Seth Rogen is a Canadian-American actor, filmmaker, and comedian.
Let’s find out some fun facts about him!
1. Seth Aaron Rogen was born April 15, 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
2. His mother, Sandy, is a social worker, and his father, Mark Rogen, worked for non-profit organizations and as an assistant director of the Workmen’s Circle Jewish fraternal organization.
3. Since Rogen’s father is American, he has American citizenship by birth.
4. He has described his parents, who met on kibbutz Beit Alfa in Israel, as “radical Jewish socialists.”
5. Rogen has an older sister named Danya.
6. Rogen attended Vancouver Talmud Torah Elementary School and Point Grey Secondary School, incorporating many of his classmates into his writing.
7. He was also known for the stand-up comedy he performed at Camp Miriam, a Habonim Dror camp.
8. 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”. He got his start in show business at age 12 after enrolling in a comedy workshop taught by Mark Pooley.
9. His early comedy routines involved jokes about his bar mitzvah, his grandparents, and his camp counselors.
10. During his teenage years, he would perform stand-up comedy routines at places like bar mitzvahs and small parties, later shifting to bars.
11. A mohel paid him to write jokes.
12. 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.
13. Based on their teenage experiences, 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 the film “managed to totally avoid all honest interaction between characters… which is what we’re going for.”
14. His mother was supportive of his comic endeavors and would often drive him to stand-up gigs at the comedy club Yuk Yuks. With his deadpan humor, he won the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest at 16 years old.
15. 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.
16. Despite a strong academic performance, Seth dropped out of high school, began working for Apatow, and relocated with his family to Los Angeles. Rogen paid the bills and had become the main wage earner at just 16.
17. While still living in his native Vancouver, he landed a supporting role in the series Freaks and Geeks.
18. Rogen later got a part on sitcom Undeclared, which also hired him as a staff writer.
19. After landing his job as a staff writer on the final season of Da Ali G Show, for which he and the other writers received an Emmy Award nomination, he was guided by Judd Apatow toward a film career.
20. Rogen made his first movie appearance in Donnie Darko with a minor role as a rebellious student in Donnie’s high school classes in 2001.
21. Rogen was cast in a major supporting role and credited as a co-producer in Apatow’s directorial debut, The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
22. 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.
23. Rogen co-starred as Steve Wozniak in Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic in 2015. Since 2016, he has been an executive producer and writer on AMC’s television series Preacher.
24. Rogen and his comedy partner Evan Goldberg co-wrote the films Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet, This Is the End, and directed both This Is the End and The Interview; all of which Rogen starred in.
25. He has also done voice work for the films Horton Hears a Who!, the Kung Fu Panda film series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Monsters vs. Aliens, Paul, and Sausage Party.
26. 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 on September 29, 2010, and married on October 2, 2011 in Sonoma County, California, where they continue to reside.
27. Miller has had minor on-screen roles in a few of Rogen’s films.
28. Rogen has been outspoken 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.
29. Rogen started Hilarity for Charity movement, to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the Millennial Generation.
30. On February 25, 2016, Rogen and Miller were honored with the unite2gether accolade from unite4:humanity for their work promoting awareness and raising money for Alzheimer’s research through Hilarity for Charity.
31. Rogen is also a member of NORML and an open marijuana user.
32. Rogen is a purported muse for the gay community, calling himself a “Bear Icon” in an appearance on Conan.
33. 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.
34. He has one King Charles Spaniel, Zelda.
35. His net worth is $45 million.