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Seth MacFarlane: The man behind 'Family Guy'

One of the youngest people ever to create a television series, Seth MacFarlane began his career studying animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he created the animated short film "The Life of Larry".

Impressed executives at Hanna-Barbera encouraged MacFarlane to go to Los Angeles in 1995 to create and direct a short film for them. After moving to L.A., he worked on numerous animated series, including "Ace Ventura," "Jungle Cubs" and "Johnny Bravo."

MacFarlane's big break came when the producers of MADtv discovered "The Life of Larry" and approached him to air it as four short segments. Although that deal fell apart, executives at FOX recognized his talent and gave him a shot to create a primetime animated series of his own. Over the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated, wrote, directed and provided all the main male characters' voices for what became FAMILY GUY.

Utilizing all his contacts, friends and resources to produce the seven-minute short, he delivered it in May 1998 and just weeks later it was picked up. MacFarlane went on to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his role as Stewie Griffin, and FAMILY GUY has garnered three nominations for Outstanding Animated Series. In 2002, he also received an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for FAMILY GUY.  

MacFarlane also serves as co-creator/executive producer/voice actor on the FOX animated series AMERICAN DAD. His additional television credits include serving as executive producer on "The Winner" and consulting producer on "The Pitts," and guest-starring roles on "The War at Home," "Gilmore Girls," "Help Me Help You," "Star Trek Enterprise," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "Robot Chicken."

Born and raised in Connecticut, MacFarlane lives in Los Angeles.

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