Seth MacFarlane is an American filmmaker, TV producer, actor and singer with a net worth of $200 million.
Seth MacFarlane Net Worth: Career Beginnings
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born on October 26, 1973 in Kent, Connecticut. At the 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.
Seth MacFarlane Net Worth: 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 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.
Seth MacFarlane Net Worth: Film, Music Career
Apart from his self-produced animated shows, Seth have 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 screen writer 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 have written soundtracks for many of his shows with some receiving coveted nominations.
Judging from his active and future projects, Seth MacFarlane’s net worth is likely to increase. In May 2016, he was hired by FOX to star, create and executive produce a sci-fi comedy-drama series set to premiere in the 2017-2018 season.
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