Paul Feig

Paul Feig

Birth name: Paul Samuel Feig
Born: September 17, 1962
Age: 61
Birthplace: Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
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Paul Samuel Feig (/fiːɡ/;[1] born September 17, 1962) is an American actor, film director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for directing films starring frequent collaborator Melissa McCarthy, including Bridesmaids (2011), The Heat (2013), Spy (2015), and Ghostbusters (2016). He also directed A Simple Favor (2018).

Feig created the comedy series Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000) and Other Space (2015). He has also directed several episodes of the U.S version of The Office, Arrested Development, Weeds and Nurse Jackie, as well as episodes of Mad Men, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation. He received nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards for writing on Freaks and Geeks and three for directing on The Office.

As an actor, Feig is best known for playing Tim the Camp Counselor in the cult comedy film Heavyweights (1995). He also starred as Bobby Wynn in the sitcom The Jackie Thomas Show (1992-93) and as Mr. Eugene Pool on the sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996-97).

Feig was born in and raised in Mount Clemens, Michigan.[2] His mother, Elaine Elizabeth (née Artingstall), was a telephone operator, and his father, Sanford William Feig, owned Ark Surplus on Gratiot Avenue.[3][4][5] Feig's father was born Jewish and converted to Christian Science; Feig's parents met at a church social, and Feig was also raised in Christian Science.[3][6][7]



After a year at Wayne State University, Feig moved to Los Angeles, California and transferred to the University of Southern California. He also worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood, embarked on a stand-up comedy act, and landed minor roles on various television shows.[8] Feig also appeared in a number of films, such as Ski Patrol,[9] and in a role alongside Ben Stiller in the 1995 film Heavyweights, in which he played camp counselor Tim. On the first season of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Feig portrayed Mr. Eugene Pool, Sabrina's science teacher.

With Heavyweights co-scripter Judd Apatow, Feig created the short-lived dramedy series Freaks and Geeks, inspired by his experiences at Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township, Michigan. The show aired on NBC during the 1999-2000 television season. Eighteen episodes were completed, but the series was canceled after only twelve had aired. Despite the short run, Freaks and Geeks has since maintained a devoted cult following. The show was named in Time magazine's 100 Greatest Shows of All Time,[10] and in summer 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Freaks and Geeks as the 13th best show of the past 25 years.[11] Feig was nominated for two Emmys for writing the show's pilot and the season finale.

In 2011, Feig was consulted to direct the Apatow-produced comedy film Bridesmaids. Written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, the plot centers on Annie (Wiig), who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend, Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph.[12] Budgeted at $32.5 million, Bridesmaids was both critically and commercially successful, eventually grossing over $288 million worldwide, and served as a touchstone for discussion about women in comedy.[13][14] The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and received multiple other accolades, including Academy Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actress for Melissa McCarthy and Best Original Screenplay for Wiig and Mumolo.[15] In 2013, Feig reunited with McCarthy on buddy cop action comedy film The Heat, also starring Sandra Bullock. Directed by Feig and written by Katie Dippold, it centers on a mismatched police pairing who must overcome their differences in order to take down a mobster. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the chemistry, and performances of Bullock and McCarthy,[16] and was a success at the box office, grossing $229 million worldwide against a $43 million budget.[17]

In 2015, Feig wrote, directed, and produced the spy comedy movie Spy for 20th Century Fox, again starring Melissa McCarthy.[18] It follows the life of a secret agent, Susan Cooper, trying to expose the black-market. The film received acclaim from critics and became another box office success at an international gross of $235.7 million.[19] It was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for McCarthy.[20] Also in 2015, Feig produced the animated feature The Peanuts Movie for Blue Sky Studios, based on the Peanuts comic strip and characters created by Charles M. Schulz.[19] That same year, it was announced that Feig will direct a film adaptation of Play-Dohs for Hasbro Studios, 20th Century Fox, and Chernin Entertainment.[21] In 2016, he directed and co-wrote the female driven reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, starring McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as four women who begin a ghost-catching business in New York City.[22] The announcement of the female-led cast in 2015 drew a polarized response from the public and Internet backlash,[23] leading to the film's IMDb page and associated YouTube videos receiving low ratings prior to the film's release.[24][25] The film grossed $229 million worldwide against a production budget of $144 million, becoming the highest-grossing live-action comedy domestically of 2016.[26] Due to its high production and marketing budget, however, it is considered a box office bomb.[27]

In 2017, Feig produced Jonathan Levine's comedy film Snatched, starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a mother-daughter couple who are abducted while on vacation in South America.[28] The same year, he began production on the comedy thriller A Simple Favor. Based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell, it stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, and follows a small town blogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and rich best friend. Released in September 2018, the film received generally favorable reviews from critics, with praise for the plot twists and performances of Kendrick and Lively.[29]

Personal life

Feig has been married to Laurie Karon since September 23, 1994.



Year Film
Director Writer Producer Notes
2003 I Am David Yes Yes Directorial Debut
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Yes
2011 Bridesmaids Yes
2013 The Heat Yes
2015 Spy Yes Yes Yes
The Peanuts Movie Yes
2016 Ghostbusters Yes Yes executive Co-written with Katie Dippold
2017 Snatched Yes
Ferdinand uncredited
2018 A Simple Favor Yes Yes
2020 Last Christmas[30] Yes Yes

Acting Roles

Year Title
Role Note
1987 Zombie High Emmerson
Three O'Clock High Hall monitor
1990 Ski Patrol Stanley
Zoo Radio Chester Drawer
1992 Deep Dish TV
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Oscar Audience Member
1995 The TV Wheel Various
Heavyweights Tim The Camp Counselor
1996 That Thing You Do! KMPC D.J.
My Fellow Americans Reporter #2
1997 Life Sold Separately
Statical Planets
2000 Bad Dog
2002 Stealing Harvard Electrician
2003 I Am David American Man
2007 Knocked Up Fantasy Baseball Guy
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Different DJ Uncredited
2011 Bad Teacher Dad at the car wash
Bridesmaids Guy at wedding Uncredited
2013 The Heat Doctor Uncredited
2015 Spy Drunken Guest at Paris Hotel Uncredited
2017 Ferdinand Picador[31][32] Voice Role
2018 Song of Back and Neck


Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
1999 Freaks and Geeks Yes Yes Yes Creator;

Episodes Directed:

  • "Discos and Dragons"
2005 The Office Yes executive Episodes Directed:
  • "Office Olympics"
  • "Halloween"
  • "Performance Review"
  • "E-mail Surveillance"
  • "Survivor Man"
  • "Dinner Party"
  • "Goodbye, Toby"
  • "Weight Loss"
  • "The Surplus"
  • "Moroccan Christmas"
  • "New Boss"
  • "Dream Team"
  • "Niagara"
  • "Goodbye, Michael"
2004-2005 Arrested Development Yes
  • "Whistler's Mother"
  • "Let 'Em Eat Cake"
  • "Switch Hitter"
  • "Burning Love"
  • "Ready, Aim, Marry Me"
  • "The Cabin Show"
  • "The Ocean Walker"
2007 Mad Men Yes
  • "Shoot"
2005-2007 Weeds Yes
  • "Risk"
  • "He Taught Me How to Drive By"
  • "The Punishment Lighter"
2007 30 Rock Yes
  • "Cleveland"
2009 Parks and Recreation Yes
  • "Pawnee Zoo"
Bored to Death Yes
  • "Take a Dive"
  • "The Case of the Lonely White Dove"
Nurse Jackie Yes
  • "Nose Bleed"
  • "Ring Finger"
  • "Comfort Food"
  • "Twitter"
  • "Candyland"
  • "Apple Bong"
  • "Caregiver"
  • "Bleeding"
  • "Silly String"
  • "Monkey Bits"
  • "P.O. Box"
  • "Sleeping Dogs"
  • "What the Day Brings"
  • "Years of Service"
2015 Other Space executive Yes

Creator, and writer;

Episodes Written:

  • "Into the Great Beyond...Beyond"
2018 The Joel McHale Show
with Joel McHale

Acting Roles

Year Title
Role Note
1986 The Facts of Life Ron Episodes:
  • "The Ratings Game"
1988-1989 Dirty Dancing Norman Bryant 11 episodes
1990 thirtysomething Focus Group Member Episodes:
  • "Pulling Away"
It's Garry Shandling's Show Chester Bass Episodes:
  • "The Proposal"
  • "The Honeymoon Show"
  • "Chester Gets a Show"
1991 Good Sports Leash Episodes:
  • "Pros and Ex-Cons"
  • "Electricity"
  • "The Return of Nick"
  • "A Class Act"
Get a Life Mark Episodes:
  • "Chris Becomes a Male Escort"
1992-1993 The Edge Various 7 episodes
The Jackie Thomas Show Bobby Wynn 18 episodes
1993 Roseanne Pete Episodes:
  • "A Stash from the Past"
1994 The Good Life Video Clerk Episodes:
  • "Paul Dates a Buddhist"
  • "John Takes Out Melissa"
Hardball Agent #1 Episodes:
  • "Whose Strike Is It Anyway?"
1996 The Louie Show Dr. Jake Anderson 6 episodes
1996-1997 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Mr. Eugene Pool 26 episodes
1997 Men Behaving Badly Nelson Episode:
  • "The Sting"
Ellen Peterson Episodes:
  • "G.I. Ellen"
1998 The Drew Carey Show Worker #1 Episodes:
  • "From the Earth to the Moon"
1999 Freaks and Geeks Alexander the Guitarist Uncredited;
  • "I'm with the Band"
2004-2005 Arrested Development Magician Episode:
  • "Sword of Destiny"
2005 Early Bird TV movie
2009 Nurse Jackie Mr. Spagnolo Episodes:
  • "Monkey Bits"
2014 Maron Warren Episodes:
  • "Therapy"
Hell's Kitchen Himself Dining room guest in the Season 13 premiere
2018 The Joel McHale Show
with Joel McHale
Himself Guest star


  • Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence (ISBN 0-609-80943-1, 2002)
  • Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin (ISBN 1-4000-5175-4, 2005)
  • Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut! (ISBN 0-316-16663-4, 2008)
  • Ignatius MacFarland: Frequency Freakout! (2010)

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