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Who is Seth MacFarlane?
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born on 26 October 1973, in Kent, Connecticut USA, and is a voice actor, actor, animator, singer, and filmmaker, best known for being the creator of the television series “Family Guy”. He also wrote and starred in the films “Ted”, “Ted 2” and “A Million Ways to Die in the West”.
Early Life and Education
At a young age, Seth developed a strong interest in illustration, and began drawing various popular cartoon characters. A few years later, he decided he wanted to pursue a career in animation, and started publishing a weekly comic strip for the local newspaper, “The Kent Good Times Dispatch”. While attending high school, he experimented with animation, and his parents supported his endeavors. After matriculating, he enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to study film, video and animation, earning his bachelor’s degree. He originally wanted to work for Disney, but changed his mind after graduating, and initially produced a series of independent films with RISD, and also performed stand-up comedy. He created a thesis film entitled “The Life of Larry”, which would become his inspiration for “Family Guy” – his film was submitted to the animation studio Hanna-Barbera, which hired Seth after graduation.
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Animation and Comedy Career
MacFarlane initially worked as an animator and writer for the “Cartoon Cartoons” series. Some of the popular projects he worked on included “Johnny Bravo”, “Dexter’s Laboratory”, “I Am Weasel” and “Cow and Chicken” – he credits “Johnny Bravo” for helping develop his own style. While working for the company, he started to do freelance work too, and later left the company to pursue projects that he felt was more of his style. Fox gave him a very low budget to produce a pilot leading to a crude animated film, which led to the creation of “Family Guy” – the show would make him the youngest television executive producer of the time.
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— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) November 14, 2018
The show proved highly successful, leading him to other ventures. He created a second adult animated series entitled “American Dad!”, and developed a spin-off to “Family Guy” entitled “The Cleveland Show”, and later worked on a new sci-fi series entitled “The Orville” which he also starred in.
He ventured into production work, and is responsible for producing shows such as “The Winner”, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” and the live-action sitcom “Dads”, starring Seth Green. He also worked on the animated series “Bordertown”, and the live-action series “Blunt Talk”, which follows an English newscaster moving to Los Angeles.
Film Work and Other Projects
In 2012, Seth worked on his directorial film debut with the release of “Ted”, which tells the story of John Bennett played by Mark Wahlberg, and his talking teddy bear Ted. Ted tries to keep John and his girlfriend played by Mila Kunis from moving on with their lives. The film received favorable reviews and was a box office success, becoming the highest grossing original R-rated comedy of all time internationally, and which led to the sequel entitled “Ted 2” released in 2015. He also wrote and co-starred in the film “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, which is about a cowardly sheep farmer finding courage from a mysterious woman. However, the film received negative reviews.
Seth also ventured into musical projects after signing a deal with Universal Republic Records. His debut studio album was entitled “Music Is Better Than Words” which earned a Grammy Award nomination. He then released a Christmas album entitled “Holiday for Swing”, in collaboration with Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones. He released two more albums after that, including “No One Ever Tells You” which got a lot of positive reviews. His fourth album “In Full Swing” was released in 2017, and one of his songs “Have You Met Miss Jones?” received two Grammy Award nominations.
For his personal life, it is known that MacFarlane dated actress Emilia Clark for six months in 2012, and after their break up they still remained friends. Emilia is best known for her work in the television series “Game of Thrones” which MacFarlane is a fan of. He is apparently still single. He mentioned in an interview that he faces issues when it comes to relationships. His mother passed away from cancer and the death was acknowledged on “Larry King Live”. He’s had a string of controversies coming his way, mainly lawsuits regarding copyright infringement, though most of them have either been dropped or settled.
The Wealth of Seth MacFarlane
How rich is Seth MacFarlane? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $200 million, earned through a successful career in comedy. He is considered one of the richest comedians in the world, just behind names such as Ellen DeGeneres. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.