The Seth MacFarlane School of Productivity

MacFarlane plays a talking, pot-smoking, babe-baiting stuffed bear in his directorial debut, "Ted." Photograph by Stephanie Diani/The New York Times via Redux

As the creator of Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, Seth MacFarlane oversees a billion-dollar animated-TV empire. As an avid singer and musician, he cut a Grammy-nominated album, Music Is Better Than Words, in 2011. This weekend, his feature-film directing debut, Ted—an irreverent comedy in which he plays a talking teddy bear opposite Mark Wahlberg—hits theaters.

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