Seth Macfarlane

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Seth MacFarlane (born 26.10.1973)

Seth MacFarlane is a comedy writer and voice actor best known for creating animated comedy series 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad'.

Seth MacFarlane: Childhood

Seth MacFarlane was born in Kent, Connecticut. His parents are Ann Perry, who worked in admissions at several schools, and Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a teacher.

He was always interested in cartoon and animation as a young boy and was paid $5 a week for producing a comic strip entitled 'Walter Crouton' in his local newspaper The Kent Good Times Dispatch. He once depicted a man taking communion and asking, 'Can I have fries with that?' which prompted the local priest to send an angry letter.

He attended Kent School and graduated in 1991 before studying film, video and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and leaving with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Seth MacFarlane: Comedy Career

Seth MacFarlane started his career with animation giant Hanna-Barbera Cartoons after his professor at school sent them Seth's animated short 'The Life of Larry'.

He did writing and animation on various Cartoon Network shows such as 'Dexter's Laboratory', 'Johnny Bravo' and 'Cow and Chicken' as part of the channel's 'Cartoon Cartoon' series. While working here he met voice actors Adam West and Jack Sheldon who later appeared on 'Family Guy'.

Seth created 'Family Guy' after a decision to go into prime time animation. He pitched the show idea to Fox who gave him $50,000 to create a pilot episode. The Fox Broadcast Company debuted the first episode of the first series in 1999 and Seth became the youngest executive producer on TV at 24.

He is also a voice actor on the show and does the voices for Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, their neighbour Glenn Quagmire and news reader Tom Tucker.

He became the world's highest paid TV writer after signing a $100 million deal with Fox in 2008 to keep 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' until 2012.

'Family Guy' receives constant criticism for its crude content and has been pulled off the air frequently by Fox.

Seth created 'American Dad' in 2005 along with Matt Weitzman and Mike Barker. It was inspired by President George W. Bush with the main character being a strictly conservative CIA agent. The show also includes an effeminate alien rescued from Area 51 and a goldfish with a transplanted brain from a German skier.

In 2005, he launched 'Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy' which was a series of short webisodes. In 2007, he was an executive producer on the short-lived TV series 'The Winner'.

In 2009, he created 'The Cleveland Show' - a spin-off of 'Family Guy' focusing on Peter Griffin's friend Cleveland Brown.

In 2012, he directed the live action comedy movie 'Ted' about a man who owns a talking teddy after making a wish when he was a little boy. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Seth's 'Family Guy' co-star Mila Kunis and Seth himself as the voice of Ted.

Seth MacFarlane: Other career ventures

Seth MacFarlane is a regular panellist on the annual 'Comedy Central Roasts' show.

He is an avid pianist and singer appearing on the BBC Proms alongside the John Wilson Orchestra in 'A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals'. He released his debut album 'Music Is Better Than Words' in 2011 on Universal Republic Records which was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

He has voiced characters on 'Robot Chicken' and 'Yin Yang Yo!' as well as in 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army'. He sang the opening theme in the film 'Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder' and played Ziggy in 'Tooth Fairy' in 2010.

He often speaks at university campuses and has even made appearances at Stanford University and Harvard University.

He is a gay rights activist and became so after hearing a family member questioning whether his cousin could be 'cured' of his homosexuality. He told The Advocate in 2008 that it was 'f****** horrifying to hear from somebody that you love'.

In 2011, he was named the Harvard Humanist of the Year.

Seth MacFarlane: Personal Life

Seth MacFarlane is a 'Star Wars',' Star Trek' and sci-fi fan and often holds sci-fi themed parties.

Seth is an atheist.

His mother Ann Perry passed away in 2010 due to cancer.

In 2012, he was dating 'Game of Thrones' actress Emilia Clarke though their relationship seems to have been on and off and it is not clear if the pair are currently a couple.

On September 11th 2001, Seth was scheduled to take the flight that was hijacked and subsequently flown into the World Trade Center. However, after a slow morning and incorrect times being given to him, he arrived just after the flight was scheduled to leave, missing the fated flight by minutes.

Seth has been subject to two lawsuits regarding 'Family Guy'. In 2007, Bourne Co. Music Publishers accused the show of copyright infringement after parodying their song 'When You Wish upon a Star' into a song called 'I Need a Jew'. The court later ruled that no infringement was made in the parody.

Again in 2007, actor Art Metrano attempted to sue the show for a scene in the episode 'Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story' where the Jesus character copied Metrano's ridiculous magician-esque hand motions. The case was later settled out of court in 2010.
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21st July 2014 -

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17th July 2014 -

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Copyright Lawsuit Questions The Originality Of Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" Character

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17th July 2014 -

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16th July 2014 -

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27th June 2014 -

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Seth MacFarlane has promised to match up to $1 million dollars in Kickstarter pledges in order to fund an online version of Reading Rainbow. The project already has $4 million but, if backers contribute even...

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5th June 2014 -

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30th May 2014 -

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The Wedding: Kim and Kanye got married last weekend. Kthxbai. It has been pretty hard to avoid but if you want to know more about their wedding, click here, get the goss on their weirdly...

A Week In Movies: Blockbusters Bombard Cinemas, Tom And Emily Have Three Premieres In One Day, And New Trailers Turn Up For Festival Favourites And Disney Animation

30th May 2014 -

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Three big films hit cinemas this weekend in the UK (one of them opens next week in America), with a fantasy blockbuster taking on a sci-fi action thriller and a Wild West comedy for box...

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30th May 2014 -

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30th May 2014 -

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A Million Ways To Die In The West is released today in the US and UK and will surely be a huge draw for fans who enjoyed Seth Macfarlane's last comedy, Ted. The Family Guy...

A Million Ways to Die in the West

30th May 2014 -

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After the success of Ted, Seth MacFarlane gives himself his first leading-man role in this hilarious but overlong comedy-Western. The film is clearly a passion project, as it reveals MacFarlane's love of the genre with...

Ok, Seth Macfarlane, You've Had Your Fun, Now Where Are We With "Ted 2"?

29th May 2014 -

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Seth MacFarlane really wants to be a movie star. And we get it, we really do, but that isn’t enough to justify the existence of A Million Ways to Die in the West. Critics are...

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19th May 2014 -

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16th May 2014 -

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13th May 2014 -

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The success of Seth Rogen’s Neighbors, which made a staggering $51 million over its debut weekend, proves that, when R-rated comedies work, they really work. The genre tends to be a bit hit-and-miss, but Rogen’s...

Patrick Stewart Will Star in Starz' 'Blunt Talk', Produced By Seth Macfarlane

30th April 2014 -

 News

Patrick Stewart is returning to his first regular role on TV since ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ as British newsman Walter Blunt in Starz’ “Blunt Talk”, which will be produced by Family Guy creator, Seth...

Oscar 2015: Neil Meron and Craig Zadan Are Back for a Third Oscars Ceremony

22nd April 2014 -

 News

Okay, ready for another awards season? The dust has barely settled on 2014’s selfie-centric Oscars, but the Academy are already looking ahead to another winter of speculation by confirming Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are...

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22nd April 2014 -

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The directorial duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have become favorites around Hollywood come awards season and now they’ve been called on again to produce the 2015 Oscars ceremony. This will be Zadan and Meron’s...

'Family Guy' And 'American Dad' Disappearing As BBC3 Migrates to Online Only

12th March 2014 -

 News

Popular American cartoons Family Guy and American Dad are both set to disappear from British television sets as BBC3 away from televisions and onto the Internet exclusively. What’s more, licensing and rights issues prevent The...

Ratings And Previous Host Seth MacFarlane Also In Favor Of Ellen's Turn At The Oscars

4th March 2014 -

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28th February 2014 -

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25th February 2014 -

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Bill Murray has led the influx of celebrity tributes to the actor and director Harold Ramis, who died aged 69 on Monday. Murray most memorably starred alongside Ramis in the 1984 supernatural comedy Ghostbusters in...

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25th February 2014 -

 News

Seth Macfarlane is replacing Mila Kunis with Amanda Seyfried as the female lead in Ted 2. According to Deadline, Kunis will either appear in a small role in the sequel or not appear at all....

A Week In Movies: 12 Years Rules London, Stars Mourn Hoffman, New Films From Russia, Macfarlane And Gyllenhaal

7th February 2014 -

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Awards season finally hit London on Sunday night as Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave collected three top awards at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards: Film of the Year, best actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and...

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3rd February 2014 -

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31st January 2014 -

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31st January 2014 -

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