Retired from professional acting in 1986 to raise his children. He later began teaching theater, especially Shakespeare, and poetry in local middle schools and high schools, and set up various acting workshops.
As part of a running gag during his appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993), Rudd often brought a clip from the film Mac and Me (1988) where the wheelchair-bound Eric (Jade Calegory) flies off a cliff while Mac watches on, instead of showing clips from the actual movie he is there to promote. The only exception was when he came to promote Knocked Up (2007). Judd Apatow showed up specifically to make sure Rudd wouldn't do it.
Prior to joining the cast of "Friends" (1994), he co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in The Object of My Affection (1998).
Was disappointed by the final result of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) because filming had him believing it was going to be a high-caliber suspense film, but the reaction to the film was overwhelmingly negative.
Not related to but is often confused with younger actor Paul Rudd of Clueless (1995) fame. The younger actor initially billed himself as "Paul Stephen Rudd" in order to avoid confusion.
1998: Began filming on a movie called "Chicken Blood and Other Tales," but production was canceled before it wrapped.
He is a self-described "mega-fan" of the TV show "Lost" (2004). He volunteered to interview "Lost" star Emilie de Ravin, whom he has never met, for "Interview Magazine" because of his love for the show.
Came up with the idea of the "Kelly Clarkson!" call-out during 'Steve Carell''s infamous chest wax in The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005).
Improvised the "You know how I know you're gay?" sequence in The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) with Seth Rogen.
Has a son with wife Julie Yaeger named Jack Rudd (b. 2006).
2/23/03: Married his girlfriend, Julie Yaeger in upstate New York. They live in Manhattan. As of 2009, they have been together for 14 years.
While on "Kevin Pollak's Chat Show" (2009), Rudd told Kevin Pollak that when Rudd was a freshman theater student at the University of Kansas, he appeared in a highly experimental production of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in which there were two different actors playing a "good" Macbeth and a "bad" Macbeth; Rudd played the "good" Macbeth. Many years later, while he was auditioning to appear in the original production of "Bash: Latter-Day Plays", he learned that the play's author, Neil LaBute, had seen that "Macbeth" while LaBute was a graduate student at KU; Rudd was worried that LaBute would make the connection between Rudd and that "Macbeth" and would no longer want him to be in the play. They later became friends and frequent collaborators.
Avid fan of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. Threw out the first pitch before a game with the cross-state rival St. Louis Cardinals on June 22, 2012.