Paul Rudd Early life History


Paul Rudd was born in the United States, in the town of Passaic, to English-born Jewish parents. Michael Rudd (died 2008) was a former vice-president of TWA and a historical tour guide. Gloria Irene Granville, his mother, worked as a sales manager at KCMO-TV in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were both from London, his father from Edgware, and his mother from Surbiton, and they were both descended from Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants from Belarus, Poland, and Russia who had settled in England.

Rudd’s grandpa changed his father’s family’s surname from Rudnitsky to Rudd, while his mother’s family’s surname was originally Goldstein; his parents were second cousins. In Ontario, Rudd attended a Bar Mitzvah service. He grew up reading British comics The Beano and The Dandy, which his uncle in the UK would mail him editions of.

Rudd’s family relocated to Lenexa, Kansas when he was ten years old. His family also spent three years in Anaheim, California, due to his father’s profession.

Rudd attended Broadmoor Junior High School in Kansas City and Shawnee Mission West High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He studied theater at the University of Kansas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree.

He was a member of the Nu Chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity. With fellow actor Matthew Lillard, he trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He also studied Jacobean theatre for three months at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford.

He worked as a DJ at Bar Mitzvahs while attending acting school. He had a number of odd jobs after college, including glazing hams at the Holiday Ham Company in Overland Park, Kansas.

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