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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 October 1973Kent, Connecticut, USA
Birth NameSeth Woodbury MacFarlane
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Seth MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut where he lived with his father (Ron), mother (Perry) and sister Rachael MacFarlane. He attended and studied animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and, after he graduated, he was hired by Hanna-Barbera Productions (Now called Cartoon Network Studios) working as an animator and writer on the TV series Johnny Bravo (1997) and Cow and Chicken (1995). He also worked for Walt Disney Animation as a writer on the TV series Jungle Cubs (1996). He created The Life of Larry (1995) which was originally supposed to be used as an in-between on MADtv (1995). Unfortunately the deal fell through but, a few months later, executives at FOX called him into their offices and gave him $50,000 to create a pilot for what would eventually become Family Guy (1999). On September 11, 2001, he was scheduled to return to Los Angeles on American Airlines Flight 11 after being a keynote speaker at his alma-mater in Rhode Island. Due to a mix-up by his travel agent, he was told that his flight was scheduled to depart at 8:15am but it really departed at 7:45am and he had arrived at Boston Logan Airport a few minutes after boarding was stopped on his flight and he was told he would have to wait for the next flight. At 8:45am, one hour after the departure of American Airlines Flight 11, it was hijacked by terrorists and crashed into One World Trade Center (North Tower) in New York City killing all on-board. He was able to contact his parents within 20 minutes of Flight 11 striking the first tower to tell them he was okay. He said that he thanked his travel agent for screwing up the departure time or he would have been on board.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trade Mark (14)

Often references musicals and Broadway musical numbers
Frequently uses cutaways
New England based humor
Frequently makes the foil of the main character an animal, usually the family pet.
His recognizable voice
Frequently mocks Neo-Conservatives
Always hires Walter Murphy to write the theme music to his shows
His shows often tend to break the fourth wall
Frequently makes references to popular TV shows from the '70s and '80s
The voices of Peter, Brian, Quagmire, Tom Tucker, and Stewie Griffin on Family Guy (1999)
Animates characters with large, jutting heads
Extremely dark and grotesque gags
Endless pop-culture references
His shows follow the customs of the traditional sitcom, but with a twist

Trivia (48)

Brother of Rachael MacFarlane and brother-in-law of her husband, Spencer Laudiero. Uncle of their one daughter.
The name of his production company, Fuzzy Door, comes from the name of his apartment when he attended Rhode Island School of Design ("RISD"). The door to the house was covered in fur.
Based the voice of Peter Griffin mostly from a loud mouthed security guard that worked on the campus where he attended college.
Big Rex Harrison fan
Based his Stewie Griffin voice from Rex Harrison's portrayal of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (1964).
Was given voice training by a 90-year-old couple who also trained Frank Sinatra.
Is a skilled pianist
He has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.
Once lived in Wrentham, Massachusetts.
Through his maternal grandmother, he is a descendant of Mayflower passengers William Brewster, and his wife, Mary.
Loves golf.
Is an avid fan of "Star Wars" and "Star Trek". His favorite film in the "Star Wars" saga is Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and his favorite TV series in the "Star Trek" franchise is Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Is a devoted supporter of the Democratic Party. Ironically, his shows air on the FOX network, which is largely a Republican-supporting channel.
Lives in Los Angeles.
Was supposed to board the first plane which crashed into the Twin Towers on September 11th, but he missed his flight due to his travel agent giving him the wrong departure time.
He constantly references the movie Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels in both Family Guy (1999) and American Dad! (2005).
Graduate of Kent School, the same high school which Ted Danson, Treat Williams, Peter Farrelly and Sebastian Siegel attended.
Is good friends with Butch Hartman, creator of The Fairly OddParents (2001) and Danny Phantom (2004).
He's a fan and personal friend of Keith Olbermann.
Was voted as the "Smartest Man on TV" by Entertainment Weekly, the magazine that initially criticized Family Guy (1999), but had recently been more receptive to the show.
He considered working for the Walt Disney Company after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, but decided against it due to criticism from religious welfare groups. Instead he worked for Hanna-Barbara after the studio received his thesis film, The Life of Larry (1995), which was sent to them by Seth's professor at the RISD. It was accepted into the "What A Cartoon!" shorts program spearheaded by Fred Seibert. It was produced at the studio as a seven-minute short under the title "Larry and Steve". McFarlane performed several of the voice acting roles, some of which he eventually used in Family Guy (1999) for patriarch Peter Griffin and Brian, the family dog.
He is a distant cousin of former Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) actress Denise Crosby.
With the cancellation of King of the Hill (1997) and the debut of The Cleveland Show (2009) on Fox, MacFarlane is now the co-creator and producer of three of the four animated shows that comprise Fox's "Animation Domination" on Sunday nights. (Family Guy (1999), American Dad! (2005) and The Cleveland Show (2009).) The fourth of course being The Simpsons (1989).
Took part in the 2009 season of BBC Proms Concerts in London singing in the BBC Proms: Prom 22: A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals (2009) with Kim Criswell, Sarah Fox, Sir Thomas Allen and Curtis Stigers on Saturday 1 August.
Family Guy (1999) and American Dad! (2005) both premiered after the Super Bowl, but The Cleveland Show (2009) premiered after The Simpsons (1989).
Is an accomplished crooner, a talent he ably demonstrated as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) singing "You're the Cream in My Coffee" backed by Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band (5 August 2010).
Dedicated the Season 9 premiere of Family Guy (1999), "And Then There Were Fewer", to his mother, Perry Ann, who died of cancer.
His father, Ron MacFarlane, narrated the hour-long Christmas episode of Family Guy (1999), "Road to the North Pole".
Considers The Jerk (1979) to be the funniest movie ever made.
Is a big fan of Woody Allen.
Enjoys Home Movies (1999).
One of his favorite movies is Airplane! (1980).
Favorite comedy movie Caddyshack.
Was inspired by All in the Family (1971) to write for television. Norman Lear was his mentor.
Distant cousin of Ashley Judd. Both are descendants of William Brewster, who came over to America on the Mayflower.
Good friends with Mike Judge.
He found out about his Oscar nomination for Ted (2012) while announcing the 85th Academy Award nominations with Emma Stone. After the press applauded for him, MacFarlane joked "That's cool, I got nominated. I get to go to the Oscars now" because he had already been commissioned to host the ceremony.
Met Kara Vallow at Hanna-Barbera Studios, where he worked as a writer for Johnny Bravo (1997).
His favorite episode of "All in the Family" is All in the Family: Sammy's Visit (1972).
Has a baritone singing range.
Good friends with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Loves The Sopranos (1999).
Good friends with Matt Groening.
Does not like The Godfather (1972).
Favorite western TV series is Gunsmoke (1955).
Good friends with Charlize Theron.
Favorite western film is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). Prefers western movies from the '40s and '50s as opposed to spaghetti westerns, which he finds to be too drab.

Personal Quotes (7)

The only way it [criticism] gets to me is that it demonstrates a deterioration of the power of restrained, critical, rational thought that was once more ubiquitous in our society. In the sixties and seventies there was such a high regard in this country for the achievements of human beings in science, in technology, in space exploration. And in some ways we've turned into this wimpy, astrology-loving, angel-loving, pseudo-scientific culture that no longer has that ability. We've gotten lazy in our willingness to use our brains.
[on the 2012 film 'Amour'] The last time Austria and Germany got together and co-produced something it was Hitler.
The only problem is time.
The good thing about Broadway is that you don't have to worry about an airdate. It gets done when it gets done.
When you are in a room and your job is to write jokes 10 hours a day, your mind starts going to strange places.
With any half-hour comedy, it kind of takes on its own life and finds itself.
The success of 'The Simpsons' really opened doors. It showed that if you were working in animation you didn't necessarily have to be working in kids' television.

Salary (1)

Family Guy (1999) $50,000 per episode

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