|Real Name: Seth Rogen|
|Birthday: April 15, 1982|
Set Rogen Biography And Filmography:
Unlike most of Hollywood’s strikingly gorgeous, A-list types, comedy actor and writer Seth Rogen, with curly hair and burley build, was instantly accepted by audiences for his common, everyday charm. While starting out in television sitcoms, he became an apprentice of producer, writer and director Judd Apatow. Under Apatow’s gifted direction, the actors talents on “Freaks and Geeks” (1999-2000) and his role on “Undeclared” (2001-02) led him to be hired for two Judd Apatow smash hit films: first, as the comic, blue collar buddy to Steve Carell in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005), followed by a starring role in “Knocked Up” (2007) with Katherine Heigl. Using his newfound status and clout from these movie projects, he would co-write and executive produce “Pineapple Express” (2008).
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 15, 1982, Seth got his first big break when he joined a stand-up comedy workshop and performed his first standup routine at age 14 at the Lotus Club, a gay and lesbian bar in Vancouver. He was hooked, and from there performed at other comedy clubs including the Urban Well, Yuk Yuks and Lafflines, doing stand-up routines about high school, computer games, grandparents, Bar Mitzvahs and learning how to drive. After that, he did shows at the Improv and the Comedy Store in Los Angeles after moving to Hollywood to seek a career in the movie business.
Uber producer and film maker Judd Apatow heard about the star and asked him to audition for his new comedy series, “Freaks and Geeks.” Doing well at the audition, he was hired for the role of the bitter Ken Miller – the show’s resident radical freak. Combining Ken’s overpowering cynicism with an attractive, little-seen softer side, the 16-year-old Rogen was well qualified for his first major part. Apatow was impressed by his sweet and funny performance in an improvised scene in which his character questions his own sexuality after discovering his girlfriend is a hermaphrodite.
Seth made his major movie introduction with a supporting role in the teen drama, “Donnie Darko” (2001), starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Patrick Swayze, about a troubled teenager who is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
He then accepted a supporting roles as a cameraman in Will Ferrell’s "Anchorman" (2004) with Christina Applegate, and then as a foolish, sex-obsessed friend to Steve Carell in the comedy "40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005). As Cal, Steve Carell’s fellow stock boy at an electronics store, he and his buddies try to goad the nerdy guy (Carell) who's never "had sex" and only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother
With the success of his previous smash hit movies, he landed a supporting role in, "You, Me and Dupree" (2006) starring Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon, where after a wedding a best man (Owen Wilson) stays on as a houseguest with the newlyweds, much to the couple's annoyance.
Though Rogen usually portrayed lazy characters on-screen, he was always at work behind the scenes, as seen in the number of projects that he wrote, produced and acted in. Rogen lent his voice talents to the Ship Captain in the animated feature film series "Shrek the Third" (2007) with an all-star cast that included Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, and Cameron Diaz. He then co-wrote the screenplay for the high school comedy, “Drillbit Taylor” (2007) where bullied young boys innocently hire a homeless man to safeguard them, believing he is a soldier of fortune.
The writer then co-wrote the screenplay for “Superbad” (2007) with Michael Cera, which he and Goldberg also executive-produced, about the misadventures of two young high school friends trying to purchase alcohol and hit on the girls.
Seth then had a breakout starring role along side Katherine Heigl in the smash hit comedy, “Knocked Up” (2007) portraying Ben Stone, the pot smoking, videogame loving slacker. Ben accidentally gets the gorgeous, career-driven Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) pregnant after a drunken one-night stand but once the decision to keep the child is made, the ever-young Ben must now face the reality – and horror – of finally acting mature.
The newcomer was now a Hollywood superstar and every producer wanted him in their movies. His next project was the family fantasy adventure "The Spiderwick Chronicles" (2008), where after moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of fairies and other creatures.
More voice work followed as he lent his distinct Canadian voice to Morton in the smash hit animated family adventure "Horton Hears A Who" (2008) starring Jim Carrey and Carol Burnett - the Dr. Seuss adaptation about Horton the Elephant who struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.
He then provided yet more voice work in the family animated adventure "Kung Fu Panda" starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman, about Po the Panda, who is the laziest animal in all of the Valley of Peace but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when enemies threaten their way of life. After such a string of hot movies, the superstar had job offers like never before. The following two years saw the actor in no less then seven movie projects, all with A-list celebrities, writers and producers.
He started his A-list set of projects with a movie he both wrote and produced, with the comedy crime thriller "Pineapple Express" (2008) where a stoner and his dealer are forced to go on the run from the police after the pothead witnesses a cop commit a murder.
Next was the adventure comedy "Fanboys" (2008) with Kristen Bell, about "Star Wars" fans who travel to Skywalker Ranch to steal an early copy of "Episode I: The Phantom Menace". Rogen then starred alongside Elizabeth Banks, and prior porno movie star Traci Lords in the comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" (2008), about lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri (Banks) who look to solve their respective cash flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the two begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
He then took the starring role in the animated family movie "Monsters vs. Aliens" (2009) alongside the celebrity voices of Kiefer Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon - a story about what happens when a meteorite from outer space hits a young girl and turns her into a giant monster and she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. Rogen returned to a comedic role in "Observe and Report" (2009) where a local mall security guard wages war on the cops.
Along with a currently untitled Adam Sandler movie about stand up comedians, he has also developed the screenplay for his movie "The Green Hornet" (2009), where by night, debonair newspaper publisher Britt Reid fights crime as a masked superhero known as The Green Hornet. At his side is martial arts expert Kato.