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Paul Feig

Paul Samuel Feig (/fɡ/;[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).

Paul Feig
Born Paul Samuel Feig
(1962-09-17) September 17, 1962 (age 56)
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Film director, actor, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1986–present
Laurie Karon (m. 1994)

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).


Early lifeEdit

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.

Feig wrote, directed, and produced the 2015 spy comedy movie Spy for 20th Century Fox, starring Melissa McCarthy.[12] 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. In 2016, he directed and co-wrote the female driven reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

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 Yes Co-written with Katie Dippold
Also executive producer
2017 Snatched Yes
Ferdinand Yes Uncredited
2018 A Simple Favor Yes Yes
TBA Play-Doh Yes Announced
2019 Last Christmas(film) Yes


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

Episodes Directed:

  • "Discos and Dragons"
2005 The Office Yes Yes Co-Executive Producer

Episodes Directed:

2004—2005 Arrested Development Yes Episodes Directed:
2007 Mad Men Yes Episodes Directed:
2005—2007 Weeds Yes Episodes Directed:
  • "Risk"
  • "He Taught Me How to Drive By"
  • "The Punishment Lighter"
2007 30 Rock Yes Episodes Directed:
2009 Parks and Recreation Yes Episodes Directed:
Bored to Death Yes Episodes Directed:
  • "Take a Dive"
  • "The Case of the Lonely White Dove"
Nurse Jackie Yes Episodes Directed:
  • "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 Yes Yes

Creator, executive producer, and writer

Episodes Written:

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

Executive producer

Acting RolesEdit

Film rolesEdit

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
2005 Early Bird TV movie
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[14][15] Voice Role

TV RolesEdit

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) Episodes:
  • "I'm with the Band"
2004—2005 Arrested Development Magician Episode:
  • "Sword of Destiny"
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



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  2. ^ Associated Press (October 9, 2014). "Michigan's Paul Feig to direct female-led 'Ghostbusters'". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "The Trouble With Paul Feig". The New York Times. 28 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Director Paul Feig is a genius at portraying awkwardness". 
  5. ^ "The Windsor Star - Google News Archive Search". 
  6. ^ Robert, Daniel (2006-05-04). "Interviews > Paul Feig Director Of Unaccompanied Minors". Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  7. ^ Schilling, Mary Kaye (28 June 2013). "The King of the Lady Gross-out". 
  8. ^ Bowe, John (September 26, 2008). "The Trouble With Paul Feig". The New York Times Magazine. 
  9. ^ James, Caryn (January 13, 1990). "Ski Patrol (1989) Review/Film; Meanwhile, Pops Is Back At the Lodge". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Poniewozik, James (2007-09-06). "The Abbott and Costello Show | All-TIME 100 TV Shows | Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  11. ^ Connolly, Kelly (2012-03-20). "The New Classics: TV | TV". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  12. ^ Sneider, Jeff (18 June 2013). "Paul Feig Developing Female James Bond Comedy 'Susan Cooper'". Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Zuckerman, Esther (October 8, 2014). "Paul Feig explains his vision for a female-led 'Ghostbusters'". Entertainment Weekly. 
  14. ^ "Why Paul Feig Won't Direct Any More Remakes". Retrieved August 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (February 9, 2017). "Blue Sky's Bull Toon 'Ferdinand' To Lock Horns With 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'". Variety. Retrieved August 17, 2017. 

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