Seth MacFarlane’s talents 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, science and philanthropy.
At 25, MacFarlane became the youngest showrunner in television history when his animated series “Family Guy” aired on FOX. Now in its 16th season, “Family Guy” has garnered MacFarlane numerous nominations and two 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” for FOX and National Geographic. The show was seen by more than 135 million people worldwide and received 13 Emmy nominations. Most recently, MacFarlane created, executive produces and stars in the sci-fi dramedy, “The Orville,” is set 400 years in the future and follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. The series premiered on September 10, 2017 to over 14 million viewers across all platforms, making it FOX’s most watched and highest-rated series launch since 2015. It currently averages more than 10 million multi-platform viewers each week and is FOX’s No. 1 new series in ratings and total viewership. The show was most recently picked up for a second season, set to air in 2018.
MacFarlane made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy 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 co-written and produced by MacFarlane. Fresh off the success of TED, MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards in 2013 and was also nominated that same year for “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song” for “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from TED. Due to its great success and cult following, the highly anticipated sequel, TED 2, was released on June 26, 2015. In May 2014, Universal released MacFarlane’s western-comedy A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in with an ensemble cast that included Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Neil Patrick Harris. In 2016, MacFarlane voiced “Mike,” a small mouse with a big Sinatra-esque voice, in Illumination Entertainment’s animated musical family comedy, SING. Most recently, MacFarlane made an unrecognizable appearance in Steven Soderbergh’s heist film, LOGAN LUCKY, which was released on August 18, 2017.
MacFarlane sang with famed composer John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl, The John Wilson Orchestra for BBC proms and joined numerous celebrated symphonies including Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore and the National Symphony Orchestra. MacFarlane’s debut album “Music is Better Than Words,” debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in 2011 and went on to receive four Grammy nominations, including “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.” Released by Universal Republic, the album is a celebration of the classic, sophisticated sound of swing orchestras. In 2014, MacFarlane released his first-ever Christmas album, “Holiday for Swing,” that debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Holiday Album Chart. On his third album, “No One Ever Tells You,” MacFarlane showcased the unique orchestral arrangements of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The album quickly rose to No. 1 on the Jazz Chart and garnered MacFarlane a Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.” MacFarlane’s fourth and most recent album, “In Full Swing,” was released September 2017 and debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart, No.1 on the Current Traditional Jazz Chart – making for his first No.1 Traditional Jazz album – and earned him a Grammy nomination in the “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” category. In addition, MacFarlane recently joined Barbra Streisand for a duet of “Pure Imagination” on her new musical pairings album “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.”
MacFarlane created The Seth MacFarlane Foundation to focus his charitable efforts. As an advocate for science, he funded the Seth MacFarlane collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan archive at the Library of Congress. He also executive produced the climate change documentary inspired by the nonfiction bestseller by Naomi Klein, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING. The film, which premiered in 2015, shot in nine countries over four years, bringing awareness to the insurmountable issue of global warming and the economic systems that facilitate it. Through his foundation, MacFarlane continues to be an avid supporter of science communication, cancer research, The Human Rights Campaign, Oceana, the People of the American Way, Chrysalis and Perry’s Place.