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Judd Apatow (born 6.12.1967)

Judd Apatow is an American film director, producer and screenwriter.

Judd Apatow: Childhood

Judd Apatow was born in Syosset, New York. He was raised in a Jewish family and has an older brother, Robert and a younger sister, Mia. His mother worked at a comedy club, whilst his father was a property developer.

When Judd was 12 years old, his parents divorced each other and Judd lived with his father, visiting his mother on weekends.

At school, Judd indulged his passion for comedy when he hosted a radio show called 'Club Comedy' on his high school radio station, at Syosset High School. Using his mother's comedy club contacts, he interviewed Howard Stern, John Candy, Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling, for the show.

Judd Apatow: Comedy Career

Judd Apatow's stand up career started at the age of 17, when he was in his final year of high school. When he graduated, he moved to Los Angeles, where he enrolled on the screenwriting course at the University of Southern California. Whilst at university, he organised the campus comedy night, featuring the likes of Kevin Nealon.

After two years at university, Apatow dropped out and moved into a flat with fellow comedian Adam Sandler, who he had met at a comedy club called The Improv.

Apatow's stand-up career failed to take off so he started writing jokes for established comedians such as Roseanne Barr, as well as appearing on 1992's 15th Annual Young Comedians Special on HBO. After meeting Ben Stiller outside an Elvis Costello gig, Apatow worked as a producer on The Ben Stiller Show for the FOX network. The show won an Emmy award but nonetheless, Fox cancelled the show after a year.

Jimmy Miler, Judd's manager, landed him a gig writing for the Larry Sanders Show, where he worked for five years and earned himself six Emmy nominations.

The producers of the Jim Carrey-vehicle, Cable Guy, hired Apatow to re-write Lou Holtz's original script, though the film was not as successful as he had hoped that it would be. Additionally, in 1998, Apatow rewrote a section of Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer, though it remains un-credited.

Between 1999 and 2002, Apatow produced the TV series Freaks and Geeks, which starred Seth Rogen and Undeclared, which also featured Rogen, as well as Loudon Wainwright.

2004 proved to be Judd Apatow's breakthrough year when he produced the highly successful and critically acclaimed comedy Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy. The film starred Will Ferrell and Steve Carell, who went on to star in Apatow's next movie, The 40-Year Old Virgin.

In 2007, Knocked Up, again starring Seth Rogen, was well received by critics and fans alike. He had written the script whilst he was working on the set of Talladega Nights (which also starred Will Ferrell).

Later on in 2007, Superbad was released. Produced by Judd Apatow, the film had been written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The film was originally intended as a vehicle for Rogen but in the end, they cast Michael Cera (who starred in Juno) and Jonah Hill as the lead characters. It wasn't until the success of Talladega Nights that Apatow was able to convince a studio to take on Superbad, or his other Rogen/Goldberg-penned movie, Pineapple Express.

In 2007, Judd Apatow worked as director on the spoof musician biopic Walk hard: The Dewey Cox Story, which starred John C. Reilly and Jenna Fischer. The film sent up previous biopics on artists such as Johnny Cash and Jim Morrison.

He then went on to produce the Owen Wilson vehicle Drillbit Taylor, which also starred his wife, Leslie Mann, though the reviews for the film were not as positive as his more recent ventures and financially, the film failed to rake back its investment.

Apatow finished 2008 by producing Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the film that starred Russell Brand as well as Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis. He also co-wrote You Don't Mess with the Zohan with Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel.

In 2009, Apatow worked as the producer on Year One a comedy starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, as well as Funny People, his third directorial outing.

Judd Apatow: Personal Life

Judd Apatow lived in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Leslie Mann and their two daughters, Maude and Iris.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

New York Premiere Of 'How To Be Single'

Leslie Mann , Judd Apatow - New York premiere of 'How To Be Single' at NYU Skirball Center - Arrivals at NYU Skirball Center - New York City, United States - Wednesday 3rd February 2016

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Leslie Mann And Judd Apatow Leave Los Angeles By Way Of LAX

Leslie Mann , Judd Apatow - Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow leave Los Angeles by way of LAX at LAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 2nd February 2016

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Kristen Wiig Shed Tears Over Matt Damon's Martian Role

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The 45-year-old actor is in the running for a best actor Oscar thanks to his role as astronaut Mark Watney, who is stranded on Mars after his crew believe he died in a freak storm. His co-stars Kristen and Chiwetel Ejiofor are on hand to support their friend ahead of the ceremony on 28 February (16).

"Matt is unbelievable, and knowing he was going to do this when I read the script, you could kind of imagine what he would do, but it was just beyond anything I could have imagined," Kristen gushed to Popsugar Australia. "He was so funny, he made me cry. He's incredible."

Chiwetel continued the praise, adding: "It's really hard to imagine how difficult a part like Mark Watney is to play. To be in that level of isolation in a movie and to take an audience on all of these different emotions is just amazing. To take the audience on a journey and to be so personal and interesting; he just does that so effortlessly. He's just a really talented guy."

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Judd Apatow Takes A Swipe At The Martian's Comedy Wins At Golden Globes

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Many movie experts were stunned when Damon was nominated - and then won the Globe - for the Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for his role in director Ridley Scott's sci-fi drama, which also scored the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy honour at the ceremony last week.

And a week later, Trainwreck director Apatow was still upset as he took the stage at the Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California for a comedy skit.

"I've got Matt Damon staring at me right now after that whole Golden Globe comedy thing," he joked. "We only have one award, Matt, that's all we get. I'm like a nerd on the school yard and you stole my milk money.

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21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards

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Judd Apatow Getting Serious About Becoming A Movie Star

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Actress Leslie Mann, who appears in most of the writer/director's projects, reveals Judd recently announced his plans to step in front of the camera, and admits he has become a different man now that he has big Hollywood dreams.

"We've been together for almost 20 years now and he sat me down about six months ago and said, 'I want to become an performer/actor'," she told U.S. chat show host Jimmy Kimmel.

"So now he's, like, very into how he looks. Before he didn't seem to care much, which I liked. He has a nutritionist, he's a gym rat and spends a lot of time with his trainer, and he's very proud of how his body has changed... He seems to feel better, but I don't see much of a difference."

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Hbo Boss Confirms Girls Will End After Sixth Season

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The show, created by and starring Lena Dunham, will return to U.S. TV in February (16) for a fifth season, and HBO bosses have already renewed the series for a final run in 2017.

"Lena Dunham and her brilliant collaborators, including Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, have given HBO a signature series of rare wit and intelligence," Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said in a statement released to news outlets on Wednesday (06Jan16). "They are exceptional talents, and I can't wait to see what Lena, Jenni and Judd have in store for the final seasons of this unique show, and look forward to working with them on future projects."

"I can't imagine a more fulfilling creative experience than Girls," Dunham added. "The freedom and support that HBO has given Jenni, Judd and me is something rare and beautiful. The commitment and originality of our actors has been stunning, and our crew is truly my family.

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Judd Apatow And Leslie Mann List Their California Beach Home For $12 Million

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The couple purchased the 1930s bungalow from late Pretty Woman producer Laura Ziskin for $10.8 million (GBP7.2 million) in 2013.

The mansion boasts three bedrooms, a bi-level deck and direct, private access to the beach, according to Variety.com.

In addition to the property the Knocked Up director and Mann also own an $18 million (GBP12 million) mansion in Brentwood, California and a $9 million (GBP6 million) apartment in New York City's West Village neighbourhood.

Bill Cosby Posts $1 Million Bail, Surrenders Passport

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The embattled funnyman was slapped with a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault on Wednesday morning (30Dec15), amid allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his mansion in Pennsylvania in January, 2004.

Cosby denied the accusations at the time and was not charged with any crime, and he settled a civil suit with Constand, a former employee at his alma mater, Philadelphia's Temple University, in 2006.

His deposition in the lawsuit was only made public over the summer (15), after dozens of other women came forward with similar, decades-old accusations against the funnyman, and in the testimony, he confessed to buying sedatives to give to women he wanted to sleep with. That was enough for officials to reopen the case and, on Wednesday, they issued an arrest warrant for Cosby.

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2015 Spirit Of Liberty Awards Dinner

Michael Keegan, Lisa Ling , Judd Apatow - 2015 Spirit Of Liberty Awards Dinner at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Saturday 12th December 2015

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Elle Women In Hollywood

Leslie Mann , Judd Apatow - The 22nd Annual Elle Women in Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 20th October 2015

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Rosanna Arquette's Daughter Reveals Rape Ordeal

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Prior to The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday (04Oct15), which she attended with her mum, Zoe, 20, revealed to the media she was there to connect with other rape survivors.

"I was raped as a child," Zoe confessed to Access Hollywood. "It's important to be here and I haven't been very vocal about it and apparently this is a very inspiring event. I don't know much about the foundation, but it's important to be here."

Taken aback by her daughter's candid admission, Rosanna grew emotional and praised Zoe for being open about her ordeal for the first time.

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Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow Crash Wedding Party In Irish Pub

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The funnywoman was in the city with Apatow to promote their new movie Trainwreck and they decided to stop for a drink at a nearby bar, where they spotted a bride and groom celebrating with friends and family and decided to join in the fun, posing for photos with guests.

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Amy Schumer Crashes Irish Wedding

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Amy Schumer crashed a wedding in Ireland on Friday (14.08.15).

The 'Trainwreck' actress and director Judd Apatow -- who were in Dublin to promote the new movie -- gave the bride and groom an unexpected surprise when they turned up at a local pub.

Judd had arranged to meet local singer Glen Hansard for a drink at the bar, where it just so happened a wedding party was underway.

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'Trainwreck' Star Amy Schumer Turns Wedding Crasher During Ireland Visit

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Comedian Amy Schumer and her Trainwreck director Judd Apatow became the unexpected guests at one couple’s Dublin wedding party on Friday. The pair stumbled upon the celebrations of bride Eithne McAdams and her groom J.P. Swine while out and about in the Irish capital and decided to join the party, even indulging in a traditional sing-song.

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Date of birth

6th December, 1967







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