Seth MacFarlane

Animator, Voice actor, Screenwriter
Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane was the creative mind behind the irreverent animated series, "Family Guy" (Fox 1999-2001; 2005- ), which breathed new life into the family sitcom with its deep-cut cultural references ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1973 in Kent, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

New Year's Eve with Carson Daly 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Ted 2 2015 (Movie)

Ted (Voice)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

American Dad 1994 - 1999, 2004 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Family Guy 1994 - 1999, 2002, 2004 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Real Time with Bill Maher 2010 - 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cleveland Show 1994 - 1999, 2004 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Graham Norton Show 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Futurama 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2005 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Spike Guys Choice 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

The Simpsons 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

FOX's 25th Anniversary Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Out of Character With Krista Smith 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Shark Tank 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ted 2012 (Movie)

Ted (Voice)

Trek Nation 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Tooth Fairy 2010 (Movie)

Ziggy (Actor)

Bones 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Inside the Actors Studio 2009 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Voice

Family Guy: 100th Episode Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Voice

Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Johann Krauss (Actor)

Mad TV 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spike Guys Choice 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The War at Home 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Enterprise 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Aqua Teen Hunger Force 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Gilmore Girls 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pitts 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Return of the Sun Devil 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy (TV Show)

Voice

Christmas in Rockefeller Center (TV Show)

Performer

Robot Chicken: Star Wars (TV Show)

Voice
Writer (8)

Ted 2 2015 (Movie)

(from characters created by) (Source Material)

Ted 2 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Cleveland Show 2009 - 2013 (TV Show)

Creator

Ted 2012 (Movie)

(Story By)

Ted 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Johnny Bravo 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Writer

Cow and Chicken 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (8)

Blunt Talk 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ted 2 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dads 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ted 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Winner 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bordertown (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (4)

Ted 2 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

World Premiere Toons 1994 - 1999, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Ted 2012 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (2)

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

Melodica (Soloist)

Ted 2012 (Movie)

("Everybody Needs A Best Friend") (Song)

Biography

Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane was the creative mind behind the irreverent animated series, "Family Guy" (Fox 1999-2001; 2005- ), which breathed new life into the family sitcom with its deep-cut cultural references and often risky political and social satire. A critical favorite from its debut in 1999, the show was cancelled in 2002 when its cult audience proved inadequate in number to satisfy the Fox network. In a nearly unprecedented move, however, the network revived the series in 2005 due to popular demand, and watched as it bounced back to earn more Emmy Award nominations for its densely packed writing. It also spawned the spin-off, "The Cleveland Show" (Fox, 2009- ). Concurrently, MacFarlane wrote, produced and voiced, as he had on "Family Guy," a significant number of the lead characters on "American Dad" (Fox, 2005- ), another animated portrait of a dysfunctional family, one whose right-wing head of household afforded MacFarlane the ripe opportunity to take aim at American conservatism. With three original and successful series to his name, as well as frequent voiceover contributions to a number of other series including the lauded "Robot Chicken" (Adult Swim, 2005), MacFarlane was widely considered one of the most well respected figures in animated primetime comedy.

Relationships

Emilia Clarke Actor

Companion
Reportedly dating as of September 2012

Rachael MacFarlane Voice

Sister
Born March 21, 1976

Ronald MacFarlane

Father
Married MacFarlane's mother c. 1970

Ann MacFarlane

Mother
Married MacFarlane's father c. 1970

EDUCATION

Kent School

Kent , Connecticut 1991

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence , Rhode Island 1995

Milestones

2012

Directed and co-wrote the comedy "Ted"; also voiced the titular stuffed bear

2012

Announced as host of 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony

2009

Appeared on two episodes of the ABC mystery drama "FlashForward" as an FBI agent

2009

Created, produced, and wrote the "Family Guy" spin-off "The Cleveland Show" (Fox); voiced the regular character Tim the Bear and recurring "Family Guy" characters Peter Griffin and Glen Quagmire

2008

Released a series of web episodes known as "Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy"; distributed by Burger King

2007

Executive produced live-action sitcom "The Winner" (Fox), starring Rob Corddry

2005

Created Fox animated series "American Dad"; provided the voices of Stan and Roger; his sister Rachael MacFarlane provided the voice of Hayley Smith

1999

Created the Fox animated series "Family Guy"; also produced and voiced three main characters; Fox cancelled show in 2002, but due to the show's loyal fan base and record DVD sales, they brought the series back in early 2005; earned Emmy nominations for Ou

1997

Worked as a writer on the animated series "Johnny Bravo" and "Cow & Chicken" (both Cartoon Network)

1996

Wrote and directed a sequel to his thesis film called "Larry and Steve"; aired as one of Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons

1995

Directed a short for a Hanna-Barbera animated anthology series

1981

At age eight created "Walter Crouton," a comic strip for the The Kent Good Times Dispatch

Hired by Fox to create animated segments to air during "Mad TV"; deal fell apart before he could fulfill its terms

Wrote and directed thesis film "Life With Larry"; one of his professors sent it to Hanna-Barbera, who hired him

Bonus Trivia

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"If I thought of a gag that was too hilarious not to do I would try to force it into the script. It was this meandering train-of-thought sort of thing. But it got a lot of laughs" – MacFarlane on his early writing process to The New York Times, Jan. 24, 1999

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"The toughest thing is staying fresh and sharp and objective. It's very overwhelming, There's so much to do, it can make you prissy. Now I know why Hollywood types always seemed that way." – MacFarlane quoted in USA Today, Jan. 29, 1999

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MacFarlane on his skewed sense of humor: "Maybe I was dropped one too many times as a baby, but it comes from a number of different sources. I love 'The Far Side' and anything that takes advantage of what you can do visually with animation." – from the Boston Herald, Jan. 28, 1999

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On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, MacFarlane was scheduled to return to Los Angeles on American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston, MA, after delivering a keynote speech at his alma mater. MacFarlane has stated that his travel agent had given him an incorrect departure time (8:15 a.m. instead of 7:45 a.m.). As a result, he arrived at Logan International Airport sometime around 7:30 and was unable to board the flight after being told that the gates had been closed. Fifteen minutes after departure, American Airlines Flight 11 was hijacked, and at 8:46 a.m. was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, later destroying the building.

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"It was a great thrill, but it was also something we felt was very late in coming – not necessarily for 'Family Guy,' but for animation in general. We all felt very strongly that 'The Simpsons' should have been nominated in the '90s, when they submitted in that category. It was kind of bittersweet." – MacFarlane on "Family Guy's" nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2009 Emmy Awards, quoted in EMMY magazine, Issue no. 3

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"We've been criticized for being too crude and lowbrow. What in the world is wrong with that? There's something puritanical about people who object to fart jokes or sh*t jokes. That kind of laughter releases the healthiest endorphins." – MacFarlane quoted in Playboy magazine, September 2009

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"There are 7 billion people on the face of the earth, and Seth MacFarlane is clearly one of my favorites...If there were some way for Archie Bunker and Peter Griffin to meet each other, they'd be excellent neighbors." – Norman Lear on MacFarlane, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 7, 2012

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