Seth MacFarlane is a successful American stand-up comedian, filmmaker, TV producer, actor, animator, director, scriptwriter, and singer.
He’s best known as the creator of Fox’s animated sitcom – “Family Guy”. The TV series has been running since 1999 to date. He is also the creator of “The Orville” (2017–present), and a co-creator of “American Dad!” (an American adult animated sitcom) running since 2005.
Seth has also worked for Cartoon Network as an animator and writer. He was formerly the executive producer of “The Winner”, a live-action sitcom. The man made his film debut in “Ted” (2012) and, his second film appearance was in “A Million Ways to Die in the West”. He has released at least, three studio albums which were all critically acclaimed.
Seth MacFarlane Biography
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born on October 26, 1973, in Kent, Connecticut to Ronald Milton MacFarlane (father) and Ann Perry (mother). At the age of 2, Seth began drawing cartoon characters like Fred Flinstone. His passion for animation grew rapidly and by 5 years old, Seth made up his mind to pursue a career in animation.
At the age of 9, Seth began banking from his talent, he wrote a weekly comic strip titled Walter Crouton for the Kent local Newspaper which paid him $5/week. His sister Rachael MacFarlane is a voice actress. Seth attended Rhode Island School of Design where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
While in college, Seth honed his animation skills and added stand up comedy to his repertoire. He wrote a thesis film titled “The Life of Larry” which landed him his first post-college job as a writer at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons.
Some of the animated series he worked on included “Dexter’s Laboratory”, “Cow and Chicken” and “Johnny Bravo”. He was also a freelance writer for Walt Disney TV Animation.
Success With Family Guy
Seth wrote a sequel to “Life of Larry” and later earned a deal with Fox to develop it into a series, which was renamed to Family Guy. Family Guy first aired on January 31st, 1999 making MacFarlane the youngest executive producer on TV. He also voiced numerous characters in the animated series. Family Guy soon garnered a loyal fan base, DVD sales skyrocketed developing it into a $1 billion franchise.
After signing a 5-year, $100 million deal with Fox in 2009 to be at the helm of his shows, Seth became the highest-paid TV writer earning about $2 million only from the shows running and an additional $20 million each year for DVD and merchandise sales.
Family guy has faced criticism for its indecent contents and was cancelled in 2003, however, the series was renewed in 2005 and is currently running. Seth is also popular for being the creator of adult animated series American Dad! for which he also voices characters. The series has been running since 2005 and have never been cancelled. His other hit animated show is “The Cleveland Show” which ran from 2009 – 2013.
Film, Music Career
Apart from his self-produced animated shows, Seth has made guest appearances in a number of independent films and other TV shows. In 2012, he made his directorial live-action film debut with R-rated comedy “Ted” where he voiced the titular trash talking, walking bear.
Seth was also the producer and screenwriter of the movie which grossed about $550 million at the box office. Seth reprised all of his roles in the 2015 sequel which grossed over $200 million. He has released three studio albums and has written soundtracks for many of his shows with some receiving coveted nominations.
Income, Earnings and House
MacFarlane isn’t just a jack-of-all-trades, he’s also a master-of-all. He has evidently made neat earnings from acting, composition, animation, production, comedy, screenwriting, directing, and many more.
He receives a paycheck of $50,000 for each Family Guy episode. He also gets a whopping $2 million annually from Fox network. His deal with Fox in 2009 benefited him to the tune of $100 million.
Seth is one of Hollywood’s richest comedians who’s sure to compete with the likes of comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. His net worth is estimated to be $200 million. Judging from his active and future projects, Seth MacFarlane’s wealth is likely to increase. In May 2016, he was hired by FOX to create, star and be the executive producer of a sci-fi comedy-drama series set to premiere in the 2017-2018 season.
Seth MacFarlane’s sprawling mansion is located at Beverly Hills. The three-bedroom magnificent property was purchased in 2008 for $13.5 million and features gigantic living, study and dining rooms; five bathrooms, a tennis court, outdoor sitting spaces and a swimming pool.
Ever since Seth moved into the mansion, he has continued to reconstruct and make standard renovations and adjustments to it. In 2013, he paid a whopping $1 million for the installation of a personal IMAX theatre in his house.
Wife or Girlfriend, Is Seth MacFarlane Married?
Seth is proudly one of Hollywood’s hunky guys – if not the hunkiest. However, the superstar is yet to settle down maritally. His fans are yet to unravel why he is still single and not giving them any hope of becoming a husband soon. The man isn’t married and, hardly can anyone tell if he has a girlfriend. He hasn’t been romantically linked to anyone of late. It’s probable that he just wants to concentrate on his career.
Is He Gay?
In as much as MacFarlane is one of Hollywood’s most desirable bachelors, it cannot be said that he’s gay, having dated Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, actresses Amanda Bynes and Aleix Knapp. The man has dated a string of female celebrities. We wouldn’t say he’s gay. Nonetheless, he is a gay rights activist. For this, he was named the Harvard Humanist of the Year in 2011.