American Dad! Cast Bios
AMERICAN DAD! Cast Bios
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Seth MacFarlane is a true renaissance man possessing talents that encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. He has created some of the most popular content on television and film today while also expanding his career in the worlds of music, literature and philanthropy.
MacFarlane began his career studying animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design. His talents were soon noticed by executives at FOX, where they made him an offer to create a pilot presentation. Over the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated, wrote, produced, directed and provided all the main male characters’ voices for a seven-minute short that eventually became Family Guy. He was 25 when the series aired on FOX, making him the youngest showrunner in television history.
Unfortunately, Family Guy ended up being canceled twice and existing only on DVD and in repeats on the Cartoon Network. Executives revived the show for a third time when they noticed DVD sales, international revenue and cable ratings on the rise. Now in its 12th season, Family Guy is a multi-billion-dollar asset for FOX, and in 2009, it became the only animated show since The Flintstones in 1961 to be nominated for a primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy category. Family Guy has also garnered four nominations for Outstanding Animated Program. MacFarlane has received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the show.
In addition to Family Guy, MacFarlane serves as co-creator, executive producer and voice actor on American Dad! and The Cleveland Show, which just ended its 88-episode run in May 2013. He executive produced the 21st century version of COSMOS: A Space Time Odyssey described as a 13-part updated docu-series of Carl Sagan’s iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science. Cosmos premiered in March on ten US networks, simultaneously across FOX and National Geographic platforms, making it the largest television premiere event of all time. It has since become the most-watched series in the history of the National Geographic Channel. Additionally, the series has received 2 Critics Choice Television Awards and been nominated for a Television Critics Association Award and 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.
MacFarlane made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with the highest-grossing original R-rated film of all time, Ted. This buddy comedy starred Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane as the voice of the lovable foul-mouthed teddy bear. The film made over $545 million worldwide and was also co-written and produced by MacFarlane. A sequel is currently in production and is set for release in 2015. In May 2014, Universal released MacFarlane's western-comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West. The film, which MacFarlane wrote, produced, directed and starred in, featured an ensemble cast that included Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Neil Patrick Harris among others.
MacFarlane’s debut album, Music Is Better Than Words, debuted at #1 on the iTunes jazz charts in 2011 and received two Grammy nominations, including ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.’ Released by Universal Republic, the album celebrates the classic, sophisticated sound of the lush swing orchestras of the ‘40s and ‘50s with MacFarlane singing some of the hidden gems of that era. Norah Jones and Sarah Bareilles collaborated with MacFarlane on two duets on the album. He is currently finishing a Christmas album set for release in the fall of 2014.
In 2013, MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards and was also an Academy Award nominee the same year for ‘Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song’ for ‘Everybody Needs a Best Friend’ from his feature film, Ted. MacFarlane is the only three-time returning Roast Master on Comedy Central’s Emmy Roast franchise and, in 2012, he hosted the premiere of the 38th season of Saturday Night Live.
MacFarlane created The Seth MacFarlane Foundation in 2009 to focus his charitable efforts. Through this foundation, he funded the Seth MacFarlane collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan archive at the Library of Congress. He also continues to be an avid supporter of science communication, cancer research and the nonprofit organizations, Chrysalis and Perry’s Place.
Wendy Schaal is the voice of Francine on American Dad, the 10 year running animation series, now on TBS. Francine is Wendy’s one and only voice character after a life time career in films and television. Her comedic roles, especially in Joe Dante’s The burbs prompted Seth MacFarlane to bring Wendy in to audition for American Dad. Also among her credits with director, Joe Dante were Amazing Stories, Run Away Daughters, Inner Space, and Small Soldiers.
Wendy comes from a show business family; her father, Dick Schaal was an original Second City member and went on to a stage, film and television career. At age 9, Wendy studied with Viola Spolin, the innovative pioneer who created improvisation for the theater Second City in Chicago. Step mother, Valerie Harper, was of course the multi Emmy® Award winner on the MTM series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. Wendy appeared in two Rhoda episodes and on Phyllis.
Ms. Schaal doesn’t do comedy exclusively. She appeared in 3 episodes of Six Feet Under as a grieving mother and the T.V. true story movie Fatal Vision, playing the murdered wife of Jeffery McDonald, to name a couple. Other credits include numerous film, television guest spots and series.
Wendy recently moved to a rural area north of Los Angeles where she enjoys the wild life and quiet and has a boat in Marina del Rey. She lives with her boyfriend, Herb Seidel, who owns Marina Catering, a private catering company. She has one married son, Adam Schwartz, a lead guitar player, singer, songwriter, most noted for his album, Wubakia Uneathed.
Rachael MacFarlane is not just the younger sister of TV’s billion dollar animation brain: Seth MacFarlane, she is one of the most accomplished voice-over actresses in Hollywood today. Currently she provides the voices for a multitude of animated characters including Hayley from American Dad!; Hildie on Tom and Jerry; Thora on Turbo Fast; Kate Lockwell in Starcraft; Chimera on Winx Club: Enchantix; Sy Snootles in Star Wars Detours; Mindy and Eris from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy; #362 from Codename: Kids Next Door; a variety of characters on Robot Chicken; numerous video games and literally hundreds of voices on Family Guy.
An accomplished singer, Rachael has also sung on many animated series including as the voice of Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Madonna and Celine Dion among others. As Rachael MacFarlane, Concord Records released her very first CD in 2012 entitled: “Hayley Sings” – which contains songs that Hayley Smith sang on the American Dad! series, as well as songs that Hayley would choose to sing – given her character and personality on the show. Hayley is a child of the 60’s and 70’s living in the 21st century, and her music idols include Carole King, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon – among others. Rachael has re-envisioned some of the great standards written by Hayley’s music heroes – and made them into unique new standards for the i-Pod generation.
That same year, for the film “Ted” Rachael was asked to cut the demo recordings for the original song “Everybody Needs A Best Friend”. The song was later nominated for an Oscar (and in the movie, it was sung by Norah Jones). During the Holiday season Rachael was able to use her voice for the benefit of two organizations dear to her heart. She flew with the USO to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany to sing for the Wounded Warriors, and for the incredible service men and women at Landstuhl Medical Center. Back in Los Angeles, she organized and produced a live musical show entitled The Animated Voices of Christmas – with a dozen of the greatest voice actors in the country, which provided some much needed funding for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Rachael MacFarlane grew up in Kent, Connecticut with her mother Perry, her father Ron and her brother Seth. She lived on the campus of an all-boys private school where her father was a teacher. Ron was also a singer who performed in community centers and on occasion, 8 year old Rachael would duet with him on songs like “Marblehead Morning” and “You’ve Got A Friend”. The influence of both Ron and Perry can be heard in every note Rachael sings today.
Singing was a regular occurrence on the back deck of the MacFarlane home and had a great influence on Rachael’s studies. It was here that she listened to her father and mother harmonize with songs of the 60’s and 70’s from groups like Crosby Stills and Nash, and Simon and Garfunkel. She was also very involved in community musical theatre – playing in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, starring as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and Nancy in Oliver, among others. In the High School Band she played French horn, and sang in both the school and the church choirs.
She attended college at the Boston Conservatory where she studied voice, acting, and dance.
In 1998, Rachael moved to NYC to hone her career – and after a year and half of auditioning, and earning a living as a nanny for a famous Broadway producer, she decided to vacation in California – where her brother had settled, and where he was experiencing the beginnings of his great success. That was in 1998, and Rachael still has the return ticket to NYC.
She joined the Cartoon Network as a PA, and was immediately tested as a voice over artist. Her first big role came during the first season of Family Guy – where she was cast as “Jennifer, the Cult Girl”. That triumph was quickly followed by multiple roles in Family Guy for the next 14 seasons (and counting) and roles in the Power Puff Girls, Dexter’s Lab, and What’s New Scooby Doo? These all led up to her starring role as “Hayley” in American Dad!
And so Rachael MacFarlane remained the “mystery girl’ behind the many animated voices for the beginning of her career – but that soon changed in a big way. Look for her next year in Ted 2.
Scott Grimes , born in Lowell MA and raised in Dracut Mass. At the age of nine he joined the Tony Award Winning Broadway Show “NINE” with Raul Julia. He continued his theatre success the following year, joining Anthony Newley as young Charlie Chaplin in the west coast production of “Chaplin”. Television and film work immediately followed with films like the cult classic, “Critters”, and TV shows “Who’s the Boss”, “Charles in Charge” , and a series regular role on “Together we Stand” with Elliot Gould.
As Scott continued acting, he made room for recreational hockey and pursued a singing career. He did many Bob Hope Specials and his first album was produced by Richard Carpenter and Herb Alpert. His second album “Living on the Run” had a Billboard hit with the AOR single “Sunset Blvd”.
As a young adult Scott signed on to fan favorite “Party of Five”. He followed that with the film “Mystery Alaska” with Russell Crowe and then the award winning “Band of Brothers” as Don Malarky from HBO. Then back to TV for 6 seasons of ER as the beloved character Dr. Morris. Once again he followed a successful TV series with a feature starring Russell Crowe, this time as Will Scarlet in “Robin Hood”.
Grimes, Crowe and Kevin Durand (also in “Robin Hood”) formed a singing group along with Alan Doyle from Great Big Sea and have done concerts from London to Newfoundland to NYC to Australia. Scott also performs with the band “Band from TV” and they have done numerous charity events across the U.S.
Just recently Scott starred in the film “Pearly Gates” with Uzo Aduba, Lanie Kazan,
Peter Bogdanovich along with many others. He also continues his role of Jimmy in the Canadian series of “Republic of Doyle”. You can see Scott this Christmas in the Movie of the Week “Santa Con” along with Barry Watson and Melissa Joan Hart. You can hear him every week as “Steve Smith” in the animated series “American Dad”
Dee Bradley Baker
Dee Bradley Baker is one of the most versatile and sought after A-list voice actors working today. His voice is seemingly everywhere, featured in literally hundreds of television shows, movies and top video games. Over the past two decades, Dee has earned an extraordinary reputation among show creators and fans alike with his chameleon-like acting skills and his wide range of realistic creature sounds, from tiny birds and insects to gigantic monsters.
Dee is currently featured on Fox's Emmy-nominated series American Dad (Klaus the goldfish), as well as on Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Legend of Korra (Tarrlok, Pabu and Nala), SpongeBob Squarepants (Squilliam, etc.), and Cartoon Network's hit series, Adventure Time (Cinnamon Bun, etc.).
In Laika's incredible new animated feature, The Boxtrolls, Dee voices the lead boxtroll, "Fish."
Dee appears regularly on many Disney Television cartoons. He currently voices Perry the Platypus in the mega-hit series Phineas and Ferb, and appears regularly in Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, Gravity Falls, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. In addition, he voices the dwarf Dopey in Disney's new hit animated series, The Seven D.
Fans of the Walt Disney theme parks may be surprised to learn that Dee voices the parrot on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and Boba Fett for the newly retooled Star Tours 3D attraction.
Perhaps the standout showcase of Dee’s impressive acting ability is his portrayal of Captain Rex and an entire army of clone soldiers in Lucas Animation’s Annie-nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. He is able to maintain subtly distinct personalities among the clone troops, sometimes sustaining entire episodes almost completely solo. This has earned Dee an Annie Award nomination for Best Voice Actor.
Other notable television credits include: Cow and Chicken, Codename: Kids Next Door, Teen Titans, and Batman: Brave and the Bold. Fans of Nickelodeon's classic 90's gameshow Legends of the Hidden Temple are thrilled to learn that Dee voiced the rock god Olmec.
Dee has worked with many of Hollywood's top feature film directors, including Gore Verbinski on Pirates of the Caribbean (the parrot), Zach Schneider on Dawn of the Dead (zombies), Ivan Reitman on Space Jam (Daffy Duck and Tasmanian Devil) and George Miller on Happy Feet (Maurice). He also provided the vampire sounds for the recent remake of Fright Night.
The video game world knows Dee’s work quite well. He is featured in many of this year’s top video games including Batman: Arkham City (Ras al Ghul), Portal 2 (the co-op bots), and all sorts of creatures in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Diablo 3, Left 4 Dead 2, Gears of War series and Halo 2 and 3.
Dee is a fan and family favorite on stage as well, making yearly special celebrity guest appearances at Walt Disney World and San Diego’s ComiCon. He has also been a featured performer at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the world famous Video Games Live show.