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
Born Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green
(1974-02-08) February 8, 1974 (age 40)
Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, writer, producer, comedian, director
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Clare Grant (m. 2010–present)
Website
www.sethgreen.com

Seth Benjamin Gesshel-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 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), Ticks - 1993, 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]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Billions for Boris Benjamin 'Ape-Face' Andrews
1984 The Hotel New Hampshire 'Egg' Berry
1986 Willy/Milly Malcolm
1987 Radio Days Joe
1987 Can't Buy Me Love Chuckie Miller
1988 Big Business Jason
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Fred Glass
1990 Missing Parents Leo
1990 Pump Up the Volume Joey
1990 Stephen King's It Young Richie Tozier (Beep Beep Richie)
1991 Our Shining Moment Wheels
1992 The Double 0 Kid Chip
1993 Infested Tyler Burns
1993 Arcade Stilts
1993 Airborne Wiley
1993 The Day My Parents Ran Away Leo
1995 Notes from Underground Punk Neighbor
1995 White Man's Burden 3rd Youth at Hot Dog Stand
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Danny Green
1997 Boys Life 2 Homophobe 2 Segment: "Nunzio's Second Cousin"
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Scott Evil
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Kenny Fisher
1998 Enemy of the State Selby Uncredited role
1999 Idle Hands Mick
1999 Stonebrook Cornelius
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Scott Evil
2001 Rock Star 101 Le'Von Short film
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Boyd Voice role
2001 The Attic Expeditions Douglas
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Travis (Du Jour band member)
2001 America's Sweethearts Danny Wax
2001 Rat Race Duane Cody
2001 Knockaround Guys Johnny Marbles
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Scott Evil
2003 Party Monster James St. James
2003 The Italian Job Napster
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Patrick Wisely
2004 Without a Paddle Dan Mott
2005 Be Cool Shotgun (Music video producer) Uncredited role
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Chris Griffin, Various characters Voice role
2005 The Best Man Murray
2006 Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo Jonah "the taper guy"
2006 The TV Set Slut Wars Host
2008 Sex Drive Ezekiel
2009 Old Dogs Craig White
2011 Mars Needs Moms Milo Motion capture
2011 The Story of Luke Zack
2013 Sexy Evil Genius Zachary Newman
2013 I Know That Voice Himself Documentary
2013 The Identical Dino Post-Production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Young People's Specials Charlie Episode: "Charlie's Christmas Secret"
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Tommy Sanders Episode: "I Want to Go Home"
1985 Tales from the Darkside Timmy Episode: "Monsters in My Room"
1986 Amazing Stories Lance Episode: "The Sitter"
1986 Spenser: For Hire Andy Chandler Episode: "The Hopes and Fears"
1988 The Facts of Life Adam Brinkerhoff 2 episodes
1988 Divided We Stand Cody Gibbs Failed TV Pilot
1989 Free Spirit Joey Episode: "Too Much of a Good Thing"
1989 Mr. Belvedere Louis Episodes: "Big" and "Paper Mill"
1990 Life Goes On William Butler Episodes: "The Spring Fling" and "The Visitor"
1991 Good & Evil David 6 episodes
1992 Evening Shade Larry Phipps Episode: "Hasta la Vista"
1992 The Wonder Years Jimmy Donnelly 2 episodes
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Wizard Voice role; Episode: "I Am the Night"
1993 Beverly Hills, 90210 Wayne Episode: "The Game Is Chicken"
1993 The X-Files Emil Episode: "Deep Throat"
1993 seaQuest DSV Mark "Wolfman" Episode: "Photon Bullet"
1994 The Byrds of Paradise Harry Byrd 8 episodes
1994 Weird Science Lubec Episode: "Lisa's Virus"
1995 Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories Termite Miniseries
1995 Step by Step Danny Episode: "Head of the Class"
1996 Something So Right Napoleon Episode: "Pilot"
1997 Pearl Bob Episode: "Mission ImPearlsible"
1997 Mad About You Bobby Rubenfeld Episode: "Guardianhood"
1997 The Drew Carey Show The MC Episode: "That Thing You Don't"
1997 Temporarily Yours David Silver 6 episodes
1997–2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Daniel "Oz" Osbourne 39 episodes
1998 Cybill Jaybo Episode: "Cybill Sheridan's Day Off"
1999–2003,
2005–present
Family Guy Chris Griffin, Various characters Voice role; Main cast
1999 Angel Daniel "Oz" Osbourne Episode: "In the Dark"
1999 Saturday Night Live Himself Episode: "Sarah Michelle Gellar/Backstreet Boys"
1999–2000 Batman Beyond Nelson Nash, Dempsey Voice role; 6 episodes
1999–2000 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Eddie McDowd Voice role; 13 episodes
2000–2005 MADtv Brightling 4 episodes
2000 Tucker Himself 3 episodes
2002 Greg the Bunny Jimmy Bender 13 episodes
2002 Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? Various characters Voice role; 4 episodes
2003–2004 That '70s Show Mitch Miller 5 episodes
2003 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Himself Voice role; Episode: "The Dressing"
2005 Punk'd Himself Episode: "1.5"
2004 Married to the Kellys Dr. Jim Coglan Episode: "A Portrait of Susan"
2004–2007 Crank Yankers Russel Voice role; 2 episodes
2004 Sesame Street Vinny, Mr. Robinson 2 episodes
2005 Will & Grace Randall Finn Episode: "Company"
2005–2009 American Dad! Various characters Voice role; 3 episodes
2005–present Robot Chicken Various characters Also co-creator, director, writer, executive producer
2006 Four Kings Barry 13 episodes
2006 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Dog Voice role; Episode: "Guide to April Fool's Day and Excuses"
2006 The Secret Policeman's Ball Private Parts, Mt. Pink TV special
2006 Entourage Himself 2 episodes
2007 Grey's Anatomy Nick 2 episodes "Season four, Episode 9 and 10" "Crash Into Me"
2007 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Various characters TV special
2008 Reno 911! Rick the Manager Episode: "Undercover at Burger Cousin"
2008 My Name Is Earl Buddy Episode: "The Magic Hour"
2008 Entourage Himself Episode: "Seth Green Day"
2008 Heroes Sam 2 episodes
2008–2009 Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Various characters Voice role; 3 episodes
2008 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Various characters TV special
2009 WWE Raw Host/Himself TV special
2009–2010 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Todo 360, Ion Papanoida Voice role; 4 episodes
2009 Titan Maximum Various characters Voice role; also executive producer
2009 The Cleveland Show Chris Griffin Voice role; 2 episodes
2009 The Venture Brothers Lance Hale Voice role; Episode: "Self-Medication"
2010 Warren The Ape Himself Episode: "Amends"
2010 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Various characters TV special
2011 MAD Various characters Voice role; 3 episodes
2011 Night of the Hurricane Chris Griffin Voice role; TV special
2011 Delete Lucifer 2 episodes
2012 Phineas and Ferb Monty Monogram, Pizza guy Voice role; 3 episodes
2012 Franklin and Bash Jango Episode: "Jango and Rossi"
2012 Dan Vs. Ahkenrah Voice role; Episode: "The Mummy"
2012 How I Met Your Mother Daryl LaCorte Episode: "The Final Page"
2012–2013 Holliston Gustavo 2 episodes
2012 Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr Roaster TV special
2012 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Various characters TV special
2012 Family Guy: 200 Episodes Later Himself TV special
2013 Conan Conan O'Brien Episode: "Occupy Conan: When Outsourcing Goes Too Far"
2013 Men at Work Homeless Guy Episode: "Will Work for Milo"
2013–2014 Dads Eli Sachs 18 episodes
2013–present Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Rick Jones/A-Bomb, Rocket Raccoon Voice role; Main cast
2013 Husbands The Officiant Episode: "I Do Over"
2014 Avengers Assemble Rocket Raccoon Voice role; Episode "Guardians and Space Knights"
2014–present Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Voice role; Main cast (Season 3-present)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Make My Video Band Member
1994 Playtoons Sneetches, Peter T. Hooper, Crowd #1 Video game: "Uncle Archibald"
Video game: "The Secret of the Castle"
Storybook Weaver Various characters
2004 Storybook Weaver Deluxe
2006 Family Guy Video Game! Chris Griffin
2007 Mass Effect Flight Lieutenant Jeff 'Joker' Moreau Voice and likeness
2010 Mass Effect 2
2012 Mass Effect 3
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Chris Griffin
2014 Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

Awards and nomination[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1989 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Guest-Starring in a Syndicated Family Comedy, Drama, or Special The Facts of Life Nominated
1992 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Comedian in a Television Series Good & Evil Won
2000 Teen Choice Award TV - Choice Actor Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award TV - Choice Actor, Comedy Greg the Bunny Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Dance Scene Be Cool Nominated
2006 Spike Video Game Award Best Supporting Male Performance Family Guy Video Game! Nominated
2006 Spike Video Game Award Best Cast Family Guy Video Game! Won
2007 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program Robot Chicken for "Lust for Puppets" Nominated
2008 Annie Award Directing in an Animated Television Production Robot Chicken: Star Wars Won
2008 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program Robot Chicken: Star Wars Nominated
2009 Annie Award Writing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Nominated
2009 Slammy Award Raw Guest Host of the Year WWE Raw Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-format Animated Program Robot Chicken for "Full-Assed Christmas Special" ("Dear Consumer") Won
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Robot Chicken Nominated
2011 Annie Award Writing in a Television Production Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Won
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-format Animated Program Robot Chicken for "Robot Chicken's DP Christmas Special" Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Robot Chicken Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-format Animated Program Robot Chicken for "Fight Club Paradise" Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-format Animated Program Robot Chicken for "Robot Chicken's ATM Christmas Special" Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Robot Chicken Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award[25] Outstanding Short-format Animated Program Robot Chicken for "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" Pending
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Robot Chicken Pending

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Fans help 'Family Guy' return to Fox". Observer-Reporter. April 29, 2005. p. E5. 
  10. ^ Green, Seth (September 27, 2005). Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story: Audio Commentary (DVD). 
  11. ^ Seth Green wants you to leave Chris Crocker alone – VIDEO – TV Squad
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  16. ^ "WWE: Inside WWE NEWS > Seth Green will host Raw". WWE.com. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  17. ^ Plummer, Dale (2009-07-13). "RAW: Orton sees Green". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  18. ^ Wright, Eddie (July 19, 2013), SDCC 2013: First Look At 'Husbands' Season 3 Guest Stars [EXCLUSIVE], mtv.com, retrieved July 21, 2013 
  19. ^ "Nickelodeon Renews 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' for Season 4 (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  20. ^ "Seth Green- Biography". Yahoo.com. 
  21. ^ Break.com: G33k & G4m3r Girls Song.
  22. ^ Interview: Why Seth Green Loves Geek and Gamer Girls.
  23. ^ "Petition for Change of Name". L.A. Superior Court. August 18, 2011. 
  24. ^ "IamSethGreen comments". Reddit. September 17, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  25. ^ "2014 Emmy Nominations: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘True Detective’ Among the Honored". New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 

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