Seth Rogen

Rogen in 2011, image via s_bukley /

Birth Name: Seth Aaron Rogen

Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: April 15, 1982

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Seth Rogen is a Canadian actor, stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and director. He has co-directed the films This Is the End and The Interview, both with Evan Goldberg; he co-wrote the former film, and also co-wrote the films Superbad, Drillbit Taylor, Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet, The Watch (2012), Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Sausage Party, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, writing all but Drillbit with Goldberg, and sometimes with other writers, as well. He has also appeared, had voice roles, or starred, in most of the above films. His roles also include the films Donnie Darko, You, Me and Dupree, Fanboys, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Observe and Report, 50/50, The Guilt Trip, Steve Jobs (2015), The Disaster Artist, Like Father, The Fabelmans, and, in voice performance, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, the Kung Fu Panda franchise, Monsters vs. Aliens, Paul (2011), The Lion King (2019), Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie. On television, he has starred on Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, and Pam & Tommy, co-developed the show Preacher; co-directed episodes of said show, as well as Future Man (all again with Goldberg); and written or co-written episodes of Undeclared, Da Ali G Show, and The League.

He is the son of Sandra and Mark Rogen. His father is American and his mother is Canadian. He has described his parents as “radical Jewish socialists.” His ancestors were Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire, including Ukraine and Poland, and from Austria. Seth is married to American actress and writer Lauren Miller Rogen. Lauren is also Jewish.

Seth’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Rogen (the son of Joseph Rogen and Edith/Ida Gusakow/Gusakov). Daniel was born in New Jersey. Joseph was born in New York, the son of Abraham Rogen and Katie/Kathie, who emigrated from the Russian Empire, and had roots in Kiev. Edith was born in Zinkov, Ukraine, and moved with her family first to Pittsburgh, U.S. She was the daughter of Abraham Gusakov and Marja/Mary/Minnie Toivis/Davis, and also had roots in Duniefstza, Poland.

Seth’s paternal grandmother is Annette Weissman (the daughter of Harry Weissman and Rose Fishman). Annette likely was born in New Jersey. Her family was from Austria.

Seth’s maternal grandfather was Kelly Belogus (the son of Paul Belogus and Freda Lander). Paul and Freda were emigrants from the Russian Empire. Paul was born in Odessa, the son of Sam/Shia Belogus and Frima Delen/Diluion. Freda was the daughter of Colman Lander and Clara Klatkin. Her family was from Polonnoe, Ukraine.

Seth’s maternal grandmother is Faye Averbach (the daughter of Israel Averbach and Sonia Dorfman). Faye’s parents were from Russia.

Source: Marriage records of Seth’s paternal grandparents, Daniel Rogen and Annette Weissman –

Seth’s paternal grandfather, Daniel Rogen, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Seth’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Rogen, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Joseph Rogen on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Joseph Rogen on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Naturalization record of Seth’s paternal great-grandmother, Edith/Ida (Gusakow/Gusakov) Rogen –

Genealogy of Seth Rogen (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Seth’s maternal great-grandfather, Paul Belogus –

Obituary of Seth’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Frima (Delen/Diluion) Belogus –

Gravestone of Seth’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Colman Lander –

Gravestone of Seth’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Clara (Klatkin) Lander –

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Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Miller Rogen in 2009, photo by prphotos


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. ethnic says:

    Here is naturalization record for Edith Rogen showing she was born in
    Zinkov in Ukraine.
    Her family first settled in Pittsburgh.

    This records shows Edith’s mother Marja/Mary/Minnie Toivis/Davis was
    also born in Zinkov and her father Abraham Toivis/Davis was born in
    Duniefstza, Poland [which I’m unsure which city that is suppose to

    Also Freda Lander is the daughter of Colman Lander and Clara Klatkin
    Her maiden name comes from here

    It seems all were from Ukraine, except the Weissman family which were
    from Austria.

  2. ethnic says:

    Although Joseph Rogen was born in NYC, his big sister was born in
    Kiev. You can see it on the image of her husband’s naturalization

    Obituary for Frima Belogus mentioning she was born in Odessa.

    Obituary for Paul Belogus mentioning he was born in Odessa.

    Naturalization for Joseph Lander and Israel Lander, big brothers of
    Freda Belogus, née Lander listing their birthplace as Polona.
    More on Polona [the Yiddish spelling].

  3. ethnic says:

    Seth Aaron Rogen is the son of Mark Alan Rogen and Sandra Corry
    “Sandy” Belogus.
    Mark Alan Rogen is the son of Daniel Rogen and Annette Weissman.
    Daniel Rogen is the son of Joseph Rogen and Edith Gusakow. Annette
    Weissman is the daughter of Harry Weissman and Rose Fishman.
    Sandra Corry “Sandy” Belogus is the daughter of Kelly Belogus and
    Faye Averbach. Kelly Belogus is the son of Paul Belogus and Freda
    Lander. Faye Averbach is the daughter of Israel Averbach and Sonia

  4. Anya says:

    I love Seth. I never knew he was Canadian!

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