To celebrate the release of Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, we thought we’d share a little useless trivia about the loveable Family Guy creator.
1: Seth MacFarlane became a household name through the success of crude cartoons such as Family Guy and American Dad. This was not his first involvement in the world of cartoons however; Macfarlane was both an animator and writer for cartoons such as Johnny Bravo and Cow and Chicken.
2: Where Ted saw MacFarlane delve into the world of film as a director, A Million ways to Die in the West sees MacFarlane make his on screen debut, or so you would think. MacFarlane has made a number of guest appearances in TV shows ranging from Gilmore Girls to Star Trek: Enterprise.
3: MacFarlane is something of a guest speaker in America, travelling across various college campuses, including Havard, in order to address students. MacFarlane is renowned for speaking to audiences as himself, Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin and serial womaniser Glen Quagmire.
4: Not one to shy away from politics, MacFarlane is a known supporter of the Democrat party and is said to have donated money to both Congressional Committees and the 2008 Presidential election.
5: It isn’t just in animation where MacFarlane excels. He is an avid ‘Big Band’ singer and released an album in 2011, which received a Grammy Nomination. This lead MacFarlane to continue his work in music, scheduling a Christmas album set to be released in 2014.
6: In a scenario of the most bizarre fortune, MacFarlane missed a plane he had to catch after a drunken night out. This wasn’t just any flight, it was American Airlines Flight 11, a plane that was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Centre’s North Tower. Seth MacFarlane was almost another soul lost to the 9/11 terror attacks.
7: When attending Rhode Island School of Design, MacFarlane lived in a house he like to call ‘The Fuzzy Door’, this due to the fake-fur covering the front door. The door made such an impression on MacFarlane that he named his production company after it, Fuzzy Door Productions.
8: In March 2014, MacFarlane, serving as an executive producer, re-launched the much loved of version of the 1980’s Carl Sagan show Cosmos. The delve into the night sky would not have happened if not for donations from MacFarlane.
9: MacFarlane claims that his middle name, Woodbury, was the name of the much-loved ‘town drunk’ in the town where his family originated.
10: Apart from: Peter, Stewie, Quagmire and Brian, MacFarlane offers his vocal performance to many more characters in Family Guy including: Tom Tucker, Carter Pewterschmidt, Jasper and Dr Hartmann. Not succumbing to being a one trick pony MacFarlane also voices Stan Smith and Roger in his other cartoon hit, American Dad.