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Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (born October 26, 1973 in Kent, Connecticut) is the creator of the animated series Family Guy and American Dad!. Picture of Seth MacFarlane. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Kent is a town located in Litchfield County, Connecticut, alongside the border with New York. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Family Guy is an animated television series set in the fictional town of Quahog (pronounced KOH-hog ), Rhode Island. ... The Smiths, from left to right: Roger, Francine, Stan, Klaus, Hayley, and Steve. ...

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Early career

MacFarlane received his diploma at Kent School and then attended and studied animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. While in college, he created a short film entitled The Life of Larry, an early ancestor of Family Guy. After graduation, he was hired by Hanna-Barbera Productions and later worked as an animator and writer for Cartoon Network's Cartoon Cartoon series, which included the shows Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Laboratory and Cow and Chicken. He was also a writer for the animated series Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and created Larry & Steve, a short cartoon that was on Cartoon Network's What-A-Cartoon! show. Kent School is an independent (private) co-ed prep school in Kent, Connecticut. ... The Rhode Island School of Design (commonly abbreviated RISD and pronounced RIZ-dee) is one of the premier fine arts institutions in the United States. ... Family Guy is an animated television series set in the fictional town of Quahog (pronounced KOH-hog ), Rhode Island. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... The current Cartoon Network logo. ... What-A-Cartoon!, also known as World Premiere Toons or WAC for short, was the mid-1990s animation showcase that appeared on the Cartoon Network. ... Johnny Bravo is an animated series about the boorish, skirt-chasing title character who constantly searches for a woman willing to date him, but even when he seems to find one, something goes wrong. ... Dexters Laboratory (Dexters Lab for short) is an American animated series which was created by Genndy Tartakovsky and first produced by Hanna-Barbera for Cartoon Network. ... Cow and Chicken is a cartoon series, created by David Feiss, first broadcast on the Cartoon Network from 1997 to 1999. ... Ace Ventura, Pet Detective is a 1994 wacky comedy movie, directed by Tom Shadyac. ... What-A-Cartoon!, also known as World Premiere Toons or WAC for short, was the mid-1990s animation showcase that appeared on the Cartoon Network. ...


Family Guy

MacFarlane's first individual undertaking, Family Guy, is an animated comedy which follows the life of the Griffin family. Peter Griffin, the father, is a loud, obnoxious, sexist, inconsiderate, yet loveable oaf. Peter's wife, Lois Griffin, is a kind, calm, level-headed housewife who teaches piano lessons out of the house part-time while tending to their children. Chris Griffin is the eldest son, who is a little lacking in intelligence. Meg Griffin is the only daughter of the family who craves social interaction and for the rest of her family to give her respect. Brian Griffin is by far the most eloquent member of the household--even though he is a talking dog--and tends to drink a bit much. And finally there is Stewie Griffin, a talking infant bent on world domination and the destruction of all who oppose him, including his mother, Lois. On the show, MacFarlane provides the voices of Peter, Brian, Stewie, and Glen Quagmire. Family Guy is an animated television series set in the fictional town of Quahog (pronounced KOH-hog ), Rhode Island. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... Comedy is the use of humour in the performing arts. ... Peter Griffin is a fictional character in the Fox animated television show Family Guy. ... Sexism is discrimination between people based on their Sex rather than their individual merits. ... Lois Griffin. ... A stereotypical housewife A homemaker is a person whose prime occupation is to care for their family and home. ... Chris Griffin is the fictional eldest son of Peter and Lois Griffin in the popular television cartoon series Family Guy. ... In the fiction world of the animated TV series Family Guy, Megan Meg Griffin is the sweet-natured teen-aged daughter of the title character, Peter Griffin. ... Brian Griffin Brian Griffin is a cartoon character on the TV show Family Guy voiced by the shows creator, Seth MacFarlane. ... Stewie, an infant evil genius, has concocted yet another diabolical plot to murder his mother. ... Glenwood Quagmire is a character on the television cartoon program, Family Guy. ...


Family Guy first aired in 1999 after the Super Bowl on FOX. Nielsen ratings for the pilot episode were excellent and Family Guy's future looked optimistic. However, after three seasons and 50 episodes, FOX cancelled Family Guy. A huge undertaking by the show's loyal fanbase worked to bring it back to life, and, combined with record DVD sales of the three aired seasons and the show doing very well on Adult Swim, led to Family Guy returning to FOX on May 1, 2005. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Super Bowl XXXIII took place on January 31, 1999 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox, is a television network in the United States. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are generally referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by the New York City-based firm Nielsen Media Research to determine which shows television viewers watch at what times. ... A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Adult Swim logo Adult Swim is the name for the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network, which premiered on September 2, 2001. ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...


American Dad!

American Dad! is MacFarlane's latest undertaking and first aired May 1, 2005 on Fox. It focuses on Stan Smith, a CIA agent convinced that terrorists are everywhere, even in his own household. He has a loving wife and two children, along with two unusual houseguests: Roger, the Alien who Stan rescued from Area 51, and Klaus the goldfish with the brain of a German man implanted into him. MacFarlane has said that his discontent towards George W. Bush's presidency was a motivating factor in the development and plot of the show. The Smiths, from left to right: Roger, Francine, Stan, Klaus, Hayley, and Steve. ... The CIA Seal The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is one of the American foreign intelligence agencies, responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and reporting such information to the various branches of the U.S. Government. ... Satellite view of Area 51 from 1968. ... Order: 43rd President Vice President: Dick Cheney Term of office: January 20, 2001 – Present Preceded by: Bill Clinton Succeeded by: Incumbent Date of birth: July 6, 1946 Place of birth: New Haven, Connecticut First Lady: Laura Welch Bush Political party: Republican George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the...


Notable guest appearances

MacFarlane is an avid fan of Star Trek and has appeared as the engineer Ensign Rivers on the show Star Trek Enterprise in the Season 3 episode "The Forgotten" (3.20) and the Season 4 episode "Affliction" (4.15). The Enterprise boldly going where no man had gone before. ... The starship Enterprise (NX-01) Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ...


September 11, 2001 experience

On September 11, 2001 MacFarlane was scheduled to return to Los Angeles on American Airlines Flight 11 after being a keynote speaker at his alma-mater in Rhode Island. His travel agent gave him the wrong flight time, and he arrived at Boston Logan Airport a few minutes after boarding was finished. He was told he would have to wait for the next flight. At 8:45am one hour after the departure of American Airlines Flight 11, it was hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ... Griffith Observatory and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. ... American Airlines Flight 11 was an American Airlines flight aboard a Boeing 767-223ER, N334AA aircraft. ... State nickname: The Ocean State Other U.S. States Capital Providence Largest city Providence Governor Donald Carcieri Official languages None Area 4,005 km² (50th)  - Land 2,709 km²  - Water 1,296 km² (32. ... A travel agency is a store where individuals or families go to buy travel packages. ... Terrorism refers to the use of violence for the purpose of achieving a political, religious, or ideological goal. ... The twin towers, photographed from the west The World Trade Center in New York City was a complex of seven buildings around a central plaza, near the south end of Manhattan in the downtown financial district. ... City nickname: The Big Apple Location in the state of New York Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg Area  - Land  - Water 1,214. ...


In an interview in USA Today a few days after the attacks, he said that he was unable to get in touch with his office or his family in Los Angeles. He ended up driving half way across the country before he finally was able to contact his office and parents to tell them that he was all right. USA Today is a national American newspaper published by the Gannett Corporation. ...


External links

  • IMDB Seth MacFarlane page (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0532235)
  • Official Family Guy Website on FOX (http://www.fox.com/familyguy)
  • Official American Dad Website on FOX (http://www.fox.com/americandad)
  • The Seth MacFarlane Fan Club (http://sethmacfarlane.org/)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Seth MacFarlane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1298 words)
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (born October 26, 1973 in Kent, Connecticut) is an American animator, screenwriter, producer, director and voice actor.
He is best known as the creator of the animated series Family Guy and American Dad!
The Life of Larry -- a link to Seth's student film
TVShowsOnDVD.com - Another Seth MacFarlane Interview (1527 words)
Seth and I talked about Family Guy returning, as well as the new show he's working on, American Dad.
(Seth Laughs) I saw it coming, I built my website around the Family Guy DVDs, in the hope that they would be released.
Seth and Mila are just the most wonderful people to work with.
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