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Seth MacFarlane is a true renaissance man, possessing talents that encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. He has created some of the most popular content on television and film today, while also expanding his career in the worlds of music, literature… Read more
Seth MacFarlane is a true renaissance man, possessing talents that encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. He has created some of the most popular content on television and film today, while also expanding his career in the worlds of music, literature and philanthropy.
MacFarlane began his career studying animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design. His talents were soon noticed by executives at FOX, where they made him an offer to create a pilot presentation. Over the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated, wrote, produced, directed and provided all the main male characters’ voices for a seven-minute short that eventually became Family Guy. He was 25 when the series aired on FOX, making him the youngest showrunner in television history.
Unfortunately, Family Guy ended up being canceled twice and existing only on DVD and in repeats on the Cartoon Network. Executives revived the show for a third time when they noticed DVD sales, international revenue and cable ratings on the rise. Now in its 13th season, Family Guy is a multi-billion-dollar asset for FOX and in 2009, it became the only animated show since The Flinstones in 1961 to be nominated for a primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy category. Family Guy has also garnered four nominations for Outstanding Animated Program. MacFarlane has received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the show.
In addition to Family Guy, MacFarlane serves as co-creator, executive producer and voice actor on American Dad! andThe Cleveland Show, which ended its 88-episode run in May 2013. He executive produced the 21st century version of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, described as a 13-part updated docu-series of Carl Sagan’s iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science. Cosmos premiered in March 2014 on ten US networks, simultaneously across FOX and National Geographic platforms, making it the largest television premiere event of all time. It has since become the most-watched series in the history of the National Geographic Channel. Additionally, the series has received 2 Critics Choice Television Awards and been nominated for a Television Critics Association Award and 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Non-fiction Series.
MacFarlane made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with the highest-grossing original R-rated film of all time, Ted. This buddy comedy starred Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane as the voice of the lovable foul-mouthed teddy bear. The film made over $545 million worldwide and was also co-written and produced by MacFarlane. A sequel is currently in production and is set for release in 2015. In May 2014, Universal released MacFarlane's western-comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. The film, which MacFarlane wrote, produced, directed, and starred in, featured an ensemble cast that included Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Neil Patrick Harris, among others.
MacFarlane’s debut album, Music Is Better Than Words, debuted at #1 on the iTunes jazz charts in 2011 and received two Grammy nominations, including ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.’ Released by Universal Republic, the album celebrates the classic, sophisticated sound of the lush swing orchestras of the ‘40s and ‘50s with MacFarlane singing some of the hidden gems of that era. Norah Jones and Sarah Bareilles collaborated with MacFarlane on two duets on the album. He also released a Christmas album, Holiday For Swing in the fall of 2014.
In 2013, MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards and was also an Academy Award nominee the same year for ‘Best Achievement in Music Written or Motion Pictures, Original Song’ for ‘Everybody Needs a Best Friend’ from his feature film, Ted. MacFarlane is the only three-time returning Roast Master on Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated Roast franchise and in 2012, he hosted the premiere of the 38th season of Saturday Night Live.
MacFarlane created The Seth MacFarlane Foundation in 2009 to focus his charitable efforts. Through this foundation, he funded the Seth MacFarlane collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan archive at the Library of Congress. He also continues to be an avid supporter of science communication, cancer research and the non-profit organizations, Chrysalis and Perry’s Place.
CNN Spotlight: Seth MacFarlane
Carl Sagan's 1980s documentary series introduced a generation to astronomy. Seth MacFarlane took the bold move to help remake a show many said could never be recreated.… Read more
Seth MacFarlane had plans. Big plans. “When I graduated from art school,” says the 41-year-old producer/director, “I was planning on going to the Boston Conservatory of Music for musical theater. Then I got an offer from Hanna-Barbera to come work for them… Read more