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PHOTOS: Judd Apatow’s buddies

Adam Sandler
After he left USC, Judd Apatow roomed with Sandler. Apatow did some uncredited rewrites for him and co-wrote “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” before casting him in “Funny People.” (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
Seth Rogen
Rogen (pictured with co-star Katherine Heigl in “Knocked Up”) is first among equals in Apatow’s growing list of protégés. Apatow cast him in his TV shows “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared” and produced Rogen’s first script, “Superbad.” He cast the actor in a supporting role in “40-Year-Old Virgin” and gave him a starring role in “Knocked Up” before casting him alongside Sandler in “Funny People.” (Suzanne Hanover)
Steve Carell
With Carell, Apatow co-wrote “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” which transformed the one-time “Daily Show” correspondent, into a major comedy superstar. Carell later made a cameo appearance in “Knocked Up.” (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
Will Ferrell
When Ferrell shopped “Anchorman,” comedy manager Jimmy Miller recommended Apatow, who also produced “Talladega” and “Stepbrothers.” (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
Ben Stiller
Apatow co-wrote and co-executive produced the 1992 sketch comedy show “The Ben Stiller Show.” He also produced and did an uncredited rewrite on Stiller’s directorial effort “The Cable Guy.” (Stephen Shugerman / Getty Images)
Jim Carrey
Apatow emceed for Carrey’s comedy act and helped the comic craft his stand-up and talk show performances. He produced “Cable Guy” and co-wrote “Fun With Dick and Jane.” (Evan Agostini / Getty Images)
Garry Shandling
Apatow emceed for Shandling and helped craft his stand-up routine. Apatow wrote on “The Larry Sanders Show” and calls Shandling his comedy mentor. (Darryl Estrine)