Diane J. Cho and Cai Cramer


Sexiest Man Alive Paul Rudd’s
BEST Roles

From comedy to romance, this year’s SMA is more than just a pretty face.


Rudd’s earliest recurring role on TV was on this 1994 comedy that lasted just one season.

Brian Grant in Wild Oats


If Rudd’s role as Cher Horowitz’s (Alicia Silverstone) love interest in this cult classic 90’s rom-com didn’t have you swooning — well, we can’t relate. 

Josh in Clueless


Rudd’s comedy streak continued in this horny camp comedy from 2001, a role which he reprised for the 2015 reboot.

Andy in Wet Hot American Summer


A total 180 from his usual comedy parts, Rudd took on the lead in this 2003 romantic drama while staying true to his heartthrob roots.

Adam Sorenson in The Shape of Things


Rudd played the part of Phoebe's adorkable boyfriend and, eventually, husband through season 9 of the insanely popular sitcom.

Mike Hannigan in Friends


This 2004 comedy was packed to the brim with hilarious stars, including Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Christian Applegate and, of course, Rudd.

Brian Fantana in Anchorman

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Another raunchy comedy starring Rudd and his friend, the hilarious Steve Carell, this Judd Apatow movie will make you laugh out loud.

David in The 40-Year-Old Virgin

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Rudd played a friendless and newly engaged real estate agent on the hunt for a best man for his wedding in this buddy comedy. Bromance ensues. 

Peter Klaven in I Love You, Man


Rudd starred alongside Leslie Mann as a couple trying to reinvigorate their marriage while managing work and kids in this Judd Apatow comedy.

Pete in This is 40 


In 2015, Rudd made his official jump into the Marvel universe as Ant-Man, a superhero with the power to shrink to the size of an ant while increasing in strength.

Scott Lang in Ant-Man


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