Judd Apatow

Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Former TV writer-turned-feature comedy guru, Judd Apatow reached the peak of his professional career in the late 2000's after a long and steady climb up the Hollywood ladder. Considered one of the hottest comedy ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1967 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (37)

Ghostbusters (Reboot) 2016 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Girls 1992 - 1995, 1999 - 2000, 2012, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Trainwreck 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Begin Again 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Five-Year Engagement 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bridesmaids 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Get Him to the Greek 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Funny People 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Year One 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Drillbit Taylor 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pineapple Express 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Reel Comedy: Walk Hard 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Producer

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Knocked Up 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Superbad 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kicking & Screaming 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Producer

Wake Up Your Smile: The Best of the Ben Stiller Show 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Undeclared 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Celtic Pride 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heavyweights 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Road Warriors 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 3 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Crossing the Bridge 1992 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Roseanne Arnold 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Co-Producer
Actor (27)

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Ben Stiller Show 1992 - 1995, 1999 - 2000, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

The Pete Holmes Show 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mansome 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Zookeeper 2011 (Movie)

Barry the Elephant (Voice)

2009 Guys Choice 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Pineapple Express 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Knocked Up 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: The 40 Year-Old Virgin 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

News Station Employee (Actor)

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Pitch 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: The Cable Guy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Carrey: The Joker's Wild 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Heavyweights 1995 (Movie)

Homer (Actor)
Writer (23)

The Critic 1992 - 1995, 1999 - 2000, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Writer

The Simpsons 2015 (Tv Show)

Writer

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Funny or Die Presents... 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Creator

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Writer

Funny People 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pineapple Express 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Knocked Up 2007 (Movie)

(pitch) (Screenplay)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Writer

The Wedding Singer 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Celtic Pride 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Celtic Pride 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heavyweights 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Baseball Relief: An All-Star Comedy Salute 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Writer

Class Clowns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Other Writer

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Writer
Director (9)

Trainwreck 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Funny People 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Knocked Up 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Segment Director

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Freaks and Geeks 1992 - 1995, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director
Music (3)

Get Him to the Greek 2010 (Movie)

("Furry Walls") (Song)

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Lyrics

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

("Cut My Brother In Half Blues") (Song)

Biography

Former TV writer-turned-feature comedy guru, Judd Apatow reached the peak of his professional career in the late 2000's after a long and steady climb up the Hollywood ladder. Considered one of the hottest comedy "punch-up" men in the industry, Apatow's services were originally in high demand as a script doctor. As a television producer, however, Apatow's career was practically cursed. Plagued by a cycle of critical praise, cult followings and speedy cancellations, Apatow's work on such quality shows as "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox, 1992-93), "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000) and "Undeclared" (Fox, 2001-02 ) were a mixed bag of blessings. Still, the quality of his work won Apatow more than a small measure of respect. In 2005, he became a triple-threat by making his film directorial debut, resulting in a homerun with the "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005). The film not only put him on the map, it made a marquee name out of its star, Steve Carell and ushered in a new era of sophomoric R-rated comedies with heart. With a reserve of respect built up after the instant comedy classic that was "Virgin," expectations were high for Apatow's second directorial outing - the comedically fertile 2007 comedy, "Knocked Up." Proving his first foray was no fluke, his next several films as a writer and director were embraced by fans and critics alike for their blend of raunch and emotional realism. Soon, every comedic actor in town looked to join the very exclusive Apatow comedy repertory company - an elite, tight-knit group that included Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Carell and Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann.

Relationships

Maury Apatow

Father

Mia Apatow Assistant

Sister
Co-produced the 2005 film "Kicking & Screaming"

Iris Apatow Actor

Daughter
Born in 2002; mother, Leslie Mann Appeared in father's film "Knocked Up" (2007)

Maude Apatow Actor

Daughter
Born c. 1998; mother, Leslie Mann Appeared in father's film "Knocked Up" (2007)

Robert Apatow

Brother

Leslie Mann Actor

Wife
Met during filming of "The Cable Guy" (1996) Married on June 9, 1997 Appeared in husband's films "The 40 Year Old Virgin" (2005), "Knocked Up" (2007), and "This Is 40" (2012)

Tami Shad

Mother

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Dropped out after two years and moved into an apartment with comedian Adam Sandler, whom he met at the Improv

Syosset High School

Syosset , New York 1985

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Dropped out after two years and moved into an apartment with comedian Adam Sandler, whom he met at the Improv

Milestones

2015

Published Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy, a collection of interviews and conversations with famous comedians, including several he conducted for his high school radio station in the 1980s.

2015

Directed the romantic comedy "Trainwreck," written by and starring Amy Schumer.

2012

Produced romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement," starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt

2012

Produced the Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd comedy vehicle "Wanderlust"

2012

Executive produced the HBO series "Girls," created by and starring Lena Dunham

2012

Wrote and directed "This Is 40," a comedy that followed the married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from "Knocked Up" (2007)

2011

Produced the Paul Feig-directed comedy "Bridesmaids," starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph

2009

Took a serious turn with the dramedy "Funny People"; wrote, directed and produced the film starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and wife Leslie Mann

2008

Co-wrote and co-produced the comedy "Pineapple Express"

2007

Produced the film "Superbad," which was co-penned by frequent collaborator Seth Rogen

2007

Co-wrote the music and lyrics for "Walk Hard" from the film, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture and a Grammy nomination for Best Song

2007

Helmed the comedy "Knocked Up" about an insensitive slacker who impregnates a girl after a one-night stand

2005

Made directorial debut with the comedy "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" starring Steve Carell; also co-wrote the film with Steve Carell

2004

Produced "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" starring Will Ferrell; also cast in a small role

2001

With Feig, created the Fox series "Undeclared," about freshmen college students; also served as executive producer

1999

Served as executive producer of the NBC drama "Freaks and Geeks"; initial collaboration with Paul Feig

1996

First solo screenwriting credit, "Celtic Pride"; also executive produced

1996

Sued Writers Guild of America for writing credit on "The Cable Guy"; also served as a producer; suit later withdrawn

1995

First film as executive producer and co-screenwriter, "Heavyweights"; also played bit part

1994

Wrote for the annual telecast of the Grammy Awards

1994

Produced and wrote for the animated series "The Critic" (Fox)

1992

Series debut as writer and consulting producer, "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO)

1992

Created, produced, wrote for and appeared in "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox); won Emmy for writing

1992

First film as associate producer, "Crossing the Bridge"

1991

TV debut as writer, "Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth" (HBO)

1988

TV debut as performer, "Comic Strip Live" (Fox)

1985

Made debut as stand-up comic in Long Island

1982

Hosted own radio show at his high school; interviewed such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Martin Short

Worked as a joke writer for both Roseanne, Tom Arnold, and Jim Carrey

Formed Apatow Productions; signed two-year, first look deal with New Line

Bonus Trivia

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In the early '80s, Apatow hosted his own radio show at his high school, at which he interviewed such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Martin Short.

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Apatow roomed with Adam Sandler in the late 1980s while working as a joke writer for Roseanne and Tom Arnold.

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Apatow on his attempts to get revenge for his cancelled TV shows "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC) and "Undeclared" (Fox): "I go so far as to attempt to turn every single person who ever acted on any show I've ever been involved with into a feature-film star just so I can prove I was right about the TV show. Sometimes the actors will say to me, 'Wow, you must really think I'm good.' No, I don't think you're good at all. I just have to prove to that goddamn TV executive that he made a mistake. It's not a sign of my support; it's a sign of how insane I am. I'm the most arrogant man on earth, and I always need to be right." – Apatow to Playboy magazine, July 2009

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Paul Rudd's role as a music executive in "This Is 40," was inspired by Apatow's grandfather Bob Shad, a jazz and rock label owner who produced records by Dinah Washington and Janis Joplin's band Big Brother and the Holding Company.

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Performed his first stand-up set in decades on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in July 2015, at the request of longtime friend Adam Sandler.

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