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Judd Apatow is an Emmy-winning screenwriter, producer and director known for films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and This Is 40.
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Apatow was cementing a reputation for creating popular work around men coming to terms with growing up.
In addition to his directing, Apatow has served as the producer and/or screenwriter for a number of big-screen comedies during the early 2000s, including Anchor Man (2004), Superbad (2007), You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008), Step Brothers (2008), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Get Him to the Greek (2010) and Bridesmaids (2011).
Apatow went on to direct 2009's Funny People, starring his former roommate Adam Sandler as a mega-star comedian dealing with a terminal illness. The film, which co-starred Rogen and Mann and focuses on the world of stand-up comedy, had more modest returns in terms of its box office take.
During the December holiday season of 2012, the next Apatow-helmed film project arrived in the form of This Is 40, said to be a semi-autobiographical look at family life from the perspective of a Californian couple and their two daughters. The film stars Paul Rudd, with his character's wife played by Mann and the film couple's children played by Apatow's own daughters.
Apatow has continued his TV duties by executive producing the hit HBO series Girls, starring Lena Dunham. He also oversaw the first comedy issue of Vanity Fair.
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