How much is Seth Rogen worth?
|Net Worth:||$60 Million|
|Date of Birth:||April 15, 1982|
“She was in our closet, changing, and she was literally only in her underpants. I had already kind of started to propose…I didn’t picture it like this, and I know she didn’t picture it like this.” — Seth Rogen
Who Is Seth Rogen
You’ve seen him in some of the most ridiculously hilarious hits of our time including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad, Pineapple Express and This Is the End...
His hearty laugh alone is enough to make fans chuckle, but funnyman Seth Rogen didn’t just happen to fall into stardom. The multifaceted comedian has not only acted in our generation’s funniest flicks but he spent his fair share of time behind the scenes on his road to the top.
Seth Rogen is a stand up comedian, actor, producer, and writer extraordinaire who has a net worth of $60 million. He also has a wealth of credits in the movie business through collaborations with Judd Apatow such as The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Superbad. Rogen had a big hand in popularizing marijuana in comedy movies, as he commonly plays the happy go lucky stoner in the majority of his movies. Rogen is a multi-millionaire who is sought after for touching up under-developed scripts just as much as he is for writing. He has come along way since his now infamous stand-up performance at the age 14, which is all over YouTube.
Hitting The Bars At 13
Born and raised in Vancouver, Seth wasn’t too concerned with making the honor roll and padding his resume with extracurricular activities. After school, he headed to a local lesbian bar where he performed stand-up comedy to an all female audience—not clued-in to the club’s main demographic, the teenager thought the club just sponsored more than a few ladies’ nights. Regardless, Seth was a hit and began landing jobs at other local bars as well as performing for his classmates throughout high school and at friends’ Bar Mitzvahs.
The teenage stand-up’s name began circulating and soon Seth was invited to perform at L.A. comedy clubs before director and writer Judd Apatow called him in to audition for the cult show Freaks and Geeks. 16-year-old Seth landed a role in the show as Ken Miller—quite a leap from local Bar Mitzvahs to primetime. Although the show was cancelled in 2000, Seth didn’t let the setback get to him.
In 2001 he scored a small role in the critically acclaimed film Donnie Darko before being hired by Apatow as a staff writer (not a shabby gig for an 18-year-old) for the show Undeclared. But it seemed like ratings weren’t the budding actor and writer’s forte and the show was cancelled. But even with two cancelled shows, Judd didn’t give up on the youngster. He kept Seth writing, putting him through a screenwriter’s boot camp. The practice paid off and Seth landed a writing gig for Da Ali G Show from 2002 to 2004.
But Seth started to get back in front of the camera when he landed a small role in Anchorman in 2004 before scoring a starring role in the box office smash hit 40-Year-Old Virgin the following year. But it was his co-starring/co-writing work in the cult phenomenon Superbad that officially made Seth a household name. The film, which was loosely based on his own adolescence, catapulted him to Hollywood comedy god. He went on to executive produce and star in Knocked Up (2007) as well as Pineapple Express (2008), Zach and Miri Make a Porno (2008) and Funny People (2009).
Much like his on screen counterpart in Knocked Up, Seth found himself dating the out of his league when he met sexy writer and producer Lauren Miller. The two dated for six years before Seth caught her off-guard and topless when he proposed to her while she was changing in the closet.
With 2011’s remake The Green Hornet, which he wrote, executive produced and starred in, Seth is not only cementing his place in Hollywood as the resident laugh collector but his behind-the-scenes hand in the comedy scene is securing him as the next big thing.
How Did Seth Rogen Get So Rich?
He was writing and executive producing movies almost as early as starring in them. He is the creator of his own legend and producing all of his written work will have gotten him a bigger payout than just his writing and acting salary. He runs Point Grey Pictures with Evan Goldberg, Rogen’s writing partner. These guys are so close they literally share a keyboard. And the secret to the production company’s success is that it consistently green lights budgets of $20 million, whether it’s an animated movie or a comedy with an all-star cast about aliens invading the Earth. The company’s most successful movie to date is Neighbors, which made $270 million with just an $18 million budget. Similarly, the animated movie Sausage Party had a budget of $19 million and made over $140 million at the box-office.
It should come as no surprise that Seth Rogen owns a cannabis company. He acquired the company, Houseplant, in early 2019. This business deal has been foreshadowed in many of Rogen’s movies, most famously in Pineapple Express, a comedy movie about an illegal drug dealer. Ironically, Rogen went on to detail a concept for a sequel to Pineapple Express in This Is The End, in which the villain would be actor Woody Harrelson because in real life he wants to legalize weed.
Very early in his career, Rogen was even an uncredited writer on the action movie, Bad Boys 2, which is something that usually pays really well for very little work. This happens a lot in the industry that we rarely hear about. Usually a writer with a specific tone is hired to sprinkle their schtick in to the script. In this case, Rogen may have been hired to add a few jokes, or to lighten up a scene. It would probably have been less than a day’s work for the writer that would have gotten him a massive pay check.
Why Is He So Famous?
Rogen got his start at just 16 years old when he scored the role in the television comedy series Freaks and Geeks, produced by Judd Apatow. The show revolved around a group of outcasts struggling with the problems of high school. Following the show, Apatow created Undeclared, also starring Rogen, which was something of a spiritual sequel to Freaks and Geeks as the show followed college students trying to face issues that all student would have to deal with. Though both shows were cancelled after just one season due to poor ratings, the two have gone on to be cult hits and have found success through massive DVD sales and streaming service syndication.
It wasn’t long after Undeclared that Rogen would start scoring major roles. Thanks to impressing Apatow, he would then be cast in almost anything the producer would work on. Besides the movies mentioned, he even had a bit part in the classic Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Rogan also had a role in the cult phenomenon, Donnie Darko, though he strangely only has a couple of lines.
Most famously, he was involved in one of the most interesting controversies in cinema history. Rogen created the story and starred in The Interview. The movie is arguably one of Rogan’s most well known movie and at the same time, the film that made the least amount of money. The movie’s distributed was in ruins, but not because of the low box-office take. The Interview is about two journalists who interview Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, and at the same time, try to assassinate him. Under major threats from hackers presumed to be working for Jong-un, Sony pulled the film from theatrical release. Rogen eventually leaked the movie on to illegal download sites himself and Sony did eventually cautiously give the film a very limited run in theaters. The Interview is now known to have almost started World War III.
Along with being a huge advocate of marijuana, the comedian has an interest in another kind of pot. Rogen has become somewhat of an expert in molding clay, and has gone on to make hundreds of plant pots, which has gone on to gain him millions of followers on Instagram.
What Makes Him So Successful?
Rogen is always busy. If he isn’t guest starring in one of his friends’ TV shows, you’ll see him on food channels on YouTube discussing what makes the best burger. He has done a lot of voice-acting for successful animated franchises, such as Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, and he most recently starred in The Lion King in which he played Pumbaa and even sang. Though critics didn’t think his voice matched that of the role, the movie has become the highest grossing animated film of all-time, raking in a massive $1.6 billion.
Seth Rogen is now a household name in comedy as much as Adam Sandler or Ben Stiller. However, unlike those actors, he has stuck to what he is good at, rarely taking roles outside of comedy. The one time he took a completely dramatic role was in the Steve Jobs biopic, aptly titled Steve Jobs. Rogen played Jobs’ co-conspirator and brother in arms, Steve Wozniak. Though he hasn’t taken on a dramatic role since and the movie flopped at the box-office as people couldn’t get on board with Aaron Sorkin’s indulgent script, Rogan was praised by critics for his role.
He has surrounded himself with a slew of like-minded actors and comedians who all star in movies together, and he rarely makes movies with people outside this group of creatives. He has a great relationship with Judd Apatow, which has now lasted for 20 years. Rogen has starred in several films alongside James Franco, including Pineapple Express, The Interview, This Is The End, and more.
It isn’t just his distinct voice and contagious laugh that has enabled Seth Rogen to have a net worth of an estimated $60 million, it’s his ability to produce grade-A quality comedy for such little money. For the past few years Rogen has had the ability to name his price, which hasn’t been more true than his last major live-action movie, Long Shot, in which he was awarded his highest salary to date, $15 million. In 2020, Rogen will continue to star in his own productions as he has set his sights on the streaming service HBO Max, where he will star in The American Pickle.