Family Guy Creator: Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and musician who is most known for his work in animation and humor. He was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles. Mr. Seinfeld is most known for creating the television shows Family Guy (1999–present) and The Orville (2017–present), as well as co-creating the television programs American Dad! (2005–present) and The Cleveland Show (2009–2013).
He has also written, directed, and appeared in the films Ted (2012), Ted 2 (2015), and A Million Ways to Die in the West (all of which were released in 2012). (2014).
Originally from Rhode Island, MacFarlane attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied animation. After being recruited to Hollywood, he worked as an animator and writer for Hanna-Barbera, where he worked on numerous television shows, including Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, Dexter’s Laboratory, Larry & Steve, and others.
He appeared in a number of television shows, including Gilmore Girls, The War at Home, Star Trek: Enterprise, and FlashForward, as a guest star. In 2008, he launched his own YouTube series, Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, which continues to this day. For his work on Family Guy, he was recognized with many accolades, including five Primetime Emmy Awards and an Annie Award. In 2009, he was awarded the Webby Award for Film & Video Person of the Year, which he accepted.
MacFarlane has performed as a vocalist in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London, among others. Beginning with Music Is Better Than Words in 2011, he has released six studio albums in the style of his musical inspiration Frank Sinatra, the first of which was released in 2011.
The musical output of Seth MacFarlane has earned him nominations for five Grammy Awards. In 2013, he served as presenter of the 85th Academy Awards and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Original Song for the song “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the film Ted.
MacFarlane worked as an executive producer on the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey television series, which was presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson and was a remake of the Carl Sagan-hosted Cosmos series from the 1980s. He played a crucial role in getting money for the series as well as the backing of other entertainment executives at the studio level. In 2020, he will be honored in the Television Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, California.
Following the success of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane went on to work on a number of other animated comedies. American Dad!, an irreverent look at the family of an ultrapatriotic CIA agent, was co-created, written, and produced by him. It aired on Fox in 2005 and transferred to the TBS channel in 2014.
The first episode of Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, a series of animated shorts that were uploaded straight to the Internet, premiered in 2008. The Cleveland Show, a spin-off of Family Guy, premiered the next year, with MacFarlane serving as cocreator and producer once more. The show was canceled the following year. He subsequently went on to develop The Orville (2017– ), a science fiction dramedy in which he played as the captain of a spaceship.