Seth Green

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Seth Green
Seth Green Comic-Con 2011.jpg
Seth Green at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
BornSeth Benjamin Gesshel-Green
(1974-02-08) February 8, 1974 (age 40)
Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, writer, producer, comedian, director
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Clare Grant (m. 2010–present)
Website
www.sethgreen.com
 
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Seth Green
Seth Green Comic-Con 2011.jpg
Seth Green at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
BornSeth Benjamin Gesshel-Green
(1974-02-08) February 8, 1974 (age 40)
Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, writer, producer, comedian, director
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Clare Grant (m. 2010–present)
Website
www.sethgreen.com

Seth Benjamin Green (born February 8, 1974)[1] is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. Green is the creator and executive producer and most-frequent voice on Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, where he is also a writer and director. He directed many of the Robot Chicken specials including Robot Chicken: Star Wars and DC Comics Special. He has starred in the feature films, Airborne, The Italian Job, Party Monster, Can't Hardly Wait, Without a Paddle and all three Austin Powers films, among many others. He is also well known for his role as Chris Griffin on Fox's Family Guy and previously as Daniel "Oz" Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Greg the Bunny. He also voices Lieutenant Gibbs in Titan Maximum and Jeff "Joker" Moreau in the Mass Effect video game series. Green has appeared in many other movies, such as Rat Race, America's Sweethearts, Old Dogs and as a child in Woody Allen's Radio Days, and in the horror films Idle Hands and Stephen King's It.

Early life[edit]

Seth Green was born Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green in Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Herbert Green and Barbara Gesshel. He has one sister named Kaela.[2] Green comes from a Jewish family.[1] He is of Russian, Scottish, and Polish descent.[3] Green started acting at the age of 7.[4] His early comic influences included Monty Python, Blackadder, Saturday Night Live, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Porky's and Caddyshack.[5]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Green's first movie roles were in the 1984 films Billions for Boris and The Hotel New Hampshire, the latter of which cast him alongside Jodie Foster and Rob Lowe. He appeared in the 1987 film Can't Buy Me Love, playing the part of Patrick Dempsey's character's little brother, Chuckie Miller. He also starred in Woody Allen's Radio Days (1987) as Joe, a 1940s boy, and appeared in Big Business (1988) and, in the same year, in My Stepmother Is an Alien, which also starred Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Alyson Hannigan.

In 1984, Green portrayed Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer in the Jell-O Gelatin Pops commercials featuring The Little Rascals. In 1991, Green rose to fame in a Rally's "Cha Ching" commercial,[6] which earned him an appearance at the 1991 Super Bowl. Green was given a key to New Orleans in honor of his role in the popular commercial.[7] Green appeared in the film It (as Richie Tozier, age 12), the horror film Ticks, all three Austin Powers movies as Dr. Evil's son, Scott, and Enemy of the State and The Italian Job as a computer specialist. He was also in the films Can't Hardly Wait, Rat Race, Without a Paddle, Idle Hands and Party Monster and Old Dogs. Green also had a role in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the scene he was in was subsequently cut.

In 1994, he starred alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt in the short-lived series The Byrds of Paradise. He worked with Hewitt again in 1998's Can't Hardly Wait. Seth is not related to Bruce Seth Green, who directed some episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. On occasion, some sources confuse the two and have credited Seth as the director. As an actor in the series he was close to co-star Alyson Hannigan because they were lovers in the show. He played a calm, mild mannered band member who gets turned into a werewolf. He is very popular among fans of the series. Green has starred on Fox's Greg the Bunny and guest-starred onThe X-Files, That '70s Show, Will & Grace, MADtv, Reno 911!, Entourage, Grey's Anatomy, The Wonder Years, Heroes, The Facts of Life and My Name Is Earl.

Family Guy[edit]

Seth Green at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International for Family Guy

Green was in to the casting of an animated television sitcom called Family Guy, created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the dysfunctional Griffin family and stars MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, and Mike Henry. Green primarily voices Chris Griffin, the teenage son, who is overweight, unintelligent and, in many respects, a younger version of his father, and Neil Goldman, a neighbor of the Griffins.[8] Green admittedly did an impression of the Buffalo Bill character from the thriller film The Silence of the Lambs during his audition.[9] His main inspiration for Chris' voice came from envisioning how "Buffalo Bill" would sound if he were speaking through a PA system at a McDonald's.[10]

Later work[edit]

Green is a co-creator, co-producer, writer, director, and most frequent voice of the Emmy-winning stop-motion sketch comedy TV series Robot Chicken, for which he does many voices and has even appeared in animated form. Green is friends with the band Fall Out Boy, making a cameo in their music video, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race." He also appeared in "Weird Al" Yankovic's "White & Nerdy" music video. He made two appearances on The Soup in 2007 and 2008, using his first appearance to lampoon Internet celebrity Chris Crocker.[11] He voiced the character Jeff "Joker" Moreau, pilot of the SSV Normandy and later the Normandy SR2, in the video games Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3.[12][13] He is a producer of The 1 Second Film and appears in the "making of" documentary that accompanies its feature-length credits. Green is also the co-creator (with Hugh Sterbakov) of the comic Freshmen, published by Top Cow Productions.

Green, along with Robot Chicken co-producer Breckin Meyer, appeared in the NBC show Heroes during the 2008–09 season.[14] In January 2009, Green worked with David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving – Faustino is often mistaken for Green.[15] Later in the same year, he worked with one of his idols, Robin Williams in comedy film Old Dogs, which also starred John Travolta. On July 13, World Wrestling Entertainment's official website announced Green as the special guest host for the July 13 episode of WWE Raw, and on that night, Green competed in the main event, a six-man tag team match, which his team won by disqualification.[16][17] He was also in attendance for WWE's biggest event of the year, WrestleMania XXVI on March 28, 2010. Green guest starred in the third season of the acclaimed sitcom Husbands.[18] Green will be the new voice of Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beginning in its third season (following Jason Biggs' departure from the role).[19]

Personal life[edit]

After getting engaged on New Year's Eve 2009, Green married actress Clare Grant on May 1, 2010 in Northern California.[20] The two currently live in Los Angeles.[2] They worked together on Robot Chicken, Warren the Ape, and her "Geek and Gamer Girls Song" viral video.[21][22] Green filed papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court in August 2011 asking a judge to legally shorten his name to Seth Benjamin Green "to reflect my professional stage name."[23] The change became official on October 20, 2011.[1]

While often cited for promoting atheism for his quote "God is, to me, pretty much a myth created over time to deny the idea that we're all responsible for our own actions", Green later clarified that "I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I find it sad and unfortunate how many wars are fought and lives are lost in a quest to insist that someone else pray the same way you do. I have a deep belief in the divinity of the Universe, and I had no ability to really comprehend the scope or magnitude of all the things that I don't understand. But I've never been the guy who says 'I don't believe in God' or 'I don't believe in some kind of overlaying, governing force that makes everything symmetrical' and I've never been interested in being anyone's spokesman, whether it's organized religion or the opposite. I'm my own spokesperson. I take great pains to always say I only speak for me."[24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Billions for BorisBenjamin 'Ape-Face' Andrews
1984The Hotel New Hampshire'Egg' Berry
1986Willy/MillyMalcolm
1987Radio DaysJoe
1987Can't Buy Me LoveChuckie Miller
1988Big BusinessJason
1988My Stepmother Is an AlienFred Glass
1990Missing ParentsLeo
1990Pump Up the VolumeJoey
1990Stephen King's ItYoung Richie Tozier (Beep Beep Richie)
1991Our Shining MomentWheels
1992The Double 0 KidChip
1993TicksTyler Burns
1993ArcadeStilts
1993AirborneWiley
1993The Day My Parents Ran AwayLeo
1995Notes from UndergroundPunk Neighbor
1995White Man's Burden3rd Youth at Hot Dog Stand
1996To Gillian on Her 37th BirthdayDanny Green
1997Boys Life 2Homophobe 2Segment: "Nunzio's Second Cousin"
1997Austin Powers: International Man of MysteryScott Evil
1998Can't Hardly WaitKenny Fisher
1998Enemy of the StateSelbyUncredited role
1999Idle HandsMick
1999StonebrookCornelius
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeScott Evil
2001Rock Star 101Le'VonShort film
2001The Trumpet of the SwanBoydVoice
2001The Attic ExpeditionsDouglas
2001Josie and the PussycatsTravis (Du Jour band member)
2001America's SweetheartsDanny Wax
2001Rat RaceDuane Cody
2001Knockaround GuysJohnny Marbles
2002Austin Powers in GoldmemberScott Evil
2003Party MonsterJames St. James
2003The Italian JobNapster
2004Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters UnleashedPatrick Wisely
2004Without a PaddleDan Mott
2005Be CoolShotgun (Music video producer)Uncredited role
2005Stewie Griffin: The Untold StoryChris Griffin, Various charactersVoice
2005The Best ManMurray
2006Electric Apricot: Quest for FesterooJonah "the taper guy"
2006The TV SetSlut Wars Host
2008Sex DriveEzekiel
2009Old DogsCraig White
2011Mars Needs MomsMiloMotion capture
2011The Story of LukeZack
2013Sexy Evil GeniusZachary Newman
2013I Know That VoiceHimselfDocumentary
2014Guardians of the GalaxyHoward the Duck[25]Voice, Uncredited role
2014The IdenticalDinoPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Young People's SpecialsCharlieEpisode: "Charlie's Christmas Secret"
1985ABC Afterschool SpecialTommy SandersEpisode: "I Want to Go Home"
1985Tales from the DarksideTimmyEpisode: "Monsters in My Room"
1986Amazing StoriesLanceEpisode: "The Sitter"
1986Spenser: For HireAndy ChandlerEpisode: "The Hopes and Fears"
1988The Facts of LifeAdam Brinkerhoff2 episodes
1988Divided We StandCody GibbsFailed TV Pilot
1989Free SpiritJoeyEpisode: "Too Much of a Good Thing"
1989Mr. BelvedereLouisEpisodes: "Big" and "Paper Mill"
1990Life Goes OnWilliam ButlerEpisodes: "The Spring Fling" and "The Visitor"
1991Good & EvilDavid6 episodes
1992Evening ShadeLarry PhippsEpisode: "Hasta la Vista"
1992The Wonder YearsJimmy Donnelly2 episodes
1992Batman: The Animated SeriesWizardVoice role; Episode: "I Am the Night"
1993Beverly Hills, 90210WayneEpisode: "The Game Is Chicken"
1993The X-FilesEmilEpisode: "Deep Throat"
1993seaQuest DSVMark "Wolfman"Episode: "Photon Bullet"
1994The Byrds of ParadiseHarry Byrd8 episodes
1994Weird ScienceLubecEpisode: "Lisa's Virus"
1995Haunted Lives: True Ghost StoriesTermiteMiniseries
1995Step by StepDannyEpisode: "Head of the Class"
1996Something So RightNapoleonEpisode: "Pilot"
1997PearlBobEpisode: "Mission ImPearlsible"
1997Mad About YouBobby RubenfeldEpisode: "Guardianhood"
1997The Drew Carey ShowThe MCEpisode: "That Thing You Don't"
1997Temporarily YoursDavid Silver6 episodes
1997–2000Buffy the Vampire SlayerDaniel "Oz" Osbourne39 episodes
1998CybillJayboEpisode: "Cybill Sheridan's Day Off"
1999–2003,
2005–present
Family GuyChris Griffin, Various charactersVoice role; Main cast
1999AngelDaniel "Oz" OsbourneEpisode: "In the Dark"
1999Saturday Night LiveHimselfEpisode: "Sarah Michelle Gellar/Backstreet Boys"
1999–2000Batman BeyondNelson Nash, DempseyVoice role; 6 episodes
1999–2000100 Deeds for Eddie McDowdEddie McDowdVoice role; 13 episodes
2000–2005MADtvBrightling4 episodes
2000TuckerHimself3 episodes
2002Greg the BunnyJimmy Bender13 episodes
2002Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?Various charactersVoice role; 4 episodes
2003–2004That '70s ShowMitch Miller5 episodes
2003Aqua Teen Hunger ForceHimselfVoice role; Episode: "The Dressing"
2005Punk'dHimselfEpisode: "1.5"
2004Married to the KellysDr. Jim CoglanEpisode: "A Portrait of Susan"
2004–2007Crank YankersRusselVoice role; 2 episodes
2004Sesame StreetVinny, Mr. Robinson2 episodes
2005Will & GraceRandall FinnEpisode: "Company"
2005–2009American Dad!Various charactersVoice role; 3 episodes
2005–presentRobot ChickenVarious charactersAlso co-creator, director, writer, executive producer
2006Four KingsBarry13 episodes
2006Ned's Declassified School Survival GuideDogVoice role; Episode: "Guide to April Fool's Day and Excuses"
2006The Secret Policeman's BallPrivate Parts, Mt. PinkTV special
2006EntourageHimself2 episodes
2007Grey's AnatomyNick2 episodes "Season four, Episode 9 and 10" "Crash Into Me"
2007Robot Chicken: Star WarsVarious charactersTV special
2008Reno 911!Rick the ManagerEpisode: "Undercover at Burger Cousin"
2008My Name Is EarlBuddyEpisode: "The Magic Hour"
2008EntourageHimselfEpisode: "Seth Green Day"
2008HeroesSam2 episodes
2008–2009Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon ComedyVarious charactersVoice role; 3 episodes
2008Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode IIVarious charactersTV special
2009WWE RawHost/HimselfTV special
2009–2010Star Wars: The Clone WarsTodo 360, Ion PapanoidaVoice role; 4 episodes
2009Titan MaximumVarious charactersVoice role; also executive producer
2009The Cleveland ShowChris GriffinVoice role; 2 episodes
2009The Venture BrothersLance HaleVoice role; Episode: "Self-Medication"
2010Warren The ApeHimselfEpisode: "Amends"
2010Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode IIIVarious charactersTV special
2011MADVarious charactersVoice role; 3 episodes
2011Night of the HurricaneChris GriffinVoice role; TV special
2011DeleteLucifer2 episodes
2012-PresentPhineas and FerbMonty MonogramVoice role; 5 episodes
2012Franklin and BashJangoEpisode: "Jango and Rossi"
2012Dan Vs.AhkenrahVoice role; Episode: "The Mummy"
2012How I Met Your MotherDaryl LaCorteEpisode: "The Final Page"
2012–2013HollistonGustavo2 episodes
2012Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne BarrRoasterTV special
2012Robot Chicken DC Comics SpecialVarious charactersTV special
2012Family Guy: 200 Episodes LaterHimselfTV special
2013ConanConan O'BrienEpisode: "Occupy Conan: When Outsourcing Goes Too Far"
2013Men at WorkHomeless GuyEpisode: "Will Work for Milo"
2013–2014DadsEli Sachs18 episodes
2013–presentHulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.Rick Jones/A-Bomb, Rocket RaccoonVoice role; Main cast
2013HusbandsThe OfficiantEpisode: "I Do Over"
2013-presentChannel Squad 01Warner X / Danny BrickmeyerVoice role; Co-lead role
2014Avengers AssembleRocket RaccoonVoice role; Episode "Guardians and Space Knights"
2014–presentTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesLeonardoVoice role; Main cast (Season 3-present)

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Make My VideoBand Member
1994PlaytoonsSneetches, Peter T. Hooper, Crowd #1Video game: "Uncle Archibald"
Video game: "The Secret of the Castle"
Storybook WeaverVarious characters
2004Storybook Weaver Deluxe
2006Family Guy Video Game!Chris Griffin
2007Mass EffectFlight Lieutenant Jeff 'Joker' MoreauVoice and likeness
2010Mass Effect 2
2012Mass Effect 3
Family Guy: Back to the MultiverseChris Griffin
2014Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1989Young Artist AwardBest Young Actor Guest-Starring in a Syndicated Family Comedy, Drama, or SpecialThe Facts of LifeNominated
1992Young Artist AwardOutstanding Young Comedian in a Television SeriesGood & EvilWon
2000Teen Choice AwardTV - Choice ActorBuffy the Vampire SlayerNominated
2002Teen Choice AwardTV - Choice Actor, ComedyGreg the BunnyNominated
2005Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Dance SceneBe CoolNominated
2006Spike Video Game AwardBest Supporting Male PerformanceFamily Guy Video Game!Nominated
2006Spike Video Game AwardBest CastFamily Guy Video Game!Won
2007Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Animated ProgramRobot Chicken for "Lust for Puppets"Nominated
2008Annie AwardDirecting in an Animated Television ProductionRobot Chicken: Star WarsWon
2008Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Animated ProgramRobot Chicken: Star WarsNominated
2009Annie AwardWriting in an Animated Television Production or Short FormRobot Chicken: Star Wars Episode IINominated
2009Slammy AwardRaw Guest Host of the YearWWE RawNominated
2009Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Animated ProgramRobot Chicken: Star Wars Episode IINominated
2009Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Voice-Over PerformanceRobot Chicken: Star Wars Episode IINominated
2010Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Short-format Animated ProgramRobot Chicken for "Full-Assed Christmas Special" ("Dear Consumer")Won
2010Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Voice-Over PerformanceRobot ChickenNominated
2011Annie AwardWriting in a Television ProductionRobot Chicken: Star Wars Episode IIIWon
2011Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Animated ProgramRobot Chicken: Star Wars Episode IIINominated
2011Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Short-format Animated ProgramRobot Chicken for "Robot Chicken's DP Christmas Special"Nominated
2011Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Voice-Over PerformanceRobot ChickenNominated
2012Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Short-format Animated ProgramRobot Chicken for "Fight Club Paradise"Nominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Short-format Animated ProgramRobot Chicken for "Robot Chicken's ATM Christmas Special"Nominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Voice-Over PerformanceRobot ChickenNominated
2014Primetime Emmy Award[26]Outstanding Short-format Animated ProgramRobot Chicken for "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special"Nominated
2014Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Character Voice-Over PerformanceRobot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in ParadiseNominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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