Seth MacFarlane Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

John Carpenter Net Worth 

John Carpenter has an estimated net worth of $300 million. Seth MacFarlane is known for writing, animating, and producing the hit TV show ‘Family Guy’ and for directing comedic films like ‘Ted.’ He earns most of his income from movies and television shows. 

Seth MacFarlane, who was born in Connecticut in 1973, began working in animation in the mid-1990s. In 1999, he debuted the animated hit Family Guy, which led to the creation of another long-running cartoon series, American Dad!, as well as the opportunity to direct feature films such as Ted and A Million Ways to Die in the West. MacFarlane has also released a number of Grammy-nominated albums featuring his renditions of songs from the Great American Songbook.

To calculate the net worth of John Carpenter, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: John Carpenter
Net Worth: $300 Million
Monthly Salary: $2 Million
Annual Income: $40 Million per year
Source of Wealth: Actor, Composer, Animator, Television producer, Voice Actor, Comedian, Singer, Screenwriter, Film director, Television Director

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Early Life and Animation Career

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born on October 26, 1973, in Kent, Connecticut. Ronald, his father, was a teacher, and Ann, his mother, was an academic administrator.

At the age of two, the future animator was drawing beloved cartoons like Woody Woodpecker and Fred Flintstone and inquiring about the mechanics of animation as soon as he could talk. MacFarlane recalls, “When I was old enough to ask, I wondered, ‘How are cartoons made?’ ‘How do I go about doing one of these?'” When he was nine years old, he began publishing his own comic strip in the local Kent newspaper.

MacFarlane continued drawing and animating throughout high school before enrolling in video and animation classes at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Though his career ambitions were initially focused on Disney, MacFarlane’s thesis film, Life of Larry, which contained the beginnings of what would later become Family Guy, caught the attention of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Following his graduation in 1995, MacFarlane relocated to Los Angeles to begin his career. MacFarlane worked as an animator and writer for Hanna-Barbera on Johnny Bravo (1997) and Cow and Chicken (1995), but his heart was still with Life of Larry. He kept working on it, fine-tuning and revamping it into a comedy short titled Larry & Steve.

Fox executives recognized MacFarlane’s talent and offered him a job on MadTV. Although the deal fell through, it solidified the animator’s relationship with Fox.

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‘Family Guy’

Soon after, the studio offered him a small sum of money to create a pilot in the hopes that it would lead to a prime-time series directed by MacFarlane. MacFarlane recalls a frantic period of creation and anxiety, saying, “I spent about six months with no sleep and no life, just drawing like crazy in my kitchen and doing this pilot.” Despite his limited resources, he was able to convey the overall theme of the show and hook studio executives with his edgy humor. Fox acquired Family Guy in 1998 and planned for it to premiere in early 1999. MacFarlane was only twenty-four years old when he became an executive producer.

MacFarlane became the voice of three main characters on Family Guy: Peter, Stewie, and Brian Griffin. The zany dysfunction of the Griffins from Quahog, Rhode Island, plays out with cutting precision in the show, a satire of the American family. Despite citing Woody Allen and Jackie Gleason as influences and forefathers, MacFarlane’s own brand of humor shines through, and Family Guy quickly gained a cult following.

MacFarlane has said of the show’s belly-laugh appeal, “We’re out to make jokes, especially with the current landscape of sitcoms. That, I believe, is lost in many sitcoms, which are preoccupied with things like story and character development, as well as emotional storytelling. That stuff is important, but ultimately, ‘job one’ in sitcoms is to keep people laughing.”

Family Guy was canceled in 2002, but record-breaking DVD sales, high rerun ratings, and a large number of disgruntled fans drew the attention of studio executives. Following extensive negotiations, Fox decided to resurrect Family Guy and capitalize on its long-term revenue potential. Unsurprisingly, given its penchant for physical humor and political jabs, Family Guy has not been without controversy. MacFarlane is a favorite target of conservative and family watchdog groups, who relentlessly attack him for alleged indecency. Despite the political stumbling blocks, the show and MacFarlane have received numerous honors.

‘American Dad!’ and ‘The Cleveland Show’

MacFarlane continued to broaden his horizons beyond the Griffins, revealing another potential hit series, American Dad!, in 2005, which he co-created with Matt Weitzman and Mike Barker. The show follows and satirizes its main character, Stan Smith, a politically and socially conservative CIA officer, in an even more political tone.

In 2009, MacFarlane debuted The Cleveland Show, a Family Guy spinoff based on the life of Peter Griffin’s friend Cleveland Brown. The Cleveland Show had some success, earning an Emmy nomination, but it lacked the tenacity of MacFarlane’s previous animated efforts and was cancelled after four seasons.

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Acting, Directing and Producing

Following Family Guy’s initial success, MacFarlane began appearing on television shows such as The Gilmore Girls, The War at Home, and Star Trek: Enterprise. On the big screen, he voiced Johann Kraus in Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) and appeared in Dwayne Johnson’s Tooth Fairy (2010).


Ted, his first live-action feature film, was released in 2012, starring Mark Wahlberg. The film tells the story of an adult man and his resurrected childhood teddy bear. MacFarlane also voiced the film’s titular talking bear and wrote the lyrics to its Academy Award-nominated theme song, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” in addition to writing, directing, and producing it.

‘A Million Ways to Die in the West,’ ‘Ted 2’

Following Ted’s success, MacFarlane went on to write, direct, and star in A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014). The comedy featured plenty of raunchy jokes in keeping with its creator’s style, but it also received mixed reviews despite a talented cast that included Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, and Neil Patrick Harris. MacFarlane then returned with Ted 2 (2015), which failed to match the success of its predecessor but still grossed more than $200 million worldwide.

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‘The Orville’

With his next project, The Orville, MacFarlane took a different path. MacFarlane stars as Captain Ed Mercer, who commands an exploratory ship alongside his ex-wife, Adrianne Palicki, in the Star Trek-inspired comedy-drama. The Orville was praised for finding its footing in season 2 after an uneven first season in 2017. Season 3 will premiere on Hulu in 2020, following two seasons on Fox.

MacFarlane has also hosted David Hasselhoff, Charlie Sheen, and Donald Trump roasts on Comedy Central, as well as the 2013 Academy Awards. He has also served as an executive producer on several projects, including the sitcoms The Winner, Dads, and Blunt Talk; the docuseries Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey; and the 2015 environmental documentary This Changes Everything.

Music and Albums

Seth MacFarlane has found time outside of his television and film work to pursue his passion for singing. He has been a lifelong fan of big band tunes and retro-style full orchestras, and he performed at the BBC Proms in 2009 with a set list of old favorites such as “Singin’ in the Rain,” and his Grammy-nominated debut album, Music Is Better Than Words, was released in 2011.

MacFarlane delivered the albums Holiday for Swing (2014), No One Ever Tells You (2015), In Full Swing (2017), and Once in a While (2019), collaborating with artists such as Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles and earning two more Grammy nominations along the way.

“I love and am fascinated by exciting orchestration—what you can do with a band that size,” MacFarlane says of his musical passion. “I think in many ways it’s a lost art.”

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