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Judd Apatow



A talented screenwriter/producer whose television work is often critically praised before being prematurely canceled, Judd Apatow has a dedicated fan base that has nevertheless continued to grow thanks to such winning efforts as The Ben Stiller Show and Freaks and Geeks. Work on a high-school radio show offered the showbiz hopeful his first taste of success, and in the years following his high-school graduation, the quick-witted aspiring standup comedian hit the comedy circuit to generally positive notice. Apatow's act eventually became a staple of FOX's Comic Strip Live, and when the series was canceled in 1994, he opted to shift his focus toward writing and producing. Though he had already achieved some amount of notoriety as a result of his involvement with such efforts as The Larry Sanders Show and The Ben Stiller Show, Apatow began to move into feature territory as the writer and executive producer of Heavyweights and Celtic Pride. Though neither film proved a hit at the box office, they did find a healthy second wind on home video, and Apatow's next endeavor as a producer was the widely panned Jim Carrey film The Cable Guy. Directed by friend and frequent collaborator Ben Stiller, The Cable Guy offered a pointed satire on media influence with Carrey's dark, disturbing performance deviating about as far from the antics of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective as one could get. Once again, Apatow's vision was simply ahead of its time, and it wasn't until The Cable Guy hit home video that the filmgoing masses were truly able to digest the warped masterpiece. When Freaks and Geeks hit the air in 1999, it appeared as if Apatow finally had a hit on his hands. A funny, touching, and endearingly realistic take on high-school life among the less popular set, the show was quickly canceled and never afforded the chance to find an audience thanks to overzealous network executives. Apatow's next series, Undeclared (essentially Freaks and Geeks goes to college), fared only moderately better, with 16 episodes aired before the plug was pulled. In 2003, Apatow served as producer for the made-for-television feature Life on Parole, and shortly thereafter, he returned to feature-film territory as the producer of the throwback Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman (2004). By this point it was only logical that the increasingly-prolific writer/producer would try his hand at writing directing a feature film, and after penning the 2005 Jim Carrey comedy Fun with Dick and Jane, Apatow seemed to find the ideal collaborator in the form of wildly unpredictable Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell; their work together ultimately yielding the suprisingly endearing 2005 comedy hit The 40 Year Old Virgin. A brief return to the producer's chair found Apatow teaming with former Freaks and Geeks co-hort Jake Kasdan for the 2006 comedy The TV Set, and after joining Will Ferrell and company for a side-splitting trip to the racetrack as producer of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, the busy multi-hyphenate would take on triple duty by writing, producing, and directing the 2007 comedy Knocked Up - a one-night-stand laugher that featured a number of Apatow's old small-screen cast members including Freaks and Geeks' Seth Rogen, Martin Starr, Jason Segel, and Undeclared's Jay Baruchel. That film would become another box-office blockbuster and establish Rogen and Katherine Heigl as movie stars.



He continued his hot streak in 2008 acting as producer on three well-regarded comedies - Pineapple Express, Step Brothers, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, while 2009 found Apatow back in the director's chair for the ambitious showbiz/cancer comedy Funny People with Adam Sandler.

In addition to helping produce hit comedies like Get Him to the Greek, Wanderlust, and the Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids, Apatow continued to work on his own projects as well, releasing the sort-of sequel to Knocked Up, This Is 40, for the Christmas season in 2012.



Since 19

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  • Producer
2016
82% Pee-wee's Big Holiday
  • Producer
2016
No Score Yet Doc & Darryl
  • Director
2016
No Score Yet Hannibal Takes Edinburgh
  • Executive Producer
2016
87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
  • Actor
2015
85% Trainwreck
  • Director
  • Producer
2015
83% Begin Again
  • Producer
2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Don't Ask Me Questions: The Unsung Life of Graham Parker and the Rumour
  • Actor
2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Producer
2013
36% Salinger
  • Actor
2013
51% This is 40
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2012
63% The Five-Year Engagement
  • Producer
2012
60% Wanderlust
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Wanderlust: Bizarro Cut
  • Producer
2012
14% Zookeeper
  • Barry the Elephant
2011
90% Bridesmaids
  • Producer
2011
72% Get Him to the Greek
  • Producer
2010
68% Funny People
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2009
15% Year One
  • Producer
2009
68% Pineapple Express
  • Producer
2008
55% Step Brothers
  • Producer
2008
38% You Don't Mess With the Zohan
  • Screenwriter
2008
25% Drillbit Taylor
  • Producer
2008
85% Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2008
74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2007
88% Superbad
  • Producer
2007
90% Knocked Up
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2007
64% The TV Set
  • Executive Producer
2007
72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • Producer
2006
29% Fun With Dick and Jane
  • Screenwriter
2005
85% The 40 Year Old Virgin
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2005
41% Kicking & Screaming
  • Executive Producer
2005
No Score Yet Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
  • Producer
2004
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
  • News Station Employee
  • Producer
2004
54% The Cable Guy
  • Producer
1996
9% Celtic Pride
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
1996
29% Heavyweights (Heavy Weights)
  • Screenwriter
  • Homer
  • Executive Producer
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • Host
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Ben Stiller Show
1992-1993
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
2010-2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
89% Girls
2012
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet The Pete Holmes Show
2013-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • Screenwriter
87% Love
2016
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
Crashing
2017
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
  • Director
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
  • Appearing

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