If you've gone to the movies or watched television in the last 25 years, you already know Seth Green's work. This year, Green starred in two films: Lionsgate's Sexy Evil Genius, opposite Katee Sackhoff and Michelle Trachtenberg and festival-winning favorite, The Story of Luke, as Lou Taylor Pucci's autistic mentor. Green also narrated a doc that has been shortlisted for an Academy Award, Jujitsu-ing Reality, about Sexy Evil Genius screenwriter Scott Lew, who wrote the film while battling ALS, unable to speak or type. Next up, The Identical feature filmwith Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd and Joe Pantoliano. Green and Giovanni Ribisi are the leads in the live action 20th/Fox sitcom, Dads,from Ted writersAlex Sulkin and Wellesley Wild with Seth MacFarlane as executive producer. Peter Riegert and Martin Mull portray their sponging fathers.
Green and Stoopid Monkey producing partner Matthew Senreich won the 2010 Emmy® in Outstanding Animated Program Short Format for Robot Chicken, the stop-motion animated series they created. The duo exec produce/write (with Green doing 35-60 voices each week) the pop culture parody show that airs on Adult Swim. The show earns great reviews and ratings and is in production for season seven. Green directed their Robot Chicken DC Comics Special and sequel and their three Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials, which all earned Emmy® nominations and won numerous Annie Awards, including a directing win for Green. With Tom Root, they also executive produced Titan Maximum for Adult Swim. Green earned multiple individual Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Voiceover and won an Annie Award for directing. They debuted their own animation studio, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in 2012. Green is also the investor/ spokesperson for Shodogg, a proprietary video delivery platform. He continues to voice Chris Griffin on Family Guy, the hit Fox animated series.
Green starred in Without A Paddle, Party Monster, Knockaround Guys, Can't Hardly Wait, The Italian Job and Rat Race. He also co-starred in Old Dogs, America's Sweethearts and all three Austin Powers films, along with starring roles in numerous television series. He mocked his well-earned rep as a great guy guesting on Entourage. Aside from his other accolades, Green reached the pinnacle of showbiz success in the most tangible medium … multiple action figures made in his likeness by the industry's top toymakers.
He's worked almost non-stop since he began in the business at age seven. Green was born on February 8, 1974 to an artist and a math teacher in Philadelphia, where he grew up with his older sister. He signed with a manager who had him working the next day on an RCA/John Denver promotion. Soon he was commuting regularly between Philly and locations across the country.
At eight, Green landed his first film assignment, a co-starring role in Hotel New Hampshire with Jodie Foster and Rob Lowe. At twelve, Green auditioned for Woody Allen and was given a date to report to work. He had no idea he would be filming for eighteen weeks in New York and wind up with the leading role in Radio Days. Green traded quips with Carson on The Tonight Show at thirteen and is admired as the rare child actor who successfully transitioned to adult roles and success. Green had roles in several feature films including Big Business, My Stepmother is an Alien, Can't Buy Me Love and was a series regular on ABC's Good and Evil, ABC's The Byrds of Paradise, and CBS' Temporarily Yours.
So what are his memories of being a child actor reflecting back on it as an adult? "Vague. I met a lot of people at the right time who pointed me in the right direction. It humbled me," admits Green. "You get wrapped up in the money and having people tell you you're great. You forget that you are just pretending, it comes just as fast as it goes."
He starred in David Mamet's American Buffalo at the Old Globe in San Diego in '96. "It spoiled me," marvels Green, "I had the benefit of doing one of the best plays a young actor can do with three of the best people I've ever worked with." Of his constant rave reviews, Green modestly replies, "I've been incredibly fortunate. My forays into certain mediums have been of such high quality it makes me look better than I am." Hey Seth, ever heard the expression scene-stealer? Everyone says it behind your back.
"Mike Myers is a classy guy," says Green of his on-screen father, off-screen producer in 1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember. Myers' directive: "Improvise and try not to laugh," reports Green, who did just that as Scott Evil, Dr. Evil's estranged son. Green described his character as "an angry, rebellious youth torn between wanting to hate his father and wanting to have a relationship with him." The added bonus of the film's success was the creation of a Scott Evil action figure that Green, a self-confessed "longtime fan of action figures," helped develop for McFarlane Toys. "It's the coolest, I've come full circle," says Green, who admits that he and his likeness "differ in size and articulation."
In Columbia's Can't Hardly Wait, Green played Kenny Fisher, whom he described as "a wannabe black kid — my whole goal was to lose my virginity." Along the way, Green says, "I fell down a lot. It was my Jack Tripper homage."
Green began his role as Oz, a guitarist and sometime werewolf, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer in late '97 while filming Can't Hardly Wait. "Joss Whedon, the show's creator, told me that Oz would have the same reaction to spray cheese as to true love." Green left the show in 1999 explaining that "the character was always better served in a recurring capacity and Joss and I both felt it was better to revert to that status." His Buffy schedule precluded a larger role in Touchstone's Will Smith starrer, Enemy of the State, but Green was thrilled to work with director Tony Scott.
Knockaround Guys was "a fantastic script with inventive and creative directors," says Green, describing his character, Johnny Marbles, as "a delusional screw-up. He's willing to stand up to anybody but gets beaten nine times out of ten." Playing two-bit con, Duane Cody, in Jerry Zucker's Rat Race, Green explains, "I wanted to do as many stunts as the insurance company would allow." He earned the bruises to prove it. In America's Sweethearts, starring Julia Roberts and John Cusack, Green played Danny Wax, a rising studio publicity executive under the tutelage of Billy Crystal's veteran character at a film junket from hell.
Green portrayed Jimmy Bender, best friend/roommate/co-worker to the title character in Fox's series, Greg the Bunny, a puppet or as Greg would say, "a fabricated American." Eugene Levy played Seth's estranged father and the producer of the children's show where Greg and Jimmy worked.
In 2003, Green portrayed a technological genius in Paramount's hit, The Italian Job and Killer Films' indie flick Party Monster, the true story of New York club-kid-turned-murderer Michael Alig, played by Macaulay Culkin, and James St. James, with Green narrating and starring as St. James. Green earned critical praise for his accurate portrayal of St. James during the heroin addicted, wildly excessive part of his life.
Green spent months in New Zealand in 2003 filming the lead in Without a Paddle. The role required endless stunts and spooning with a bear but it paid off when it was released in 2004 as a surprisingly strong summer hit that remained in the theatres for five months. That year, Green also played a mysterious museum curator in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
Between film roles, Green and Senreich debuted their series, Sweet J Presents, on Sony's Screenblast. The duo created/executive produced twelve webisodes utilizing stop-motion photography and, you guessed it, action figures. They were ahead of their time as everyone was still on dial-up internet access back then. It eventually led to Robot Chicken, which began airing in February, 2005 to record ratings on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. It's the highest rated show on Adult Swim and has also enjoyed great success internationally. Pretty amazing for something that began as an animated short so Green could avoid talking about himself on a talk show.
In Fox's animated primetime series, Family Guy, Green plays Chris Griffin, the teenage son in a very dysfunctional family. The series debuted in 1999, ran sporadically for three seasons, got cancelled, went back into production in 2004 and became a huge hit, top ten staple and DVD favorite. He also starred in NBC's Four Kings about a group of brotherly young men living together in NY and the feature film, Sex Drive as a sarcastic Amish man who has a way with automobiles. Green was Robin Williams and John Travolta's foil/put-upon assistant in Old Dogs and the lead in Mars Needs Moms.
Starring in multiple film and television projects is fulfilling and he's enjoying his role as a media mogul. "I read so many scripts that are being produced that are just awful and some of the most incredible scripts never get made." He already reached his original goal of "Getting all my friends together to make a movie or TV show." Green and childhood friend, Hugh Sterbakov, created a comic book for Top Cow, Freshmen, which debuted at the 2005 Comic-Con and sold out across the country the week of its debut.
Known for his professionalism on and off the set, Green says, "I don't take myself seriously but I take what I do seriously -- I always want to work hard and to appreciate what I am getting."Green admits that his current busy schedule does not allow him to indulge in one of his favorite activities, watching every single film that is released. Well in that case, we'll just have to watch Green instead. You'll have to work hard to miss him.