Judd Apatow is an actor, producer, comedian and director from the American film industry. He was born on December 6th, 1987 in Flushing, a part of Queens and brought up in
New York. His father, Maury Apatow worked as a real estate manager while his mother, Tamara worked as a record label manager. His family was of Jewish ancestry. When Apatow was twelve years of age, his parents got divorced. He then lived with his maternal grandparents and visited his mother only on weekends. His mother worked for a comedy club, and it was here that Judd got his first chance to perform as a comedian.
As a child, he loved comedy, and his favourite heroes were Marx Brothers and
Steve Martin. He started his career as a comedian while attending Syosset High School and hosted
Comedy Club, a program which gained immense fame and paved the way for Judd to meet famous humorists. He worked as an editor for Laugh Factory Magazine in 1985. He then moved to Los Angeles and registered for the screenwriting program at the University of Southern California. During his life at the University, he hosted and also performed in many comedy nights.
In the second year of the University, he dropped out and moved into with
Adam Sandler, a famous comedian. Apatow got hired as a writer for Grammy Awards which
Garry Shandling hosted that year. In the year 1992, he appeared in Young Comedians Special. He joined the Larry Sanders show in 1993 as a producer and writer. Shandling was his mentor who inspired Judd to write character-driven comedy. During this period, he also worked for The Critic. Judd wrote Heavyweights and The Cable Guy in 1995.
During the production of the film The Cable Guy, he met his future wife,
Leslie Mann, an actress. He next wrote the script for Making Amends, The Wedding Singer, and Happy Gilmore. He then produced Freak and Greeks and Undeclared, two sitcom series. He also worked for several films like Crossing The Bridge, Fun With Dick and Jane,
Pineapple Express, Knocked Up,
Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan. Some of his TV shows include The Ben Stiller Show, Funny or Die Presents, America in Primetime, and Lady Dynamite.
Apatow married Leslie Mann in 1996, and they got married in 1997 in Los Angeles. He currently lives with his family in Pacific Palisades, a suburban area of Los Angeles, California. He is a recipient of Esteemed Visionary Filmmaker Award at the San Diego Film Festival.