How ‘The Lion King’ Actor, Seth Rogen, Is Helping in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Seth Rogen is known for his comedy. He is also known as an actor in the upcoming Disney photo-real film, The Lion King. Off of the silver screen, however, Seth Rogen is an advocate for Alzheimer’s awareness. Learn about the actor’s organization, Hilarity for Charity, and his connection to the disease, here.

Seth Rogen portrays Pumbaa in Disney’s remake of ‘The Lion King’

You may know Seth Rogen from movies like Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, This Is the End, and Superbad. He’s a beloved comedian that’s now taking his talents to Disney, starring as Pumbaa in their photo-real adaptation of The Lion King.

Disney also featured Seth Rogen alongside artists Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter on The Lion King’s original motion picture soundtrack. He sings “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with costar Billy Eichner. Outside of his acting career, Seth Rogen does philanthropy work, primarily raising money for Alzheimer’s research and awareness.

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Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller hosted their ‘Hilarity for Charity’ event to raise money for Alzheimer’s research

Even though Seth Rogen is a famous actor and a comedian, he continues to do non-profit work. In 2014, the actor spoke in front of United States senators to advocate for Alzheimer’s research and awareness.

“I started dating my wife Lauren nine years ago when her mother was almost 54 years old. It was during this trip, the first time I met my now mother-in-law, that Lauren first admitted to herself and then to me that something was off with her mother,” Rogen said during his speech. ‘Soon after this trip, at 55-years-old, Lauren’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

“After forgetting who she and her loved one were, she forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself, all by [the] age of 60,” Rogen continued. “The situation is so dire, that it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated man-child, to start an entire charity organization.”

That charity was the “Hilarity for Charity” organization, founded by Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller, in 2012. According to Look To The Stars, since its inception, the organization raised over $11 million, hosted nine live shows in Los Angeles and New York City, and launched a national Homecare Relief Grant Program. The charity is still active today, currently raising Alzheimer’s awareness among a younger generation of people.

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Seth Rogen | Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

Maria Shriver interviewed Seth Rogen about his work with Alzheimer’s awareness

Seth Rogen’s efforts might be making an impact, especially amongst millennials. According to Maria Shriver on the Today Show, “new research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may start developing at a younger age, and young people, including actor Seth Rogen and wife Lauren, are taking action.”

To help prevent Alzheimer’s, Rogen explained, a large portion of prevention would deal with destigmatizing illnesses in the brain. Additionally, Maria Shriver interviewed an author for the segment, who explained that a healthy diet and exercise could potentially lead to a smarter, healthier life.

Fans can see Seth Rogen as Pumbaa in Disney’s The Lion King. The film premieres in the United States on July 19, 2019. To learn more about Alzheimer’s and the actor’s charity, “Hilarity for Charity,” visit their website.