Seth MacFarlane is an American actor, comedian, writer, and singer as well as the creator and executive director of The Orville. He also plays the role of Captain Ed Mercer.


A veteran of the industry, Seth began his career writing for Hannah Barbera before eventually creating the popular television series Family Guy whom he also voice acts three of the main characters. He has gone on to also produce American Dad and a short lived Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show.

Seth MacFarlane has also starred in multiple feature length films such as Ted, Ted 2, and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Creating The OrvilleEdit

On May 4th 2016 it was announced by Fox The Orville had been picked up by a pilot, with Seth MacFarlane both producing and starring in the project.

According to co-star J. Lee, who portrays Chief Engineer John LaMarr, Seth did most of the writing for Season 1 along with the writing staff, but is very open to ideas from the entire cast. [1]


  • Seth MacFarlane is a fan of Star Trek and the Twilight Zone which he cites as inspiration for The Orville's style.

References Edit

  1. LaPalme, Kevin. "THE ORVILLE’S J LEE AND HIS LEAP OF FAITH". LaPalme Magazine. Dec. 6, 2017.