PAUL RUDD (Derek Dietl) recently starred in Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up,” opposite Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann. “Knocked Up” grossed over $300 million worldwide and won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Comedy. It was also nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy Movie and was named as one of AFI’s Top Ten Films of the Year.
Rudd most recently starred in David Wain’s “Role Models,” opposite Seann William Scott. Danny (Rudd) and Wheeler (Scott) are two energy drink salesmen who, after crashing their company truck, must either do hard time in jail or enroll in a Big Brother mentorship program. After one day with the kids, however, jail doesn’t look half bad. Rudd also served as a writer on the film. The film was released by Universal on November 7, 2008.
Rudd will next star in John Hamburg’s “I Love You, Man,” starring opposite Jason Segel. Rudd plays a newly engaged guy who sets out to find the perfect best man for his wedding. “I Love You, Man” will be released by Paramount on March 20, 2009.
Rudd’s other film credits include: “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “The Ten” (in which he also served as a producer), “Night at the Museum,” “Diggers,” “Reno 911!: Miami,” “The Cider House Rules,” “The Object of My Affection,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “The Chateau,” “Clueless” and “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet,” among others.
On stage, Rudd starred in Richard Greenberg’s “Three Days of Rain” on Broadway, opposite Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper. He also starred in Neil LaBute’s “Bash” in both New York and Los Angeles, as well as LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” in London and New York. After successful runs on both the London and New York stage, LaBute brought “The Shape of Things” to the big screen.
Rudd made his West End debut in Robin Phillips’ London production of “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” opposite Jessica Lange. Other stage credits include Nicholas Hynter’s production of “Twelfth Night” at Lincoln Center Theater (with a special performance that aired on PBS’ “Great Performances”) and in Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award-winning play, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.”
On television, Rudd guest starred on NBC’s “Friends” as Phoebe’s (Lisa Kudrow) husband, Mike Hannigan, for the final two seasons and starred as Nick Carraway in A&E’s production of “The Great Gatsby.”