Paul Rudd is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer.
Let’s find out some fun facts about him!
1. Paul Stephen Rudd was born April 6, 1969 in Passaic, New Jersey to a Jewish family.
2. His father, Michael, was a historical tour guide and former vice-president of Trans World Airlines who died of cancer, while his mother, Gloria, was a sales manager at the television station KCMO-TV in Kansas City, Missouri.
3. His parents were born in the United Kingdom, his father from Edgware and his mother from Surbiton, both in London.
4. Rudd’s parents are both English-born and Jewish (descended from Jewish immigrants who moved to Britain from Russia and Poland).
5. The family’s original surname, “Rudnitzky”, was changed by his grandfather to “Rudd.” Rudd had a bar mitzvah ceremony.
6. Growing up he loved reading British comics, The Beano and The Dandy, which his uncle in the U.K. would send to him.
7. When he was ten, Rudd’s family moved to Lenexa, Kansas. His family also spent three years living in Anaheim, California, because of his father’s occupation.
8. Rudd attended Broadmoor Junior High and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in the class of 1987. Rudd then went to the University of Kansas, where he majored in theater.
9. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity’s Nu Chapter there.
10. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West in Los Angeles.
11. Rudd spent three months studying Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy based in Oxford, U.K.
12. While attending acting school, Rudd worked as a Bar Mitzvah disc jockey.
13. He made his acting debut in 1992 with NBC’s drama series Sisters. He is known for his starring roles in the film The Cider House Rules (1999) and the comedy films Clueless (1995), Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), Role Models (2008), I Love You, Man (2009), Dinner for Schmucks (2010), Our Idiot Brother (2011), Wanderlust (2012), This Is 40 (2012), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), and for playing the superhero Scott Lang / Ant-Man in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016).
14. In addition to his film career, Rudd has appeared in numerous television shows, most notably as Mike Hannigan on the NBC sitcom Friends, along with guest roles on Tim and Eric and Parks and Recreation (as businessman Bobby Newport), and hosting Saturday Night Live. Rudd received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 1, 2015.
15. In 2003, Rudd married Julie Yaeger and the couple has two children: a son, Jack Sullivan, and a daughter, Darby.
16. He is a fan of MLB’s Kansas City Royals and of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, for whom he narrated the 2007 season of HBO’s Hard Knocks.
17. Rudd received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 1, 2015.
18. He unveiled the 2,554th star on the mile-long strip of plaques on Hollywood Boulevard. At the occasion Rudd said, “I remember being a kid and walking this boulevard and reading the names and thinking about what so many other millions of people thought about, which is, you know, ‘Who’s that?'”