Judd Apatow Biography

Judd Apatow

Quick Facts Of Judd Apatow

Celebrated Name Judd Apatow
Age 52 Years
Nick Name Judd Apatow
Birth Name Judd Apatow
Birth Date 1967-12-06
Gender Male
Profession Producer

Judd Apatow is an American filmmaker and comedian who is well known as the founder of popular film and television production, "Apatow Productions". Through the production house, he has produced and directed several films including "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"(2005), "Funny People"(2009), "This Is 40"(2012), "Trainwreck"(2015), and "The King of Staten Island"(2020).

Having started his career as a stand-up comedian, Apatow has gained much prominence and popularity for writing the show, "The Ben Stiller Show" for which he even won an Emmy Award. 

Apatow initially gained fame as executive producer of the series, "Freaks and Geeks"(1999-2000) and creator of the series, "Undeclared"(2001-2002). With his exceptional writings, Apatow received several nominations and awards including 2 Primetime Emmy Awards, 1 Writers Guild of America Awards, 2 Producers Guild of America Awards, 1 Golden Globe Award, and 1 Grammy Award.

With his uncountable number of works, Apatow has managed to gain many fandoms all around the world earning him over 2.4 million followers on Twitter: @JuddApatow and over 900k followers on Instagram: @juddapatow. 

Apatow made headlines while criticizing Hollywood for essentially censoring content that’s critical of places like China, Saudi Arabia where human rights abuses are happening, and refused to let Hollywood off the hook for allowing itself to be censored in international markets in order to reap financial rewards with his words: "China has bought our silence". 

What is Judd Apatow Famous for?

  • Famous as an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and comedian. 

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Where was Judd Apatow Born?

Judd Apatow was born on December 6, 1967, in Flushing, New York City, United States. His birth name is Judd Mann Apatow. His nationality is American. Apatow belongs to White ethnicity while Sagittarius is his zodiac sign. 

Judd Apatow was born as one of the three children of Maury Apatow(father) and Tamara Shad(mother). His father, Maury is a real-estate developer while his mother, Tamara used to run the music label Mainstream Records founded by her father, Bob Shad at the time. Born in the Flushing neighborhood of New York City, and raised in Syosset, New York, on Long Island, Apatow grew up along with his siblings: an older brother, Robert, and a younger sister, Mia. 

When Apatow was 12 years old, his parents divorced and he lived with his grandparents, Bob Shad who was a popular record producer and record label owner for some time and later with his father visiting his mother on weekends who worked at a comedy club for some time. It was during this time that Judd was exposed to live stand-up comedy subsequently, he developed an interest in stand-up comedy.

Apatow was obsessed with comedy as a child marking his childhood heroes, Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, and the Marx Brothers. He attended Syosset High School where he played jazz and hosted a program called "Comedy Club" on the school's 125-watt radio station WKWZ. He got his comic career start while he was washing dishes at the Long Island East Side Comedy Club. 

He began his career as a stand-up comedian when he was just 17. Soon after his graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and got enrolled at the University of Southern California to study screenwriting during which he used to organize on-campus Comedy Night events but he dropped out after two years.

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Judd Apatow's Career Highlights

  • Judd Apatow began his career after he moved into an apartment with comedian Adam Sandler, whom he met at the Improv. He then competed in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search in 1989. 
  • Apatow then was introduced to comedian and producer Garry Shandling, after which he was hired as a writer for the 1991 Grammy Awards, which was hosted by Shandling.
  • In 1992, Apatow appeared on HBO's 15th Annual Young Comedians Special which was the initial step towards his successful career. 
  • Shortly afterward along with Ben Stiller, he went on to co-create and executive produce the popular show, "The Ben Stiller Show" aired on Fox. For his exceptional writing, he even won an Emmy Award however, the show was canceled after a short time. 
  • Apatow then began working as a writer and executive producer for Garry Shandling's "The Larry Sanders Show" in 1993. He remained on the show for several seasons earning him six Emmy nominations. 
  • At the same time, he worked as a consulting producer and staff writer for the animated show, "The Critic". 
  • In 1995, he co-wrote the film, "Heavyweights" and rewrote the script for the film, "The Cable Guy", "Liar, Liar" and "Bruce Almighty" which were all uncredited. 
  • He was also featured in four tracks on Sandler's 1996 comedy album "What the Hell Happened to Me?"
  • Apatow served as an executive producer of two well-acclaimed award-winning television series, "Freaks and Geeks" which debuted in 1999, and "Undeclared" which aired from 2001.
  • In 2004, he produced the American comedy, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" which was a commercial success and was also loved by the critics.
  • He made his directorial debut with comedy, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" which he also produced and co-wrote, that turned out to be a commercial hit grossing more than $175 million globally. 
  • In 2005, Apatow co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller the feature film comedy, "Fun with Dick and Jane" which went on to gross $202 million. 
  • His second film, the romantic comedy "Knocked Up", was released in June 2007. The same year, he produced the film, "Superbad". 
  • In 2009, he earned appreciation for the comedy film, "Funny People" for which he was the writer, director, and producer.
  • In 2011, he produced the most successful R-rated female comedy of all time, "Bridesmaids" which even earned Oscar nominations. 
  • He then worked as the producer and writer for the TV series, "Girls" which aired on HBO from 2012.
  • Apatow's fourth directorial movie, "This Is 40", was released by Universal Pictures on December 21, 2012. 
  • His fifth directorial feature was the 2015 romantic comedy entitled "Trainwreck". 
  • In 2016, he co-created the romantic comedy web series, "Love" for Netflix on which he also served as a writer and executive producer that ran for three seasons.
  • The following year, he directed, produced, and wrote the HBO comedy, "Crashing". 
  • He directed and produced two documentaries; "May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers"(2017) and "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling"(2018). 
  • He has produced several other movies; "Pineapple Express"(2008), "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"(2008), "Get Him to the Greek"(2010), "Begin Again"(2013), "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"(2013), "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping"(2016). 
  • His 2017 produced movie "The Big Sick" was nominated at the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay.
  • On June 12, 2020, Apatow's 12th film "The King of Staten Island", co-written with and starring Pete Davidson was released during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Who is Judd Apatow's Wife?

Judd Apatow is married to his only beautiful wife, Leslie Mann. Mann is an American actress whom Apatow met while they were on the set of the 1996 comedy film, "The Cable Guy", where he served as producer and she was cast as one of the lead characters. 

Shortly after meeting, the couple began dating and subsequently got married on June 9, 1997, in Los Angeles. They together share two daughters, Maude and Iris, both of which are doing their best on acting as his eldest Maude is known for starring as Lexi Howard in series, "Euphorbia" while his youngest, Iris is known for her role as Arya in the series, "Love" which hi father himself produced. Both daughters appeared in Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, as Leslie Mann's character's daughters. 

Apatow and his family currently live in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. Apart from his professional career, he has marked himself in the world with his philanthropic work which includes supporting the literacy organization 826LA, the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program, and Children's Cancer Research Center at Children's hospital. 

Judd has also received several high-profile awards for his advocacy and support of women in Hollywood, as well as victims of sexual assault. He was also awarded the ACLU Bill of Rights Award, for being "an outspoken and tireless advocate on behalf of women in the arts" in 2017. 

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What is the Net Worth of Judd Apatow?

Judd Apatow has quite healthy earnings from his professional career as a filmmaker, comedian, and writer. With his initial step of moving ahead in his career since an early age of 17, Judd has undoubtedly managed to amass a wealthy fortune from his over 30 years long career. 

With his uncountable number of movies, series and shows that he has produced, directed, written, and worked has earned him million dollars turning him to be a multi-millionaire. Apatow, one of the prominent flimmakers and writers has a whopping net worth which is estimated to be around $150 million. 

How Tall is Judd Apatow?

Judd Apatow is a good-looking White man in his 50s. Judd has a healthy average body physique with brown eyes and hair. He stands tall with a height of 5ft. 8inch.(1.72m) while his body weight is around 70kg.