A graduate of the University of Southern California Film School, Paul Feig
won the school's Jack Oakie Award for Comedy in Film in 1984. He began his career as a script reader for TAXI DRIVER producer Michael Phillips, worked for years as a stand-up comedian and segued into acting with a series regular role on CBS' DIRTY DANCING. His subsequent acting work as a regular cast member spanned such TV shows as GOOD SPORTS, THE JACKIE THOMAS SHOW, THE LOUIE SHOW and SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH. He also appeared in such films as SKI PATROL, HEAVYWEIGHTS and Tom Hanks
' THAT THING YOU DO.
When he was abruptly written out of SABRINA, Feig was driven to write, produce and direct his first independent feature film, LIFE SOLD SEPARATELY. This led to him writing a spec pilot script for a series about high school set in the 1980s, FREAKS AND GEEKS, which he sold to DreamWorks Television and co-executive produced. The short-lived but acclaimed NBC series earned him two Emmy nominations for writing. Feig also wrote and directed the Emmy nominated series finale, which led to directing work on the Fox college series UNDECLARED. Most recently, Feig directed two episodes (including the season finale) of the Fox series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT.
In September 2002, Random House published his first book, Kick Me - Adventures in Adolescence, a series of humorous essays about his childhood and school experiences in suburban Michigan.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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