DOB: April 6, 1969
Background: Rudd was born in New Jersey, but his parents emigrated from England and he is of Russian and Polish descent. He spent three months studying Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, UK.
Filmography: Best known as a comic actor, his breakthrough came in 1995 in the cult hit comedy "Clueless" in which he played the love interest of Alicia Silverstone. That success was followed by appearances in Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet," "The Object of My Affection," "Wet Hot American Summer," and a TV movie version of "The Great Gatsby" in which he played Nick Carraway. He appeared in Neil LaBute's dark comedy "The Shape of Things," and soon collaborated regularly with producer-director Judd Apatow, appearing in several of his productions: "Anchorman," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and "Walk Hard." He was also a recurring guest on the NBC sitcom "Friends," where he played the boyfriend and eventually husband of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow). This year he stars in "Our Idiot Brother" opposite Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer.
Best Film Ensemble Nomination
"The Cider House Rules" (2000); lost to "American Beauty"
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