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Paul Feig
Born Paul Samuel Feig
(1962-09-17) September 17, 1962 (age 55)
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Film director, actor, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Laurie Karon (m. 1994)

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: the 2011 film Bridesmaids, the 2013 film The Heat, the 2015 film Spy, and the 2016 film Ghostbusters.

On television he created the show Freaks and Geeks and directed several episodes of The Office and Arrested Development, plus episodes of 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Mad Men, Other Space and other television series. Feig has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for writing on Freaks and Geeks and three for directing on The Office. As an actor, he is also known for playing Mr. Eugene Pool, Sabrina's science teacher, on the first season of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, as well as Tim, a camp counselor, in the film Heavyweights.

Life and career[edit]

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]

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



Year Film Actor Director Producer Writer Notes
1987 Zombie High Yes Emmerson
Three O'Clock High Yes Hall Monitor
1990 Ski Patrol Yes Stanley
Zoo Radio Yes Chester Drawer
1992 Deep Dish TV Yes
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Yes Oscar Audience Member
1995 The TV Wheel Yes Various
Heavyweights Yes Tim The Camp Counselor
1996 That Thing You Do! Yes KMPC D.J.
My Fellow Americans Yes Reporter #2
1997 Life Sold Separately Yes
Statical Planets Yes
2000 Bad Dog Yes
2002 Stealing Harvard Yes Electrician
2003 I Am David Yes Yes Yes American Man
2005 Early Bird Yes TV Movie
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Yes
2007 Knocked Up Yes Fantasy Baseball Guy
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Yes Different DJ (Uncredited)
2011 Bad Teacher Yes Dad at Car Wash
Bridesmaids Yes Yes Guy at wedding (Uncredited)
2013 The Heat Yes Yes Doctor (Uncredited)
2015 Spy Yes Yes Yes Yes Drunken Guest at Paris Hotel (Uncredited)
The Peanuts Movie Yes
2016 Ghostbusters Yes Yes Yes Executive producer
2017 Snatched Yes
Ferdinand Yes Yes (uncredited) Picador (voice)[14][15]
2018 A Simple Favor Yes Yes Yes
TBA Play-Doh Yes Announced


Year Film Actor Director Producer Writer Notes
1986 The Facts of Life Yes *"The Ratings Game"


1988–1989 Dirty Dancing Yes As Norman Bryant

11 Episodes

1990 thirtysomething Yes As Focus Group Member
  • "Pulling Away"
1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show Yes As Chester Bass
  • "The Proposal"
  • "The Honeymoon Show"
  • "Chester Gets a Show"
1991 Good Sports Yes As Leash
  • "Pros and Ex-Cons"
  • "Electricity"
  • "The Return of Nick"
  • "A Class Act"
1991 Get a Life Yes As Mark
  • "Chris Becomes a Male Escort"
1992–1993 The Edge Yes As Various Characters

7 Episodes

1992–1993 The Jackie Thomas Show Yes As Bobby Wynn

18 Episodes

1993 Roseanne Yes As Pete
  • "A Stash from the Past"
1994 The Good Life Yes As Video Clerk
  • "Paul Dates a Buddhist"
  • "John Takes Out Melissa"
1994 Hardball Yes As Agent #1
  • "Whose Strike Is It Anyway?"
1996 The Louie Show Yes As Dr. Jake Anderson

6 Episodes

1996–1997 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Yes As Mr. Eugene Pool

26 Episodes

1997 Men Behaving Badly Yes As Nelson
  • "The Sting"
1997 Ellen Yes As Peterson
  • "G.I. Ellen"
1998 The Drew Carey Show Yes Worker #1
  • "From the Earth to the Moon"
1999 Freaks and Geeks Yes Yes Yes Yes Creator; as Alexander the Guitarist (Uncredited)
  • "I'm with the Band"
2005 The Office Yes Yes Co-Executive Producer, Directed Episodes:
2004 & 2005 Arrested Development Yes Yes As Magician in "Sword of Destiny"

Directed Episodes:

2007 Mad Men Yes Directed Episodes:
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:
2009 Bored to Death Yes Episodes Directed:
  • "Take a Dive"
  • "The Case of the Lonely White Dove"
2009 Nurse Jackie Yes Yes As Mr. Spagnolo in *"Monkey Bits"

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"
2014 Maron Yes As Warren in *"Therapy"
2014 Hell's Kitchen Dining room guest in the Season 13 premiere
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 Yes

Executive producer, Guest star



  1. ^ Smith, Krista (5 January 2012). "Paul Feig on the BridesmaidsSequel, Female Comedy, and His S.N.L. Dreams". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  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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