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1998: Began filming on a movie called "Chicken Blood and Other Tales", but production was canceled before it wrapped.

Was disappointed by the final result of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) because filming had him believing it was going to be a high-caliber suspense film, but the reaction to the film was overwhelmingly negative.

Was classmates with Matthew Lillard at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Was a disc jockey at bar/bat mitzvahs before he became successful.

2/23/03: Married his fiancee, Julie Rudd in upstate New York. They split their time between Manhattan and New York's Hudson Valley. As of 2020, they have been together for 25 years.

Prior to joining the cast of Friends (1994), he co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in The Object of My Affection (1998).

Attended the University of Kansas. Is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

His parents were both born in Britain. His father was from Edgware and his mother was raised in Surbiton, both in London. Both of his parents' families were Jewish (they moved from Poland, Belarus, and Russia to the UK). Paul's paternal grandfather, born Davis Rudnitsky, had anglicized his family's surname from Rudnitzky to Rudd, while Paul's maternal grandfather, born Louis Goldstein, anglicized his family's surname to Granville. Paul was raised in Reform Judaism, and had a bar mitzvah.

He is a self-described mega-fan of the television series Lost (2004). He volunteered to interview cast member Emilie de Ravin, whom he has never met, for Interview magazine because of his love for the series.

Has two children with Julie Rudd: Jack Rudd (born 2006) and daughter Darby Rudd (born 2010).

Friends with television writer Rob Thomas and Jon Hamm.

He spray painted his name on Shawnee Mission West High School's stage wall. Another ex-Shawnee Mission West student was Jason Sudeikis.

Came up with the idea of the "Kelly Clarkson!" call-out during Steve Carell's infamous chest wax in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005).

As part of a running gag during his appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993), Rudd often brought a clip from the film Mac and Me (1988) where wheelchair user Eric (Jade Calegory) flies off a cliff while Mac watches on, instead of showing clips from the actual movie he is there to promote. The only exception was when he came to promote Knocked Up (2007). Judd Apatow showed up specifically to make sure Rudd would not do so.

Improvised the "You know how I know you're gay?" sequence in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) with Seth Rogen.

While on Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (2009), Rudd told Kevin Pollak that when Rudd was a freshman theater student at the University of Kansas, he appeared in a highly experimental production of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in which there were two different actors playing a "good" Macbeth and a "bad" Macbeth; Rudd played the "good" Macbeth. Many years later, while he was auditioning to appear in the original production of "Bash: Latter-Day Plays", he learned that the play's author, Neil LaBute, had seen that "Macbeth" while LaBute was a graduate student at KU; Rudd was worried that LaBute would make the connection between Rudd and that "Macbeth" and would no longer want him to be in the play. They later became friends and frequent collaborators.

Was billed under his full name, Paul Stephen Rudd. in his early roles, as there was already an actor in the Screen Actors Guild who took the name Paul Rudd.

Is an avid fan of the Kansas City Royals. Threw out the first pitch before a game with the cross-state rival St. Louis Cardinals on June 22, 2012.

(January 16, 2009) Attended the premiere of Role Models (2008) at the Pathe De Munt Cinema in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

(April 8, 2009) Attended the VIP screening of I Love You, Man (2009) at the Soho Hotel in London, England, UK.

Played a character named George three times: The Object of My Affection (1998), How Do You Know (2010) and Wanderlust (2012)-the first and third movies saw him play opposite Friends (1994) co-star Jennifer Aniston. Moreover, he played opposite Reese Witherspoon in the second movie, who coincidentally also stared in two episodes of Friends (1994) as Gill, Jennifer Aniston character's younger sister. Rudd and Witherspoon appeared in different seasons and, thus, shared no scenes with each other.

Has been friends with Jennifer Aniston since they were age 21, before they both succeeded.

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 3, 2015.

Describes himself as a megafan of the television series Lost (2004), starring Evangeline Lilly. The two appeared together in the film Ant-Man (2015).

Huge fan of the rock band Rush. This was not only incorporated into the movie "I Love You, Man", but he and costar Jason Siegel (also a huge fan) did a short film as their characters from that film (Peter and Sidney, respectively) for a short outtake film used during Rush's Time Machine Tour. Rudd also did the narrating for Rush:Time Stand Still, the band's 2016 documentary of its last tour.

Appeared in a Super Nintendo commercial in 1991.

Paul's dad was an avid Titanic historian, which, unfortunately, did not help Paul land a key role in Titanic (1997) when he auditioned. Ironically, during the Romeo + Juliet (1996) shoot, when co-star Leonardo DiCaprio mentioned that he'd been considering the offer of the lead in Titanic, Paul urged him to go for it.

In Knocked Up (2007), his character makes a reference to seeing Spider-Man 3 (2007) at the movies. Nine years later, his character Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016) literally fights Spider-Man.

Discovered on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) that his parents were second cousins. His paternal great-grandmother, Etia/Ethel Gejer/Gayer, was the sister of his maternal great-grandfather, Isaac Gayer.

Not a relation with Emily Rudd.

Born at 11:40am, EDT.

Chosen by People Magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive in 2021.

Co-owns a coffee shop in a small Hudson Valley village with business partner Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

He was nominated for the 2022 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Performing Arts and Entertainment category.