Is a devoted supporter of the Democratic Party. Ironically, his shows air on the FOX network, which is largely a Republican-supporting channel
"Family Guy" (1999) and "American Dad!" (2005) both premiered after the Super Bowl, but "The Cleveland Show" (2009) premiered after "The Simpsons" (1989).
Is a big fan of Woody Allen.
With the cancellation of "King of the Hill" (1997) and the debut of "The Cleveland Show" (2009) on Fox, MacFarlane is now the co-creator and producer of three of the four animated shows that comprise Fox's "Animation Domination" on Sunday nights. ("Family Guy" (1999), "American Dad!" (2005) and "The Cleveland Show" (2009).) The fourth of course being "The Simpsons" (1989).
Took part in the 2009 season of BBC Proms Concerts in London singing in the _""BBC Proms" Prom 22: A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals"_ with Kim Criswell, Sarah Fox, Sir Thomas Allen and Curtis Stigers on Saturday 1 August.
Dedicated the Season 9 premiere of "Family Guy" (1999), "And Then There Were Fewer", to his mother, Perry Ann, who died of cancer.
One of his favorite movies is Airplane! (1980).
Favorite comedy movie Caddyshack.
Loves "Real Time with Bill Maher" (2003).
Was inspired by "All in the Family" (1968) to write for television. Norman Lear was his mentor.
Considers The Jerk (1979) to be the funniest movie ever made.
His father, Ron MacFarlane, narrated the hour-long Christmas episode of "Family Guy" (1999), "Road to the North Pole".
He is a distant cousin of former "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) actress Denise Crosby.
Is an accomplished crooner, a talent he ably demonstrated as a guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) singing "You're the Cream in My Coffee" backed by Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band (5 August 2010).
He considered working for the Walt Disney Company after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, but decided against it due to criticism from religious welfare groups. Instead he worked for Hanna-Barbara after the studio received his thesis film, The Life of Larry (1995), which was sent to them by Seth's professor at the RISD. It was accepted into the "What A Cartoon!" shorts program spearheaded by Fred Seibert. It was produced at the studio as a seven-minute short under the title "Larry and Steve". McFarlane performed several of the voice acting roles, some of which he eventually used in "Family Guy" (1999) for patriarch Peter Griffin and Brian, the family dog.
Was voted as the "Smartest Man on TV" by Entertainment Weekly, the magazine that initially criticized "Family Guy" (1999), but had recently been more receptive to the show.
He's a fan and personal friend of Keith Olbermann.
Is good friends with Butch Hartman, creator of "The Fairly OddParents" (2001) and "Danny Phantom" (2004).
Is an avid fan of "Star Wars" and "Star Trek". His favorite film in the "Star Wars" saga is Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and his favorite TV series in the "Star Trek" franchise is "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987).
Lives in Los Angeles.
Was given voice training by a 90-year-old couple who also trained Frank Sinatra.
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 the voice of Peter Griffin mostly from a loud mouthed security guard that worked on the campus where he attended college.