Paul Rudd first found acting success performing serious stuff like Shakespeare on the Broadway stage.
But in recent years the Kansas City native - a graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School -- has become a comedy icon, thanks to his regular gig on TV's Friends (he played Phoebe Buffay's boyfriend, Mike) and high-profile roles in big-screen hits from the likes of Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, This Is 40).
Rudd has gone from stealing scenes as a supporting player to being the name above the title, and in 2013 the Library celebrates his career with Paul Rudd: Home Town Hero, this summer's Off-the-Wall film series shown on the third Friday of the month at the Central Library.
Most titles are recommended for adult audiences only.
Movies are shown on Fridays at 8:45 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Feel free to bring blankets and folding chairs. (Note: The Central Library closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays, but the doors reopen at 8 p.m. for Off-the-Wall audiences.)
May 17: Role Models (2008: R) - Rudd and Seann William Scott play unfulfilled thirtysomethings peddling energy drinks to college kids and required to do community service as big brothers after a road rage incident. 99 minutes.
June 21: Our Idiot Brother (2011: R) - Rudd is the bearded, laid-back title character of this comedy about a good-natured slacker who survives mostly through the charity of his doting/exasperated sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel). 90 minutes.
July 19: I Love You, Man (2009: R) - Rudd shot into the comedy stratosphere playing Peter, a painfully uncool guy desperate to strike up a friendship with the hip Sydney (Jason Segal). The film was noteworthy for Rudd's off-the-charts comedy improvisations. With Rashida Jones. 105 minutes.
August 16: Dinner for Schmucks (2010: PG-13) - Forced by his bosses to participate in a cruel dinner where the guests are all idiots, Tim (Rudd) thinks he's found the perfect stooge in Barry (Steve Carell), who creates dioramas in which stuffed mice are costumed as historic characters. Directed by Jay Roach; with Zach Galifianakis and Bruce Geenwood. 114 minutes.
September 20: Wanderlust (2012: R) - George and Linda (Rudd, Jennifer Aniston) have given up on life in the Big Apple. En route to a new job, the uptight couple find themselves staying in a latter-day hippie commune where both the sexuality and the bathroom doors are wide open. With Justin Theroux, Alan Alda. 98 minutes.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.
Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore. Be sure to bring your parking ticket to have it validated.