Judd Apatow has developed the comedic classics Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids and Girls. His new film, This is 40, opens Dec. 21.
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Apatow and (Cardboard) Family
Judd Apatow strolls the streets of Los Angeles with cardboard cutouts of his family. His wife, Leslie Mann, and children, Maude and Iris, star in This is 40. "I like writing about immaturity. Most people don't want to be mature; they don't want to grow up, and a lot of immaturity is really runny to watch," Apatow said.
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Apatow Checks Out the View
Judd Apatow first met wife Leslie Mann when she auditioned for the 1996 Apatow-produced film The Cable Guy. "When I hire my children, the purpose is to get a level of detail that other people can't. People with existing relationships allow you an incredible opportunity to show truthful human behavior. When Leslie kisses the kids, you feel the love," Apatow said.
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'Girls' Night Out
Judd Apatow with the cast of the HBO show Girls (Exec producer Jennifer Konner, actress Zosia Mamet, actress Jemima Kirke, creator and actress Lena Dunham, and actress Allison Williams) during the series premiere in April.
Young Comedian's Show
Judd Apatow (top right) appeared on HBO's 15th Annual Young Comedian's Show in 1992. Apatow originally wanted to do stand-up and be in front of the camera. He even auditioned to host a comedy-reality show produced by Jim Henson.
Apatow and Adam Sandler
Earlier in his career, Judd Apatow shared an apartment for two years with Adam Sandler. Sandler would later be cast in Apatow's Funny People in 2009.
'This is 40'
Judd Apatow's new film This is 40 is the fourth film he has directed (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People are the others). It centers around Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd), the couple who help Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen's characters in Knocked Up.
Garry Shandling, Apatow and Jonah Hill.
Judd Apatow met Garry Shandling in L.A.'s stand-up scene and would later go on to be a co-executive producer on Shandling's HBO hit The Larry Sanders Show. Jonah Hill, 29, has worked on a number of Apatow flicks including Knocked Up,Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Superbad.
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Apatow and Ben Stiller
Judd Apatow landed an Emmy with Ben Stiller in 1993 for his work writing The Ben Stiller Show.
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