His parents were Jewish immigrants from England. His original family surname, "Rudnitzky," was shortened by his grandfather.
Tom Waits is his favorite musician
He attended the University of Kansas.
He was a DJ at Bar Mitzvahs before his career took off.
He's married to Julie Yaeger.
Their son is named Jack Rudd (b. 2006).
He's friends with Jon Hamm one of our other nominees.
He is a self-described "mega-fan" of the TV show "Lost" (2004). He volunteered to interview "Lost" star Emilie de Ravin, whom he has never met, for "Interview Magazine" because of his love for the show.