Paul Rudd Biography

Paul Rudd is a popular American actor, comedian and producer. This biography profiles his childhood, acting career, achievements, life and timeline.

Paul Rudd
Quick Facts

Birthday: April 6, 1969

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Paul Rudd Jewish Actors

Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aries

Also Known As: Paul Stephen Rudd

Born in: Passaic

Famous as: Actor, Comedian

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Julie Yaeger

father: Michael Rudd

siblings: Mandi Rudd

children: Darby Rudd, Jack Sullivan Rudd

U.S. State: New Jersey

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education: Shawnee Mission West High School, Shawnee Mission, KS (1987), BA Theater, University of Kansas (1991),

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Paul Rudd became a teen sensation, after his breakthrough role in the comedy film, ‘Clueless’. He soon worked his way up, earning more roles and went onto star in a number of hit films. Some of his well-known films include, 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy', 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin', 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower', 'Our Idiot Brother', 'Dinner for Schmucks', 'I Love You, Man', 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' and 'Knocked Up'. He has also appeared in numerous televisions shows and dramas including the popular sitcom, ‘Friends’, 'Saturday Night Live', 'The Simpsons', 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Robot Chicken'. Born in New Jersey, Rudd went to the University of Kansas to study drama and later went on to attend the British American Drama Academy. He has established himself as one of the mainstream actors in Hollywood. He also worked and starred in theater productions before he fully ventured into the film industry. He is a screenwriter and successful producer too.

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Paul Rudd
Childhood & Early Life
  • He was born as Paul Stephen Rudd on April 6, 1969 in Passaic, New Jersey, U.S. His parents were both Jewish and he had a typical Jewish ‘bar mitzvah’ celebration. He later grew up in Overland Park, Kansas.
  • He was educated at the d Broadmoor Junior High and Shawnee Mission West. He later went on to attend the University of Kansas for two years to study drama.
  • He attended the British Drama Academy in the Oxford University for a three month workshop. While he was studying he also took part in theatre productions.
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  • In 1995, he bagged his major breakthrough role in the comedy film ‘Clueless’, which was directed by Amy Heckerling. The same year, he also appeared in the film, ‘Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers’.
  • In 1996, he played the role of ‘Sonny’ in the television version ‘Clueless’. The following year, he played the role of ‘Paris’ in the film 'Romeo + Juliet'. Furthermore, he was seen in the film, 'The Size of Watermelons'.
  • In 1997, he played the role of 'Earl' in the John Patrick Kelley film, 'The Locusts'. The next year, he appeared in two films, 'Overnight Delivery' and 'The Object of My Affection'.
  • In 1999, he earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role in the film, 'The Cider House Rules'. The same year, he was also seen in the film, ‘200 Cigarettes’.
  • In 2000, he played the role of 'Brent Brooks' on an episode of the TV series, 'Strangers with Candy'. The same year, he played a role in the television film, ‘The Great Gatsby'.
  • In 2002, he appeared as ‘Mike Hannigan’ on the TV sitcom, ‘Friends’. In later years, he was seen in the films, 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy', 'Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie’, ’The 40-Year-Old Virgin', 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' and 'Knocked Up'.
  • In 2009, he played the role of 'Peter Klaven' in the film, 'I Love You, Man'. That year, he played a voice role in the film, ‘Monsters vs. Aliens' and made a cameo appearance in the film, ‘Year One’.
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  • In 2010, he was seen in the films, 'Dinner for Schmucks' and 'How Do You Know'. The following year, he was also seen in the films, 'Our Idiot Brother' and 'Bridesmaids'
  • In 2012, he acted and produced the film, 'Wanderlust'. The following year, he acted in the critically acclaimed film, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and the film, ‘This Is 40’.
  • In 2013, he played the role of ‘John’ in the film, ‘Admission’. He was also seen in the film, 'Prince Avalanche', 'This Is the End' and 'All Is Bright'.
  • In 2014 American comedy film ‘They Came Together', he appeared as ‘Joel’.
Major Works
  • He was seen in the film, ‘Clueless’, which was rated by ‘Entertainment Weekly to be the '19th best comedy of the past 25 years'. The film was also a major commercial success.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 2012, he won the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for the category of ‘Best Ensemble Performance' for the film, 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 2003, he married Julie Yaeger, with whom he has two children.
  • He loves to watch baseball and is a fan of the Kansas City Royals baseball team.
  • He is part of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.
  • He visits his school in Overland Park, Kansas, regularly.
  • This acclaimed American actor and producer was once a DJ at 'Bar Mitzvahs' before he made it big.

1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

  (Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy)

2. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

  (Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure)

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

  (Romance, Drama)

4. The Little Prince (2015)

  (Fantasy, Family, Animation, Drama, Adventure)

5. Ant-Man (2015)

  (Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi)

6. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

  (Comedy, Drama)

7. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

  (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

8. The Cider House Rules (1999)

  (Drama, Romance)

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