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Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen
Rogen at WonderCon in March 2013
Born (1982-04-15) April 15, 1982
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor, filmmaker, comedian
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Lauren Miller (m. 2011)

Seth Rogen (; born April 15, 1982)[1] is a Canadian actor, filmmaker, and comedian.

Rogen began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years, winning the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest in 1998. While still living in his native Vancouver, he landed a supporting role in the series Freaks and Geeks. Shortly after he moved to Portland, Oregon for his role, Freaks and Geeks was officially cancelled after one season due to low viewership. Rogen later got a part on the equally short-lived sitcom Undeclared, which also hired him as a staff writer.

After landing his job as a staff writer on the final season of Da Ali G Show, for which Rogen and the other writers received an Emmy Award nomination, Rogen was guided by Judd Apatow toward a film career. Rogen was cast in a major supporting role and credited as a co-producer in Apatow's directorial debut, The 40-Year-Old Virgin. After Rogen received critical praise for his performance, Universal Pictures agreed to cast him as the lead in Apatow's films Knocked Up and Funny People. Rogen co-starred as Steve Wozniak in Universal's Steve Jobs biopic in 2015.

Rogen and his comedy partner Evan Goldberg co-wrote the films Superbad, Pineapple Express, This Is the End, and directed both This Is the End and The Interview. He has also done voice work for the films Horton Hears a Who!, the Kung Fu Panda film series, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Paul.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Early work and friendship with Judd Apatow 2.1
    • Breakthrough 2.2
    • Recent work 2.3
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Reception 4.1
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Rogen was born in

Preceded by
LeBron James
Saturday Night Live host
October 6, 2007
Succeeded by
Jon Bon Jovi
Preceded by
Tracy Morgan
Saturday Night Live host
April 4, 2009
Succeeded by
Zac Efron
Preceded by
Anna Kendrick
Saturday Night Live host
April 12, 2014
Succeeded by
Andrew Garfield

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Year Award Category Title of work Result Notes
2000 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble Freaks and Geeks Nominated[101] Shared with cast
2005 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Da Ali G Show Nominated[17] Shared with writing staff
2006 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team 40-Year-Old Virgin, TheThe 40-Year-Old Virgin Nominated[102] Shared with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Romany Malco
2007 Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy Knocked Up Nominated[103]
High Times Stony Award Stoner of the Year N/A Won[104]
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Chemistry Knocked Up Nominated[105] Shared with Paul Rudd
Dublin Film Critics Circle Award Breakthrough Award Knocked up Nominated[17]
2008 Canadian Comedy Award Best Writing (Film) Superbad Won[106]
Canadian Comedy Award Canadian Comedy Person of the Year N/A Won[106]
MTV Movie Award Best Comedic Performance Knocked Up Nominated[107]
MTV Movie Award Breakthrough Performance Knocked Up Nominated[107]
ShoWest Comedy Star of the Year Knocked Up and Superbad Won[108]
2009 Canadian Comedy Award Canadian Comedy Person of the Year N/A Won[109]
MTV Movie Award Best Fight Pineapple Express Nominated[110] Shared with James Franco and Danny McBride
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Observe and Report and Pineapple Express Nominated[111]
2010 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Monsters vs. Aliens Nominated[112]
2011 Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award Best Film 50/50 Nominated Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & Ben Karlin
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical 50/50 Nominated[112] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & Ben Karlin
Independent Spirit Award Best Feature Film 50/50 Nominated[112] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & Ben Karlin
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film Take This Waltz Nominated[113]
2014 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Comedy This Is the End Nominated[114] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
Denver Film Critics Society Award Best Comedy Film This Is the End Won[115] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
Empire Award Best Comedy This Is the End Nominated[116] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
MTV Movie Award Best Fight This Is the End Nominated[117] Shared w/ James Franco & Jonah Hill
MTV Movie Award Best Musical Sequence This Is the End Won[118] Shared w/ Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel & Craig Robinson
American Comedy Award Funniest Motion Picture This Is the End Won[119] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
American Comedy Award Best Comedy Actor – Film This Is the End Nominated[119]
American Comedy Award Best Comedy Director – Film This Is the End Won[119] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg
American Comedy Award Best Comedy Screenplay This Is the End Nominated[119] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg
Saturn Award Best Horror Film This Is the End Nominated[120] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
Young Hollywood Award Best Cast Chemistry–Film Neighbors Nominated[121] Shared w/ cast
Young Hollywood Award Best Bromance N/A Nominated[121] Shared w/ James Franco
Women Film Critics Circle Award Merry Macho Award The Interview Won[122] Shared w/ James Franco
2015 People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic Movie Neighbors Nominated[123] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic Movie Actor Neighbors Nominated[123]

Awards and nominations

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
The 40-Year-Old Virgin 85%[78] 73[79]
Knocked Up 90%[80] 85[81]
Superbad 88%[82] 76[83]
Pineapple Express 68%[84] 64[85]
Funny People 68%[86] 60[87]
The Green Hornet 43%[88] 39[88]
50/50 93%[89] 72[90]
The Guilt Trip 38%[91] 50[92]
This Is the End 83%[93] 67[94]
Neighbors 73%[95] 68[96]
The Interview 52%[97] 52[98]
Steve Jobs 85%[99] 81[100]
Average 71% 65

Critical response to films Rogen has both starred in and produced.



Rogen is a purported muse for the gay community, calling himself a "Bear Icon" in an appearance on Conan O'Brien.[76] He is the subject of an art book titled simply "Seth", a side project of PINUPS magazine by print artist Christopher Schulz, which depicts Rogen in various sexual poses.[77]

Rogen is also a member of NORML and an open marijuana user.[74][75]

Rogen has spoken out about awareness of Alzheimer's disease. No one in his biological family has it but it runs in his wife's side, and has affected her mother for several years. "I think until you see it firsthand, it's kind of hard to conceive of how brutal it is," Rogen said to CNN. "Until I saw it, you just don't get kind of how heartbreaking it can be."[72] During the interview, he talked about how he tries to be emotionally supportive and around as much as he can for Miller's mother. Both he and Miller spoke to Larry King for A Larry King Special, Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic, which aired in April 2011.[72] Rogen testified about the disease and his charity before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services on February 26, 2014.[73]

Rogen began dating writer/actress Lauren Miller in 2004. The two met while he was working on Da Ali G Show.[11] The couple became engaged on September 29, 2010,[69] and married on October 2, 2011 in Sonoma County, California, USA, where they continue to reside.[70] Miller has had minor on-screen roles in a few of Rogen's films.[71]

Rogen with his wife, Lauren Miller, at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards in 2012

Personal life

On April 12, 2014, Rogen hosted Saturday Night Live, with musician Ed Sheeran performing.[66] That year, Rogen starred in Neighbors, with Rose Byrne and Zac Efron, directed by Nicholas Stoller, and released in May, and The Interview, opposite James Franco and Lizzy Caplan, released in December. Rogen and Evan Goldberg co-wrote and co-directed the latter film. In June 2014, North Korea threatened a "merciless" retaliation on the USA if it did not ban The Interview, labelling the movie "an act of war" and a "wanton act of terror", and Rogen himself a "gangster filmmaker".[67] On December 17, 2014, Sony Pictures announced that it was cancelling the release of the movie after a cyber attack on the studio, allegedly tied to North Korea and threats made subsequently by North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.[68] As a result of criticism of this decision, Sony subsequently made the film available online and it allowed theatrical release on December 25, 2014. Rogen portrayed Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak in the Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic (2015), from a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.

He co-wrote the foreword for the 2014 book "Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation" by Blake J. Harris. He is also working on a movie adaptation of the book along with This is the End collaborator Evan Goldberg.[65]

He reprised his voice role in Kung Fu Panda 2,[61] as well as produced and took a supporting role in 50/50, from Mandate Pictures. The dramedy about cancer was based on an autobiographical script by screenwriter Will Reiser,[62] and was released in September 2011. In mid-2010, Rogen shot scenes for another upcoming film, Take This Waltz, with Michelle Williams.[63] Another of his movies, Paramount Pictures's road movie The Guilt Trip, also starring Barbra Streisand, was released in cinemas in 2012. The film was about an inventor (Rogen) who invites his mother (Streisand) on a road trip, as he attempts to sell his new product while also reuniting her with a lost love.[64] In 2013, Rogen along with screenwriting collaborator Evan Goldberg made their directorial debut with This is The End, a comedy movie featuring Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride playing fictional versions of themselves facing a global apocalypse. The movie received positive reviews and was No. 2 in the box office on its opening weekend.

After years of development, a feature film adaptation of The Green Hornet was handled by Rogen and Goldberg, with a theatrical release in January 2011. Rogen chose to do a re-imagining of the title character.[7] He was executive producer of the movie and also cast himself as the main character. Rogen later admitted to having been overwhelmed by handling its $120 million budget. "It's insane. But it's not so much the specific amount of money that's stressful, it's all the things that go along with making a movie of that size."[57] The actor also went on a strict weight-loss diet to play the slim crime fighter.[7] The Green Hornet was a critical disappointment; Adam Graham of the Detroit News called it "a big, sloppy, loud, grating mess of a movie"[58] and the Arizona Republic‍ '​s Bill Goodykoontz found its story to have fallen apart.[59] Nonetheless it still opened at number one at the box office, making $33 million in its opening weekend before going on to gross more than $225 million.[60]

Rogen in 2013

Recent work

In April 2008, Empire reported that the actor and Goldberg would write an episode for the animated television series The Simpsons.[46] He also voiced a character in the episode,[47] entitled "Homer the Whopper", which opened the twenty-first season.[48] Kevin Smith's romantic comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno rounded out 2008 for the actor. He and Elizabeth Banks portrayed the title roles: Pennsylvania roommates who try to make some extra cash by making an adult film together. After having difficulty trying to secure an R rating, Rogen commented to MTV, "It's a really filthy movie" but complained "It's really crazy to me that Hostel is fine, with people gouging their eyes out and shit like that... But you can't show two people having sex – that's too much".[49] The picture was distributed on Halloween by The Weinstein Company and disappointed at the box office.[50] Along with Reese Witherspoon, he voiced a character in the animated science fiction Monsters vs Aliens (2009), did well commercially, with a total of $381.5 million.[51] He then starred in the Jody Hill-directed mall cop comedy Observe and Report,[52] in which he portrayed bipolar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhart. The film opened in theatres on April 10. Critics noted a departure in Rogen's acting style from playing laid-back roles to playing a more sadistic character; Wesley Morris from The Boston Globe opined that "Often with Rogen, his vulnerability makes his coarseness safe...Ronnie is something altogether new for Rogen. Vulnerability never arrives. He's shameless."[53] Later in 2009, Rogen starred in Apatow's third directorial feature, Funny People, with Adam Sandler. Rogen played a young, inexperienced comic while Sandler played a mentor of sorts to his character; the film had more dramatic elements in it than Apatow's previous efforts.[54] Funny People was a commercial failure, coming short of its $75 million budget, but has a "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[55][56]

Rogen's projects in 2008 included Jimmy Hayward's Horton Hears a Who!, an animated film based on the Dr. Seuss book, that Rogen voiced a character in.[36] Rogen additionally co-wrote Drillbit Taylor, also produced by Apatow and starring Owen Wilson as the homeless titular character.[37] He based the screenplay on a 70-page scriptment done by John Hughes.[38] The movie was panned by critics who thought its plot – a grown man becoming three kids' bodyguard and beating up their bullies – had no focus and was drawn out. "If Superbad were remade as a gimmicky Nickelodeon movie, it would probably look something like Drillbit Taylor" Josh Bell wrote in the Las Vegas Weekly.[39] He again lent his voice to another animated movie, this time Kung Fu Panda, with Jack Black and Angelina Jolie.[40] It did exceptionally well in theatres, making more than $630 million.[41] Rogen, Goldberg and Apatow were behind the stoner action comedy Pineapple Express directed by David Gordon Green at Columbia Pictures. Apatow produced it while Rogen and Goldberg wrote the script.[42] Rogen was chosen to play the film's protagonist, a 25-year-old who accidentally witnesses a murder while delivering a subpoena. James Franco was cast as his hippie pot dealer that he goes on the run with. When asked about its inspiration, Rogen said he wrote what he knew.[43] Pineapple Express was released to theatres on August 6 and made $101 million in ticket sales against its $27 million production budget.[44] Movie critics lauded it, appreciating their performances and its humor.[42][45]

His breakthrough came when Universal Studios greenlit him, for the lead, in yet another Apatow production: Knocked Up (2007), a dramedy that follows the repercussions of a drunken one-night stand between his slacker character and Katherine Heigl's just-promoted media personality that results in an unintended pregnancy. Upon completing The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Apatow had approached Rogen about potential starring roles, but the actor suggested many high-concept science fiction ideas. After Apatow insisted that he would work better in real life situations, the two agreed on the accidental pregnancy concept of this production.[25] Rogen called shooting sex scenes with Heigl "nerve-racking" and found comfort with the supporting cast since, even though he played the lead, the focus was not all on him.[26][27] Made on a $30 million budget and released on June 1, Knocked Up was a critical and commercial box office hit, garnering an approval rating of 90 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and grossing $219 million.[28][29] Rogen also received favourable reviews.[30][31] Later that year he played a supporting part as an irresponsible police officer in Superbad, which he had written with his writing partner and was co-produced by Apatow. Michael Cera and Jonah Hill originate the main roles, two teenage best friends whose party plans go wrong, based on them.[3] The film and their writing was praised, with critics finding it to be very authentic.[32] It topped the US box office for two weeks in a row.[33] Rogen hosted Saturday Night Live on October 6, 2007 and again on April 4, 2009.[34][35]

Rogen in 2007


He had roles in Donnie Darko (2001) and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004).[16] A big career point for him was becoming a staff writer for Sacha Baron Cohen's last season of Da Ali G Show in 2004.[11] Along with the show's other writers, Rogen received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.[17] He became familiar to audiences as one of the main character's witty co-workers in Apatow's well-reviewed buddy comedy directorial debut feature The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005).[18][19] Rogen also co-produced it and improvised all his dialogue.[11][20] "[Rogen] hadn't done any screen work that indicated he could carry as memorable and convincing a performance as he does with the character Cal," MTV's John Constantine wrote.[16] The Boston Globe reviewer Wesley Morris wrote that Rogen, along with co-stars Rudd and Romany Malco, were each hilarious in their own right[21] and Orlando Sentinel‍‍ '​‍s Roger Moore believed that Rogen had his moments in the film[22] whereas Moira Macdonald of the Seattle Times said the actor was "droopily deadpan."[23] He followed this with a small role in You, Me and Dupree (2006), a critically panned comedy featuring Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson.[24]

Rogen's acting debut was in Apatow's 1980s-set cult hit series Freaks and Geeks as Ken Miller, a cynical, acerbic "freak".[4] Revolving around a group of teenagers' lives, Freaks and Geeks first aired in 1999. Although well-reviewed, the show was NBC's lowest-viewed program and was cancelled after one season due to poor ratings.[10][12] Impressed with Rogen's improvisational skills,[9] Apatow then chose him as the lead in another of his shows, Undeclared. Rogen was originally set to play a fairly popular but nerdy college freshman, but the network did not think he was leading male material. Apatow opted not to go along with the show.[9] Rogen also served as a staff writer to the short-lived production.[13][14] Following the show's cancellation in 2002, Rogen did not get many auditions, which was not upsetting to him as he always thought he would achieve better success as a writer.[15] He would soon be a part of Apatow's "frat pack", a close-knit group that includes Steve Carell and Paul Rudd.[7] Of the awkwardness of a grown man spending so much time with a teenaged Rogen, Apatow said: "I'm such a comedy fan that, even though he's 16, I know I'm hanging out with one of the guys who's going to be one of the great comics."[9] Around this time, Apatow would come up with odd requests for Rogen and Goldberg, such as turn an idea of his into a movie in 10 days and come up with 100 one-page ideas for films.[15] Regarding Apatow's professional effect on Rogen, the actor said in 2009, "Obviously, I can't stress how important Judd's been to my career".[7]

Early work and friendship with Judd Apatow


His mother was supportive of his comic endeavours and would often drive him to stand-up gigs at the comedy club Yuk Yuks.[9] With his deadpan humour, he won the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest at 16 years old.[7] Also at age 16, Rogen's father lost his job and his mother quit hers, forcing them to put their house up for sale and relocate to a significantly smaller apartment. Around this time, he landed a role on Judd Apatow's television show Freaks and Geeks after attending a local casting call.[4][9] Despite a strong academic performance, Seth dropped out of high school, began working for Apatow,[10][11] and relocated with his family to Los Angeles. Rogen paid the bills and had become the main wage earner at just 16.[4]

As a child, Rogen did not want to pursue any career other than comedy: "As soon as I realized you could be funny as a job, that was the job I wanted".[4] He got his start in show business at age 12 after enrolling in a comedy workshop taught by Mark Pooley.[2] His early comedy routines involved jokes about his bar mitzvah, his grandparents, and his camp counsellors.[2] During his teenage years he would perform stand-up comedy routines at places like bar mitzvahs and small parties, later shifting to bars.[7][8] A mohel paid him to write jokes.[9] At the age of 13, he co-wrote a rough draft of Superbad with childhood friend Evan Goldberg, whom he had met at bar mitzvah classes.[4][9] Based on their teenage experiences,[3] Rogen and Goldberg spent the rest of their time in high school polishing the script. They initially worried that American Pie (1999) had beaten them to the idea for the movie, but they decided that film, "totally avoid[ed] all honest interaction between characters... which is what we [we're] going for."[3]

[2] camp.Habonim Dror he performed at Camp Miriam, a stand-up comedy (although he did not graduate), incorporating many of his classmates into his writing. He was also known for the Point Grey Secondary School Elementary School and Vancouver Talmud Torah Rogen attended [2] Rogen has an older sister named Danya.[3], as "radical Jewish socialists".kibbutz on a Israel He has described his parents, who met in [6] Since Rogen's father is American, he has American citizenship by birth.[5][4][3][2]

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