A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST
SETH MACFARLANE (Albert Stark/Written by/
Directed by/Produced by)
is a true Renaissance man,
possessing talents that
encompass every aspect of
the entertainment industry.
MacFarlane has created
some of the most popular
content on television and
film today, while also
expanding his career in
music, literature and philanthropy.
MacFarlane began his career studying animation
and design at the Rhode Island School of Design. His
talents were soon noticed by executives at FOX, who
made him an offer to create a pilot presentation. Over
the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated,
wrote, produced, directed as well as provided all the
main male characters' voices for a seven-minute short
that eventually became Family Guy. He was 25 years
old when the series aired on FOX, making him the
youngest showrunner in television history.
While Family Guy was canceled twice and existed
only on DVD and in repeats on Cartoon Network,
executives revived the show for a third time when they
noticed DVD sales, international revenue and cable
ratings were on the rise. Now in its 13th season, Family
Guy is a multibillion dollar asset for FOX and, in 2009,
it became the only animated show since The Flintstones,
in 1961, to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy
Award in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.
Family Guy has also garnered four Primetime Emmy
nominations, for Outstanding Animated Program (for
Programming One Hour or More). MacFarlane has
received Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding
Voice-Over Performance and Outstanding Original
Music and Lyrics for the show.
In addition to Family Guy, MacFarlane serves
as co-creator, executive producer and voice actor on
American Dad! and The Cleveland Show, which just
ended its 88-episode run in May 2013. He executive
produced the 21st-century version of Cosmos: A Space-
Time Odyssey, an updated 13-part docuseries of Carl
Sagan's iconic exploration of the universe as revealed
by science. Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey premiered
in March on 10 U.S. networks, simultaneously across
FOX and National Geographic platforms, making it the
largest television premiere event of all time.
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, with MacFarlane as the voice of the
lovable foul mouthed teddy bear. The film, which was
co-written and produced by MacFarlane, made more
than $545 million worldwide. A sequel, currently in the
works, is set for release on June 26, 2015.
MacFarlane's debut album, "Music Is Better Than
Words," debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes jazz charts in
2011 and received two Grammy Award nominations,
including one for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Released by Universal Republic Records, 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. He is currently finishing a
Christmas album, which is set for release this fall.
In 2013, MacFarlane hosted the 85th annual
Academy Awards and was also an Academy Award
nominee for Best Achievement in Music Written for
Motion Pictures (Original Song) for "Everybody Needs
A Best Friend," from Ted. In addition, MacFarlane is
the only three-time returning roast master on Comedy
Central's Primetime Emmy Award-nominated Roast
franchise and, in 2012, he hosted the premiere of the
38th season of Saturday Night Live.
In 2009, MacFarlane created The Seth MacFarlane
Foundation to focus his charitable efforts. Through
this foundation, he funded The Seth MacFarlane
Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive
at the Library of Congress. He also continues to be
an avid supporter of science communication, cancer
research and the nonprofit organizations Chrysalis
and Perry's Place.
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