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Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Emmy Award-winning Seth MacFarlane is an all-around entertainer best known as the creative force behind the television series Family Guy. He began his career studying animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design. His talent was eventually noticed by executives at FOX, who asked him to create a pilot of his own for the network. Over the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated, wrote, directed and provided all the main male characters' voices for what became Family Guy. The seven-minute short was delivered in May 1998 and was picked up just weeks later. At age 24, MacFarlane was the youngest executive producer in television.

As Family Guy progressed, MacFarlane went on to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his role as Stewie Griffin. In 2002, he also received an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for Family Guy. In 2009, Family Guy became the only animated show since The Flintstones, in 1961, to be nominated for a primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. Family Guy previously garnered three nominations for Outstanding Animated Program.

In addition to Family Guy, MacFarlane also serves as co-creator/executive producer/voice actor on FOX's animated series American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. He is also executive producing a 21st-century version of the classic animated comedy The Flintstones and Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, an updated 13-part docuseries about Carl Sagan's iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science. Both will be on the FOX schedule in 2013.

MacFarlane is also an experienced live performer having played to sold-out audiences at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall. His debut album, Music is Better Than Words, which was released by Universal Republic Records, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes jazz chart on September 27, 2011, and received two Grammy Award nominations, including one for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. A fully-orchestrated album, it features MacFarlane singing some of the hidden musical gems of the '40s and '50s. Introducing this rich sound and classic integrity to a new audience, the album features duets with beloved artists Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles.

September 2011 marked MacFarlane's return as the roastmaster for Comedy Central's Emmy-nominated Roast franchise. He is the only three-time returning roastmaster.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2012.

Seth MacFarlane Facts

Birth Name Seth Woodbury MacFarlane
OccupationActor, Screenwriter, Director
BirthdayOctober 26, 1973 (49)
BirthplaceKent, Connecticut, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Seth MacFarlane compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Ted 2
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
The Forgotten
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Movie 43
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