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40 interesting facts about Seth Rogen: How he got his start on the comedy scene

Dec 26, 2014 03:34 AM EST

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Seth Rogen Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on May 6, 2014 in New York City.
(Photo : Jamie McCarthy/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Seth Rogen Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on May 6, 2014 in New York City.

Seth Rogen is a talented actor, comedian and writer who has graced the world with his hilarious talent. Here are 40 interesting facts about this famous actor.

  1. His full name is Seth Aaron Rogen.
  1. Rogen was born on April 15, 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  2.  His mother, Sandy (Belogus), 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. Seth describes his parents as "radical Jewish socialists."
  3. He performed his first standup gig at age 13 at the Lotus Club, a lesbian bar in Vancouver. Because he was underage, some of the clubs (not surprisingly) kicked Rogen out immediately after finishing his set. His early comedic acts included jokes about his grandparents, his bar mitzvah, and his camp counselors.
  4. He has one older sister, Dayna.
  5. 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.
  6. When "American Pie" came to theaters in 1999, the writing duo was worried that the raunchy comedy beat them to the punch, but Rogen ultimately felt the characters in "Superbad" had more honest interactions.
  7. Seth Rogen was raised in a Jewish family. His parents met in Israel.
  8. A few years later, at 16, he came second in the 1998 Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest.
  9. People have always made fun of his highly recognizable laugh. While growing up, everyone said he sounded like Beavis and Butt-Head.
    CANCUN, MEXICO - APRIL 21: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attend the 'This Is The End' photo call at the 5th annual Summer of Sony at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 21, 2013 in Cancun, Mexico.
    (Photo : Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Sony Pictures) CANCUN, MEXICO - APRIL 21: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attend the 'This Is The End' photo call at the 5th annual Summer of Sony at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 21, 2013 in Cancun, Mexico.
  10. Seth Rogen attended the Talmud Torah Elementary School in Vancouver. Following that, he went to Point Grey Secondary School. However, with a career in comedy starting to bloom, he never graduated from high school
  11. While still living in his native Vancouver, he landed a supporting role in the television series Freaks and Geeks. He starred as Ken Miller. The show also co-starred young James Franco, Jason Segel and Busy Philipps.
    The cast of 'Freaks And Geeks.' From l-r: James Franco (as Daniel), Linda Cardellini (as Lindsay Weir, front, green jacket), Seth Rogen (as Ken Miller, plaid shirt), John Daley (as Sam Weir, front blue striped shirt), Martin Starr (as Bill Havenchuck, back wearing glasses) and Samm Levine (as Neal, far right).
    (Photo : Chris Haston NBC, Inc. All Rights Reserved) The cast of 'Freaks And Geeks.' From l-r: James Franco (as Daniel), Linda Cardellini (as Lindsay Weir, front, green jacket), Seth Rogen (as Ken Miller, plaid shirt), John Daley (as Sam Weir, front blue striped shirt), Martin Starr (as Bill Havenchuck, back wearing glasses) and Samm Levine (as Neal, far right).
  12. Following his performance on Judd Apatow's show, "Freaks and Geeks," Seth Rogen received the lead role in another show Apatow produced called "Undeclared." However, the network was unsure about his ability to be a lead actor. Eventually, Apatow decided not to continue with the show.
  13. At the age of 16, he moved with his family to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career full time. His father had lost his job a while before and Seth paid all the bills for his family during their time in Los Angeles.
  14. Although Seth Rogen has a successful acting career, there were several roles that he auditioned for, but did not receive. This includes a lead role in "Dude Where's My Car?," an unknown role in "Band of Brothers," and the role of Patrick in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
  15.  In 2005 he played one of Steve Carell's co-workers in the raunchy-but-sweet comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin, a hit with audiences and critics.
    HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Actor Seth Rogen, actress Leslie Mann, Director/producer/writer Judd Apatow and actor/writer/executive producer Steve Carell arrive at the premiere of Universal Studios 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' at Arclight Hollywood on August 11, 2005 in Hollywood, California.
    (Photo : Kevin Winter/Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Actor Seth Rogen, actress Leslie Mann, Director/producer/writer Judd Apatow and actor/writer/executive producer Steve Carell arrive at the premiere of Universal Studios 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' at Arclight Hollywood on August 11, 2005 in Hollywood, California.
  16. In 2008, Seth Rogen co-wrote an episode of the cartoon sitcom "The Simpsons" with Evan Goldberg. Rogen also voiced one of the characters in the episode. Rogen and Goldberg wrote many scripts together, beginning at the age of 13 with "Superbad." Their other works include "Pineapple Express" and "This is the End."
  17. He had roles in Donnie Darko (2001) and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004).
    LOS ANGELES - MAY 21: Actor Paul Rudd (L) and actor/executive producer Seth Rogen pose at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Knocked Up' at the Mann's Village Theater on May 21, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo : Kevin Winter/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES - MAY 21: Actor Paul Rudd (L) and actor/executive producer Seth Rogen pose at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Knocked Up' at the Mann's Village Theater on May 21, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
  18. Rogen admits to smoking weed when writing.
  19. He used to be a staff writer for Da Ali G Show in 2004 which starred Sacha Baron Cohen.
  20. The role that really kick-started Seth's career (in Hollywood terms) was 2007's Knocked Up, which was also written and directed by Judd. It cemented Seth's place among the industry's top comedy players.
    DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 04: Producer Judd Apatow (L) and Actor Seth Rogen pose at the photocall for The 40-Year Old Virgin at the 31st Deauville Festival Of American Film on September 4, 2005 in Deauville, France.
    (Photo : Francois Durand/Getty Images) DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 04: Producer Judd Apatow (L) and Actor Seth Rogen pose at the photocall for The 40-Year Old Virgin at the 31st Deauville Festival Of American Film on September 4, 2005 in Deauville, France.
  21. He has one King Charles Spaniel, Zelda.
  22. In 2008 Rogen made a cameo appearance in the Apatow produced film Step Brothers.
  23. In 2009, he was featured in Apatow's darker comedy-drama Funny People, which starred Adam Sandler as a comedian and cancer victim.
  24. While he was trying to park at a party in 2011, he smashed into Jonah Hill's car... and has yet to fix it.
    SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16: Actress Lauren Miller (L) and actor Seth Rogen attend the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.
    (Photo : Ethan Miller/Getty Images) SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16: Actress Lauren Miller (L) and actor Seth Rogen attend the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.
  25. Seth married actress Lauren Miller in Oct. 2011 after dating since 2004. Lauren's had bit parts in some of Seth's movies, including Superbad, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and 50/50. Last year she took the lead in a comedy called For a Good Time Call... .
  26. Although there is no Alzheimer's history in his family, Rogen's wife, Lauren Miller, does have family history with the disease. Rogen is passionate about bringing awareness to the disease and actively participates in a charity called "Hilarity for Charity." The focus of the charity is to raise both funds and awareness about Alzheimer's disease.
  27. Rogen voiced the character Paul in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's 2011 film "Paul".
    CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 25: Actor Jonah Hill (L) and roast master Seth Rogen onstage during The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at Culver Studios on August 25, 2013 in Culver City, California. The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco will air on September 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
    (Photo : Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Comedy Central) CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 25: Actor Jonah Hill (L) and roast master Seth Rogen onstage during The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at Culver Studios on August 25, 2013 in Culver City, California. The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco will air on September 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
  28. His father, Mark Rogen appeared in one of Seth Rogen's films "Superbad".
  29. According to "Rotten Tomatoes", his five favorite films are: The Big Lebowski (1998), Ghostbusters (1984), The Last Detail (1973), Total Recall (1990) and Goodfellas (1990).
  30. Due to his deep voice and bulky frame, he has always appeared old for his age. When he was doing stand-up in his teens, he was often thought to have been in his 20s, and at the age of 22, he convincingly played a 30-something character in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005).
  31. Seth has voiced characters in Shrek the Third, Horton Hears a Who!, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs Aliens, Family Guy and Kung Fu Panda 2.
  32. His favorite color is blue.
    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 13: Seth Rogen attends the premiere of 50/50 at the 55th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 13, 2011 in London, England.
    (Photo : Stuart Wilson/Getty images For The BFI) LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 13: Seth Rogen attends the premiere of 50/50 at the 55th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 13, 2011 in London, England.
  33. In late 2014, Seth Rogen has been making headlines for his film The Interview, co-starring with longtime friend James Franco. Rogen is a TV producer and Franco is a talk show host in this action comedy. Their two characters are recruited by the CIA after they land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The CIA wants the pair to assassinate this communist dictator.
  34.  In July 2014, a North Korean official warned there would be retaliation against the United States if the film was released, according to the BBC News. Rogen responded the incident on Twitter, writing "People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it."
    CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 25: Roastee James Franco (L) and roast master Seth Rogen attend The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at Culver Studios on August 25, 2013 in Culver City, California. The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco will air on September 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
    (Photo : Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Comedy Central) CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 25: Roastee James Franco (L) and roast master Seth Rogen attend The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at Culver Studios on August 25, 2013 in Culver City, California. The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco will air on September 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
  35. A group of hackers called the Guardians of the Peace launched a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the company behind the film. Threats were also made against any movie theater that agreed to screen the film. The FBI later directly connected the hacking of Sony to the North Korean government.
  36. Rogen has hosted "Saturday Night Live" three times, in 2007, 2009, and most recently in April 2014.
  37. His net worth is $45 million.
  38. James Franco made a collection of Seth Rogen paintings of the comic in the nude.
  39. Franco and Rogen also parodied the memorable Kanye West "Bound 2" music video. The parody was titled "Bound 3" with Rogen assuming the Kim Kardashian role, complete with the topless moments.
  40. Rogen has acknowledged that getting "This Is the End" produced was surprisingly tough because the studios were not keen on letting a host of celebrities make fun of themselves and also die under horrible circumstance.

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