Paul Feig

Highest Rated: 94% Spy (2015)
Lowest Rated: 9% Stealing Harvard (2002)
Birthday: Sep 17, 1962
Birthplace: Not Available
A driving creative force behind such critically praised, but short-lived, television series as Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, writer/producer/director/actor Paul Feig has worn many hats throughout his enduring showbiz career. From teenage standup to high-profile Hollywood player, his unique perspective always seems to offer something fresh and innovative. A native of Mt. Clemens, MI, whose interest in theater prompted him to join the drama club and play an active role in forensics, Feig got his first taste of show business as the writer and director of a trio of television commercials for his father's hardware store. It was around the age of 15 that the aspiring comic began performing at local comedy clubs (accompanied by his parents, of course) and landing roles in community theater, and following his freshman year in college, Feig set his sights on a career in the entertainment industry. Realizing that he wasn't about to break into the movie business in Michigan, Feig began phoning every major Hollywood studio in hopes of finding work as an actor. Though that particular endeavor may not have landed him a lead in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Universal Studios did mention that they were looking for tour guides -- and Feig was soon gassing up for the cross-country road trip that would bridge his past to his future. It didn't take long for Feig to land the job as a tour guide, and after becoming enamored with the film industry when he attended the world premiere of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the aspiring filmmaker was accepted into U.S.C. Film School. As his tenure at U.S.C. wound to a close, Feig opted to fill his internship credit by working as a script reader for Michael Phillips. The internship eventually evolved into a full-time job, and Feig's co-workers were constantly impressed with the aspiring writer's tireless drive to succeed -- though Feig was secretly itching to get back into standup comedy. A chance win on the $25,000 Pyramid provided Feig with the money needed to hit the road with his standup act, and in order to keep himself occupied on the road, the struggling standup worked to hone his screenwriting skills. When the acting bug finally lured Feig back to the West Coast, the struggling comic became a struggling actor with roles in such features as Three O' Clock High and Ski Patrol, and on the small screen in It's Garry Shandling's Show and the short-lived Dirty Dancing. More substantial roles in Heavyweights and That Thing You Do! were quick to follow, and after scraping together 30,000 dollars to film his feature debut, Feig stepped behind the camera to direct his script for Life Sold Separately. A low-key comedy drama concerning four strangers attempting to escape their day-to-day lives, Life Sold Separately went largely unseen despite landing mostly favorable reviews. In 1999, Feig served as writer and producer for the critically acclaimed, but ill-fated, television series Freaks and Geeks, a refreshing look at high-school life from the unique perspectives of the eponymous cliques. Two years later, Feig stepped behind the camera to direct episodes of the popular Freaks and Geeks follow-up series Undeclared, a unique and honest look at college life which suffered an eerily similar fate to its high-school counterpart. In 2003, Feig made an interesting departure from his generally humorous, Midwestern-flavored brand of comedy to direct I Am David, an adaptation of author Anne Holm's acclaimed novel North to Freedom. A touching tale of a young boy who escapes a concentration camp in a desperate attempt to deliver an important letter to Denmark, I Am David revealed a side of the director that audiences had rarely seen. Feig would continue to direct for the small screen, finding particular success with shows like Arrested Development, The Office, and Nurse Jackie. The filmmaker would continue to helm big screen efforts as well, most memorably with the 2012 comedy Bridesmaids.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Last Christmas Director 2019
69% Song of Back and Neck Actor 2018
85% A Simple Favor Producer Director 2018
36% Snatched Producer $45.9M 2017
74% Ghostbusters Screenwriter Executive Producer Director $128.4M 2016
No Score Yet Ghostheads Actor 2016
87% The Peanuts Movie Producer $106.2M 2015
94% Spy Screenwriter Producer Director $90M 2015
65% The Heat Director Executive Producer $158.4M 2013
No Score Yet The Arrested Development Documentary Project Actor 2013
45% Bad Teacher Dad at Carwash $100.3M 2011
89% Bridesmaids Executive Producer Director $166.6M 2011
74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Different DJ $18.4M 2007
90% Knocked Up Fantasy Baseball Guy $148.8M 2007
29% Unaccompanied Minors Director $16.7M 2006
39% I Am David American Man Screenwriter Director $0.3M 2004
9% Stealing Harvard Electrician $14M 2002
47% My Fellow Americans Reporter No. 2 1996
93% That Thing You Do! KMPC D.J. 1996
No Score Yet Sabrina the Teenage Witch Lyle Pool 1996
29% Heavyweights Tim 1995
No Score Yet Ski Patrol Stanley 1990
67% Three O'Clock High Hall Monitor 1987
No Score Yet Zombie High Emerson 1987

TV

CREDIT
75% Arrested Development
2003
Wizard Director
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
83% The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale
2018
Executive Producer Guest
  • 2018
13% 9JKL
2017-2018
Himself
  • 2017
No Score Yet Talk Show the Game Show
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014-2017
Panelist Appearing
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Talking Dead
2011
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2015
91% Other Space
2015
Executive Producer Producer Creator
  • 2015
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
Mr. Spagnolo Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
75% Maron
2013-2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2011
89% The Office
2005-2013
Producer Director
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
79% Bored to Death
2009-2011
Director
  • 2009
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Director
  • 2007
94% Mad Men
2007-2015
Director
  • 2007
70% Weeds
2005-2012
Director
  • 2007
  • 2005
93% Undeclared
2001-2002
Director
  • 2002
100% Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
Screenwriter Director
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
1996-2003
Mr. Eugene Pool Mr. Pool
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Worker #1
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Jackie Thomas Show
1992-1993
Bobby Wynn
  • 1993
  • 1992
100% Get a Life
1990-1992
Other Escort
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Bruce
  • 1988
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Ron
  • 1986

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