List of Family Guy cast members

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Family Guy is an American animated sitcom that features five main voice actors, and numerous regular cast and recurring guest stars. The principal voice cast consists of show creator Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis (who replaced Lacey Chabert after the first season) and Mike Henry. Recurring voice actors include Patrick Warburton, Adam West, John G. Brennan, Nicole Sullivan and Jennifer Tilly, and repeat guest stars include Phyllis Diller, Charles Durning, Rush Limbaugh, and Phil LaMarr.

Many cast members provide voices for multiple characters. The voice actors, in portraying the various character personalities on the show, draw inspiration from celebrities and pop culture. Family Guy characters have been played by more than one actor, after members of the show left the series or had conflicting obligations.

Kunis was nominated for an Annie Award for voicing Meg Griffin in the season 5 episode "Barely Legal" and MacFarlane has also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production, though no other cast member has won an award for their work on the series.

Current cast[edit]

A young man with red hair and stubble
Seth Green provides the voice of Chris Griffin.
A man with close-shaven hair, and a slight beard, looks to his left, with his body turned.
Mike Henry voices various characters in the series.
A woman with her hair tied back, poses while wearing a white dress that slightly exposes her breasts.
Mila Kunis provides the voice of Meg Griffin.
A woman with black hair tied back smiles while sitting behind a microphone.
Alex Borstein provides the voice of Lois Griffin.
A closeup of a man with his head looking forward, smiling and wearing a backwards baseball cap.
Patrick Warburton provides the voice of Joe Swanson.
A man with light colored hair and sunglasses, looks straight forward, with a shocked look on his face.
The real Adam West provides the voice of Mayor Adam West.

From seasons 1 to 4, Family Guy had four main cast members. Since season 5, there has been five main cast members. The casting of Meg Griffin changed after season 1.

Seth MacFarlane[edit]

Seth MacFarlane voices four of the show's main characters: Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, Stewie Griffin and Glenn Quagmire.[1] MacFarlane chose to voice these characters himself, believing it would be easier to portray the voices he had already envisioned than for someone else to attempt it.[2] MacFarlane drew inspiration for the voice of Peter from a security guard he overheard talking while attending the Rhode Island School of Design.[3] Stewie's voice was based on the voice of English actor Rex Harrison,[4] especially his performance in the 1964 musical drama film My Fair Lady.[5] MacFarlane uses his regular speaking voice when playing Brian.[2]

MacFarlane also provides the voices for various other recurring and one-time only characters, most prominently those of news anchor Tom Tucker, Lois' father Carter Pewterschmidt and Dr. Hartman.[6] He is the only voice to be in every episode.

Alex Borstein[edit]

Alex Borstein voices Lois Griffin, Asian correspondent Tricia Takanawa, Loretta Brown and Lois' mother Barbara Pewterschmidt.[7] Borstein was asked to provide a voice for the pilot while she was working on MADtv. She had not met MacFarlane or seen any of his artwork and said it was "really sight unseen".[8] At the time, Borstein performed in a stage show in Los Angeles, in which she played a redhead mother whose voice she had based on one of her cousins.[7][8] The voice was originally slower (and deeper for the original series), but when MacFarlane heard it, he replied "Make it a little less fucking annoying...and speed it up, or every episode will last four hours".[7]

Seth Green[edit]

Seth Green primarily plays Chris and Neil Goldman.[6][9] Green stated that he did an impression of the "Buffalo Bill" character from the thriller film The Silence of the Lambs during his audition.[10] His main inspiration for Chris' voice came from envisioning how "Buffalo Bill" would sound if he were speaking through a public address system at a McDonald's.[11]

Mila Kunis[edit]

Mila Kunis is the voice of the character named Meg Griffin.[6] Kunis won the role after auditions and a slight rewrite of the character, in part due to her performance on That '70s Show.[12] MacFarlane called Kunis back after her first audition, instructing her to speak slower, and then told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Once she claimed that she had it under control, MacFarlane hired her.[12] Kunis described her character as "the scapegoat." She further explained, "Meg gets picked on a lot. But it's funny. It's like the middle child. She is constantly in the state of being an awkward 14-year-old, when you're kind of going through puberty and what-not. She's just in perpetual mode of humiliation. And it's fun."[13]

Recurring cast[edit]

Recurring cast members include Patrick Warburton as Joe Swanson, Adam West as the character Mayor Adam West, Jennifer Tilly as Bonnie Swanson and Johnny Brennan as Mort Goldman

Recurring guest voices[edit]

The recurring guest voices include Adam Carolla and Norm Macdonald as Death, Lori Alan as Diane Simmons, Phil LaMarr as Ollie Williams, Carrie Fisher as Angela, Charles Durning as Francis Griffin, Drew Barrymore as Jillian and Butch Hartman as several characters.

ActorCharacter
West, AdamAdam West[14]West, AdamAdam West
Sullivan, NicoleNicole Sullivan[15]Goldman, MurielMuriel Goldman
Tilly, JenniferJennifer Tilly[16]Swanson, BonnieBonnie Swanson
Warburton, PatrickPatrick Warburton[17]Swanson, JoeJoe Swanson
Johnny BrennanMort Goldman, Horace
Mike HenryCleveland Brown
ActorCharacter(s)Notes
Diller, PhyllisPhyllis DillerGriffin, ThelmaThelma Griffin[18]Voiced Thelma in three episodes: "Mother Tucker", "Padre de Familia" and "Peter's Two Dads"
Durning, CharlesCharles DurningGriffin, FrancisFrancis Griffin[19]Guest starred as Francis Griffin
LaMarr, PhilPhil LaMarrWilliams, OllieOllie Williams[20]Guest starred as a reporter for 27 episodes during the series
Carolla, AdamAdam CarollaDeath[21]Replaced Norm Macdonald, has appeared as Death since 2000
Smith, DannyDanny SmithEvil Monkey, Ernie the Giant Chicken[22]Voice of Ernie the Giant Chicken, among other characters. He also voiced Al Harrington, the Wacky Inflatable Arms-Flailing Tube Man salesman. In commentaries, he has stated that he recorded the fast-talking segments in one or two takes without any form of audio editing.
Wilhoit, LisaLisa WilhoitD'Amico, ConnieConnie D'Amico[23]Guest starred in many episodes as a popular school girl, from the beginning of the series.
Hartman, ButchButch HartmanVariousHartman has appeared in many minor roles.[24]
Barrymore, DrewDrew BarrymoreRussell, JillianJillian Russell[25]Barrymore provided the voice of Jillian in eight episodes, five of which were in season five.
Fisher, CarrieCarrie FisherAngela[26]Fisher was featured in eleven episodes, beginning with the season four episode, "Jungle Love".
Marie, CandaceCandace MarieBeth[27]Marie provided the voice of Miley Cyrus in the episode "Hannah Banana" and was offered a recurring role as Meg's friend Beth.
Strong, TaraTara StrongVarious[28]Janet, Eliza Pinchley, Cindi, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Maria Jimenez. She was Meg Griffin's singing voice for performances of "Gonna Buy Me a Rainbow" in "Don't Make Me Over". Strong also voiced the African American boy in the Ball in a Cup advertisement in "The Fat Guy Strangler".
Breckenridge, AlexAlex BreckenridgeVariousBreckenridge has appeared in many episodes since 2005.[29]

Casting changes[edit]

Chabert voiced Meg for the first production season (14 episodes), but, because of a contractual agreement, was never credited.[27] Chabert left the series due to time constraints with her acting role in Party of Five, as well as schoolwork.[30] Norm Macdonald voiced the character of Death in an episode of Family Guy.

Carlos Alazraqui voiced Mr. Weed (the head of the "Happy Go Lucky" toy factory).

ActorCharacter(s)Notes
Chabert, LaceyLacey ChabertMeg GriffinVoiced Meg in the first season[31]
Macdonald, NormNorm MacdonaldDeathReplaced by Adam Carolla after one episode
Balk, FairuzaFairuza BalkConnie D'AmicoVoiced Connie in the second season
Alazraqui, CarlosCarlos Alazraqui[32]Mr. WeedVoiced Mr. Weed until the third season, when the character died[33]
Alan, LoriLori AlanSimmons, DianeDiane Simmons[34]She voiced Diane Simmons until season nine, when the character was killed off

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearActorAwardCategoryRoleResultRef.
2000Seth MacFarlanePrimetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Voice-Over PerformanceStewie GriffinWon[35]
2009Seth MacFarlanePrimetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Voice-Over PerformancePeter GriffinNominated[36]
2006Seth MacFarlaneAnnie AwardBest Voice Acting in an Animated Television ProductionStewie GriffinWon[37]
2007Mila KunisAnnie AwardVoice Acting in an Animated Television ProductionMeg GriffinNominated[38]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Graham, Jefferson (January 29, 1999). "Cartoonist MacFarlane funny guy of Fox's 'Family' Subversive voice of series is his". USA Today. p. E7. 
  2. ^ a b Cruz, Gilbert (September 26, 2008). "Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane". TIME. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ Smith, Andy (April 30, 2005). "A Real Family Reunion". Providence Journal TV. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  4. ^ Dean, John (November 1, 2008). "Seth MacFarlane’s $2 Billion Family Guy Empire". Fox Business. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ Franklin, Nancy (January 16, 2006). "American Idiots". The New Yorker. 
  6. ^ a b c "Family Guy Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c Miller, Kirk (November 19, 2008). "Q&A: Alex Borstein". Metromix. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Alex Borstein (Lois) Laughs at the Once-Dead Family Guy's Longevity". TV Guide. November&nbsp13, 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ Graham, Jefferson (April 9, 1999). "Seth Green fits right in with new Family". USA Today. 
  10. ^ "Fans help 'Family Guy' return to Fox". Observer-Reporter. April 29, 2005. p. E5. 
  11. ^ Green, Seth (September 27, 2005). Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story: Audio Commentary (DVD). 
  12. ^ a b "Family Guy – Casting Mila Kunis". The Paley Center for Media. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ De Leon, Kris (September 25, 2007). "Mila Kunis Talks About Working on Family Guy and Her Upcoming Movie". BuddyTV. Retrieved September 3, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Adam West Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Nicole Sullivan:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Jennifer Tilly:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Patrick Warburton:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Phyllis Diller: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 17, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Charles During:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Phil LeMarr:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Adam Carolla:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  22. ^ "Danny Smith:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Lisa Wilhoit:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Butch Hartman:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  25. ^ Callaghan, Steve (2006). Family Guy season 5 DVD commentary for the episode "Whistle While Your Wife Works" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 
  26. ^ "Carrie Fisher:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  27. ^ a b House, M.L (November 11, 2009). "Exclusive interview with new Family Guy star Candace Marie". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  28. ^ IMDB (May 25, 2012). "Tara Strong IMDB page with Family Guy credits". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  29. ^ Woodfin, Josh (May 27, 2009). "Family Guy's Alex Breckenridge laid bare". FHM. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  30. ^ "Sonic the Horndog". Gamespy. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  31. ^ "Lacey Chabert: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  32. ^ Steve Callaghan (writer) (2001-09-05). "Mr. Saturday Knight". Family Guy. Season 3. Episode 9. Fox Broadcasting Company.
  33. ^ "Carlos Alazraqui: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  34. ^ "Lori Alan:Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  35. ^ Brian Lowry (2000-08-28). "NBC Leads Tally of Early Emmys, Boosted by ‘West Wing’". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  36. ^ "The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards and 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Nominees are...". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  37. ^ "Annie Award Winners". Annie Awards. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  38. ^ "34th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2006)". Annie Awards. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2009-11-05.