Seth MacFarlane
Television producer
Seth MacFarlane
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is an American actor, voice actor, animator, screenwriter, comedian, producer, director and singer. He created the animated sitcom Family Guy and co-created American Dad! and The Cleveland Show, for which 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.
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Here's What Seth MacFarlane Fears The Democrats Will Do To Counter Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 3 days
Seth MacFarlane voiced his fears over the future of the Democratic Party on Friday. On “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the “Family Guy” creator said he was worried that the party would “take a tip from the Trump rulebook” and pick a liberal celebrity to be its next leader. “‘They came up with Trump, we got Kanye,’” he imagined party leaders as saying. “I guess that wouldn’t be it, but you know, a celebrity. Take your pick of liberal celebrities.”  MacFarlane said he was concerned that “instead of trying to tug things back in the direction of civility and dignity and nobility,” Democrats would say “‘All right, well, this is obviously the way things are now, what do we do to counter it?’” Maher replied by suggesting that the party “split the difference” and get someone “with balls.” “I like [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer, I like [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi, I really do, but we need new blood,” he added. Check out the full interview via Mediaite here. We’ll ...
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Best new artist: Some celebrities wrote their first checks to candidates in 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Alec Baldwin (right) won a Golden Globe in 2007 for his work on "30 Rock" and posed with Donald Trump, actress Tina Fey and Melania Trump. Nine years later Baldwin played Trump on Saturday Night Live -- but he contributed to no presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) BY: Andrew Mayersohn The Hollywood liberal has been a stock figure in American politics for decades. Conservative politicians have long denounced or mocked the alleged political influence of musicians, TV stars, and Golden Globe recipients. While the entertainment industry does indeed lean well to the left, though, most of that money comes from producers and media magnates, not the people you see on screen. The only household names in the entertainment industry to make our list of top 100 donors in 2016 were Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks and the conservative McMahons of the WWE (and, now, the Small Business Administration). In terms of the "talent," though, the same handful of politically aware celeb ...
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Apple Music Taps All Your Faves To Host New 'Carpool Karaoke' Series
Huffington Post - about 2 months
When Apple first announced the surprise purchase of “Carpool Karaoke” ― a series based on the popular segment from “The Late Late Show” hosted by James Corden, we weren’t sure what to expect.  On Monday morning, the show’s executive producer Ben Winston provided some details while speaking at a panel during the 2017 Winter TCA Press Tour.  “We’re going to have 16 different hosts,” he said, according to Deadline. Among them are stars like Chelsea Handler, Billy Eichner and Seth MacFarlane. The series, which executive producer Eric R. Pankowski described as “16 specials” as opposed to “a full TV series,” will seemingly be more of an interview series, with each episode lasting about 30 minutes.  “Each one was its own event,” Pankowski said.  In terms of giving up the driver’s seat for this new iteration of “Carpool Karaoke,” Corden didn’t seem too upset.  “I’m still going to see my kid on the weekends. This just became a wonderful platform to s ...
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"Sing" Is An Optimistic Song To the World
Huffington Post - 2 months
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "Sing" (Universal Pictures) In a season of movies that are filled with darkness ("Nocturnal Animals" and "Manchester By the Sea") and disaster ("Rogue One" and "Passengers") it is good to have a sweet movie that brings out the optimist in us all, The movie that instills this emotion is "Sing", a fun filled animated musical from the creators of "Despicable Me' and "The Secret Life of Pets." The story centers around Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), a koala bear who has loved show biz all his life. In his adult life he owns a theater tat has seen some good times and currently some bad times. To raise revenue he decides to hold a talent contest with a $1,000.00 prize. When he tells his secretary Miss Crawley (Garth Jennings) to print off some leaflets she inadvertently types in the prize money as $100,000.00. Tons of acts audition for the show but it gets narrows down to a fabulous few that includes Rosita (Reese Withersp ...
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Seth MacFarlane Suggests Why Donald Trump Can't Handle Criticism Any More
Huffington Post - 2 months
How times have changed. Back in 2011, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane subjected then reality TV personality Donald Trump to one of Comedy Central’s most memorable roasts. Virtually no topics were out of bounds, as roast-master MacFarlane led celebrities in poking fun at the now president-elect over his multiple wives, the inheritance he received from his father and his mispronunciation of the word “huge.” Trump “took his lumps like a champ that night,” MacFarlane recalled Thursday on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”  “I remember, he would nod and go ‘fair enough,’” said MacFarlane, whose show has repeatedly mocked Trump. But now, the president-elect is known for fighting back when criticized, MacFarlane acknowledged. “Now it’s not the same, now it’s different,” MacFarlane said. Trump’s skin had now “gotten a little thinner,” he said. Trump could be more sensitive after standing in front of crowds who’d deified him over ...
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Seth MacFarlane on why Hollywood hates Trump
CNN - 3 months
"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has a theory on why a bunch of people in Hollywood can't get on board with the idea of President-elect Donald Trump.
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12 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Yahoo News - 4 months
We’ve got a fresh selection of movie trailers for you this week, including a brand new Wonder Woman clip. Vin Diesel’s next xXx film also has a new trailer you should check out. Finally, there’s a trailer for the Trainspotting sequel that you need to see, and a new trailer for Life , a space movie we’ll certainly want to see. DON’T MISS: The best MacBook Pro alternatives now that Apple ruined everything 20th Century Women We talked about 20th Century Women in the past. It’s the story of three women living in Southern California in the late 1970s. The picture opens on Christmas Day and stars Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Laura Wiggins, and others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JnFaltqnAY All We Had All We Had is a new Katie Holmes movie hitting cinemas on December 9th. It’s a family drama about a mom, her daughter, and making the best life you can. Let’s call it 21st century women? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usa1lBKEDnY Gifted In Gifted we have a different family drama. Rather th ...
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Elite 'Bundlers' Raise More Than $113 Million For Hillary Clinton
Huffington Post - 5 months
More than 1,100 elite moneymen and women have collectively raised more than $113 million for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity of information released this week by her campaign. The list, updated monthly, includes more than 260 new bundlers who had not previously been disclosed by the campaign. These newly revealed fundraisers and donors include lawmakers, entertainment icons and titans of industry. Among them: actor Ben Affleck, former Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester, former U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida, filmmakerGeorge Lucas, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, TV producer Seth MacFarlane, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman of California, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, fashion designer Vera Wang and attorney James Zimmerman, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. A “bundler” is someone who col ...
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Charmian Carr, Who Won Hearts As Liesl In 'The Sound Of Music,' Dies
Huffington Post - 5 months
Actress Charmian Carr, who captivated audiences with her portrayal of Liesl Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” film, has died of complications from a rare form of dementia, according to her website. She was 73. Carr, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, was best known for her role as the eldest Von Trapp child in the Academy Award-winning musical film, in which she sang a coming-of-age duet, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” with her onscreen boyfriend. “Carr was best known for acting, but much of her life revolved around her family and her interior design business,” read a note on Carr’s website. “After acting in the Sound of Music, she married and then decided to leave the movie business and raise her two children, Jennifer & Emily. It was a decision she never regretted,” the message read. Carr went on to author two books, Forever Liesl and Letters To Liesl, in the late 1990s, in which she recalled her time working on the film as well as her time spent with the real Vo ...
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Drum And Bugle Corps' Willy Wonka Cover Is A Sweet Gene Wilder Tribute
Huffington Post - 6 months
Gene Wilder’s death on Sunday has left a void that many fans are trying to fill with music. A performance by the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps of “Pure Imagination,” the song Wilder made famous in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” is really striking a chord. The video above is from a performance at the 2015 Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis. The organization posted the song on its Facebook page yesterday and it’s been shared more than 12,000 times. With a mellow baritone horn solo, it’s not the typical marching band song, but it definitely conveys the faraway look in Wilder’s eyes in the movie. This rendition is just one of many purely imaginative covers of “Pure Imagination” that people have been listening to this week. Coldplay honored the actor on Tuesday by posting a video featuring a brief snippet of “Pure Imagination” at the end of “The Scientist.”  Barbra Streisand did what migh ...
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'Straight Outta Compton' and five other Oscar snubs a more diverse academy might have avoided
LATimes - 8 months
Time machines exist in many realms, but unfortunately the Hollywood awards show isn’t one of them. (If it were, perhaps Seth MacFarlane’s Oscars opening number might have gone differently.) Still, it’s tempting to wonder how the Oscars might have looked if the Motion Picture Academy’s recent push...
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Seth MacFarlane to star in futuristic live-action dramedy for Fox
LATimes - 10 months
Fox is staying in the Seth MacFarlane business. The network announced Wednesday that it has ordered 13 episodes of a new comedic drama created and executive produced by the Emmy-winning mind behind "Family Guy" and "Ted."  But in a noteworthy twist, MacFarlane will also star in the as yet untitled, hourlong,...
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Bill Maher Is Also Confused About Those Oregon Militiamen
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Remember when those militiamen broke into Oregon's Malheur Wildlife Refuge for pretty unclear reasons? Bill Maher took a moment to address his own confusion at the situation during the New Rules segment on "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday night.  "Someone needs to tell those wackadoodle militiamen who took over a federal building in the middle of nowhere in Oregon that to be a hero, you need something to be heroic about," he said. "These guys keep promising to occupy that building until, well, we're not sure. And they're not sure." The segment went on to wonder why, on their list of requested supplies, they included such vital staples as French vanilla coffee creamer.  Elsewhere in the episode, Maher spoke with panel members Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla), Jon Meacham, Liz Mair and Seth MacFarlane about a potential Jeb Bush presidency, MacFarlane's turn hosting the Oscars and the Republican candidates' stances on Homeland Security.  ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Seth MacFarlane
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 42
    On May 4, 2016, FOX picked up Orville, a sci-fi comedy-drama series to be created, executive-produced by and star MacFarlane set 300 years in the future aboard the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. The series will premiere during the 2017-2018 season. MacFarlane will play the role of Ed, the captain of the Orville. On July 29, 2016, Adrianne Palicki had been cast as Kelly Grayson, the first officer of the Orville and Ed's ex-wife, while Scott Grimes, the voice of Steve Smith on American Dad!, was cast as Gordon, Ed's best friend who's the pilot of the Orville.
    More Details Hide Details On August 19, 2016, Peter Macon and J Lee were added to the cast. MacFarlane has appeared in sitcoms, comedy and news programs, independent films, and other animated shows. In 2002, MacFarlane appeared in the Gilmore Girls episode "Lorelai's Graduation Day". Four years later on November 5, 2006, MacFarlane guest starred on Fox's The War at Home as "Hillary's Date", an unnamed 33-year-old man who secretly dates teenaged Hillary in the episode "I Wash My Hands of You". MacFarlane also appeared as the engineer Ensign Rivers on Star Trek: Enterprise in the third season episode "The Forgotten" and the fourth season episode "Affliction". During 2006, MacFarlane had a role in the independent film Life is Short. He portrayed Dr. Ned, a psychologist who advises a short man (played by Freaks and Geeks star Samm Levine) to have relationships with taller women. He is a frequent guest on the radio talkshow Loveline, hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky.
  • 2015
    Age 41
    In 2015, he will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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    In 2015 MacFarlane revealed support for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and he introduced Sanders onstage at a Los Angeles rally.
    More Details Hide Details MacFarlane is passionate about his support for gay rights. He said it is "infuriating and idiotic" that two gay partners "have to go through this fucking dog and pony act when they stop at a hotel and the guy behind the counter says, 'You want one room or two?'" He went on to say, "I'm incredibly passionate about my support for the gay community and what they're dealing with at this current point in time". MacFarlane continued, "Why is it that Johnny Spaghetti Stain in fucking Georgia can knock a woman up, legally be married to her, and then beat the shit out of her, but these two intelligent, sophisticated writers who have been together for 20 years can't get married?"
    In 2015, MacFarlane again appeared at The Proms as a vocalist with the John Wilson Orchestra, this time in a Sinatra programme.
    More Details Hide Details MacFarlane has a baritone voice. He is a pianist and singer who, in his early years, trained with Lee and Sally Sweetland, the vocal coaches of Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra. In an interview with NPR, MacFarlane commented on their vocal training, to which he said "They really drill you," he said. "They teach you the old-style way of singing, back when you had no electronic help.... teach you to show your teeth. If you look at old photos of Sinatra while he's singing, there's a lot of very exposed teeth. That was something that Lee Sweetland hit on day in and day out, and correctly so, because it just brightens the whole performance." His comedy influences include people like Woody Allen, Jackie Gleason, Mel Brooks, and the creators of Monty Python. While his musical influences include people like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Vic Damone, Johnny Mercer, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, Gordon MacRae, and the Rat Pack.
    MacFarlane released his third studio album on October 30, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Titled No One Ever Tells You, it received mostly positive reviews, and earned MacFarlane a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Due to the success of his musical endeavors, MacFarlane will be honored by Barbara Sinatra at the 28th annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational on February 20.
  • 2014
    Age 40
    On October 29, 2014, it was announced that MacFarlane would host the Breakthrough Prize ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details The event was held on Silicon Valley and televised on November 15, 2014 on Discovery Channel and Science, and globally on November 22, 2014 on BBC World News.
    On July 16, 2014, MacFarlane was hit with a lawsuit from the production company of a series of Internet videos called Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear claiming that Ted infringes on the copyright of its videos due to the Ted bear largely matching the background story, persona, voice tone, attitude, and dialogue of the Charlie bear.
    More Details Hide Details The case was settled out of court on March 23, 2015, with undisclosed terms. MacFarlane has won three Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on Family Guy and has been nominated nineteen times, winning in 2000, 2002 and 2016. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for his work in Family Guy: Live in Vegas, Music Is Better Than Words, and Family Guy. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for co-writing the opening song "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from his film Ted with the film's composer Walter Murphy. He has received numerous awards from other organizations, including the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production and the Saturn Award for Best Television Presentation for the Family Guy episode titled "Blue Harvest", the MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo and the Empire Award for Best Comedy for Ted.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    At Comic-Con 2013 on July 20, American Dad! co-creator Mike Barker hinted that an American Dad! movie—centering on the Roger character and set from his birth planet—is in the works and partially written.
    More Details Hide Details What with Barker's departure from the series however, it is unclear if any of these plans have been scrapped or modified in any way. MacFarlane has described the initial seasons of American Dad! as being similar to All in the Family, likening title character Stan Smith's originally bigoted persona to Archie Bunker. MacFarlane has also stated that his inspiration to create American Dad! derived from his and Weitzman's exasperation with George W. Bush's policies as former United States President. After the early couple of seasons however, the series discontinued using these elements of political satire and began to serve up its own very distinguished brand of entertainment and humor. MacFarlane was described as having difficulty understanding the series in its early going; however, he heavily warmed up to the series after its early seasons once he felt the show truly came into its own. His fellow co-creators have sensed this through MacFarlane's greatly increased attention to the series after its early seasons. MacFarlane has also revealed to being a huge American Dad! fan himself. He has taken note of the increasing fondness and excitement over the "Roger" character from fans via his Twitter.
  • 2012
    Age 38
    In 2012, he dated Emilia Clarke for about six months.
    More Details Hide Details MacFarlane is a huge fan of Game of Thrones, and the two remained friends after they broke up.
    In 2012, it was announced he would again appear at the Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra in a concert celebrating Broadway musicals.
    More Details Hide Details Regarding his musical passion, MacFarlane has said, "I love and am fascinated by exciting orchestration—what you can do with a band that size—and I think in many ways it's a lost art." MacFarlane's sound of music is predominantly traditional pop, easy listening, jazz, vocal, vocal jazz, show tunes, swing, and big band He will occasionally use musical comedy for either his shows or movies.
    On September 15, 2012, MacFarlane hosted the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, with musical guest Frank Ocean.
    More Details Hide Details The episode was MacFarlane's first appearance on the show. MacFarlane had a cameo in the 2013 film Movie 43. MacFarlane collaborated with Matt Groening on an episode of The Simpsons and Futurama. In 2009, he appeared as a vocalist at the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra in Prom 22 A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals. In 2010, he reappeared at the Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra in a Christmas concert special.
    MacFarlane made his directorial live-action film debut with the release of Ted in 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 37
    MacFarlane, in recognition of "his active, passionate commitment to humanist values, and his fearless support of equal marriage rights and other social justice issues", was named the Harvard Humanist of the Year in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details However MacFarlane was criticized for his portrayal of transsexualism in the Family Guy episode "Quagmire's Dad". Gay novelist Brent Hartinger found the episode's inclusion of transphobic remarks from Peter and Lois Griffin — as well as a scene of Brian vomiting profusely upon discovering his new girlfriend to be Glenn Quagmire's father – to be "shockingly insensitive". Hartinger continued, "Frankly, it's literally impossible for me to reconcile last night's episode with MacFarlane's words, unless I come to the conclusion that the man is pretty much a complete idiot". The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a LGBT media watchdog organization, shared "serious concerns being voiced from members of the community" about the episode. MacFarlane said he was "surprised" by the negative reaction to "Quagmire's Dad", saying that "it seemed that commentators were not picking up on the fact that it was a very sympathetic portrayal of a transsexual character". He further added, "Look, Brian happens to be a heterosexual character, as I am. If I found out that I had slept with a transsexual, I might throw up in the same way that a gay guy looks at a vagina and goes, 'Oh, my God, that's disgusting.'"
    In late 2011, it was confirmed that MacFarlane is working on another animated series with Alex Borstein and Gary Janetti.
    More Details Hide Details Currently not much is known about the series other than it will be about a family and will have a female lead role. Janetti stated that the series has not yet been greenlit by Fox.
    The challenge to me would be more along the lines of, gosh, can somebody write Oklahoma! for 2011?" He has also said that, "The good thing about Broadway is that you don't have to worry about an airdate.
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    In 2011, it was announced that MacFarlane would be reviving The Flintstones for the Fox network, with the first episode airing in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details MacFarlane said that he would provide the voice of Barney Rubble. However, at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2012, while promoting Ted, MacFarlane revealed that the project had been shelved due to the unimpressed response garnered by Fox.
    In one anecdote from the time, MacFarlane said in an October 2011 interview that as a child he was always "weirdly fascinated by the Communion ceremony".
    More Details Hide Details He created a strip with a character kneeling at the altar taking Communion and asking "Can I have fries with that?" The paper printed it and he got an "angry letter" from the local priest; it led to "sort of a little mini-controversy" in the town.
    MacFarlane's debut studio album, Music Is Better Than Words, was released on September 27, 2011, drawing on his training in and attraction to "the Great American Songbook and particularly the early- to late-'50s era of orchestration".
    More Details Hide Details The singer, asked about his experience with the music, said he did "old Nelson Riddle, Billy May charts with one of my composers, Ron Jones, who has a group called the Influence Jazz Orchestra that he performs with throughout L.A." His album was nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category at the 54th Grammy Awards. Music Is Better Than Words received a score of 52 out of 100 on Metacritic's compilation of music critic reviews. MacFarlane was featured on Calabria Foti's 2013 single "Let's Fall in Love". In September 2013, it was announced that MacFarlane was working on a Christmas album scheduled for release in 2014. The album, which contains collaborations with Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles, is titled Holiday for Swing, and was released on September 30, 2014. The album was recorded between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve 2013 in Los Angeles and in studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The album received mostly positive reviews.
    He signed a record deal with Universal Republic Records and released a big band/standards album in 2011.
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    In August 2011, Fox announced that they had ordered a 13-part updated series of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
    More Details Hide Details MacFarlane co-produced the series with Ann Druyan and Steven Soter. The new series is hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and began airing on the channel March 9, 2014, with repeats airing on the National Geographic Channel on the next night. Besides serving as one of the executive producers, MacFarlane also provided voices for characters during the animation portions of the series.
    He announced that he was directing it on an episode of Conan that aired on February 10, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Along with directing the film, he also wrote the screenplay, served as producer, and starred as the title character. Ted tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) and his talking teddy bear (MacFarlane) who keeps John and his girlfriend Lori Collins (Mila Kunis) from moving on with their lives. The film received generally favorable reviews from both critics and audiences, and was a box office success, opening with the highest weekend gross of all time for an original R-rated comedy. Internationally, the movie is currently the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, beating The Hangover. A sequel, Ted 2, was released on June 26, 2015. MacFarlane co-wrote and starred in his second film, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild were also co-writers for the film. The film follows a cowardly sheep farmer (MacFarlane) who loses a gunfight and sees his girlfriend leave him for another man. When a mysterious woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage. But when her outlaw husband arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test. The film was met with mixed to negative reviews from critics.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    On July 16, 2010, MacFarlane's mother, Ann Perry Sager, died after a long battle with cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Her death was reported by Larry King on his show Larry King Live, who acknowledged a conversation he had with her during an interview with her son in May 2010. On the morning of September 11, 2001, MacFarlane was scheduled to return to Los Angeles on American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston. Suffering from a hangover after the previous night's celebrations that followed his speech at his alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design, and with an incorrect departure time (8:15 a.m. instead of 7:45 a.m.) from his travel agent, he arrived at Logan International Airport about ten minutes too late to board the flight as the gates had been closed. Fifteen minutes after departure, American Airlines Flight 11 was hijacked, and at 8:46 a.m. it was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board. MacFarlane said, The only reason it hasn't really affected me as it maybe could have is I didn't really know that I was in any danger until after it was over, so I never had that panic moment. After the fact, it was sobering, but people have a lot of close calls; you're crossing the street and you almost get hit by a car.. this one just happened to be related to something massive. I really can't let it affect me because I'm a comedy writer. I have to put that in the back of my head.
    MacFarlane often participates as one of the "roasters" in the annual Comedy Central Roasts. MacFarlane is the only person to serve as roastmaster for more than one Comedy Central roast. In 2010, he filled this role for The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he was roastmaster of Comedy Central roasts of Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen. On October 1, 2012, it was announced that MacFarlane would host the 85th Academy Awards on February 24, 2013. He also presented the nominees with actress Emma Stone, on January 10, 2013. In addition to hosting, 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. Critical response to MacFarlane's performance was mixed. Columnist Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly commented "By calling constant attention to the naughty factor," MacFarlane created "an echo chamber of outrage, working a little too hard to top himself with faux-scandalous gags about race, Jews in Hollywood, and the killing of Abraham Lincoln." Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter praised MacFarlane's performance saying that he did "impressively better than one would have wagered." He also noted that he added "plenty of niceties with a little bit of the Ricky Gervais bite-the-hand-that-feeds-you thing and worked the juxtaposition rather nicely." He stirred up controversy in the form of a musical number titled "We Saw Your Boobs".
  • 2009
    Age 35
    MacFarlane first began work on the series in 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 34
    MacFarlane is a supporter of the Democratic Party. He has donated over US $200,000 to various Democratic congressional committees and to the 2008 presidential campaign of then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama.
    More Details Hide Details He has stated that he supports the legalization of cannabis. MacFarlane serves on the board of directors of People for the American Way, a progressive advocacy organization.
    On September 10, 2008, MacFarlane released a series of webisodes known as Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy with its animated shorts sponsored by Burger King and released weekly.
    More Details Hide Details MacFarlane was the executive producer of a live-action sitcom starring Rob Corddry called The Winner. The show premiered on Fox on March 4, 2007. The plot has a man named Glen discussing the time he matured at 32 and has him pursuing his only love after she moves in next door. Glen meets her son and both become good friends. After only six episodes, the show was officially cancelled on May 16, 2007. However, at Family Guy Live in Montreal on July 21, 2007, Seth MacFarlane stated, "It is looking like there could be a future life for The Winner". After MacFarlane's statement, neither Fox nor MacFarlane has released any details of plans for the show to return. The show was mentioned in the Family Guy episode "Family Gay", where all of the horses at a racing track are named after failed Fox shows, The Winner being one of them.
    Then in TV Week on July 18, 2008, MacFarlane confirmed plans to produce a theatrically released Family Guy feature film sometime "within the next year".
    More Details Hide Details He came up with an idea for the story, "something that you could not do on the show, which him is the only reason to do a movie". He later went on to say he imagines the film to be "an old-style musical with dialogue" similar to The Sound of Music, saying that he would "really be trying to capture, musically, that feel". On October 13, 2011, MacFarlane confirmed that a deal for a Family Guy film had been made, and that it would be written by himself and series co-producer Ricky Blitt. On November 30, 2012, MacFarlane confirmed plans to produce a Family Guy film. Despite its popularity, Family Guy has often been criticized. The Parents Television Council frequently criticizes the show for its content, once organized a letter-writing campaign aimed at removing it from Fox's lineup, and has filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission alleging that some episodes of the show contained indecent content. MacFarlane has responded to the PTC's criticism by saying, among other things, "That's like getting hate mail from Hitler. They're literally terrible human beings."
  • 2007
    Age 33
    Two years later, in August 2007, he closed a digital content production deal with AdSense.
    More Details Hide Details MacFarlane takes cast members on the road to voice characters in front of live audiences. Family Guy Live provides fans with the opportunity to hear future scripts. In mid-2007, Chicago fans had the opportunity to hear the then upcoming sixth season premiere "Blue Harvest". Shows have been played in Montreal, New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
    In September 2007, Ricky Blitt gave TV.com an interview confirming that he had already started working on the script.
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    On July 22, 2007, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, MacFarlane announced that he may start working on a feature film, although "nothing's official".
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  • 2005
    Age 31
    MacFarlane's success with Family Guy has opened doors to other ventures relating to the show. On April 26, 2005, he and composer Walter Murphy created Family Guy: Live in Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details The soundtrack features a Broadway show tune theme, and MacFarlane voiced Stewie in the track "Stewie's Sexy Party". A fan of Broadway musicals, MacFarlane comments on using musicals as a component to Family Guy: In addition, a Family Guy video game was released in 2006.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 24
    In July 1998, the Fox Broadcast Company announced the purchase of Family Guy for a January 1999 debut.
    More Details Hide Details Family Guy was originally intended to be a series of shorts on MADtv, much in the same way The Simpsons had begun on The Tracey Ullman Show a decade earlier. Negotiations for the show's MADtv connection fell through early on as a result of budgetary concerns. At age 24, MacFarlane was television's youngest executive producer. Family Guy first aired January 31, 1999. MacFarlane's work in animating Family Guy has been influenced by Jackie Gleason and Hanna-Barbera along with examples from The Simpsons and All in the Family. In addition to writing three episodes, "Death Has a Shadow", "Family Guy Viewer Mail 1" and "North by North Quahog", MacFarlane voices Family Guys main male characters – Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, and Glenn Quagmire as well as Tom Tucker, his son Jake Tucker, and additional characters. Bolstered by high DVD sales and established fan loyalty, Family Guy developed into a US$1-billion franchise. On May 4, 2008, after approximately two and a half years of negotiations, MacFarlane reached a US$100-million agreement with Fox to keep Family Guy and American Dad! until 2012. The agreement makes him the world's highest paid television writer.
  • 1997
    Age 23
    After the success of King of the Hill in 1997, MacFarlane called Kolins once more to ask about a possible second pitch for the series.
    More Details Hide Details The company offered the young writer a strange deal: Fox gave him a budget of US$50,000 to produce a pilot that could lead to a series (most episodes of animated prime-time productions cost at least US$1 million). Recalling the experience in an interview with The New York Times, MacFarlane stated, "I spent about six months with no sleep and no life, just drawing like crazy in my kitchen and doing this pilot". After six months, MacFarlane returned to Fox with a "very, very simply, crudely animated film – with just enough to get the tone of the show across" to present to the executives, who loved the pilot and ordered the series immediately.
  • 1996
    Age 22
    In 1996, MacFarlane created a sequel to The Life of Larry entitled Larry & Steve, which features a middle-aged character named Larry and an intellectual dog, Steve.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Although MacFarlane enjoyed working at Hanna-Barbera, he felt his real calling was for prime-time animation, which would allow a much edgier style of humor. He first pitched Family Guy to Fox during his tenure at Hanna-Barbera. A development executive for Hanna-Barbera, who was trying to get back into the prime-time business at the time, introduced MacFarlane to Leslie Kolins and Mike Darnell, heads of the alternative comedy department at Fox.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 17
    MacFarlane received his high school diploma in 1991 from the Kent School.
    More Details Hide Details While there, he continued experimenting with animation, and his parents gave him an 8 mm camera. 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. During his time at RISD, MacFarlane performed stand-up comedy. In his senior year at RISD MacFarlane created a thesis film titled 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. MacFarlane was recruited during the senior film festival by development executive Ellen Cockrill and President Fred Seibert. He went to work 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".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Born in 1973.
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