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Who is Paul Rudd?

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Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer from the United States. Before making his acting debut in 1991, he studied theatre at the University of Kansas and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Clueless (1995), Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Object of My Affection (1998), Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), This Is 40 (2012), Wanderlust (2012), Mute (2018), The Fundamentals of Caring (2016), Ideal Home (2016) are some of Rudd’s films (2018). He has also appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ant-Man in the films Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), as well as the Disney+ animated series What If…? (2021), the miniseries The Shrink Next Door (2021), and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2019).

Paul Rudd has also starred in various television series, including the NBC comedy Friends as Mike Hannigan, as well as guest parts on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Reno 911!, and Parks and Recreation, as well as hosting Saturday Night Live on several occasions. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy for his dual role in the Netflix comedy series Living with Yourself. In July 2015, he was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2019, he was listed on the Forbes Celebrity 100. Rudd was awarded the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2021.

Rudd made his acting debut in 1992 as Kirby Quimby Philby in the television drama Sisters. He appears in six episodes of Wild Oats in 1994.

Tommy Doyle in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, The Locusts, Overnight Delivery, The Object of My Affection, as well as 200 Cigarettes among his other credits. He was indeed a cast member of The Cider House Rules, which was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by such a Cast inside a Motion Picture in 1999.

In Benny Chan’s Hong Kong action flick Gen-Y Cops from 2000, he plays FBI Agent Ian Curtis. In 2002, he was cast inside the comedy Friends as Mike Hannigan, who dates and eventually marries Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe Buffay. He played “Guy Gerricault,” the coach of a lamaze class, in numerous episodes of Reno 911! in 2006, and later played a drug lord inside the Reno 911!: Miami feature. In the 2007 episode “Debasement Tapes,” he guest-starred as Desmond, a failed 1990s rock star upon that television series Veronica Mars.

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