Seth MacFarlane 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 twenty-five, he became the youngest showrunner in television history when his animated series Family Guy first aired on FOX. Now in its fifteenth season, Family Guy has garnered Mr. MacFarlane Emmy awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and Outstanding Music and Lyrics. In addition to Family Guy, he serves as co-creator, executive producer, and voice actor on American Dad!. He also executive produced the documentary series Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey. The series went on to receive a Peabody Award, two Critics Choice television awards, and nominations for a Television Critics Association Award and thirteen Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Mr. MacFarlane was also an executive producer on the Starz comedy, Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart. He currently stars in The Orville on FOX, which he also created and executive produced.
Mr. MacFarlane made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with the highest-grossing original R-rated film of all time, Ted, which he also co-wrote and produced. A sequel followed in summer 2015. In 2014, Universal released his western-comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, written, produced, directed, and starring Mr. MacFarlane. He hosted the 85th Academy Awards and was also an Academy Award nominee the same year for Best Original Song for “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted.
Mr. MacFarlane’s debut album, Music is Better Than Words, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes jazz charts in 2011 and went on to receive two Grammy nominations, including Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In 2014, he released his first Christmas album, Holiday for Swing, featuring timeless holiday songs accompanied by a fifty-two-piece orchestra. His third and most recent album, No One Ever Tells You, showcases the unique arrangements and orchestral interpretations of 1950s and ’60s jazz.
Seth MacFarlane has performed with John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl and the John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and he has joined leading orchestras such as the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut at the 2014 New Year’s Eve concert.