Paul Stephen Rudd is an American actor who has been part of the TV, film and theater industry for over 30 years. A graduate of the University of Kansas’ theater program, he has also studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts prior to his 1991 acting debut in a Super Nintendo commercial.
Rudd proceeded to make minor TV appearances before landing a role in the 1995 film Clueless. His career took off after that, with roles in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, and The Cider House Rules, receiving a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his performance in the latter. In 2002, he made his memorable appearance on the sitcom Friends as Phoebe Buffay’s quirky love interest.
The mid-2000s saw Rudd connecting with Director/Produce Judd Apatow for such films as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and Knocked Up. He also produced and co-starred in the film Wanderlust alongside Jennifer Aniston in 2012. He’s lent his voice to films such as The Little Prince and Sausage Party. In recent years, his role as Scott Lang in DC Marvel’s Ant-Man has led to reprisals of this role in Captain America: Civil War, and Ant-Man’s sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. In 2023, he is set to film the third film in the Ant-Man series, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
In 2020, Rudd added “minister” to his long list of skills and offerings by becoming a ULC ordained minister. While he is not sure what is to come after his role as Ant-Man, it’s safe to assume it will be laced with humor and mired in success. To this day, Paul Rudd has been nominated for 27 awards, boasting 9 wins thus far.
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