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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'.
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.
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.
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.
Seth MacFarlane understands the importance of toeing the line.
Unsurprisingly, the release of Ted 2 has sparked a range of complaints about Seth Macfarlane's over-the-edge style of humour. Well, the film does contain a gag about Charlie Hebdo. But MacFarlane insists that he's not out to offend anyone.
'Ted 2' explores Ted's right to be recognised as a person
"The context, to me, makes it OK," he says about the scene in which stoners John (played by Mark Wahlberg) and his teddy bear pal Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) shout rude suggestions to an improvisational stand-up comic. "You're not mocking any one of those events or people; you're acknowledging these are all tragedies that don't belong in a comedy club, and that is why the audience goes along with you."
Continue reading: Seth Macfarlane Didn't Make 'Ted 2' To Shock Anyone
Fans of the surprise 2012 hit Ted will find plenty to love in this sequel, in which Seth MacFarlane takes the same approach: throwing every kind of gag at the screen in the hopes that some of them stick. Thankfully, there are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments to make sure the film is continually entertaining, even if the plot isn't particularly inventive.
In the past three years, John (Mark Wahlberg) has seen his marriage fall apart, while Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) has married his girlfriend Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). A year later, Ted and Tami-Lynn are in a rut and decide that perhaps a child will help kickstart their romance. Unable to conceive for obvious reasons, they turn to adoption, but this raises a red flag about Ted's status in society: he isn't actually a person, and the state declares that he's property. On the verge of losing everything, Ted and John hire novice lawyer Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) to defend Ted's right to be treated as a person. But their opponent is a slick lawyer (John Slattery) hired in secret by toy company Hasbro, which is now in league with Ted's long-time stalker-nemesis Donny (Giovanni Ribisi).
The ongoing central gag here is that John and Ted have never grown up, stuck in their dope-smoking fanboy ways, which allows for all kinds of rude mayhem, plus lots of cameo appearances from genre stars, including a gratuitous trip to New York Comic-Con that turns into the film's funniest sequence with a series of sublimely silly running gags. On the other hand, the one-joke premise badly limits the film's scope for coherent storytelling, merely dashing from one nutty set-piece to the next and hoping that something funny will happen. Thankfully, most sequences are genuinely amusing, at least for audiences whose goal is just to have a good time at the movies.
Continue reading: Ted 2 Review
Having just directed his 'Ted' sequel 'Ted 2' (beginning only weeks after completing his onscreen acting debut in 'A Million Ways To Die In The West', Seth Macfarlane confesses how he wanted to do something completely different with the new movie, and explore mankind's obsessesion with 'us and them'.
Continue reading: Seth Macfarlane - Ted 2 Video Interview
‘Ted 2’ proved to be no match for the mighty ‘Jurassic World’ at the box office this weekend.
Seth Macfarlane comedy Ted 2 failed to top the US box office this weekend, taking a disappointing $32.9 million and debuting in the number three spot. For the third week in a row Jurassic World managed to hold on to the number one spot as it added another $54.2 million to its haul.
Ted 2 failed to topple Jurassic World at the box office.
Ted 2’s box office total was around $15 million less than industry experts had expected. Back in 2012 the original film took the number one spot in its opening weekend, taking $54.4 million at the box office. The comedy sequel stars Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried and features Seth MacFarlane as the voice of the foul mouthed bear.
Continue reading: 'Jurassic World' Beats 'Ted 2' And Holds On To US Box Office Top Spot
As the sequel hits, he reflects on the success of MacFarlane's talking bear.
When Seth Macfarlane's 2012 comedy Ted became a massive hit, work predictably started on a sequel. But MacFarlane was keen to do something new, so this film pushes both the talking teddy bear Ted (voiced by MacFarlane himself) and his human pal John, played by Mark Wahlberg.
Mark Wahlberg insists his character definitely hasn't settled down
Despite ending up with the girl in the first film, Wahlberg insists that John hasn't settled down. "That wouldn't be any fun," he laughs. "No, no, no, they're crazier than ever!"
Continue reading: 'Ted 2' Gives Mark Wahlberg A Chance To Get Crazy
Bengal Mangle Productions had argued that 'Ted' bore a striking resemblance to their creation 'Charlie', a web series hit from 2008-2012.
A copyright lawsuit against Seth Macfarlane concerning the inspiration for the movie Ted has been dismissed. On Monday (March 23rd), a Los Angeles federal judge ruled that Macfarlane had not copied an animated bear named Charlie in the creation of his successful comedy character ‘Ted’.
Bengal Mangle Productions had brought a lawsuit in July 2014 claiming that their creation ‘Charlie the Abusive Bear’ was substantially similar to ‘Ted’ in terms of his personality and general attitude, as well as his liking for drink, drugs and foul-mouthed humour. They also contended that ‘Ted’ was “strikingly similar” to their character, who was created in 2008 and featured on a number of websites including YouTube.
'Ted' creator Seth Macfarlane
Continue reading: Seth Macfarlane Wins 'Ted' Copyright Lawsuit
Family Guy is heading to ITV.
ITV has bought the rights to Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, as well as the new series Bordertown. The cartoons - previously shown on BBC3 - will be shown on ITV2.
Family Guy regularly pulled in half a million viewers for BBC3
The move comes as the BBC continues to migrate a lot of its BBC3's content online, before the channel's closure.
Continue reading: ITV Buys The Rights To 'Family Guy' And 'American Dad!'
With the marriage between Ted (Seth Macfarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) having gone off and the honeymoon over, the couple want to have a baby. But, as best-friend John (Mark Wahlberg) realises, there might be a bit of a problem with that plan. The problem stems - primarily - from Ted being an anthropomorphic teddy bear. Ted, however, has a plan. He knows that he needs to get a sperm donor, so he and John break into the house of Tom Brady - American football Quarterback for the New England Patriots. The problem is, he wakes up before they can do what they planned, and hilarity ensues.
Continue: Ted 2 - Super Bowl TV Spot
The sequel to 2012's 'Ted' sees this bear through court as he fights for fatherhood.
Now definitely one of the world's favourite teddy bears, Ted is back for another round of crude jokes, raucous partying and a whole load of trouble with his best friend John in Seth Macfarlane's highly anticipated sequel 'Ted 2'.
The dubious duo are back with more hijinks
We never thought it would happen but Ted has finally tied the knot to his busty blonde long time girlfriend Tami-Lynn, in a wonderful ceremony surrounded by friends and locals who are, by now, totally unperturbed about having a talking bear living amongst them. Ted wants to go that step further, however, and bring up a child of his own; the only problem is he needs a donor because... well, he's a bear.
Ted (Seth Macfarlane) is getting married. The next thing the couple have on their to-do list post honeymoon, is start a family together, for which Ted's best friend John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is going to be a sperm donor. After a series of mishaps and incidental accidents, Ted discovers that he is unable to start a family in such a way until he can prove before a court of law that he is a person. In case you didn't know, Ted is an anthropomorphic teddy bear. Ted and John now have to embark on a hilarious adventure through the US legal system as they battle left and right to prove that not only does the brash and crude bear have a soul, but that he is just as human as, well, humans.
Continue: Ted 2 - Teaser Trailer
Date of birth
26th October, 1973
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