Name:
Seth Rogen
Birth Date:
April 15, 1982
Birth Place:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height:
5' 11
Nationality:
Canadian
Profession:
Actor, Comedian
BIOGRAPHY
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Freak” Ken

Background:

Canadian actor, comedian and writer Seth Rogen was discovered by Judd Apatow and soon tossed toward the spotlight while spouting off wise-cracks in the Apatow-produced cult classic "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000) and Apatow’s follow-up sitcom “Undeclared” (2001-2002). He was nominated for an Emmy in 2005 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for his work in the HBO satirical series starring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, "Da Ali G Show."

Meanwhile, moviegoers could catch him in Donnie Darko (2001), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and You, Me and Dupree (2006). He will play his first lead role in the upcoming romantic comedy Knocked Up, opposite Katherine Heigl. He is currently filming Superbad, Fanboys, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Pineapple Express, and Horton Hears a Who.


Vancouver Native

Childhood and Family:

Seth Rogen was born on April 15, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He attended summer camp at Camp Miriam, a Habonim Dror camp where he entertained fellow campers with his stand-up comedy.

During his off time, Rogen enjoys reading comic books. He said, “I’m a huge comic book reader. I read everything. I’m a big Garth Ennis fan; Neil Gaiman. I love all that stuff; Alan Moore. I have so many comic books it’s embarrassing. But Frank Miller is the best, I think.”


Freaks and Geeks

Career:

“To me it was always easier to make stuff up than memorize what was there. That was my take on it. It’s just something that makes it a lot more fun for me. It makes the whole process a lot more alive and you never know what’s going to happen so I feel like a lot of the funniest stuff comes out of that. I always laugh harder at stuff my friends say than anything ever in a movie. The reason is because it really seems like they said it on the spot. It doesn’t seem like someone told them to say it. When you can capture that on film, I think it’s a lot more interesting to watch than scripted lines. But that’s just our poor acting ability, if anything. I’m sure great actors can take scripted lines and make it seem like improv and get away with it, but we are just not skilled enough to do that.” Seth Rogen

At age 11, Seth Rogen began appearing in commercials but later found his stand up comic talent at age 13 after signing up for a comedy class. He performed as a standup comedian for several years and when he turned 16, he came in second in the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest. The aspiring comedian, with his trademark deadpan humor, tried his luck in Los Angeles’ comedy clubs and eventually landed gigs at The Improv and The Comedy Store.

In 1999, Rogen landed a regular role as the cynical, wise-cracking “freak” Ken Miller on the Judd Apatow-produced cult classic show on NBC, "Freaks and Geeks." Along with the show’s cast members, he shared a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble.

After "Freaks and Geeks" was cancelled in the middle of its first season, Apatow, who was impressed by Rogen’s improvisational skills, cast him in his follow-up TV series, “Undeclared” (2001-2002), for which Rogen also wrote several episodes. In the sitcom that aired on Fox, Rogen portrayed Ron Garner, the beer-guzzling business major with a dry sense of humor.

“I’d say as many people recognize me now as they did when the shows were on the air. If I ever left my house, I might have a much better sense of what the actual answer to that question is. But in my apartment, not a lot of people recognize me.” Seth Rogen (on the impact of “Undeclared” and “Freaks and Geeks”)

On the big screen, Rogen had a supporting role in writer-director Richard Kelly's 2001 psychological thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Donnie Darko, which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Two years later, he went on to write for the HBO satirical series starring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, "Da Ali G Show." His work later received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2005.

Meanwhile, he was cast as an eager cameraman in director Adam McKay's blockbuster comedy film, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), alongside Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell. He later returned in its straight to DVD spin-off, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (also in 2004).

“I was around him a little on Anchorman, but I hadn’t had a large dose of Carell until we started doing the movie. He’s absurdly normal. I always describe it as one of your friend’s dads who drives you to school in the morning. He’s almost the most normal guy in the entire world. He’s really not even that hilarious to talk to. He’s just a guy who’s very nice and thoughtful in a way that you really don’t get why he’s so funny.” Seth Rogen (on working with Steve Carell)

The following year, Rogen was reunited with Steve Carell in Judd Apatow’s directorial debut, The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005). The romantic comedy, which was ranked number 30 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies,” opened at #1 at the box office. It also earned Rogen a MTV Movie Award nomination.

“Oh, man, we were completely flabbergasted. Me and Judd were used to doing things that people like but no one watches. So the fact that this was received on a commercial level is very weird.” Seth Rogen (on the success of The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

2006 saw Rogen guest starring in an episode of ABC’s sitcom "Help Me Help You" and Fox's satirical animated series "American Dad!" The then-24-year-old subsequently played Matt Dillon’s 40-year-old married friend in the Russo brothers’ comedy film You, Me and Dupree, which also stars Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson. About his role, Rogen revealed, “What’s strange is that I look 40 at times. I have a beard and glasses and standing next to Owen Wilson, I oddly look the exact same age as him. I don’t if they’re in incredible shape for their age or if I’m in terrible shape for my age.”

Rogen has completed his upcoming film with frequent collaborator, writer-director Judd Apatow, a romantic comedy called Knocked Up. In the film, he will star opposite Katherine Heigl, playing a slacker who impregnates Heigl's character during a drunken one-night stand. Rogen said, “It is about me impregnating a woman on a one night stand and us having a baby together. We’ve just finished the first draft and it’s somehow far more graphic than The 40 Year Old Virgin.”

On working with Apatow again, he commented, “We’re just good friends. We get along really well and if you can work with your friends, why not do it? It just kind of makes work feel like hanging out and we have a very similar sense of humor so it just seems easy. That’s why we do it. We’re both lazy (laughing).”

Rogen will soon wrap up his upcoming film projects, the Judd Apatow-produced high school-themed film Superbad, which he also co-wrote, co-produced and stars in, and Kyle Newman's drama comedy set in 1999, Fanboys, alongside Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel and Kristen Bell. He is also filming Mark Waters' film version of Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi's bestselling children's book series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, starring Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger and David Strathairn, and the Judd Apatow-produced comedy, The Pineapple Express, which he also co-wrote and co-stars with James Franco. Additionally, Rogen will provide his voice in an upcoming CGI animated film based on the 1954 book by Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who, alongside Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. It is set to be released on March 14, 2008.

“Besides Bill Murray? Who else is there? I want to work with Sacha Baron Cohen more. That’s all I’m saying. I want him to be in anything I ever do. He’s the funniest guy alive.” Seth Rogen


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