JUDD APATOW (Producer) made his feature directorial debut with the 2005 summer box-office smash The 40-Year-Old Virgin and followed up with the Universal release Knocked Up. His next film as a writer, director and producer is Funny People, starring Adam Sandler, Leslie Mann, and Seth Rogen, which will start production in September.
Apatow recently co-wrote the hit film You Don't Mess with the Zohan. He also recently produced April's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, last December's comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (a film he also co-wrote), last summer's Superbad, the summer 2006 hit Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and 2004's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Apatow also produced and co-wrote the story for this summer's Pineapple Express and serves as producer of 2009's Year One.
Apatow's credits on the small screen include the critically praised, award-winning series "Freaks and Geeks," as well as the series "Undeclared," which was named one of TIME magazine's Ten Best Shows of 2001. Apatow also worked as a writer, director, and producer on the award-winning and widely acclaimed series "The Larry Sanders Show."
Born in Syosset, New York, Apatow aspired to become a professional comedian at an early age. While still in high school, he created a radio show and began interviewing comedy personalities he admired, including Steve Allen, Howard Stern and John Candy. Inspired, he began performing his own stand-up routines by the end of his senior year.