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Seth Rogen (born April 15, 1982) is a Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, producer, director, screenwriter, and voice artist. 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 small part in Freaks and Geeks. Shortly after Rogen moved to Los Angeles for his role, Freaks and Geeks was officially canceled after one season due to low viewership. Rogen later got a part on the equally short-lived Undeclared, which also hired him as a staff writer.Read Full Bio >>
After landing his job as a staff writer on the final season of Da Ali G Show, in which Rogen and the other writers received their 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 directorial feature films Knocked Up and Funny People. Rogen and his comedy partner Evan Goldberg co-wrote the films Superbad, Pineapple Express, and This Is the End. Rogen has also done voice work for the films Horton Hears a Who!, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Paul. Rogen married fellow screenwriter Lauren Miller in October 2011.
Rogen was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia to Sandy, a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who works for non-profit organizations and as an assistant director of a Workmen's Circle. He has described his parents, who met at an Israeli kibbutz, as 'radical Jewish socialists.' He has one older sister, Danya, who is a social worker. Rogen attended Vancouver Talmud Torah Elementary School school and Point Grey Secondary School (although he never graduated), incorporating many of his classmates into his writing. He was also known for the stand-up comedy he performed at Camp Miriam, a Habonim Dror camp. Rogen got his start in show business at age 13, after signing up for a comedy class. With his trademark deadpan humour, he placed second in the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest at 16 years old, then headed south of the border to continue stand-up and acting.
Rogen's first exposure to the entertainment field began with commercial work in Canada at the age of 13. After trying his hand as a standup comic for a few years, Rogen obtained his first starring role in the series "Freaks and Geeks" with only two auditions. He played cynical, acerbic 'freak' Ken Miller. Judd Apatow, the show's co-producer, was very impressed with Rogen's improvisational skills. After the show was cancelled in the middle of its first season, Rogen was cast in a similar role in Apatow's second, also short-lived series, "Undeclared", and went on to write several episodes. In 2001, Rogen also a had minor role in "Donnie Darko" (playing Ricky Danforth) and in 2003 on an episode of "Dawson's Creek" called 'Rock Bottom' as 'Bob' in their last season, that he also claims he never saw. Following the cancellation of his second series in 2002, Rogen developed a soured attitude toward television, not wanting to act on another show unless Apatow was involved.
Rogen's first major writing job was for Apatow's second short-lived television series, "Undeclared", for which he was hired as a writer before he was offered an acting role. During the show's run, Rogen wrote one episode by himself and co-wrote four others.
Rogen's experience with "Undeclared" paid off when he and his writing partner, Evan Goldberg, joined the writing staff of "Da Ali G Show" for its second and ultimately final season. In 2005, the "Ali G Show" writing staff, including Rogen and Goldberg, received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program category. Rogen's association with the show's star, Sacha Baron Cohen, who had belonged to the same Jewish youth group, was not over, however; in a recent interview with "Tokion" (#55), Rogen claimed to have made uncredited contributions to Cohen's film version of "Borat".
In 2008 Rogen won the Best Writing (Film) Canadian Comedy Award for "Superbad". He had written the script for this 2007 comedy years earlier, as a starring vehicle for himself. The "Superbad" team then looked for 'an 18-year-old version' of Rogen and chose frequent Rogen collaborator Jonah Hill (who is slightly less than two years younger). Rogen also wrote the screenplay for the Owen Wilson vehicle "Drillbit Taylor", which is based on a 70-page scriptment written by John Hughes.
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. 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. 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. Rogen also received favorable reviews. 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. The film and their writing was praised, with critics finding it to be very authentic. It topped the US box office for two weeks in a row. Rogen hosted Saturday Night Live on October 6, 2007 and again on April 4, 2009.
2008 was a busy year for the actor. Among his projects were Jimmy Hayward's Horton Hears a Who!, an animated film based on the Dr. Seuss book, that Rogen voiced a character in. Rogen additionally co-wrote Drillbit Taylor, also produced by Apatow and starring Owen Wilson as the homeless titular character. He based the screenplay on a 70-page scriptment done by John Hughes. 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. He again lent his voice to another animated movie, this time Kung Fu Panda, with Jack Black and Angelina Jolie. It did exceptionally well in theaters, making more than $630 million. 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. The actor 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. Pineapple Express was released to theaters on August 6 and made $101 million in ticket sales against its $27 million production budget. Movie critics lauded it, appreciating their performances and its humor.
In April 2008, Empire reported that the actor and Goldberg would write an episode for the animated television series The Simpsons. He also voiced a character in the episode, entitled "Homer the Whopper", which opened the twenty-first season. 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". The picture was distributed on Halloween by The Weinstein Company and disappointed at the box office. 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. He then starred in the Jody Hill-directed mall cop comedy Observe and Report, in which he portrayed bipolar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhart. The film opened in theaters 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." 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. Funny People was a commercial failure, coming short of its $75 million budget, but has a "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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 titular character. 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." The actor also went on a strict weight-loss diet to play the slim crime fighter. The Green Hornet was a critical disappointment; Adam Graham of the Detroit News called it "a big, sloppy, loud, grating mess of a movie" and the Arizona Republic's Bill Goodykoontz found its story to have fallen apart. 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.
He reprised his voice role in Kung Fu Panda 2, 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, and was released in September 2011. In mid-2010, Rogen shot scenes for another upcoming film, Take This Waltz, with Michelle Williams. 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.
Though Rogen has penned scripts for both film and television, his comedic stylings tend to rely heavily on improvisational dialogue. Apatow noticed this improvisation talent on the set of "Freaks and Geeks", which influenced his decision to have Rogen write for "Undeclared" and pitch jokes for "The 40-Year-Old Virgin". As with most Apatow projects, the dialogue in Rogen's films is usually not what was on paper. Rogen says he prefers improvised dialogue because it captures the essence of real friends spouting jokes. Because Apatow never stops rolling after takes, allowing his actors to improvise differently each time, Rogen's three largest film roles to date ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin", "Knocked Up", and "Pineapple Express") all achieved the rare milestone of shooting over a million feet of film, almost unprecedented for comedies.
Rogen has described the shock of being thrust into an industry where he is now working alongside the comedic icons he grew up watching, such as Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, and Jim Carrey. Rogen cites the Sandler album "They're All Gonna Laugh at You!" (which features Apatow at certain points) as the funniest thing he has ever heard, stating that the track 'At A Medium Pace' was the seed for what became his comedic persona. Rogen was also a huge fan of the "Da Ali G Show"s first season, so it was a shock to suddenly work for Sacha Baron Cohen. Rogen cites the films "Porky's" and "Bachelor Party", in addition to films by Kevin Smith, as inspirations for writing sex comedies. In an interview with MTV, he said of Smith 'I feel like my strengths were always kind of ripping off a Kevin Smith movie anyway. It's not a far departure.' Of Smith and his films, Rogen has gone as far as to say (to Smith) 'I wouldn't be a writer if it wasn't for you and your movies.'
Rogen began dating writer/actress Lauren Miller in 2004. The two met while he was working on Da Ali G Show. The couple became engaged in September 2010, and married on October 2, 2011 in Sonoma, California. Miller has had minor on-screen roles in a few of Rogen's films.
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." 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.
Rogen is also a member of NORML and an open marijuana user.<< Less Bio
|2012||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Feature||50/50 (2011).||Nominated|
|2012||Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film||Take This Waltz (2011).||Nominated|
|2010||Kids' Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Monsters vs Aliens (2009).||Nominated|
|2009||Canadian Comedy Awards||Canadian Comedy Person of the Year - All Media||Won|
|2009||MTV Movie Awards||Best Fight||Pineapple Express (2008).||Nominated|
|2009||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Comedy||Pineapple Express (2008) and Observe and Report (2009).||Nominated|
|2008||Canadian Comedy Awards||Best Writing - Film||Superbad (2007).||Won|
|2008||MTV Movie Awards||Best Comedic Performance||Knocked Up (2007).||Nominated|
|2008||ShoWest Convention, USA||Comedy Star of the Year||Won|
|2007||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical||Knocked Up (2007).||Nominated|
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Chemistry||Knocked Up (2007).||Nominated|
|2006||MTV Movie Awards||Best On-Screen Team||The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005).||Nominated|
|2005||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program||"Da Ali G Show" (2003).||Nominated|
|2000||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble||"Freaks and Geeks" (1999).||Nominated|
"This is The End" New York City Premiere - Outside Arrivals
Seth Rogen Visits New.Music.Live. at Bell Media Headquarters in Toronto on May 27 2013
2013 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals
WonderCon 2013 Day 2 - Inside
"The Guilt Trip" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals
"For a Good Time, Call..." New York City Premiere - Arrivals