Seth MacFarlane is a true renaissance man possessing talents that encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. He has created some of the most popular content on television and film today while also expanding his career in the worlds of music, literature and philanthropy.
At 25, MacFarlane became the youngest showrunner in television history when his animated series FAMILY GUY aired on FOX. Now in its 13th season, FAMILY GUY has garnered MacFarlane Emmy Awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and Outstanding Music and Lyrics. In addition to FAMILY GUY, MacFarlane serves as co-creator, executive producer and voice actor on AMERICAN DAD! He also executive produced the 21st century version of COSMOS: A SPACE TIME ODYSSEY that premiered on ten US networks, simultaneously across FOX and National Geographic platforms, making it the largest television premiere event of all time. The series has gone on to receive a Peabody Award, 2 Critics Choice Television Awards and nominations for a Television Critics Association Award and 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Up next for MacFarlane is Starz’ new comedy, BLUNT TALK, which he executive produces. The series starring Patrick Stewart and written by Jonathan Ames will begin airing on August 22nd. The show has already been greenlit for a second season.
MacFarlane made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with the highest-grossing original R-rated film of all time, TED. This buddy comedy starred Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane as the voice of the lovable foul-mouthed teddy bear. The film made over $545 million worldwide and was also co-written and produced by MacFarlane. Fresh off the success of TED, MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards in 2013 and was also nominated for the film that same year. He was nominated for ‘Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song’ for ‘Everybody Needs a Best Friend.’ The sequel is currently in post-production and is set for release on June 26, 2015. In May 2014, Universal released MacFarlane’s western-comedy A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST. The film, which MacFarlane wrote, produced, directed and starred in, featured an ensemble cast that included Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Neil Patrick Harris, among others.
MacFarlane’s debut album “Music is Better Than Words,” debuted at #1 on the iTunes jazz charts in 2011 and went on to receive two Grammy nominations, including ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.’ Released by Universal Republic, the album celebrates the classic, sophisticated sound of the lush swing orchestras of the ‘40s and ‘50s with MacFarlane singing some of the hidden gems of that era. Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles collaborated with MacFarlane on two duets on the album. In 2014, MacFarlane released his first-ever Christmas album, “Holiday for Swing,” that debuted at #1 on the iTunes holiday album charts. The album features timeless holiday songs accompanied by a 52-piece orchestra.
In August of 2014, MacFarlane performed with the world-renowned John Williams Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, lending his baritone voice to renditions of “Luck Be a Lady’ and “You’re Sensational” to rave reviews. MacFarlane also recently performed sold out shows with the San Francisco Symphony on New Year’s Eve and the National Symphony Orchestra on Valentine’s Day.