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Seth Macfarlane

Seth Macfarlane

On this date in 1973, comedian, actor and producer Seth Macfarlane was born in Kent, Conn. Macfarlane is best known for creating the popular animated sitcom, "Family Guy," and for voicing several of the show's main and recurring characters. Macfarlane attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned his undergraduate degree and studied film and animation. Macfarlane has written, produced, acted and voiced in several shows and movies, including "Ted" (2012), "Family Guy," and "The Cleveland Show." Macfarlane's "Family Guy" has won several awards, including two Emmy's. Macfarlane hosted the 2013 Oscars, which contained a lot of the crude humor he is known for that is also present in his TV shows. He is slated to co-produce a show with Ann Druyan called "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey," which will be hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. "Cosmos" will be a follow-up to "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," an award-winning 1980 science series co-written and presented by Carl Sagan that helped redefine how science was taught.

Macfarlane is vocal in his support for atheism, gay rights and other progressive social and political movements. He frequently mocks religion in his television shows, which has received backlash from some religious and socially conservative groups. Bill Maher, in a June 1, 2012 interview on CNN, asked Macfarlane what he thought about the atheism movement gaining credibility. Macfarlane jokingly responded, "I think it's about fucking time." His atheism did not falter after Macfarlane missed his airplane flight on the morning of September 11, 2001; the airplane he missed hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Macfarlane has said coincidences happen that do not need to be attributed to a deity.

 

“I do not believe in God. I'm an atheist. I consider myself a critical thinker, and it fascinates me that in the 21st century most people still believe in, as George Carlin puts it, 'the invisible man living in the sky.'”

—— Seth Macfarlane, Steppin’ Out Magazine, Oct. 18, 2007.

Compiled by Sarah Eucalano

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Freethought of the Day

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