Born: 6 December 1967
Best known as: The guy who made The 40 Year-old Virgin and Knocked Up
Comedy go-getter Judd Apatow is a producer, writer and director who found mainstream success with The 40 Year Old Virgin
(2005, starring Steve Carell
). A childhood spent studying comedians led Apatow from New York to California when he was just out of high school. After years of doing stand-up, writing jokes and hustling TV and film projects, he produced The Ben Stiller Show
(1993), then worked with Gary Shandling on The Larry Sanders Show
(1993-98). Apatow earned the critics' love back in 1999, with TV's Freaks & Geeks
(starring Linda Cardellini
); the show was short-lived, but many of its cast members became regulars in Apatow productions. He produced the 2004 Will Ferrell
comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
, and after that it was sunny skies and smooth sailing. Known for lacing lowbrow boy humor with chick-flick sentiment, Apatow's string of box-office hits includes Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
(2006, producer only), Knocked-Up
(2007, starring Seth Rogen
) and Superbad
(2007, starring Michael Cera
and Jonah Hill
, with Apatow producing but not directing).
He was once Adam Sandler‘s roommate… He is married to actress Leslie Mann, who appears in Knocked Up, along with their two daughters.
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