Paul Rudd Career History
Film and television
Paul Rudd made his acting debut in 1992 as Kirby Quimby Philby in the television drama Sisters.
He appears in six episodes of Wild Oats in 1994. Rudd left Sisters in 1995 to star with Alicia Silverstone in the comedic picture Clueless. Tommy Doyle in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, The Locusts, Overnight Delivery, The Object of My Affection, and 200 Cigarettes are among his other credits. He was a member of the cast of The Cider House Rules, which was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in 1999.
In Benny Chan’s Hong Kong action flick Gen-Y Cops from 2000, he plays FBI Agent Ian Curtis. In 2002, he was cast in the comedy Friends as Mike Hannigan, who dates and eventually marries Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe Buffay.
He played “Guy Gerricault” (pronounced “jericho”), the coach of a lamaze class, in numerous episodes of Reno 911! in 2006, and later portrayed a drug lord in the Reno 911!: Miami feature. In the 2007 episode “Debasement Tapes,” he played Desmond Fellows, a has-been 1990s rock star on the television series Veronica Mars.
In 2004, he began working with director/producer Judd Apatow, first on the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as Brian Fantana, directed by Apatow and starring Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Will Ferrell, and again in 2005 in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, directed by Apatow and starring Carell and Seth Rogen. He next appeared in Apatow’s 2007 film Knocked Up as Pete, the dissatisfied spouse of Leslie Mann’s character.
He appeared with Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, and Jay Baruchel in the picture. He also served as the narrator for the 2007 season of the long-running sports documentary series Hard Knocks, since the club featured that year (the Kansas City Chiefs) is the team he cheers for. (The 2007 season of Hard Knocks was the only one in which the series’ usual narrator, Liev Schreiber, did not appear.)
Rudd starred as John Lennon in the comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in 2007 and as a drug-addled surf instructor in Nicholas Stoller’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008, which Apatow produced with Jason Segel and Jonah Hill.
Rudd had uncredited appearances in Bridesmaids and Year One (2009). (2011). In 2012, he acted in and co-produced the picture Wanderlust starring Jennifer Aniston, which he also co-produced with Apatow.
He co-starred alongside Leslie Mann in the comedy picture This Is 40, a spinoff from Apatow’s Knocked Up. In the 2013 sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, he resumed his role as Brian Fantana.
He appeared in The Oh in Ohio and The Ten in 2007, reuniting with David Wain and Michael Showalter, and then in Over Her Dead Body the following year alongside Eva Longoria. He and co-star Seann William Scott play energy drink salesman obliged to do community service in a kid mentorship program in his next comedy, Role Models, which he also created.
Rudd starred with Jason Segel in I Love You Man in 2009, in which he and Segel portray friends who connect over their mutual love of the rock band Rush. Rudd and Segel are both huge admirers of the group.
Rudd also co-created the TV show Party Down with John Embom, Rob Thomas, and Dan Etheridge in 2009. In the DreamWorks computer-animated film Monsters Vs. Aliens, he provided his voice.
For the first time since The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Rudd reunited with Steve Carell in the Jay Roach-directed comedy Dinner for Schmucks in 2010. In 2012, he played Mr. Anderson, a teacher of Charlie, who was played by Logan Lerman, in the drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
He featured Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer in the 2011 comedy-drama Our Idiot Brother.
It was Rudd’s sixth collaboration with Elizabeth Banks. He has previously starred with her in films such as Wet Hot American Summer (2001), The Baxter (2005), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), and Role Models (2008).
In 2015, Rudd appeared on the MLB Network.
Rudd earned the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for his appearance as Bobby Newport, a candidate for City Council and a competitor of Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope, in four episodes of NBC’s Parks and Recreation in 2012.
He started doing voiceovers for Hyundai television advertisements in 2014. He also narrated John Hodgman’s audiobooks The Areas of My Expertise (2005) and More Information Than You Require (2007). (2008).
Rudd was formally announced as a cast member in the 2015 Marvel picture Ant-Man on December 19, 2013. He portrayed Scott Lang/Ant-Man, the main character.
Rudd reprised his character in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Ant-Man and the Wasp, the 2018 sequel to Ant-Man, which he also co-wrote.
In Avengers: Endgame (2019), Rudd reunited with Evangeline Lilly in a film that gained critical praise and went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time. In 2023, he’ll return to the character in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
In the Netflix prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Rudd returned his role as Andy from the 2001 film, among an ensemble cast that included Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, and Elizabeth Banks, all of whom repeated their characters from the 2001 film. In 2016, he starred opposite Selena Gomez in the comedy-drama The Fundamentals of Caring and gave his voice to the animated features The Little Prince and Sausage Party.
Rudd also played Moe Berg, a catcher for the Boston Red Sox who joined the OSS during WWII, in the 2018 film The Catcher Was a Spy.
Rudd and Aisling Bea were cast in Netflix’s comedy series Living with Yourself in August 2018.
He also served as an executive producer for the show, which debuted on October 18, 2019.
Since 2004, while advertising his projects on late-night comedy programs hosted by comedian Conan O’Brien, Rudd has explained the next footage that is about to be played but suddenly switches to a clip from the 1988 film Mac and Me. Rudd stated that the running joke had “never occurred to him” that it would go that long.
“It has a certain enigmatic quality about it. Because I’m here. I’m going to advertise my stuff on television. ‘Here’s something from what I just shot,’ for example. It simply felt insincere, and it still does to a considerable part “he said As an alien puppet appears, the footage depicts a kid in a wheelchair helplessly sliding down a slope, down a cliff, and into the lake.
Rudd has also featured in Broadway productions, the first of which was as Joe Farkas in The Last Night of Ballyhoo in 1997.
The next year, he starred with Kyra Sedgwick and Max Wright in Twelfth Night at the Lincoln Center Theatre.
In 2006, he starred with Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts in the Bernard Jacobs Theater production of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain.
Rudd made his Broadway debut in Craig Wright’s Grace at the Cort Theatre in 2012. Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington, and seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner co-star with Rudd.
He played “Adam” in Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things in the original London production in 2001, and then again for three months off-Broadway in October 2001. The film was remade two years later with the whole original cast.