Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and comedian. He studied theater at the University of Kansas and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before making his acting debut in 1992 in a series of shirts and various television shows. He made his film debut in Amy Heckerling’s Clueless (1995), with Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Dan Hedaya, Wallace Shawn, and Twink Caplan.
Other films in the 1990s include Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), with Donald Pleasence; Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), with Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino and Diane Venora; The Locusts (1997), with Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Davies, Kate Capshaw, and Ashley Judd; Overnight Delivery (1998), with Reese Witherspoon and Christine Taylor; The Object of my Affection (1998), with Jennifer Aniston, Alan Alda, Nigel Hawthorne, John Pankow, and Tim Daly; 200 Cigarettes (1999), with Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Díaz, Angela Featherstone, Janeane Garofalo, Gaby Hoffmann, Kate Hudson, Courtney Love, Jay Mohr, Martha Plimpton, and Christina Ricci; and Lasse Hallström’s The Cider House Rules (1999), with Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Michael Caine, Jane Alexander, Kathy Baker, Kieran Culkin, Heavy D, Kate Nelligan, and Erykah Badu.
Films in the early 2000s include David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer (2001), with Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Zak Orth, Joe Lo Truglio, and A.D. Miles; Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things (2003), with Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol, and Fred Weller; Adam McKay’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), with Will Ferrell. Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Fred Willard; P.S. (2004), with Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Lois Smith; The Baxter (2005), with Showalter (who also directed) Banks, Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux, and Peter Dinklage; and Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), with Carell, Catherine Keener, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Banks, Leslie Mann, and Jane Lynch.
Films in the mid to late 2000s include The Oh in Ohio (2006), with Parker Posey, Danny DeVito, Mischa Barton, Chandra Wilson, Liza Minnelli, and Heather Graham; Diggers (2007), with Lauren Ambrose, Ron Eldard, Josh Hamilton, Marino, Sarah Paulson, and Maura Tierney; The Ex (2007), with Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin, Mia Farrow, Donal Logue, Poehler, Amy Adams, Fred Armisen; Knocked Up (2007), with Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, and Martin Starr; and The Ten (2007), with Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Theroux, Famke Janssen, Adam Brody, Mol, Marino, Liev Schreiber.
More films in the mid to late 2000s include I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007), with Michelle Pfeiffer, Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Alexander, Dash, Jon Lovitz, Willard, Tracey Ullman; Over Her Dead Body (2009), with Eva Longoria, Lake Bell, Lindsay Sloane, and Jason Biggs; Nicholas Stoller’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2009), with Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Russell Brand; Role Models (2009), with Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Lynch, Banks, and Ken Jeong; and John Hamburg’s I Love You, Man (2009), with Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau, and Jaime Pressly.
Films in the early 2010s include Donner for Schmucks (2010), with Carrell, Stéphanie Szostak, Jemaine Clement, Lucy Punch, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, and Ron Livingston; James L. Brooks’s How Do You Know (2010), with Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, and Kathryn Hahn; Our Idiot Brother (2011), with Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Hahn, Jones, Shirley Knight, T.J. Miller, and Adam Scott; Wanderlust (2012), with Aniston, Theroux, Malin Åkerman, Hahn, Ambrose, Lo Truglio, Jordan Peele, and Alda; and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), with Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, and Joan Cusack.
More films in the early 2010s include This Is 40 (2012), with Mann, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, and Albert Brooks; Paul Weitz’s Admission (2013), with Tina Fey, Michael Sheen, Shawn, and Lily Tomlin; David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche (2013), with Emile Hirsch; All Is Bright (2013), with Paul Giamatti, Sally Hawkins, and Amy Landecker; and They Come Together (2014), with Poehler, Cobie Smulders, Meloni, Max Greenfield, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Jason Mantzoukas, Melanie Lynskey, and Ed Helms.
Films in the mid to late 2010s include The Fundamentals of Caring (2016), with Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez; The Catcher Was a Spy (2018), with Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Tom Wilkinson, Giancarlo Giannini, Hiroyuki Sanada, Guy Pearce, and Giamatti; Andrew Fleming’s Ideal Home (2018), with Coogan, Alison Pill, Jake McDorman, and Jack Gore; and Duncan Jones’s Mute (2018), with Alexander Skarsgård, Theroux, Robert Sheehan, Noel Clarke, Florence Kasumba, and Dominic Monaghan.
Rudd joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, starting with Ant-Man (2015), with Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Douglas. He would continue the role in Captain America: Civil War (2016), with Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Brühl; Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), with Lilly, Peña, Walton Goggins, Cannavale, Greer, Harris, Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Douglas; Avengers Endgame (2019), with Downey Jr., Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Johansson, Renner, Cheadle, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin; and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2022), with Lilly, Douglas. Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton, and Jonathan Majors.
Rudd has also voice acted in films such as Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), with Witherspoon, Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, and Stephen Colbert; The Little Prince (2015), with Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Giamatti, Riley Osborne, Brooks, and Mackenzie Foy; Sausage Party (2016), with Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Haderc Salma Hayek, Hill, Anders Holm, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Craig Robinson, Rogen, and Kristen Wiig; and Nerdland (2016), with Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, John Ennis, and Mike Judge.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
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(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Jamie’s Secret (1992) – directed by Peter Foldy – short
- A Question of Ethics (1992) – directed by Peter Foldy – Short – credited as Kenny Chin
- Picture Perfect (1992) – directed by Theo Burkhardt – short
- Moment of Truth: Stalking Back (1993) – directed by Corey Allen – TV movie
- Runaway Daughters (1994) – directed by Joe Dante – TV movie – credited as Paul Stephen Rudd
- Clueless (1995)* – directed by Amy Heckerling
- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) – directed by Joe Chappelle – credited as Paul Stephen Rudd
- The Size of Watermelons (1996) – directed by Kari Skogland
- Romeo + Juliet (1996) – directed by Baz Luhrmann
- Last Night of Ballyhoo (1997) – directed by Ron Lagomarsino
- The Locusts (1997) – directed by John Patrick Kelley
- Overnight Delivery (1998) – directed by Jason Bloom – direct to video
- The Object of My Affection (1998) – directed by Nicholas Hytner
- Twelfth Night, or What You Will (1998) – TV movie
- 200 Cigarettes (1999) – directed by Risa Bramon Garcia
- The Cider House Rules (1999) – directed by Lasse Hallström
- The Great Gatsby (2000) – directed by John McLaughlin – TV movie
- Gen-Y Cops (2000) – directed by Benny Chan
- Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – directed by David Wain
- The Château (2001) – directed by Jesse Peretz
- Reaching Normal (2001) – directed by Anne Heche
- Bash: Latter-Day Plays (2001) – directed by Neil LaBute – TV movie
- The Shape of Things (2003) – directed by Neil LaBute
- Two Days (2003) – directed by Sean McGinly
- House Hunting (2003) – directed by Amy Lipman – short
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) – directed by Adam McKay
- P.S. (2004) – directed by Dylan Kidd
- Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004) – directed by Adam McKay – straight to video
- Tennis, Anyone…? (2005) – directed by Donal Logue
- The Baxter (2005) – directed by Michael Showalter
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)* – directed by Judd Apatow
- The Oh in Ohio (2006) – directed by Billy Kent
- Night at the Museum (2006) – directed by Shawn Levy
- Reno 911!: Miami (2007) – directed by Robert Ben Garant
- Diggers (2007) – directed by Katherine Dieckmann
- The Ex (2007) – directed by Jesse Peretz
- Knocked Up (2007)* – directed by Judd Apatow
- The Ten (2007) – directed by David Wain – also producer
- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) – directed by Jake Kasdan – uncredited cameo
- I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) – directed by Amy Heckerling
- Over Her Dead Body (2008) – directed by Jeff Lowell
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)* – directed by Nicholas Stoller
- Role Models (2008)* – directed by David Wain – also co-writer
- I Love You, Man (2009)* – directed by John Hamburg
- Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)* – directed by Conrad Vernon & Rob Letterman
- Stalker (2009) – directed by John Sure (as Josh Surratt) – short
- Year One (2009)* – directed by Harold Ramis – uncredited
- Dinner for Schmucks (2010)* – directed by Jay Roach
- How Do You Know (2010) – directed by James L. Brooks
- Our Idiot Brother (2011) – directed by Jesse Peretz
- Wanderlust (2012) – directed by David Wain
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) – directed by Stephen Chbosky
- This Is 40 (2012) – directed by Judd Apatow
- Admission (2013) – directed by Paul Weitz
- Prince Avalanche (2013) – directed by David Gordon Green
- This Is the End (2013) – directed by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg – cameo as himself
- All Is Bright (2013) – directed by Phil Morrison
- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)* – directed by Adam McKay
- They Came Together (2014) – directed by David Wain
- The Little Prince (2015) – directed by Mark Osborne
- Ant-Man (2015)* – directed by Peyton Reed – also co-writer
- Anyone Can Quantum (2016) – directed by Alex Winter – short
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)* – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
- The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) – directed by Rob Burnett
- Sausage Party (2016)* – directed by Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan
- Nerdland (2016) – directed by Chris Prynoski
- Quantum Is Calling (2016) – directed by Alex Winter – short
- Fun Mom Dinner (2017) – directed by Alethea Jones – cameo – also executive producer
- The Catcher Was a Spy (2018) – directed by Ben Lewin
- Ideal Home (2018) – directed by Andrew Fleming
- Mute (2018) – directed by Duncan Jones
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)* – directed by Peyton Reed – also co-writer
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)* – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
- Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) – directed by Scott Aukerman – cameo as himself
- Ghostbusters Afterlife (2021) – directed by Jason Reitman
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2022) – directed by Peyton Reed