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Seth Macfarlane

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, voice actor, animator, screenwriter, comedian, producer, director, cartoonist, singer, and television host. He is the creator of the TV show Family Guy (1999–present) and co-creator of the shows American Dad! (2005–present) and The Cleveland Show (2009–2013). He also voices many of the shows' various characters.

A native of Kent, Connecticut, MacFarlane is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied animation, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Recruited to Hollywood during the senior film festival by development executive Ellen Cockrill and President Fred Seibert, he was an animator and writer for Hanna-Barbera for several television shows, including Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, Dexter's Laboratory, and his own Family Guy-like "prequel" that aired as part of What a Cartoon!, Larry and Steve.

As an actor, he 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 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, 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, MacFarlane released his debut album, 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.

Career

Education

MacFarlane received his high school diploma in 1991 from the Kent School. While there, he continued experimenting with animation, and was given an 8 mm camera by his parents. MacFarlane went on to study film, video and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As a student, he had originally intended to work for Disney, but changed his mind upon graduating. At RISD MacFarlane created a series of independent films, eventually meeting future Family Guy cast member Mike Henry, whose brother Patrick was MacFarlane's classmate. In his senior year at RISD MacFarlane created a thesis film entitled The Life of Larry, which eventually would become the inspiration for Family Guy. MacFarlane's professor submitted his film to the animation studio Hanna-Barbera, where he was later hired.

Hanna-Barbera Years

After college MacFarlane was hired at Hanna-Barbera (then Hanna-Barbera Cartoons) based on the writing content of The Life of Larry, rather than on cartooning ability. He was one of only a few people hired by the company solely based on writing talent. He worked as an animator and writer for Cartoon Network's Cartoon Cartoons series. He described the atmosphere at Hanna-Barbera as resembling an "old-fashioned Hollywood structure, where you move from one show to another or you jump from a writing job on one show to a storyboard job on another". MacFarlane worked on four television series during his tenure at the studio: Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, and Johnny Bravo. Working as both a writer and storyboard artist, MacFarlane spent the most time on Johnny Bravo. He found it easier to develop his own style at Johnny Bravo through the show's process of scriptwriting, which the other shows did not use. As a part of the Johnny Bravo crew, MacFarlane met actors and voiceover artists such as Adam West and Jack Sheldon of Schoolhouse Rock! fame. Meeting these individuals later became significant to the production and success of his Family Guy series.

He also did freelance work for Walt Disney Television Animation, writing for Jungle Cubs, and for Nelvana, where he wrote for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Through strict observation of writing elements such as story progression, character stakes and plot points, MacFarlane found the work for Disney was, from a writing standpoint, very valuable in preparation for his career (particularly on Ace Ventura). MacFarlane also created and wrote a short, titled Zoomates, for Frederator Studios' Oh Yeah! Cartoons on Nickelodeon. In 1996, MacFarlane created a sequel to The Life of Larry entitled "Larry and Steve", which features a middle-aged character named Larry and an intellectual dog, Steve. The short was broadcast as one of Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons. Executives at Fox saw both Larry shorts and negotiations soon began for a prime-time animated series, Family Guy.

Television

Year Series Role Notes
1995 The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show Rhode Island Bug (voice) Episode "Bugging Out!"
1997 What a Cartoon! Larry, Steve (voice) Episode: "Larry & Steve" also creator, writer, storyboard artist, director
1997 Johnny Bravo writer (21 episodes), storyboard artist (26 episodes)
1997 Dexter's Laboratory writer (26 episodes), storyboard artist (43 episodes)
1997 Cow and Chicken writer (2 episodes), storyboard artist (1 episode)
1999-2003,
2005-present
Family Guy Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Various voices Also creator, executive producer, writer
2002–2003 Gilmore Girls Zach, Bob Merriam 2 episodes
2003 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Wayne the Brain (voice) Episode: "Super Trivia"
2003 The Pitts Radio voice Episode: "Squarewolves"
2003–2005 Crank Yankers Dick Rogers, Arthur Johnson (voice) 4 episodes
2004 Complete Savages TV Announcer Episode: "Nick Kicks Butt"
2004–2005 Star Trek: Enterprise Ensign Rivers (Engineer) 2 episodes
2005–present Robot Chicken Various voices 16 episodes
2005–present American Dad! Stan Smith, Roger, Various voices Also co-creator, executive producer, writer
2006-2009 Late Show with David Letterman Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin (voice) 2 episodes
2006 The War at Home Hillary's Date Episode: "I Wash My Hands of You"
2006 Help Me Help You Seth Episode: "Moving On"
2007 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Emperor Palpatine (voice) TV special
2007 59th Primetime Emmy Awards Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin (voice) TV special
2008 Yin Yang Yo! The Manotaur (voice) 2 episodes
2008 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Emperor Palpatine, Various voices TV special
2008–2009 Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Various voices 50 episodes; also creator, writer
2009 Bones Stewie Griffin (voice) Episode: "The Critic in the Cabernet"
2009–2010 FlashForward Agent Jake Curdy, FBI Agent 2 episodes
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show Tim the Bear, Various voices 88 episodes; also co-creator, executive producer, writer
2010 Phineas and Ferb Jeff McGarland (voice) Episode: "Nerds of a Feather"
2010 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Emperor Palpatine, Various voices TV special
2011 Night of the Hurricane Various voices TV special
2012 FOX 25th Anniversary Special Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Stan Smith (voice) TV special
2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ted (voice) Episode: "10.293"
2013 85th Academy Awards Ted (voice) TV special
2013 The Simpsons Ben (voice) Episode: "Dangers on a Train"
2013 Futurama Seymour (voice) Episode: "Games of Tones"

Film

Year Film Role Notes
1995 The Life of Larry Larry, Steve, Lois (voice) Student film
2005 Inside the CIA Stan Smith, Roger Short film
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Stewie Griffin, Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, Various voices
2006 Life is Short Dr. Ned Short film
2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army Johann Kraus (voice)
2008 The Negotiating Table Alan Richdale (voice) Short film
2009 Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Mars Vegas Singer (voice)
2010 The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! I.S.R.A.E.L. (voice)
2010 Tooth Fairy Ziggy
2012 Ted Ted (voice) Also director, writer, producer

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