Seth MacFarlane is an actor, voice actor, animator, screenwriter, comedian, producer, director, and singer. He is the creator of the show Family Guy (1999–2002, 2005–present) and co-creator of American Dad! (2005–present) and The Cleveland Show (2009–present), for which he also voices many of the show’s various characters.
A native of Kent, Connecticut, Seth MacFarlane is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied animation, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He was an animator and writer for Hanna-Barbera for several television shows, including Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, Dexter’s Laboratory and I Am Weasel before creating his own series for 20th Century Fox called Family Guy in 1999.
Seth MacFarlane went on to co-create American Dad! in 2005, and The Cleveland Show in 2009 for Fox. He also went on to serve as executive producer on the Fox sitcom The Winner.
As an actor Seth MacFarlane has made guest appearances on shows such as Gilmore Girls, The War at Home and FlashForward. MacFarlane’s interest in science fiction and fantasy has led to cameo and guest appearances on Star Trek: Enterprise and voicing the character of Johann Kraus in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. In 2008 he created his own YouTube series entitled Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy.
As a singer Seth MacFarlane has performed at several venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. MacFarlane has won several awards for his work on Family Guy, including two Primetime Emmy Awards and an Annie Award. In 2009 he won the Webby Award for Film & Video Person of the Year. He occasionally speaks at universities and colleges throughout the United States, and he is a supporter of gay rights.
On an episode of Conan that aired on February 10, 2011, Seth MacFarlane announced that he was directing his first feature-length comedy film, Ted. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as an adult who, as a kid, wished his teddy bear would come to life. MacFarlane voiced and provided motion capture for the bear. It was released on June 29, 2012, and went on to become the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time.
In September 2011, Seth MacFarlane released a debut album of American standards, Music Is Better Than Words. Also in 2011 he began a revival of Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones for the Fox network. The first episode was due to air in the U.S. in 2013, but production has been indefinitely delayed due to MacFarlane’s schedule.
On October 1, 2012, it was announced that Seth MacFarlane would host the 85th Academy Awards on February 24, 2013. He also presented the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards with actress Emma Stone, on January 10, 2013. In addition to hosting, Seth MacFarlane was also nominated in the Academy Award for Best Original Song category for co-writing the theme song “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” for his film Ted with Walter Murphy.
How Seth MacFarlane Made His Money – Actor
Estimated Net Worth: $105 Million
Birthday: October 26, 1973
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