Paul Rudd Biography
Paul Stephen Rudd, popularly known as Paul Rudd, is a famous American actor who is well known for his gateway performance in the 1995 film “Clueless.” In addition, he appeared in comedies like “Anchorman,” the superhero franchise “Ant-Man” and “This Is 40”.
Rudd’s other early movies include Cider House Rules, Wet Hot American Summer, and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, while his television work led to a recurring role on Friends as Phoebe’s husband. Since then, Rudd has become a full-fledged comedy film legend with roles in Admission, Anchorman, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. He as well went on to enter the world of Marvel superhero stardom with 2015’s Ant-Man and the 2018 sequel.
Rudd returned to the United States in the early 1990s after pursuing drama abroad. He moved directly into a recurring TV role as aspiring filmmaker Kirby Philby on NBC’s weekly drama Sisters, alongside Ashley Judd.
After starring in various TV miniseries, Rudd co-starred in the short-lived sitcom Wild Oats (1994). He then made his feature film debut as protagonist Tommy Doyle in the newest Halloween series installment, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers. He stated to New York Post about his first film role, “Even when I was doing it, I knew this was something I’d always be teased about.”
Despite Paul’s television exposure, most people first recall seeing the actor as the college-aged stepbrother of Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, who finally becomes the object of her picky affection, in the comedy Clueless (1995).
After starring in the independent film The Size of Watermelons along with Reese Witherspoon in the straight-to-video Overnight Delivery, Paul got the role of Dave Paris, Juliet’s pompous suitor, in Baz Luhrmann’s stylish rendition of Shakespeare’s Rome + Juliet in 1996, starring Claire Dane sand Leornado DiCaprio.
Moreover, in 1997, Paul made his Broadway debut as Joe Farkas in the applauded play, Last Night Of Ballyhoo, by Alfred Uhry. He took a break from Broadway to make the light-hearted comedy The Object Of My Affection. He played a gay man along with Jennifer Aniston but resumed the Farkas role after the film’s end.
In October of 1997, Rudd was nominated for a FANY Award (the acronym FANY at first came from Fans of NY Theatre) for his performance. He continued his theatre work as Duke Orsino, alongside Helen Hunt’s Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which was aired on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center series.
Later on, the same year, Rudd appeared along with Courtney Love, Ben Affleck, and Janeane Garofalo as the latter’s jilted, chain-smoking lover in the romantic indie comedy called 200 Cigarettes.
After returning to the stage as a gay-bashing Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints college student in Bash, with Calista Flockhart, he took on his next-high-profile feature, playing a WWII pilot in Lasse Hallestrom’s The Cider House Rules (1999), co-starring Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire, and Charlize Theron.
In addition, Rudd starred along with Andie MacDowell in the short film Reaching Normal (written & directed by Anne Heche). It was screened at the Sundance Festival prior to airing on Showtime.
In early 2001, Paul played Nick Carraway, the keen and aloof narrator in A&E’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s elegant Jazz Age classic, The Great Gatsby, also featuring Mira Sorvino.
After his recurring role on the sensation TV show Friends, Paul got a leading role as reporter Brian Fantana in the news comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), featuring Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, and Steve Carell. Moreover, he worked with Carell again on 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin. This Judd Apatow-directed comedy manifested to be a box office smash.
Furthermore, in 2009, Rudd played alongside Jason Segel in the buddy comedy I Love You, Man. He and Carell reteamed for 2010’s Dinner for Schmucks, which was certified to be a commercial and critical disappointment. The same year, Rudd expressed his softer side as one of Witherspoon’s suitors in the romantic comedy How Do You Know.
In 2012, Rudd returned to the small screen with a recurring role on Parks and Recreation. The same year, he appeared in another Apatow comedy, This Is 40, along with the director’s real-life wife, Leslie Mann.
Paul and Mann play a married couple whose relationship is on the rocks. In 2013, Paul played the lead in another romantic comedy called Admission, with Tina Fey. He as well reprised his role as Brian Fantana in 2013’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
After co-starring in the romantic comedy They Came Together in 2014 with Amy Poehler, 2015 saw Paul entering the world of superhero fandom, playing the lead role in the Marvel Comics flick Ant-Man. Alongside co-stars Bobby Cannavale and Michael Douglas, Paul plays a one-time thief who adopts a suit that permits him to greatly shrink in size while growing stronger.
Additionally, he reprised his superhero roles for the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018. On the related Marvel Films Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
Between shoots for his big-budget Marvel movies, Paul as well appeared in features like The Fundamentals of Caring in 2016, as a helper to a boy with muscular dystrophy. And Ideal Home in 2018, as one of a gay couple changing to the surprise introduction of a child into their lives.
In the following year, Rudd appeared on his first small-screen featuring gig in Netflix’s Living With Yourself. He played as both a depressed man and his new-and-improved clone who appears after an experimental therapy treatment.
Paul Rudd Age
How old is Paul? Paul is 54 years old as of 2023. He was born on April 6, 1969, in Passaic, New Jersey, the United States of America. In addition, he celebrates his birthday on the 6th of April every year and his zodiac sign is Aries.
Paul Rudd Family
Rudd was born to his mother Gloria Rudd and his father Michael Rudd in Passaic, New Jersey, the United States of America. His parents are both from Jewish families born in the London area, U.K, Michael is from Edgware while Gloria is from Surbiton. Moreover, Rudd has one sister named Mandi Rudd Arnold, who is 3 years younger than him.
Paul traveled with his family during his childhood because of his dad’s airline job at TWA. His family finally settled in Overland Park, Kansas, where his mom worked as a sales manager for KSMO-TV.
His paternal grandfather, Davis Rudnitsky had anglicized his family’s surname from Rudnitzky to Rudd, while his maternal grandfather, Louis Goldstein, anglicized his family’s surname to Granville.
Paul Rudd Education
Rudd went to Broadmoor Junior High and Shawnee Mission West High School and graduated in 1987. While in high school, he was the Student Body President. Later on, Paul joined the University of Kansas in Lawrence and majored in theater.
Moreover, Rudd graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts-West based in Los Angeles. He as well engaged in a three-month intensive workshop under the counsel of Michael Kahn at the British Drama Academy at Oxford University in Britain. Rudd assisted in producing the Globe Theater’s production of Howard Brenton’s “Bloody Poetry,” which featured Rudd as Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Paul Rudd Wife
Is Paul married? Yes. Paul is blissfully married to his beautiful wife, Julie Rudd. The pair married in a private ceremony in upstate New York, on February 23, 2003. In addition, they have two children; a son named Jack Sullivan Rudd born in 2006, and a daughter named Darby Rudd born in 2010.
Paul’s biggest supporter throughout his career rollercoaster of a career is his wife, Julie Yaeger, his wife of almost 20 years. The duo first met closely after Rudd rose to fame with Clueless.
Paul Rudd Height
Rudd stands at a height of 5 feet 84 inches (1.78 m) tall.
Paul Rudd Net Worth
How much is Paul worth? Paul has an estimated net worth of $70 million. His fortune stems from his successful career as an actor.