Seth MacFarlane

American animator, Actor

Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane

American actor, animator, filmmaker, comedian, and singer Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is the creator of the popular television series Family Guy (since 1999). He is also the founder of the TED movie franchise.

Seth MacFarlane | Early Life, Family, and Education

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in Kent, Connecticut, a small New England town on October 26, 1973. He grew up there with his sister Rachael MacFarlane, who is now a voice actress and singer, and his parents, prep school teacher Ronald Milton MacFarlane and Ann Perry (Sager), who worked in the admissions office.

He is descended from Mayflower passengers and has Scottish, Irish, and English ancestry.

As a child, Seth became interested in illustration because of shows like Woody Woodpecker and Fred Flintstone. Amazingly, Seth made the decision to become an animator at the age of five.

When he was nine years old, “Walter Crouton,” his first comic book, was published weekly in The Kent Good Times Dispatch and earned $5 per week from that comic.

In 1991, MacFarlane completed his schooling at Ken school. Afterward, Seth went to the Rhode Island School of Design to study film, video, and animation.


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Seth MacFarlane | Career


Seth produced “The Life of Larry” as his senior film thesis during his time at RISD. His professor gave the Hanna-Barbera executives a copy of the movie.

Those bosses were so thrilled that they gave Seth a position right away. Seth contributed to several Hanna-Barbera projects. Larry & Steve, a 1996 adaptation of The Life of Larry, starred a lovable/dumb middle-aged guy named Larry and his devoted, perceptive dog, Steve.

During his time at the studio, MacFarlane contributed to three television shows: Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, and Johnny Bravo working as a storyboard artist and writer.

Family Guy

Fox execs requested that Seth present them with a TV concept after seeing Larry and Steve. After the unexpected success of their 1997 show “King of the Hill,” Fox decided to reconsider the idea they had first rejected.

Fox this time agreed to develop a pilot but only gave Seth a meager $50,000 to work with for his budget. A $1 million budget per episode was typical for animated prime-time television programs at the time.

Seth surprises fox executives with the pilot episodes and his concepts. Fox placed a complete season order right away. The youngest executive producer in television history at the time was Seth, who was 24.

On January 31, 1999, “Family Guy” made its debut just after Fox’s Super Bowl XXXIII telecast. 22 million people watched the premiere of the show. The first season was successful enough to deserve a second.

Cancellation of the show and revive

Unfortunately, the show’s second season ratings plummeted due to intense competition in the Thursday, 9 PM time slot. After the second season, Fox officially canceled the program in May 2000, but thanks to a last-minute reprieve, a third season was authorized and premiered in November 2001. Even if the show’s ratings kept getting better, it wasn’t enough. The summer of 2002 saw the formal cancellation of Family Guy.

When returns of Family Guy started appearing on Cartoon Network, the show gained popularity. In fact, it was the network’s highest-rated program overall, increasing viewing by more than 200%.

The first and second seasons of the show were made available on DVD in 2003.

Millions of copies of Seasons 1 and 2 were sold, making them the best-selling DVDs of 2003 and 2004. Currently, after Chappelle’s Show, the season 1 and season 2 combo is the TV DVD with the second-highest lifetime sales. Fox reinstated the program afterward and released the fourth season in May 2005.


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Other Work

The Cleveland show, which Seth co-created, lasted from 2009 through 2013.

In addition, he has written, produced, and directed a number of movies. His 2012 film “Ted” brought in more than $500 million. “Ted 2” from 2015 brought in a little under $200 million.

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” (2014), a western, made $80 million, double its budget. He developed the live-action Fox series “The Orville” in 2016.

He has five musical Recordings and frequently plays with a huge band. MacFarlane frequently takes part in the annual Comedy Central Roasts as one of the “roasters.”

Seth MacFarlane | Awards and Nominations

For his work on Family Guy, MacFarlane has been nominated for twenty-four Primetime Emmy Awards, winning five times in 2000, 2002, 2016, 2017, and 2019.

He has been nominated for five Grammy Awards for his work on Family Guy: Live in Vegas, Music Is Better Than Words, Family Guy, No One Ever Tells You, and In Full Swing.

He also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” which he co-wrote with the film’s composer Walter Murphy.

Seth has won numerous honors from other organizations, including the Saturn Award for Best Television Presentation for Family Guy’s “Blue Harvest”, the MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo, the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production, and the Empire Award for Best Comedy for Ted.

At 6259 Hollywood Boulevard, MacFarlane received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019.

Seth MacFarlane | Net Worth and Career Earnings

American actor, animator, singer, and filmmaker Seth MacFarlane has a fortune of $330 million. With only Family Guy, he has made almost $250 million. For each show, he receives approximately $1 million.

He is also a successful film producer, with over $50 million in revenue from his productions. His monthly income is approx $2 Millions and his yearly income is approx $25 Million.

Real State

Since 2008, Seth has made a big Beverly Hills property he purchased for $13.5 million his personal residence. He spent $15.7 million on a Malibu, California, house in 2019.

Seth MacFarlane | Social Media

Instagram: 915K followers

Twitter: 13.6M followers

Facebook: 1.6M followers

Seth MacFarlane | Body Measurements

Seth MacFarlane has an average body build with dark brown eyes and dark brown hair. His body measurements are approx 42-32-15 inches. His biceps size is 15 inches. He measures 5 feet 10 inches in height and 80 kg in weight.

Seth MacFarlane | Personal Life & Relationships

Throughout his career, MacFarlane has been involved with numerous women. He has dated co-stars and other celebrities on the side for years, despite the many reports to the contrary.

Seth dated Nicole Sullivan from 1998 to 2000, Christa Campbell and Jessica Barth in 2006, Camille Guaty and Kat Foster the following year, and Eliza Dushku and Amanda Bynes in 2008.

He also dated Kaylee DeFer and Katie Sah in 2009, Trisha Cummings from 2010 to 2012, and Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones from 2012 to 2013. In 2017, he was also linked to Halston Sage. He mostly has fleeting romances with many women.


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Quick Facts

  • Real Name/Full Name: Seth Woodbury MacFarlane
  • Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Seth MacFarlane
  • Birth Place: Kent, Connecticut, United States
  • Date Of Birth/Birthday: 26 October 1973
  • Age/How Old: 49 years old
  • Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 178 cm In Feet and Inches – 5′ 10″
  • Weight: In Kilograms – 83 Kg In Pounds – 183 lbs
  • Eye Color:  Dark brown
  • Hair Color:  Dark Brown
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Parents Name: Father – Ronald Milton MacFarlane Mother – Ann Perry
  • Siblings: Rachael Ann MacFarlane
  • School: Kent School
  • College: Rhode Island School of Design
  • Religion: Christian
  • Social media Accounts:  Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
  • Nationality: American
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • Gender: Male
  • Profession:  Actor, comedian, filmmaker, and singer
  • Net Worth: $330 million


What is Seth MacFarlane’s Net Worth?

His net worth is $330 million.

What is Seth MacFarlane working on now?

He is currently working on his sci-fi comedy series “The Orville”.

What is Seth MacFarlane famous for?

He is famous for his television series Family Guy.

What is Seth MacFarlane’s heritage?

He has New England roots that date back to the 1600s and is a descendant of Mayflower passenger William Brewster.

Written by Aoife Jacobs

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