Paul Rudd was born April 6, 1969 in Passaic, New Jersey. Though he’s mostly known for his comedic chops, Rudd studied acting at Pasadena’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, followed by a semester at Oxford’s British Drama Academy.
When Rudd returned the United States in the early 1990s, he landed several minor TV roles. His big break came in 1995 when he starred opposite Alicia Silverstone in Clueless. Several years later, he appeared in a recurring role on Friends as Phoebe Buffay’s (Lisa Kudrow) love interest. In 2003, Rudd married Julie Yaeger; the two have one son, Jack.
After being pushed into the mainstream with Friends, Rudd played comedic parts in a string of films that solidified his spot as a Hollywood star.
He has appeared in films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Night at the Museum, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man and Dinner For Schmucks.