Seth MacFarlane

Birth Name: 
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane
Best Known For: 

The Family Guy

Short bio: 

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (born October 26, 1973) is an actor, animator, cartoonist, writer, producer, director, comedian, singer, and songwriter. He is the creator of the TV series Family Guy (1999–2003, 2005–present) and co-creator of the TV series American Dad! (2005–present) and The Cleveland Show (2009–2013). He also voices many of the shows' various characters.

As an actor, he has made guest appearances on shows, such as Gilmore Girls, The War at Home and FlashForward. MacFarlane's interest in science fiction and fantasy has led to cameo and guest appearances on Star Trek: Enterprise and voicing the character of Johann Kraus in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

His first feature-length comedy film, Ted, stars Mark Wahlberg as an adult who, as a kid, wished his teddy bear would come to life. MacFarlane voiced and provided motion capture for the bear. It was released on June 29, 2012, and went on to become the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. In September 2011, MacFarlane released his debut album Music Is Better Than Words. Also in 2011, he began a revival of Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones for the Fox network. The first episode was due to air in the U.S. in 2013, but production has been indefinitely delayed due to MacFarlane's schedule.

MacFarlane served as executive producer of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, an update of the 1980s Carl Sagan–hosted Cosmos series. The new series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, debuted in March 2014. MacFarlane was instrumental in providing funding for the show, as well as securing studio support for it from other entertainment executives. Besides serving as one of the executive producers, MacFarlane also provided voices for characters during the animation portions of the series.


Seth MacFarlane
Fuzzy Door Productions, Inc.
5700 Wilshire Blvd.
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Seth MacFarlane
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
9601 Wilshire Blvd.
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Beverly Hills, CA 90210-5213


Submitted by Gabby C. (not verified) on

Okay. Bear with me! "Dooo it, dooo it, dooo it". Okay, are you listening to me? Well, reading. Okay! I personally think, MY OPINION that you SHOULD turn Family Guy into a Netflix Only show off of FOX, or Adult Swim, or WLNY or whatever, and move it to a WEB SERIES!!! Also, maybe either that, oooor do a sequel or reboot series of it that's a Netflix Original? I know it sounds crazy, but come on, but bear with me, it just might be crazy enough to WORK. Think about it! ;) :P :)

Submitted by Brandon Ertel (not verified) on

Who cares what that guy said. Lol they need to do LT.Dan gags with that guy in the wheel chair. WowYup now thats comedy !!

Submitted by power daniel (not verified) on

pleas please please i beseech you terminate Jeff Fischer on American dad he is frankly of no importance just kill him off

Submitted by Brian McInerney (not verified) on

Since the unfortunate passing of Adam West, may he r.i.p. why not offer Michael Keaton a job as the new mayor of Quahog.. your welcome. A job as a voice on family guy will be sufficient payment for this life changing idea.

Submitted by Zach Cypert (not verified) on

Hello Seth.
I've been a fan of yours over half my life at this humble yet waste of 27 years of age. Yet I figure I would take a moment to say how much your comedy and creativeness as well as bird and tues in the science community, has been inspiring to me about every step of my life as well as something to look forward too when I had nothing going on. I wish I could be a voice actor or part of your writing crew for some of your shows that I just bleed in relation to. I'm more 90s then 80s but I'm not far off man. I hope you want a space pirate on the Orville for next season. I would be willing to try for a part of one is available. The show is definitely something anyone should be willin to watch with elements that seriously could inspire a generation. If that doesn't sound familiar. But I just wanted to voice my appreciation and that maybe in a perfect world I could be working with you and your crew. Keep it up man. Party on and prosper.

Submitted by Victor T. Stephens (not verified) on

I have been watching Star Trek for fifty years. And to be blunt, "The Orville" is a disgrace. Although there are some positive aspects to the show, those aspects are nullified by the show's lack of morality, vulgar language, and distasteful humor which is geared more to the immature and simple minded. If "Orville" gets a high rating, it only demonstrates how far the morality in our country has eroded.

Star Trek: Discovery is more in line with the original series and subsequent spin-offs (TNG, DS9, etc); and by far, a better quality show than "Orville".

Unless "Orville" changes course, Star Trek fans who are mature and possess a moral code will only find "Orville" repugnant; and will ultimately discontinue viewing the show.

Submitted by Orion (not verified) on

While you may find it distasteful it is closer to the Star Trek ethical point than Discovery. The entire point of the show is its moral and philosophical implications. How it is delivered is different than Trek due to the times in which it is filmed. Star Trek was rooted in the height of the cold war era. The Orville is rooted in the millennial time frame of writers. Like it or not this has a major impact on how people interact in reality and what is allowed on TV. Keep in mind that Star Trek was racey for its time. Star Trek had the first on tv interracial kiss. For the 1960's this was as shocking as the jokes displayed on the Orville now.

The problem I have with Discovery is that it is on the pay to view subscription service of CBS. Second is its lack of continuity of how the ships look and feel compared with ALL other Trek series. Discovery looks more 25th century than 24th. This is suppose to be before Kirk but the ship looks more futuristic than TNG. Even the Klingon ships are larger and more capable than the original series. At least the series Star Trek Enterprise kept this in mind while filming. The ship looked the part of a previous one of the original series. The Orville doesn't have this issue since it isn't tied into the Trek timeline.
I am personally glad both series are running and have renewed. I enjoy them both but not for the same reasons. I have to watch Discovery with the mindset of never seeing a Star Trek series before because it is the only way to make any sense of it. I watch the Orville for enjoyment of seeing the future with real personalities like you would find at work.

Submitted by NunyaB (not verified) on

@Victor T Stephen's, I respectfully disagree about your view upon The Orville. It is my favorite show because it covers great topics while still being heartfelt and awkward and weird in delightful ways. It is a labor of love for Sci fi and I am not one for low brow humor. The characters are so much fun to follow and I love everything about this show. I haven't enjoyed a show in space like this since Firefly. Different strokes for different folks. To be fair though, I didn't watch all of Star Trek... only bits and pieces of Voyager and all of The Next Generation, so for more seasoned Trekkies, the Orville might rub them the wrong way. That being said, The Orville isn't trying to be another Star Trek... it just revels in the beautiful Trek tropes we grew up with while still being like Paula Abdul and "Making the song their own."

Submitted by SiFi Lover... (not verified) on

I have to say I am having a ball.

I am not one of those over the top nerdy geeks that has to explain that matter energy transporters would likely kill you and why. Nope I am happy to imagine the possibility of other worlds and what our future could hold even if we are alone or surrounded by other life forms.

I do fear we lack vision however, I would have hoped that by now we would have made greater progress to other stars and planets outside out solar system. So while others take issue with your show, I do not because to achieve anything grate or small you have to have a vision of what could be.

If The Orville inspires the next generation to go to space and achieve something truly awesome, I am all about it.

Submitted by Damian Allan (not verified) on

I first saw you on enterprise fixing something in the wall and then followed you on family guy and you do the best English accent ever but u have always been a sci fi fan and loving the orville. I'd love to be part of the series just so u can earn money for any future that may come along to keep him alive. He's my only child and was born on my sisters birthday who unfortunately died of cancer. Not asking for a handout but just to work for an absolute genius.

Submitted by Derek (not verified) on

Hi there I've been a fan of Family Guy since day one but I have to be honest with you guys I don't know if Seth since he has his new show stop writing or reviewing the new storylines but these new story lines are brutal I'm almost to the point where I'm going to not be a fan no more I love the old school so to speak antics of the original Family Guy I hope they start to come back thank you concerned fan!

Submitted by Ronald Drasser (not verified) on

Seth, having been a big fan of the Family Guy, I have to tell you that I am a bigger fan of the Orville. The imagination and hilarious dialogue is outstanding. Just watched the New Dimension episode and I have to admit that it was a truly jaw dropping experience, the imagination needed to come up with the idea of a two dimensional culture was truly amazing!! Keep up the good work and you have a confirmed orvillian fan forever!!

Submitted by Lee (not verified) on

S16E8 Family Guy - Thought there was going to be a different punch line on the chris O’Donnell helicopter fade out - “or too tall”

Submitted by A Fan (not verified) on

Hi Seth! I have loved the Flintstones since I was little, and naturally I was disappointed when I heard that you weren’t going to do a Flintstones reboot after all. I definitely understand how it would compete with or be too similar to Family Guy. Would you consider a Flintstones movie? (An animated one, perhaps maybe even 3D computer like the Peanuts movie in 2015). You could have the plot include a lot of the things that Fred and Barney always did including bowling, Water Buffalo membership, doing sneaky things behind their wives’ backs and getting into all kinds of trouble, working at the quarry, etc. And you could have it themed for ages 14 and up. Just leave all of the characters’ personalities, looks, clothing and hairstyles remain the same (try to cast actors whose voices sound the most similar since all of the original voice actors of the major characters are deceased) as well as their environment, (and don’t forget to include the service animals such as the characters using elephants’ trunks as a sink faucet/garden hose or a monkey who picks up all the bowling pins with their tails! (And they can make funnier, gutsier comments too!). And to give it somewhat of a modern twist, you could have the plot about a modern situation of these days, and perhaps include a few new things including internet, cellphones, and texting (which wasn’t around then). It can be done. And if anybody can do it, YOU can!! Go for it!!!

Submitted by bullfrog (not verified) on

So I noticed several small changes throughout many episodes In the series. Two that come to mind are the phauq bit between Joe and Peter. the punchline being big gay phauq. another is the cowboy buttsex song. these scenes have been altered and are now less funny and I feel it was done to appease a bunch of PC cronies because everybody is ready to be butthurt. there are several other scenes these are the two that come to mind.

Submitted by Shane (not verified) on

I know everyone wants this. How about Seth and Scott write full length versions of Steves songs and release an album. Im

Submitted by Jael (not verified) on

Me an my boyfriend are huge fans we watch family guy every day an we were talking about how awesome it would be if you were to make a movie about family guy using real people to portray the characters. Just a thought

Submitted by Jay (not verified) on

Crazy thing. Last night my wife and I where watching vice news and at the end they had a segment about China's new social credit experiment. They went in to explain how it works and where they want it to go in the future. Reminded us of one of The Orville episodes. It works very similar to the ideas put forth in that episode and it made us wonder if you got the idea from them or vice versa. Aside from the obvious differences it seemed like a prototype to what your team had come up with for your episode. Found it to be a hilarious coincidence. I hope it doesn't gain any traction, I still have at least 40 years left on this planet!!

Submitted by Angry science fan (not verified) on

The episode home makes no sense they make their own gravity how is it possible they could not make Alara's gravity in her quarters? Seems lazy

Submitted by T.R. Stormont (not verified) on

The Orville series has been very entertaining for me. Although the obsession with bodily functions and sexuality is very Hollywood, your thoughtful way of holding up the mirror to human ills is well written and commendable. I just watched the episode "Home" and thought it was a classy way to give Alara Kitan (Halston Sage) an exit from the show While leaving the door open for a possible later return. I for one will miss her character's bad-ass beauty as security officer and hope she will be back.

Submitted by Pete Lindsay (not verified) on

Dude, The Orville is so friggin great! I'm a Star Trek fan and this is just as good and better. You are an awesome captain man! I think the whole cast is kick ass. Love it love it love it! I hope it continues for years to come.

Submitted by a fan (not verified) on

For the love of fiction - PLEASE - add a science fiction writer to your writing staff!

Submitted by Dario Greggio (not verified) on

Hello Seth :)
funny, I woke up tonight at 6am thinking about an idea... how would it be an Orville episode inspired by classic "Mirror, mirror" !
I was thinking about some kind of anomaly (since you've got no transporter) leading to a mirror universe, which could be more or less "evil". But this should allow Kelly to show her belly :D
I was considering a team of 4 persons including captain, and one of those in the other universe should not exist or possibly have just been born.

Oh well, that's all by now.

Submitted by vesspucci84@gmail (not verified) on

Just wanted to say, the final tune in the episode didn't go unnoticed. 😂 Great show, Seth. I hope to keep watching as long as Fox will allow it. If you ever want some advice about future shows that could keep it interesting and still maintain that individuality you look for, let me know.

Submitted by Jules (not verified) on

I love watchging The Family Guy and American Dad . The Cleveland show is okay too I guess. I'm 12. Seth please make a Ted 3 because in three months I'll be 13 and my parents said they'd let me see it in theaters. Loved it when you played that nasty rat in sing!

Submitted by Johnny B (not verified) on

You need to have a cameo of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster floating in space.

Submitted by Scott (not verified) on

Read that Fix is wavering on renewing the series. It would be tragic if they don’t punch the ticket for as many more seasons s as you have the energy to create.

Intelligent writing with a spot on ensemble, episodes having a social consciousness woven into comedy, drama and surprises that keep us wanting to see what’s next. Character development is perfect and It’s great to get to know the whole crew a little better.

If Fox bails, there’s got to be someone else who will pick it up.

Thanks for giving us something to look forward to on TV

Submitted by Rachael defriese (not verified) on

family guy has become a bit to vulgar as far as blood and violence, I loved all the old familt guys but these past few seasons just too much uck blood. please dont do that. thank u

Submitted by Jamie Findley (not verified) on

Hundreds of thousands of people are planning on invading area 51, I think you should make it a joke on family guy. Hear me out, the guards move everything to area 52 and watch everyone storm area 51. They find nothing but we all know after that disappointment they'd never even think to go to area 52. Its genius. In all actuality I should work for the government. 😂😂

Submitted by Jeremiah Fryer Jr (not verified) on

Hey Family Man
You're so epic
I wish I could be as epic as your boomer humor

Submitted by Ralf Michael Hibbeln (not verified) on

Hi Seth,
my name is Ralf from Germany and I want to tell you , I am a big bg fan from Orville Series.
The series are great, Stories and Effects fantastic and of course the actors are great.
Thanks for the fantastic idea with Orville. I very like Sci Fi., Star Trek, Stargate, The Orville.
Best regards,  Ralf M Hibbeln 

Submitted by Glenn Schmidt (not verified) on

This was my favorite driver of all time. I can't believe how much he looks like Seth.

His name is Alan Kulwicki.

I didn't know how to send a pic so you need to Google his name.

Thanks; Glenn Schmidt

Submitted by Merrie Williams (not verified) on

I LOVE the Orville. Please please make more seasons. I know you want to do other things but we waited TWO years for the show to get started again. At least end on an even number. I just wanted to say thanks for the Orville, & let you know I wanted peace between the Krill & the union. How do I start an Orville convention? I'm serious Spokane WA has a newly renovated convention. An Orville convention would break it in nicely. You know what conventions did for Trek. Speaking of, how about putting John De Lance in an episode? MW

Submitted by Brett carter (not verified) on

Please pretty Please bring back the Orville it was by far my favorite show me and my kids actually sits down and watch the show together it was funny 1 and 2 seasons was funny 3rd was some what funny but I understand the last 3 episodes where amazing graphics outstanding I'm going to miss Charlie but the show must go on please

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