Seth MacFarlane is lactose-intolerant.
Seth MacFarlane's favorite sport is golf.
Seth MacFarlane was a writer for the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective cartoon series.
He participated in the 2007 Writer's Guild of America strike.
Seth MacFarlane is a proponent for the legalization of marijuana.
He is a big fan of the 80's culture, as evidenced by many spoofs, gags, parodies, and cultural events he used from that decade.
He did some work on Cartoon Network series, Johnny Bravo.
After his Harvard speech, he received an honorary degree.
His old high school headmaster publicly criticised him for his "low brand of humour."
Seth MacFarlane received his high school diploma from Kent School in Conneticut.
As a boy, he worked with the same vocal coaches as Frank Sinatra once had.
He has said that his voices of Stan Smith on American Dad! and Stewie on Family Guy are his most exhausting voice parts.
He is a big fan of Star Trek and has made appearances on the show.
Seth MacFarlane used his normal voice to portray as Brian and Tom Tucker, except the cadence is different.
Aside from working on two animated sitcoms, Seth is currently working on a live-action pilot with former Family Guy writer, Ricky Blitt. The sitcom The Winner, which has just been picked up for six episodes, will star The Daily Show's Rob Corddry.
He has a Scottish ancestry.
He is a skilled pianist.
Seth MacFarlane has a New-England based humor.
He often references musicals and Broadway musical numbers.
Seth has a cousin Tim Mercer who has a pop punk band in Brooklyn, New York.
The name of his production company, Fuzzy Door, comes from the name of his apartment when he attended Rhode Island School of Design ("RISD"). The door to the house was covered in fur.
Based his Stewie Griffin voice from the portrayal of Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins in the film, My Fair Lady.
He was given voice training by a 90-year-old couple who also trained Frank Sinatra.
Based the voice of Peter Griffin, it's mostly from a loudmouthed security guard who worked on the campus where he attended college.
At age 5, he had a dog named Hannah that died. When doing sad voice recordings, he often thinks of that time when he first learned about death.
Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story is not often recognized by fans as a movie. However, according to the DVD's commentary by Seth MacFarlane, it is a movie, and he hopes he can make another one soon.
He studied animation at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Height: 5' 10".
Seth MacFarlane can sing pretty well while portraying the voice of Brian on Family Guy.
His sister is Rachael MacFarlane, provides voices for Family Guy and his new series American Dad!
Seth: (as Stewie, on Countdown With Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, mocking Bill O'Reilly) Oh, wait, Bill. Stay right where you are. I want to soil you!
Seth: Absolutely, we were influenced by The Simpsons. We'd be stupid not to be. They put that out there, and we took a cue from that.
Seth: (On an interview with tvshowsondvd.com, regarding his 9/11 close call)
The only reason it hasn't really affected me as it maybe could have is I didn't really know that I was in any danger until after it was over, so I never had that panic moment. After the fact, it was sobering, but people have a lot of close calls; you're crossing the street and you almost get hit by a car ... this one just happened to be related to something massive. I really can't let it affect me because I'm a comedy writer. I have to put that in the back of my head.
Roger: Oooh, I smell shenanigans!
Seth: (giving a speech at Harvard Class Day as Stewie, soon after South Park spoofed Family Guy in one episode) You're wondering to yourselves: what can I expect from the outside world? Will I find my niche? What should I know about the vast territory that lies beyond the confines of my little subcultural textbooks, Ramen noodles, coin-operated laundry and TV shows that seem to think they can skate by with random jokes about giant chickens that have absolutely nothing to do with the overall narrative? The boys at South Park are absolutely correct: Those cutaways and flashbacks have nothing to do with the story! They're just there to be ... funny. And that is a shallow indulgence that South Park is quite above, and for that I salute them.
Seth: (asked what is the one project that he's always wanted to do, but has yet to be able to) I would love to write a Broadway musical.
Seth: (asked who – or what – has had the biggest influence on his career) The Simpsons was a pretty heavy influence, in that it sort of redefined – after The Flintstones – what else television animation can be. I would be remiss if I didn't mention them. Here and there there are comic influences like Jackie Gleason, The Far Side, Woody Allen... lot of different sources. As far as an influence on my career, certainly the Rhode Island School of Design had a pretty darn heavy influence. Not in one specific way, but it definitely changed my course.
Seth: (asked if he could change one thing about the industry, what would it be) Do I give the serious answer or the comedy answer? Or both? I would say – and this is not a revolutionary answer – it would be nice if there was less development... if there was less meddling with projects before they get on. It would be nice if there was less of a homogenizing process between the conception of an idea and when it makes it to air, because I think a lot of good projects are ruined. That's probably what I would change. The comedy answer would be that I think people should... uh... I got nothing. I was grabbing for something brilliant and it's not coming to me. This is why I don't do improv.
Seth: (his favourite books) Flatland was a great book... Edwin Abbot. I gotta say – I went nuts over A Brief History of Time, the Stephen Hawking book. I'm sort of a sucker for that type of stuff.
Stewie: What the deuce?!
Seth: (asked which project he feels didn't live up to what he envisioned) Aside from Family Guy? I spent most of my career-life on Family Guy. It's a good question. Since Family Guy was my first show, my first original property, and I just finished it – I couldn't tell ya. I don't know that I have an answer.
Quagmire: Heh heh, all right!
Brian: Hey barkeep, whose leg do you gotta hump to get a dry martini around here?
Stewie: Victory shall be mine!
Stewie: Damn you, vile woman!
Peter: Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh!
Seth (on his favourite TV programs): All in the Family, I love. I love All in the Family. The Honeymooners. The Twilight Zone. Here's my nerdiness coming out – Star Trek: The Next Generation. I would actually, in all seriousness, put that as possibly the finest hour-long series ever written. How they did that on a weekly basis is beyond me, it's so impressive. There you go... I got that out of my system...
Seth (in his favourite movies): I gotta give it to The Sound of Music. I'm sorry. I know that's, like, a lame answer, but I f***in' love The Sound of Music. It's The Sound of Music... It's not like it's some obscure independent film. There are those who would be expecting me to say Caddyshack – which is number two...
Seth: (his favourite piece of music) There's a Johnny Mercer/David Raksin song called "Laura" that just always got me right in the gut, ya know?
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