appearance on sitcom adaptation of "Clueless" (ABC) as Rachel Blanchard's date
1997:
Reteamed with Ashley Judd in "The Locusts"
1997:
Made Broadway stage debut in Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"
1998:
Appeared in first leading role in a mainstream feature as a gay schoolteacher who befriends an unwed pregnant woman (Jennifer Aniston) in "The Object of My Affection," directed by Nicholas Hytner
1998:
Returned to Broadway stage as Orsino to Helen Hunt's Viola in "Twelfth Night"; production aired on PBS' "Live From Lincoln Center" under the direction of Kirk Browning
1999:
Appeared as a recently jilted guy depressed over his love life in ensemble comedy "200 Cigarettes"
1999:
Co-starred as WWII pilot Wally Worthington in "The Cider House Rules"
2000:
Starred opposite Andie MacDowell in film short "Reaching Normal," written and directed by Anne Heche; screened at Sundance before airing on Showtime
2000:
Made London stage debut playing Jamie Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
2001:
Portrayed Nick Carraway in A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby"
2001:
Played Adam in Neil LaBute's London stage production of "The Shape of Things"
2002:
Played recurring guest role of Mike Hannigan, the boyfriend and later husband of Lisa Kudrow's Phoebe Buffay on "Friends" (NBC)
2003:
Reprised role of Adam in film adaptation of Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things"
2003:
Starred in "House Hunting" with Zooey Deschanel and Felicity Huffman, written and directed by Amy Lippman
2004:
Portrayed journalist Brian Fantana in period comedy "Anchorman" opposite Will Ferrell
2005:
Cast as Steve Carell's buddy in Judd Apatow's "The 40 Year-Old Virgin"
2006:
Joined Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts in Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain"
2007:
Starred as Katherine Heigl's brother-in-law in Judd Apatow directed "Knocked Up"
2008:
Played a supporting role in Apatow produced comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"
2008:
With David Wain, co-wrote comedy feature "Role Models"; also co-starred with Seann William Scott
2009:
Co-starred with Jason Segel in buddy comedy "I Love You, Man"
2009:
Voiced Reese Witherspoon's fiancé in computer-animated 3D feature "Monsters vs. Aliens"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Steve Carell in quirky comedy "Dinner for Schmucks"
2010:
Co-starred with Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know"
2011:
Played title role in comedy "Our Idiot Brother"
2012:
Co-starred with Jennifer Aniston as a married couple who try to escape modern society in "Wanderlust"; also produced
2012:
Played Logan Lerman's English teacher in feature adaptation of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," written and directed by the novel's author Stephen Chbosky
2012:
Reprised "Knocked Up" role in "This Is 40," co-starring Leslie Mann and directed by Apatow
2013:
Co-starred with Tina Fey in "Admission," directed by Paul Weitz
2013:
Appeared in "This Is the End"
2013:
Starred in the indie film "Prince Avalanche"
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Education

Shawnee Mission West High School: Kansas City , Kansas -
University of Kansas: Lawrence , Kansas -
British American Academy: -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: Pasadena , California - 1991

Notes

Not to be confused with actor Paul Rudd (b. 1940), featured in many stage and TV productions, including the CBS series "Beacon Hill", who more or less retired from performing in the 1980s.

About his role in "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers": "Even when I was doing it, I knew this was something I'd always be teased about. And when I finally saw it, I thought my career was over.

"The only good thing was working with the great Donald Pleasance [in the last film before his death]. But I remember the end credits listing 'In loving memory of Donald Pleasance.' How sad is that? Here's a guy who worked with Pinter, starred in 'The Great Escape' and was one of Britain's greatest actors, ending up in 'Halloween VI'. I felt even worse for him than I did for myself." --Paul Rudd quoted in the New York Post, February 27, 1997.

On his Broadway debut in Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo": "I tried to suck in every moment of it when I would walk to reheasal carrying my script and having coffe, and thinking, 'I'm on my way to rehearse a Broadway play.' The feeling of history in that was thrilling." --Rudd to Caren Weiner in The New York Times, April 26, 1998.

"I feel pretty fortunate that I've been able to make a jump to doing something like [Shakespeare] in a fairly short amount of time. I always hoped that it would happen." --Rudd to Time Out New York, July 2-9. 1998.

"He's got that million-dollar smile. I always tell him he's the father's nightmare. Every woman I've ever known says the same thing--'He's so cute!'" --"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" playwright Alfred Uhry on Rudd to InTheater, July 17, 1998.

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companion:
Julie Yaeger. Film marketing executive. Dating since c. 1995.

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father:
Michael Rudd. Tour guide. British; formerly worked for an airline.

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