Paul Rudd, best known for his roles in a string of Judd Apatow films, received the 2,554th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday.
The ceremony came 16 days before the release of the Marvel film “Ant- Man” in which he plays the title role and for which he co-wrote the screenplay.
“I remember being a kid and walking (on the Walk of Fame) and reading the names and thinking about what so many other millions of people thought about, which is, you know, like, ‘Who’s that?’,” he joked. “And the fact that millions of people are going to be able to now see me and ask that same question for time memorial is humbling beyond belief.
“You know, it’s a lucky man that gets to do what he loves and I love what I do,” he said.
Rudd’s “Ant-Man” co-star, Michael Douglas, and Adam Scott, who starred in the 2009-2010 Starz comedy “Party Down” that Rudd co-created, were among those joining Rudd at the ceremony next to the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
Born April 6, 1969, in Passaic, New Jersey, Rudd went to high school in Kansas and attended the University of Kansas. He made his acting debut in 1992 on the NBC drama “Sisters.” His first high-profile role was as Josh, the ex- stepbrother of Alicia Silverstone’s character in the 1995 film comedy “Clueless.”
Rudd’s other memorable early films included “Romeo + Juliet” and “The Cider House Rules.”
Rudd began his association with Apatow in the 2004 comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” He reprised his role as reporter Brian Fantana in the 2013 sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
Rudd also appeared in the Apatow films “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Wanderlust,” and “This Is 40.”
Rudd’s other films include “I Love You, Man,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Our Idiot Brother,” and “Role Models.”
Rudd’s television credits include “Friends,” on which he played the boyfriend and later husband of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) and “Parks and Recreation,” portraying city council candidate Bobby Newport.
— Wire reports
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