From casting his wife Leslie Mann in every movie since they met on "The Cable Guy," to having Adam Sandler as a previous apartment mate and casting him in 2009's "Funny People," Judd Apatow is at the center of an increasingly large comedy universe.
Judd Apatow met Mann on The Cable Guy and got married. She’s been in every movie he’s directed since, from Virgin to 40.
The 30 Rock-er has been in Talladega Nights, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
She positively blew up after co-starring in the Apatow-produced Bridesmaids; also appears in This is 40.
He directed four films Apatow produced: Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and upcoming Anchorman 2.
John C. Reilly
Apatow cast him as Ferrell’s foil in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers; was the lead in Walk Hard.
Seems like he's Apatow’s lucky charm; he’s been in more Apatow material than Judd’s own wife.
Apatow shared an apartment earlier in their careers; Apatow later would cast Adam Sandler in 2009’s Funny People.
Jason Segel was in both Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared; Apatow produced the Segel-written Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
They met in L.A.’s stand-up scene; Apatow was a co-executive producer on Shandling’s HBO hit The Larry Sanders Show.
Apatow executive produced Fox’s seminal The Ben Stiller Show; produced the Stiller-directed The Cable Guy.
Nicholas Stoller and Apatow have written together on Undeclared; Stoller directed Sarah Marshall and Five-Year Engagement.
She appeared in Sarah Marshall and Knocked Up; he produced her Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids script.
Yi made her movie debut in the Apatow-directed Knocked Up; appears in the pseudo-sequel This Is 40.
Apatow cast Jay Baruchel as the lead in Undeclared, then featured him as one of Knocked Up’s man-children.
Russell Brand’s pompous rocker alter-ego Aldous Snow appeared in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.
Michael Cera became a movie star in the Apatow-produced Superbad; tested that stardom in the Apatow-produced Year One.
After co-starring as a dim meteorologist in Anchorman, Steve Carell co-wrote The 40-Year-Old Virgin with Apatow.
Apatow wrote Jim Carrey’s The Cable Guy and co-wrote (with Nicholas Stoller) Carrey’s Fun With Dick and Jane.
He’s an executive producer of her iconoclastic HBO smash, Girls; she appears in his This Is 40.
Together, they made Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers — and Apatow is a partner of Funny or Die.
Franco broke out in Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks; also co-starred in Pineapple Express and Knocked Up.
She was a writer-performer on The Ben Stiller Show and moved with Apatow to The Larry Sanders Show.
The actor is featured in the Apatow-produced Superbad, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Hill is in 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Walk Hard, Get Him to the Greek. Whew.
After meeting on Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, Apatow produced the director’s The TV Set and Walk Hard.
One of Apatow’s players since Freaks and Geeks; in Anchorman, 40-Year-Old Virgin and Talladega Nights.
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