Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen

Actor
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Life Story

An actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen.

Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profits. His father is American-born and his mother is Canadian. He is of Russian Jewish descent. He attended Vancouver Talmud Torah Elementary School and Point Grey Secondary School (although he dropped out of high school to move to Los Angeles) and was known for the stand-up comedy he performed at Camp Miriam, a Habonim Dror camp. At sixteen, Rogen placed second in the 1998 Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest.

Soon after that he landed his first role in Judd Apatow's short-lived but well regarded TV series Freaks and Geeks (1999), taking on the role of Ken Miller. Though the show only lasted one season, it was the launching pad for many careers, including Rogen, Apatow, James Franco, and Jason Segel. This early work sharpened Rogen's keen improvisational skills, which he's used on many projects since.

Following Freaks and Geeks (1999), he participated in a few unsuccessful television projects, and then joined the American television version of Da Ali G Show (2003) as a writer during its second and last season, along with his childhood friend and writing partner Evan Goldberg. The writing team received an Emmy nomination. As a huge fan of the first season, Rogen was thrilled to get the chance to work with Sacha Baron Cohen.

Continuing his work with Apatow, he joined the cast of Apatow's debut film The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and is credited as co-producer. After that he took the lead in Knocked Up (2007), Apatow's second movie and a huge success. He's since been a frequent collaborator with Apatow, in projects such as Superbad (2007), Pineapple Express (2008) and Funny People (2009). He co-wrote Superbad (2007), with Goldberg; the pair started the project when they were teens. They won the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Writing in a Film in 2008. They later wrote Pineapple Express (2008) and The Green Hornet (2011), also starring Rogen.

Family

Lauren Miller Rogen (2 October 2011 - present)

Trivia

Attended Point Grey Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Son of Mark Rogen and Sandy Rogen. Has an older sister, Danya Rogen.
His parents met each other in Israel.
Was ranked #20 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
Started as a stand-up comic when he was 13.
In Pineapple Express (2008), in the scene where he is arrested by the police officer, his height is listed as 5' 9".
According to "Rotten Tomatoes", his five favorite films are: The Big Lebowski (1998), Ghostbusters (1984), The Last Detail (1973), Total Recall (1990) and Goodfellas (1990).
Engaged to Lauren Miller Rogen [September 29, 2010].
As a child, Rogen attended Camp Miriam, a Jewish summer camp on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada. He also studied for and had his Bar Mitzvah, the coming-of-age service that Jewish boys celebrate at age 13.
Good friends with Jay Baruchel.
Seth Rogen auditioned for a lead role in Dude, Where's My Car? (2000).
Due to his deep voice and bulky frame, he has always appeared old for his age. When he was doing stand-up in his teens, he was often thought to have been in his 20s, and at the age of 22, he convincingly played a 30-something character in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005).
Is left-handed.
appeared in a tv talent show. [1996]
Is an American citizen by birth.
The Vancouver Aquarium named an octopus (cephalopod) after him-Ceph Rogen.

Personal Quotes 

It shocks me that 90210 (2008) and Superbad (2007) are technically considered part of the same genre. It was as much TV shows as movies that made us feel under-represented. No part of me watched 90210 (2008) and thought, 'Yeah! that's what my life is like!' It seemed like a different planet. I mean, I like shitty movies as much as the next guy, I'm not a snob, but things like that had no guys like us in it - that was the point.
My mom's a social worker and my dad works in non-profit organizations. But they seem very radical in American terms, embracing a form of socialism that really doesn't even exist here. I mean, where I come from, communism is not a terrible word.
I guess what Judd Apatow is to me, is what Terrence Malick is to David Gordon Green. They're just good friends.
I remember when I got my first Adam Sandler CD and it was the funniest thing I'd ever heard in my entire life, and continues to be.
I couldn't say enough great things about him. He's the reason I'm not a homeless crack-head right now. - on Judd Apatow.
On writing and starring in The Green Hornet (2011): Nerds love complaining. You go to Ain't It Cool News, and everybody complains about everything. They could find out Jesus Christ was making a movie with Frank Miller, and they'd say, 'That's a terrible combination!
When I first moved to LA, I went out to meet with agencies, and one of them asked me what my goals were. I said "to be in a Kevin Smith movie". That goal has not changed.
[on appearing in Knocked Up (2007) and Pineapple Express (2008)] You know, I never had a girlfriend before and I thought it would masculinize me. But it's actually done the opposite. Now I know about accent walls and the whole world of throw pillows.

Filmography

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