Seth Rogen's deep-throated chuckle can practically carry a movie. In 2008, he co-starred in and co-wrote Pineapple Express, in which potheads Dale (Rogen) and Saul (James Franco) team up to foil an Asian drug gang. At $87 million, it was the highest grossing stoner movie since Up in Smoke in 1978. (At the 2008 MTV Movie Awards, Rogen and Franco smoked a fake joint on stage before presenting an award.)
Born in Vancouiver on Apr. 15, 1982, Rogen got his start on TV's Freaks and Geeks in 1999. The show's creator Judd Apatow would later cast him in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Knocked Up (2007). In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Cal (Rogen) schools Andy (Steve Carell). "You need to plant a lot of seeds," Cal counsels. "It's like this: When I was growing pot, I realized that the more seeds I planted, the more pot I could unltimatey smoke." In Knocked Up, Ben Stone (Rogen) gets Allison Scott (Katherine Heigl) pregnant, which forces him to leave his slacker friends behind. He was named 2007 Stoner of the Year for his role in Knocked Up.
Before he became famous, Rogen was busted for pot. "When I first came to L.A. (1998) I got caught smoking weed on a beach in Malibu and had to go to court," he explains. "There are probably 400 people getting murdered at this second, and these two cops are taking an hour to write up my court summons for smoking a joint on the beach. That just seemed so fucking ridiculous to me."
Rogen co-wrote (with Evan Goldberg) and co-starred in Superbad (2007), Pineapple Express (2008) and This Is the End (2013); co-wrote Drillbit Taylor (2008) starring Owen Wilson; and has lent his voice to Horton Hears a Who, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Kung Fu Panda and Paul. He's also appeared in Funny People, Observe and Report, Zach and Miri Make a Porno. In 2011, he appeared in The Green Hornet, which he also co-wrote, and 50/50 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In 2012, he co-starred with Barbra Streisand in The Guilt Trip and played against type in Take This Waltz with Michelle Willliams. He also hosted the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards.
He starred with Rose Byrne in Neighbors(2014) and Neighbors: Sorority Rising (2016), and The Night Before (2015) and Sausage Party (2016) in between those two stoner comedies. In 2019 he paired with Charlize Theron in The Long Shot. His latest film is An American Pickle.
Asked for a comment about his election as Top CelebStoner, Rogen quipped: "I don’t know what to say. It's just such an honor. And...uh... um... what was I talking about? Something about weed? I can't remember. Never mind."
In 2019, Rogen and Goldberg launched the cannabis brand Houseplant in partnership with the Canadian company Canopy Growth.
Rogen married Lauren Miller in 2011. They run Hilarity for Charity, which raises money and awareness for Alzheimer's.
More Seth Rogen Links
• "I've Had a Lifelong Love of Weed"
• Rogen and Goldberg Reimagine Justice at MPP Event
• Mr. Rogen Goes to Washington
• 2014 CelebStoner of the Year
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