SETH ROGEN has emerged as a prominent figure in a new generation of multi-hyphenates, a person who is an actor, writer, producer and a director who has the ability to generate their own materials.
In 2012, Rogen co-starred as Barbra Streisand's son in the Paramount Picture road trip comedy, The Guilt Trip. In 2011, Rogen starred in and executive produced the dramatic comedy 50/50, inspired by the real life experiences of his best friend, Will Reiser, who also wrote the screenplay. With an all-star cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston, this heart-warming film has gone on to win over the hearts of audiences and critics alike and was nominated for several Indie Spirit Awards. The film's screenplay has also received adulation as it recently earned a National Board of Review award for Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy for "Da Ali G Show," Rogen began his career doing standup comedy in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 13. After moving to Los Angeles, Rogen landed supporting roles in Judd Apatow's two critically acclaimed network television comedies, "and Geeks" and"Undeclared," the latter of which Rogen was also hired as a staff writer at the age of 18. Shortly after, Rogen was guided by Apatow toward a film career, first with the box office smash hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which opened No. 1 at the box office and remained at the top perch for two weekends in a row. The film went on to gross more than $177 million worldwide and helped put Rogen on the map as a future film star. The film was named one of the 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year by AFI and took home Best Comedy Movie at the 11th annual Critics' Choice Awards. Rogen was a co-producer on the film as well.
Rogen headlined two summer blockbusters in 2007. First, with Knocked Up, co-starring Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann; the Apatow project grossed more than $140 million domestically. Distributed by Universal Pictures, Rogen was also an executive producer. Shortly thereafter, Rogen starred in Superbad (a semi-autobiographical comedy), that he co-wrote and executive produced with writing partner Evan Goldberg. The film grossed more than $121 million domestically for Sony Pictures. The duo also found success the following summer in the action-comedy Pineapple Express. Starring opposite James Franco and Danny McBride, the No. 1 box-office hit went on to make more than $100 million worldwide for Sony Pictures.
Rogen continued to demonstrate his wide-ranging ability as he co-wrote, executive produced and starred as the main character, Britt Reid, in the comic book- turned-action film, The Green Hornet. Rogen starred opposite the Academy Award- winning actor Christoph Waltz, who plays villain Chudnofsky for director Michel Gondry. The film grossed over $227 million worldwide and opened #1 in over 25 territories including the United States.
In addition to his on-screen roles, Rogen has also found great success lending his voice for animated films. In 2011, he starred as the voice of the title character in the comedy Paul, teaming once again with Superbad director, Greg Mottola. Written by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, and co-starring Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig and Jason Bateman, Rogen voiced an alien who has escaped outside of Area 51 and encounters two geeks on their way to Comic-Con. Rogen can also be heard in Kung Fu Panda as Mantis alongside Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie. The Academy Award-nominated film earned more than $626 million worldwide. He reprised his role as the sarcastic insect in the film's sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2. Rogen also participated in the 3D animation phenomenon, Monsters vs. Aliens as the voice of B.O.B., where he was joined by Paul Rudd, Rainn Wilson and the Academy Award-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon. The film was released by DreamWorks Animation and grossed nearly $370 million at the worldwide box office.
Rogen currently resides in Los Angeles.