Seth MacFarlane Biography

Seth Macfarlane is a popular American television producer, singer, lyricist, actor and film maker. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Seth MacFarlane
Quick Facts

Birthday: October 26, 1973

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Seth MacFarlane Atheists

Age: 45 Years, 45 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Scorpio

Also Known As: Seth Woodbury MacFarlane, Stewie

Born in: Kent

Famous as: Television Producer & Film-maker

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males


father: Ronald Milton MacFarlane

mother: Ann Perry Sager

siblings: Rachael MacFarlane

U.S. State: Connecticut

Founder/Co-Founder: Fuzzy Door Productions

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education: Rhode Island School of Design, 1991 - Kent School

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Seth Macfarlane is a popular American personality who has made his mark as a television producer, singer, lyricist, actor and film maker. Though his works are spread over different genres, he principally focusses on comedy and animation. Animation has been a passion for him since childhood; he began drawing cartoon characters when he was as young as two years old. This interest earned him work as a cartoonist with a local newspaper when he was only nine years old. Seth Macfarlane is also known to give frequent talks at various renowned universities across USA; a few of which are Stanford University, Harvard University, George Washington University, University of Texas and University of Toledo. He is a strong supporter of gay rights and has a strong commitment to humanist values and equal marriage rights for all. In his personal life, Seth Macfarlane is passionate about music and finds time to nurture this interest. His kind of music primarily includes traditional pop, jazz, swing, and big band. He is also a trained pianist. Seth Macfarlane has English, Irish and Scottish lineage.

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Seth MacFarlane
Childhood & Early Life
  • Seth Macfarlane was born on 26 October 1973 in Kent, Connecticut. His father Ronald Milton MacFarlane was a prep school teacher and mother Ann Perry was an admissions officer. He has a sister Rachael Ann Macfarlane who grew up to be a voice actress.
  • Seth Macfarlane completed his schooling in 1991 from the Kent School. He went on to pursue his passion for animation and filming at the Rhode Island School of Design from where he earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree.
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  • During his final year at the Rhode Island School of Design, Seth Macfarlane created a film named ‘Life of Larry’ that was shared by his professor to the animation studio Hanna-Barbera. Seth Macfarlane was later hired at Hanna-Barbera in 1995 based on his ability to write.
  • In Hanna-Barbera, he worked on Cartoon Networks series and juggled roles between being a storyboard artist and a writer. During this period he worked on several cartoon series as ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, ‘Johnny Bravo’, ‘I Am Weasel’, ‘Cow and Chicken’.
  • Seth Macfarlane also used to freelance writing projects for Nelvana Limited and Walt Disney Television Animation during this period. He has contributed towards the animated television series ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’.
  • In 1996, Seth Macfarlane made a sequel to ‘Life of Larry’ named ‘Larry & Steve’. Fox Broadcasting Company saw the shorts of both and there began negotiations to convert the same into an animation series.
  • Though he took delight in his work at Hanna-Barbera, Seth Macfarlane found his real interest was in prime time animation as it dealt with humor in a different way. Fox Broadcasting Company asked him to prepare a pilot series in a limited budget that took six months for him to complete.
  • During his tenure at Hanna-Barbera, MacFarlane had first pitched ' Family Guy', adult animated sitcom to Fox Broadcasting Company . In 1998, Fox Broadcasting Company purchased ‘Family Guy’ and Seth Macfarlane became the youngest executive producer of television at age of 24. The series first went on air in 1999. Other than writing a few episodes, he also gave voice to the main characters.
  • The ‘Family Guy’ series became immensely popular and in 2005 Seth Macfarlane along with music composer Walter Murphy created a music album ‘Family Guy: Live in Vegas’. Seth Macfarlane created another adult animated series ‘American Dad!’ the same year which went on to be equally successful and has completed 12 seasons till date.
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  • In 2007, Seth Macfarlane began the creation of his next animation sitcom idea ‘The Cleveland Show’. The show focused on the central character of ‘Family Guy’ Cleveland Brown and his family. The show made its premier two years later in May 2009. In 2007, he was also the executive producer of action sitcom ‘The Winner’.
  • In 2008, he released a series on web television called ‘Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy’.
  • Seth Macfarlane co-produced a science documentary television series ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ along with Steven Soter and Ann Druyan in 2011. He made his directional debut with the feature film ‘Ted’ in 2012. He also produced, wrote the screenplay and starred in the movie.
  • In 2013, he announced that he would be working on the American sitcom ‘Dads’. However the show was cancelled after the first season. The same year he hosted the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
  • In 2014, he hosted the Breakthrough Prize ceremony. The same year, Starz TV announced two seasons of the American sitcom ‘Blunt Talk’ where Macfarlane would serve as executive producer. The show began airing in August 2015.
  • In 2014, he co-wrote and acted in his second film ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’. The same year he wrote a novel based on the film. His upcoming projects include a television series called ‘Bordertown’ that is scheduled to be aired in 2016.
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Major Works
  • The adult animated sitcoms 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad!' are among his major works. 'Both the sitcoms have won numerous awards and have been running for several seasons.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2000 Seth Macfarlane won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice for ‘Family Guy’.
  • In 2002, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for ‘You’ve Got a Lot to see’ from ‘Family Guy’.
  • In 2013, he earned the People’s Choice Awards in the favourite movie category for ‘Ted’.
  • Seth Macfarlane won the Critics Choice Awards for the Best Reality Series in 2013 for his work ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In late 2012 reports stated that Seth Macfarlane was in a relationship with English actress Emilia Clarke. However, the affair was short lived and they broke up by March 2013.
  • In 2008, Seth Macfarlane signed a US$ 100 million deal with Fox Broadcasting Company to extend his shows ‘Family Guy’ and ‘American Dad!’ for four years. This deal made him the highest paid television writer.

1. Ted (2012)

  (Fantasy, Comedy)

2. Logan Lucky (2017)

  (Drama, Crime, Comedy)

3. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

  (Horror, Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adventure)

4. A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

  (Western, Romance, Comedy)

5. Ted 2 (2015)


6. Tooth Fairy (2010)

  (Sport, Comedy, Fantasy, Family)

7. Movie 43 (2013)

  (Romance, Comedy)


Primetime Emmy Awards
2017 Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Family Guy (1999)
2016 Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Family Guy (1999)
2002 Outstanding Music and Lyrics Family Guy (1999)
2000 Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Family Guy (1999)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2013 Best On-Screen Duo Ted (2012)
ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards
2013 Top Box Office Films Ted (2012)
2013 Top Television Series American Dad! (2005)
2013 Top Television Series The Cleveland Show (2009)
2013 Top Television Series Family Guy (1998)
2013 Top Television Series Family Guy (1999)

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