Rachael MacFarlane

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Rachael MacFarlane
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MacFarlane at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born Rachael Ann MacFarlane
(1976-03-21) March 21, 1976 (age 38)
Kent, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater Boston Conservatory
Occupation Voice actress, singer
Years active 1997–present
Known for Family Guy, American Dad!
Spouse(s) Spencer Laudiero
Children Bella Francesca Laudiero
Family Seth MacFarlane (brother)

Rachael Ann MacFarlane (born March 21, 1976) is an American voice actress and singer best known as the voice of character Hayley Smith on the animated television show American Dad!. American Dad was created by her brother Seth MacFarlane.[1] She also voiced supreme leader Numbuh 362 in Codename: Kids Next Door. In addition to voice acting, MacFarlane has also been involved in other aspects of animation, such as being a production manager for The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Welcome to Eltingville, and she wrote an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, titled "Educating Grim".[2]

Early life[edit]

MacFarlane was born in Kent, Connecticut. Her parents, Ronald Milton MacFarlane (born 1946) and Ann Perry Sager (1947–2010), were born in Newburyport, Massachusetts.[3] Her brother is animator and voice actor Seth MacFarlane (born 1973). She is of English, Scottish, and Irish descent.[4] MacFarlane's parents met in 1970, when they both lived and worked in Boston, Massachusetts, and married later that year. The couple moved to Kent in 1972, where Ann began working in the Admissions Office at South Kent School. She later worked in the College Guidance and Admissions Offices at the Kent School, a selective college preparatory school where Ronald also was a teacher.[3][5]

MacFarlane graduated from the Boston Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles to begin a career in voice acting.[6][7]

Career[edit]

MacFarlane first started voicing characters on Hanna-Barbera shows. She mostly worked on the shows that her brother, Seth, worked on such as Johnny Bravo and Dexter's Laboratory. Then after her career on Hanna-Barbera had ended, MacFarlane then began voicing many characters on Cartoon Network.

In addition to voice acting, Rachael has also been involved in other aspects of animation, such as being a production manager for The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Welcome to Eltingville, and wrote an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, titled "Educating Grim" - [2] where she also met her husband. Seth MacFarlane asked her to help him with his new pilot for the Fox Broadcasting Company, which would become Family Guy. Rachael MacFarlane worked on the show providing incidental voices, and her brother told her she was good at it and asked her to stay, prompting her to move from New York City to Los Angeles. This launched her career as a voice actress; she remained an incidental cast member on Family Guy for several years and began getting other voice-over work on her own, working for both The Walt Disney Company and Cartoon Network. In 2005, her brother Seth cast her in his second major prime time animated show, American Dad!.

MacFarlane also continues to contribute to Family Guy, on a regular basis. In September 2012, Rachael MacFarlane released her first album Hayley Sings, which is a jazz vocal tribute to Hayley Smith, her character on American Dad!.

Personal life[edit]

MacFarlane is married to Spencer Laudiero. They have one daughter named Bella Francesca Laudiero.[8]

On July 16, 2010, MacFarlane's mother, Ann Perry Sager, died after a long battle with cancer. Her death was reported by Larry King on his show Larry King Live, who acknowledged a conversation he had with her during an interview with her son in May 2010.[3][9]

MacFarlane has noted her similarities to Hayley Smith on American Dad!, revealing, "We both share the same political views".[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Katie Couric, Britney Spears Voice
Direct-to-video
2006 Codename: Kids Next Door: The Movie: Operation Z.E.R.O. Numbuh 362 Voice
TV film
2007 Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure 2 Headed Parrot Voice
TV film
2007 Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen Mindy, Velma's Mom, Eris Voice
TV film
2008 Underfist: Halloween Bash Mindy Voice
TV film
2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Nightshade, Lady Shiva Voice
2010 Lego Atlantis: The Movie Samantha Rhodes Voice
2013 I Know That Voice Herself Documentary

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997–2002 Johnny Bravo Various Voice
5 episodes
2002 The Powerpuff Girls Girl #1, Girl #2, Boy Voice
Episode: "Keen on Keane/Not So Awesome Blossom"
1999–2002,
2005–present
Family Guy Various Voice
Recurring role
2002–2004 Fillmore! Enid Quintara, Luella Spear Voice
2 episodes
2002–2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Mindy, Eris, the Goddess of Discord and Chaos, Various Voice
30 episodes
2003–2008 Codename: Kids Next Door Numbuh 362, Various Voice
12 episodes
2003 Dexter's Laboratory Miss Salinger, Cheerleader, Girl Voice
Episode: "Sis-Tem Error/Bad Cable Manners/Dexter's Library"
2003 Static Shock Nina Crocker/Time-Zone Voice
Episode: "Flashback"
2004 Megas XLR Gina Voice
Episode: "Dude, Where's My Head?"
2004 Samurai Jack Mom Voice
Episode: "Jack and the Baby"
2005 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Connie Crunch, Sugar, Sheila Voice
2 episodes
2005–present American Dad! Hayley Smith, Various Voice
Main cast
2007 The Batman Blaze Voice
Episode: "White Heat"
2007 The Grim Adventures of the Kids Next Door Numbuh 362, Mindy Voice
TV special
2008 Can You Teach My Alligator Manners? Mom, Librarian 2 episodes
2008–2009 Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Various Voice
4 episodes
2011 Winx Club Chimera Voice
6 episodes
2011 Night of the Hurricane Hayley Smith Voice
TV special
2011–2014 Robot Chicken Various Voice
3 episodes
TBA Dead Meat Rachael Voice

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Eris
2006 Family Guy Video Game! Various
2008 The Incredible Hulk Vapor
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Kate Lockwell (UNN reporter)
2013 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Kate Lockwell (UNN reporter)
2014 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy Olga the Diva

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US US
Jazz
Hayley Sings[11]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hayley Smith on American Dad". FOX. 
  2. ^ a b "Bio at TV.com". 
  3. ^ a b c "Obituaries – Ann Perry MacFarlane". Newburyport News. July 16, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ Child, Christopher. "Ancestry of Seth MacFarlane". Retrieved December 20, 2007. 
  5. ^ "One-man campaign out for 'Family Guy'". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Associated Press. July 2, 1999. Retrieved February 13, 2008. "Seth MacFarlane has been out of prep school for eight years, but the headmaster is still on his case. The top administrator of the Kent School is leading a one-man campaign to get advertisers to drop The Family Guy, an animated TV comedy created by MacFarlane, a 1991 Kent alumnus." 
  6. ^ Catlin, Roger (February 6, 2005). "Another Animated Kickoff For State Man". courant.com. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Rose, Lacey (February 20, 2013). "5 Reasons Why Seth MacFarlane Will Be a Great Oscars Host (According to His Sister)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Biography of Rachael MacFarlane". Biographies. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Seth MacFarlane's mother dies". Canoe. July 29, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Rachael MacFarlane of "American Dad" talks growing up with brother Seth MacFarlane". YouTube. January 5, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ ASIN B008BGNR28, Hayley Sings (2012-09-25)

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