Emmy Award-winning creative force Seth MacFarlane began his career studying animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design. While in school, MacFarlane created an animated short film entitled "The Life of Larry." The film impressed executives at Hanna-Barbera, who then encouraged MacFarlane to move to Los Angeles in 1995 to create and direct a short film for them. After moving to the West Coast, he went on to work on numerous animated series, including "Ace Ventura," "Jungle Cubs" and "Johnny Bravo."
Shortly after, MacFarlane's talent was noted by executives at FOX who made him an offer to create a pilot for the network. Over the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated, wrote, directed and provided all the main male characters' voices for what became FAMILY GUY. The seven-minute short was delivered in May 1998, and was picked up just weeks later. At age 24, MacFarlane was the youngest executive producer in television.
In the years that FAMILY GUY has been on the air, MacFarlane has received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his role as "Stewie Griffin" (2000) and for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for FAMILY GUY (2002). In 2009, FAMILY GUY became the only animated show to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Comedy since "The Flintstones" in 1961. Prior to that landmark acknowledgement, FAMILY GUY garnered three nominations for Outstanding Animated Series.
In addition to FAMILY GUY, MacFarlane also serves as co-creator/executive producer/voice actor on AMERICAN DAD and THE CLEVELAND SHOW. This past June, MacFarlane made his directorial debut with his first live-action feature film, "Ted," in which he lent his voice to the title character and was also co-writer.
Recently, MacFarlane teamed up with Carl Sagan's original creative collaborators - writer/producer Ann Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter - to conceive a 13-part "docu-series" called COSMOS: A SPACE-TIME ODYSSEY that will serve as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series. The series is scheduled to air on FOX in 2013.
MacFarlane is also an experienced live performer, having played to sold-out audiences at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall. His debut 2011 album, "Music is Better than Words," released by Universal Republic, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz charts. It received two Grammy Award nominations, including Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Fully orchestrated and featuring MacFarlane singing some of the hidden musical gems of the ‘40s and ‘50s, the album includes duets with artists Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles.
MacFarlane lives in Los Angeles.