Born: 6 December 1967
Birthplace: Syosset, New York
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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