How much is Paul Rudd worth?
|Net Worth:||$70 Million
|Date of Birth:||April 6, 1969|
|Country:||United States of America|
He’s was Knocked Up before he was a Role Model while trying his damndest to start Forgetting Sarah Marshall. We don’t know how the stoic funny-man can keep a straight face.
Who Is Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd is a comedian and actor who has been starring in comedy movies for the past 20 years, getting his breakthrough after impressing Judd Apatow with his comedy chops. It seems as if Rudd has been in every movie and TV show ever made as he continuously pops up all over the mediums with minor roles, despite having a starring role stature. Like most other actors, Rudd scored a role as a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has signed licensing deals with Netflix for his own productions.
American actor Paul Rudd has a net worth at about $70 million dollars, as of 2020.
Born in New Jersey, Paul was the son of two Brits—his father, a historical tour guide and his mother, a TV station manager. When Paul was 10, his family made the move to Kansas where he attended high school and later went to the University of Kansas to study theater. Although he originally went to college in the hopes of pursuing a comedic improv career, a role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth caused him to reconsider.
His acting education was far from over at University of Kansas; he went on to study at Pasadena’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Oxford’s British Drama Academy. It was safe to say that Paul had a vested interest in theater.
In 1991, Paul was back in the U.S. and landed a role in the NBC series Sisters alongside Ashley Judd for three years before starring in the short-lived FOX sitcom Wild Oats. But the flick that had everybody wishing for an attractive, older stepbrother was Clueless. The breakthrough role alongside Alicia Silverstone was quickly followed by appearances in movies like Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Locusts (1997) and Overnight Delivery (1997). Following a few flops, Paul landed more challenging roles in The Twelfth Night (1998), 200 Cigarettes (1999) and The Cider House Rules (1999).
But in 2001, Paul made his dramatic turn to comedy, the medium that fans truly know and love him for. From a role in the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer to Friends appearances as Phoebe’s boyfriend, these were the roles that would reconnect him to his comedy roots and land him a place in hugely successful movies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Now a bona fide king of comedy, in 2003 Paul married his longtime girlfriend Julie Yaeger.
Starring among the ranks of comedic stars like Steve Carell and Will Ferrell and an SNL hosting gig under his belt, in 2008 Paul went on to nab roles in the next generation of comedic masterpieces. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Role Models, I Love You, Man and Dinner For Schmucks established a new genre of romantic comedy—the bromance—and Paul was counted among one of its pioneers.
His slightly goofy, boy-next-door demeanor and his transition into crowd-pleasing, but still clever, slapstick comedy has endeared him to his fans. It was a slow burn for Paul Rudd to heat up from supporting actor to leading man, but now his name is almost synonymous with being a scene-stealer in every modern bromance.
How Did Paul Rudd Get So Rich?
Being a major part of the billion dollar franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is how Rudd has accrued the majority of has wealth, but the actor and comedian had seen a lot of success long before that. He has been in several movies that have been rewarded with massively financially successful sequels, such as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which made over $170 million at the box office. The actor also had a starring role in the animated movie, Monsters vs. Aliens, which made $380 million.
Of course, Rudd has starred in four MCU movies, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man And The Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame. Though his salary of $300,000 for Ant-Man is insultingly low compared to his Marvel cohorts, he surely had a percentage of the box office intake. And he must have enjoyed copious amounts of success from the movie’s successors. The salaries for the other movies are undisclosed but they could only have multiplied with each consecutive release.
Not only has Rudd enjoyed masses of wealth from his iconic movie roles, but he has also signed endorsement deals with Hyundai, appearing in television commercials for the car brand, and he has also lent his voice to recordings of audiobooks, including the popular More Information Than You Require by John Hodgman.
Why Is He So Famous?
The actor’s first grasp of solid recurring work came when he featured in a couple of seasons in the NBC show Sisters, and though the show was popular, it wasn’t enough for Rudd to break in to the mainstream. Rudd’s first movie role was in 1995 when he was cast in a minor role in the high school comedy Clueless. But that wasn’t his only role in 1995, he was also cast in the sixth installment of the Halloween franchise, Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers. Needless to say the movie was not successful. His biggest breakthrough came in when he had a major role in the Will Ferrell led movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, in which Rudd played Brian Fantana, one of the four quirky broadcasters.
Rudd is one of the more popular actors in Judd Apatow’s Rolodex as he has starred in three of the director’s movies, 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and This Is 40, in which he had a leading role. He has since gone on to be one of the most prevalent comedy actors of the 21st century, starring in I Love You, Man with Jason Segel, Role Models with Sean William Scott, and Dinner For Schmucks with Steve Carell. One of the actor’s first movies that proved he could be a force to be reckoned with was Wet Hot American Summer, in which he held his own alongside Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks. 14 years later he reprised his role with the co-stars for the prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which was a Netflix original.
In the early 2000s, before the actor had scored any major roles in the comedy movies he has become known for, Rudd had a recurring role in Friends as Phoebe’s husband, and as he only had lines of dialogue when it was necessary for the story, nobody would have ever thought he’d arguably be the most famous actor to come out of the show since it ended in 2004.
What Makes Him So Successful?
It is clear that Paul Rudd loves what he does, as he appears in bit parts all over movies and television, playing the one and only John Lennon in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, a chilled out surf instructor in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and having an endless scroll of cameos to his name. Rudd even featured in the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie This is the End as himself for about 15 seconds before he was killed off. His love of comedic guest appearances paid off in 2012 when he won the Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer when he appeared in four episodes of the critically acclaimed NBC show, Parks and Recreation, playing Amy Phoeler’s arch nemesis.
If it wasn’t for reportedly being quite the charmer, it’s likely that Rudd wouldn’t be as successful or as famous as he is today. Rudd has a great partnership with Apatow, as the comedy super producer has cast Rudd in eight movies. The actor also works really well with David Wain who cast Rudd in Wet Hot American Summer and Wanderlust, and they even produced the latter together. The on-screen chemistry you see between Rudd and his co-stars extend further than the screen, as he has starred in several movies with Jason Segel, Steve Carell, and Seth Rogen.
All of the random appearances in TV shows and cameos in movies add up, as Paul Rudd reportedly has an estimated net worth of $70 million. Though the third Ant-Man movie hasn’t yet been announced it’s extremely likely we’ll see it’s release within the next couple of years. Even if that doesn’t happen, we’ll see the actor shrink down once again in the Disney+ show What If? as it has been reported that Rudd is filming an episode. Nevertheless, the actor is going to have a strong couple of years with or without the inclusion of a third Ant-Man, as he has seemingly successfully made the leap from stoner comedies to fully fledged blockbuster movies. Rudd will star in the next movie in the Ghostbusters franchise, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which is set for release in 2021.