His family moved to Overland Park, Kansas, when he was ten. He first appeared on the screen as Paul Stephen Rudd in his debut role, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.
He had a recurring role as the character Mike on the popular NBC sitcom Friends.
His father worked as a historical tour guide and his mother worked as a sales manager. He married his long-term girlfriend, Julie Yaeger, in 2003, and the couple had two children together.
He starred alongside Steve Carell in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and in the Anchorman films.