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JUDD APATOW (Written and Directed by, Produced by) made his feature directorial debut with the 2005 summer box-office smash The 40-Year-Old Virgin, starring Steve Carell. Slated for this summer is his next turn as a producer, Superbad, starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen and Bill Hader.

Apatow recently produced the upcoming Drillbit Taylor, starring Owen Wilson, and the summer 2006 hit Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, starring Will Ferrell. He is the executive producer of the independent film The TV Set, a scathingly funny look at the television industry, starring David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver. He was the executive producer of Kicking & Screaming, starring Will Ferrell, and he produced Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, starring Ferrell, Christina Applegate and Paul Rudd.

Apatow co-wrote the screenplay for the remake of Fun With Dick and Jane, starring Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni. He made his feature film debut as a co-writer and executive producer on the comedy Heavyweights. He also served as a producer on the dark comedy The Cable Guy, directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick.

On the small screen, Apatow served as an executive producer of the critically praised, award-winning series Freaks and Geeks, which debuted in 1999 and for which he also wrote and directed several episodes. He created and was executive producer of the series Undeclared, which was named one of Time magazine's 10 best shows of 2001. Previously, Apatow worked as a writer, director and producer on the award winning and widely acclaimed series The Larry Sanders Show, starring Garry Shandling.

For his work on the show, he earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series. In addition, The Larry Sanders Show brought Apatow two Cable ACE Awards for Best Comedy Series and a Writers Guild of America WGA Episodic Comedy Award nomination for an episode he co-wrote.

Born in Syosset, New York, Apatow aspired at an early age to become a professional comedian. 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.

Following an appearance on HBO's Young Comedians special, Apatow eventually stopped performing in favor of writing and went on to co-create and act as executive producer of The Ben Stiller Show, for which he earned an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program.

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