He was born as Paul Stephen Rudd on April 6, 1969 in Passaic, New Jersey, U.S. His parents were both Jewish and he had a typical Jewish ‘bar mitzvah’ celebration. He later grew up in Overland Park, Kansas.
He was educated at the d Broadmoor Junior High and Shawnee Mission West. He later went on to attend the University of Kansas for two years to study drama.
He attended the British Drama Academy in the Oxford University for a three month workshop. While he was studying he also took part in theatre productions.
In 1995, he bagged his major breakthrough role in the comedy film ‘Clueless’, which was directed by Amy Heckerling. The same year, he also appeared in the film, ‘Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers’.
In 1996, he played the role of ‘Sonny’ in the television version ‘Clueless’. The following year, he played the role of ‘Paris’ in the film ‘Romeo + Juliet’. Furthermore, he was seen in the film, ‘The Size of Watermelons’.
In 1997, he played the role of ‘Earl’ in the John Patrick Kelley film, ‘The Locusts’. The next year, he appeared in two films, ‘Overnight Delivery’ and ‘The Object of My Affection’.
In 1999, he earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role in the film, ‘The Cider House Rules’. The same year, he was also seen in the film, ‘200 Cigarettes’.
In 2000, he played the role of ‘Brent Brooks’ on an episode of the TV series, ‘Strangers with Candy’. The same year, he played a role in the television film, ‘The Great Gatsby’.
In 2002, he appeared as ‘Mike Hannigan’ on the TV sitcom, ‘Friends’. In later years, he was seen in the films, ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’, ‘Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie’, ’The 40-Year-Old Virgin’, ‘I Could Never Be Your Woman’ and ‘Knocked Up’.
In 2009, he played the role of ‘Peter Klaven’ in the film, ‘I Love You, Man’. That year, he played a voice role in the film, ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ and made a cameo appearance in the film, ‘Year One’.
In 2010, he was seen in the films, ‘Dinner for Schmucks’ and ‘How Do You Know’. The following year, he was also seen in the films, ‘Our Idiot Brother’ and ‘Bridesmaids’
In 2012, he acted and produced the film, ‘Wanderlust’. The following year, he acted in the critically acclaimed film, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and the film, ‘This Is 40’.
In 2013, he played the role of ‘John’ in the film, ‘Admission’. He was also seen in the film, ‘Prince Avalanche’, ‘This Is the End’ and ‘All Is Bright’.
In 2014 American comedy film ‘They Came Together’, he appeared as ‘Joel’.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS
He was seen in the film, ‘Clueless’, which was rated by ‘Entertainment Weekly to be the ’19th best comedy of the past 25 years’. The film was also a major commercial success.
In 2012, he won the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for the category of ‘Best Ensemble Performance’ for the film, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’.