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Judd Apatow Biography

Birth Name:
Judd Apatow
Birth Place:
Syosset, New York, United States
Director, producer, screenwriter, actor

Fast Facts

  • Interviewed comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, John Candy and Jay Leno while hosting the "Club Comedy" radio show at Syosset High School
  • Started his professional career as a stand-up comic in the late 1980s, making his TV debut on Fox's short-lived Comic Strip Live
  • Shared an apartment with Adam Sandler after dropping out of USC's screenwriting program
  • Worked as a joke writer for Roseanne Barr, Jim Carrey and Tom Arnold in the early '90s
  • Met his wife, actor Leslie Mann, when he produced dark comedy The Cable Guy (1996), in which she co-starred with Jim Carrey
  • Created the cult NBC shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared; wrote and produced for several other acclaimed comedy series, including The Larry Sanders Show and The Ben Stiller Show
  • Made his feature directing debut in 2005 with the surprise hit comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin


  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: winner
  • 2018Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2006Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Breakthrough Filmmaker: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: winner


  • Robert Apatow -- Brother
  • Iris Apatow -- Daughter
  • Maude Apatow -- Daughter
  • Mia Apatow -- Sister