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Seth MacFarlane

MacFarlane in 2012 Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (; born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, animator, filmmaker, comedian, and singer. He is the creator and star of the television series ''Family Guy'' (since 1999) and ''The Orville'' (since 2017), and co-creator of the television series ''American Dad!'' (since 2005) and ''The Cleveland Show'' (2009–2013). He also wrote, directed, and starred in the films ''Ted'' (2012), its sequel ''Ted 2'' (2015), and ''A Million Ways to Die in the West'' (2014).

MacFarlane is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied animation. Recruited to Hollywood, he was an animator and writer for Hanna-Barbera for television series including ''Johnny Bravo'', ''Cow and Chicken'', ''Dexter's Laboratory'', and ''Larry & Steve''. He made guest appearances as an actor on television series such as ''Gilmore Girls'', ''The War at Home'', ''Star Trek: Enterprise'', and ''FlashForward''. In 2008, he created the YouTube series ''Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy''. He won several awards for his work on ''Family Guy'', including five Primetime Emmy Awards and an Annie Award. In 2009, he won the Webby Award for Film & Video Person of the Year.

MacFarlane has performed as a singer at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has released seven studio albums, in the vein of Frank Sinatra, with influences from jazz orchestrations, and Hollywood musicals beginning with ''Music Is Better Than Words'' in 2011. MacFarlane has received five Grammy Award nominations for his work. He has frequently collaborated with artists such as Sara Bareilles, Norah Jones, and Elizabeth Gillies on his albums. MacFarlane has also sung with Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, and Barbra Streisand. He hosted the 85th Academy Awards in 2013 and was nominated for Best Original Song for the song "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from ''Ted''.

MacFarlane was executive producer of the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted ''Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey'', an update of the 1980s ''Cosmos'' series hosted by Carl Sagan. In 2019 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2020, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Provided by Wikipedia