Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian and screenwriter. He has primarily appeared in comedies, and is known for his roles in the films Clueless, The Cider House Rules, Wet Hot American Summer, Anchorman, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Dinner for Schmucks, The Object of My Affection, Role Models, I Love You, Man, and Our Idiot Brother. In television, he appeared on the NBC sitcom Friends, playing Mike Hannigan, Phoebe Buffay's boyfriend and later husband for the final two seasons, and is commonly featured on the Tim and Eric show. Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His parents, both natives of London (England), were Jewish, and were descended from immigrants from Russia and Poland; the family's original surname, 'Rudnitzky', was changed by his grandfather to 'Rudd'. Rudd had a bar mitzvah.
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