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Paul Rudd



Displaying the type of understated, dark-eyed good looks that make him a natural candidate for an art house pinup, Paul Rudd impressed filmgoers throughout the latter half of the 1990s with his talent for turning in performances marked by thoughtful insight and an unassuming charisma. Since his turn as Alicia Silverstone's endearingly self-righteous stepbrother in the 1995 film Clueless, Rudd has enjoyed a sort of low-key fame that has allowed him to branch out both in film and on the stage.



The son of British-born parents, Rudd came into the world via Passaic, NJ, on April 6, 1969. Because of his father's job in the airline industry, Rudd and his family traveled a great deal, eventually settling in Kansas City, KS. After graduating from high school, Rudd attended the University of Kansas, where he majored in theater. Following his graduation, he was accepted as a student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West in Los Angeles. His studies there led to a three-month theater workshop at Oxford University's British Drama Academy, where he was tutored by the producer and editor Michael Kahn. During his time in England, Rudd also co-produced the Globe Theatre's Bloody Poetry, in which he starred as the poet Percy Shelley, and then performed the title role of Hamlet, in a production directed by Ben Kingsley.



Back in the States, Rudd made his television debut in 1992, in the series Sisters. As Ashley Judd's boyfriend Kirbie Philby, Rudd stayed with the show until 1995. During this time, he also appeared in other television productions, including the short-lived series Wild Oats (1994). In 1995, he made his big-screen debut in Amy Heckerling's Clueless, a film that met with a lavish dose of unanticipated success. Although much of the limelight was reserved for the film's star Alicia Silverstone, Rudd also received a fair amount of press, as well as the adulation of a new generation of fans who warmed to the actor's unconventional appeal. The same year, he played the lead in the sixth Halloween installment, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.



The year 1996 proved to be one of hits and misses, as it included his leading part in the straight-to-video Overnight Delivery, co-starring Reese Witherspoon, and the highly successful William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, in which he played against type as the arrogant Dave Paris. The same year, Rudd starred in the obscure but critically praised Canadian independent The Size of Watermelons, before going on to make the equally obscure, critically trashed The Locusts (1997). Theatrically, however, 1997 provided positive experience in the form of a Broadway production of Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo, in which Rudd had a lead role. There were further positive experiences for Rudd in 1998, as in addition to his principal role in the well-received The Object of My Affection, he starred in the high-profile Lincoln Center production of Twelfth Night, which co-starred Helen Hunt and was directed by Nicholas Hytner, his Object director. Rudd continued his theater work the following year, with Neil LaBute's Bash, an off-Broadway show that also featured Calista Flockhart and Ron Eldard. In addition, he had a starring role in 200 Cigarettes, a film remarkable for both its enviable ensemble cast (including Christina Ricci, Ben Affleck, and Martha Plimpton) and the overwhelmingly desultory reviews it received. However, even the most savage of critics were able to single out Rudd for praise, further reflecting the actor's ability to make a favorable impression in even the most unfavorable of films.



After a turn as Nick Caraway in a made-for-television adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Rudd showed off his ability pull off broad-comedy in the largely improvised 2001 parody film Wet Hot American Summer. He changed gears considerably for his next project, The Shape of Things which saw him reteam with director LaBute.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Scott Lang/Ant-Man
2018
83% Sausage Party
  • Darren
2016
93% The Little Prince
  • Mr. Prince
2016
90% Captain America: Civil War
  • Scott Lang/Ant-Man
2016
33% Nerdland
  • John
2016
77% The Fundamentals of Caring
  • Ben
2016
81% Ant-Man
  • Screenwriter
  • Scott Lang/Ant-Man
2015
69% They Came Together
  • Joel
2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Brian Fantana
2013
93% Casting By
  • Actor
2013
46% All Is Bright
  • Rene
2013
82% Prince Avalanche
  • Alvin
2013
83% This Is the End
  • Paul Rudd
2013
38% Admission
  • John Pressman
2013
51% This is 40
  • Pete
2012
86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Mr. Anderson
2012
25% Mansome
  • Actor
2012
60% Wanderlust
  • George
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Wanderlust: Bizarro Cut
  • Actor
  • Producer
2012
68% Our Idiot Brother
  • Ned
2011
No Score Yet Sesame Street: P Is For Princess
  • Actor
2011
32% How Do You Know
  • George
2010
42% Dinner for Schmucks
  • Tim Conrad
2010
83% Casino Jack And The United States Of Money
  • Voice of Michael Scanlon
2010
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Being Green
  • Actor
2009
72% Monsters vs. Aliens
  • Derek Dietl
2009
84% I Love You, Man
  • Peter Klaven
2009
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Being Green
  • Actor
2009
78% Role Models
  • Screenwriter
  • Danny Donahue
2008
85% Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Chuck
2008
15% Over Her Dead Body
  • Henry
2008
74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • John Lennon -- uncredited
2007
90% Knocked Up
  • Pete
2007
19% The Ex
  • Leon
2007
64% I Could Never Be Your Woman
  • Adam
2007
70% Diggers
  • Hunt
2007
34% Reno 911!: Miami
  • Ethan the Druglord
2007
37% The Ten
  • Producer
  • Jeff Reigert
2007
43% Night at the Museum
  • Don
2006
22% The Oh in Ohio
  • Jack Chase
2006
32% The Baxter
  • Dan Abbott
2005
85% The 40 Year Old Virgin
  • David
2005
43% Tennis, Anyone...?
  • Lance Rockwood
2005
No Score Yet Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
  • Brian Fantana
2004
55% P.S.
  • Sammy Silverstein
2004
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
  • Brian Fantana
2004
No Score Yet Two Days
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet 2 Days
  • Paul Miller
2003
50% The Chateau
  • Graham Granville
2002
64% The Shape Of Things
  • Adam
2002
No Score Yet On the Edge
  • Dr. Kenneth Grearly
2001
32% Wet Hot American Summer
  • Andy
2001
No Score Yet The Great Gatsby
  • Nick
2001
No Score Yet Gen-Y Cops
  • Ian Curtis
2000
No Score Yet Bash
  • Actor
2000
71% The Cider House Rules
  • Wally
1999
No Score Yet Celebrity Mix
  • Actor
1999
28% 200 Cigarettes
  • Kevin
1999
49% The Object of My Affection
  • George Hanson
1998
43% Overnight Delivery
  • Wyatt Trips
1998
18% The Locusts
  • Earl
1997
72% Romeo + Juliet
  • Dave Paris
1996
No Score Yet The Size of Watermelons
  • Alex
1996
81% Clueless
  • Josh
1995
6% Halloween - The Curse of Michael Myers (Halloween 6)
  • Tommy Doyle
1995
No Score Yet Runaway Daughters
  • Jimmy
1994
No Score Yet Stalking Back
  • Scott
1993
No Score Yet The Last Song
  • Gary Aronson
1980
No Score Yet Turkey in the Straw
  • Actor
No Score Yet Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Actor
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
78% Party Down
2009-2010
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Creator
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016
  • Actor
90% Parks and Recreation
2009-2015
  • Bobby Newport
92% Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
2015
  • Andy
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet MTV First
2011-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Billy on the Street
2011
  • Appearing
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Prince
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012
  • Guest
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Himself
No Score Yet Sesame Street
2014
  • Prince
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Actor
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Appearing
  • Host

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