Seth Green: Why You Haven’t Seen Him Lately And May Not See Him Again

By Ross Bonaime | 7 months ago

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It may be hard to believe, but Seth Green has been working in the entertainment industry for almost forty years, a career that has garnered Green success in film, television, and video games work. Seth has been steadily working for decades, but recently, you may not have seen him on your screen. That doesn’t mean he isn’t working though, he’s just changed directions.

Here’s where Seth Green has been and what he’s up to now that’s keeping him from showing up in front of the camera.

Seth Green As An Actor

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Seth Green’s first credited role was in the 1984 film, The Hotel New Hampshire, starring Rob Lowe, Jodie Foster, and Beau Bridges. He would have appearances in many 1980s shows like Tales from The Darkside, Amazing Stories and Spenser: For Hire. But Seth’s breakout role came in 1987, with Woody Allen’s Radio Days, where Green played the lead role of Joe. 

For the next decade, Seth Green would consistently appear in significant projects. In 1990, he played the younger Richie Tozier in the It miniseries. He would also have roles in shows like The Wonder Years, Batman: The Animated Series, Beverly Hills, 90210, The X-Files, and Step By Step.

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Seth Green as Oz on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

However in the late 90s, Seth Green would become a household name. In 1997, he was cast on the short-lived series, Temporarily Yours, but soon after, he would play Scott Evil in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Near the turn of the century, Seth Green became a part of major films and television aimed at teens. He would portray Oz in Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 1997 to 2000. In 1998, he would star in the cult classic Can’t Hardly Wait as Kenny Fisher, and in 1999, Seth Green would appear in the Devon Sawa horror-comedy, Idle Hands, followed by returning for the Austin Powers sequel, The Spy Who Shagged Me.

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Seth Green in Can’t Hardly Wait

In the 2000s, Seth Green craved out a prolific career in a number of major films. In 2001 alone, he would appear in Josie and the Pussycats, America’s Sweethearts, Rat Race and Knockaround Guys. His work combined major studio projects, like Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Italian Job, and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed with smaller films like starring in the disturbing 2003 film, Party Monster and 2006’s Electric Apricot.

But over the last decade or so, Seth Green has only sporadically appeared in front of the camera. Some of his memorable roles have included showing up in Entourage – where he played an exaggerated version of himself for multiple episodes – in several episodes of Broad City and in David Wain’s 2018 film, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, where he played Christopher Guest. 

The Voice Behind The Character

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Over the last two decades, Seth Green’s career has shifted more to voice work, and he’s been extremely successful. In 1999, Seth Green was cast as Chris Griffin on Family Guy, a role he has now played for over twenty years and for over 300 episodes. 

In a recent Comic-Con@Home video with the cast of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane said of Seth Green’s audition as Chris, “Everyone was coming in, doing surfer dude voices based on the look of the design. Seth was the only one who came in and did something way off the rails.” Green stated, “It was originally a sort of play on Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs and the original pitch was just so weird I guess everybody liked it.”

Seth Green would dabble in voice work, showing up in Batman Beyond, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, American Dad! and Crank Yankers over the next few years. But in 2005, Green would fully invest in voice work, as the co-creator, director, writer, executive producer, and star of Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken. Through Robot Chicken, Green has won three Primetime Emmys. The show has won for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program. Robot Chicken has been running for fifteen years, is still going, and has multiple spinoff specials set in the worlds of Star Wars, Walking Dead and DC Comics.

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Chis Griffin voiced by Seth Green

Over the last decade, though his face isn’t seen much, Seth Green’s voiceover work is everywhere. Beyond Family Guy and Robot Chicken, Green did multiple voices for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which ran from 2012-2017, he voiced King Kong in The Lego Batman Movie and has portrayed Howard the Duck in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, as well as on the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series and 2016’s Ultimate Spider-Man.

He’s even doing voices in video games. Seth Green made his first video game appearance in the 1992 Sega CD video game/music video maker, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video, but since then, his video game projects have had a slightly higher quality. 

Green would play Flight Lieutenant Jeff “Joker” Moreau in the original Mass Effect trilogy, a variety of Family Guy games, the 2014 Ubisoft game, Watch Dogs and in 2016’s Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare as Poindexter Zittermann. 


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Now 46-years-old Seth Green has been married to his wife Clare Grant since 2010. The couple often works together with Clare appearing in some of Seth’s many projects.

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Beyond still continuing to work on Family Guy and Robot Chicken, Seth Green remains one of the busiest people in Hollywood. In 2019, Green would write, star, and make his feature directorial debut with Changeland, a movie containing many of his past co-stars and friends like Breckin Meyer, Macaulay Culkin, and Green’s wife Clare Grant. The film currently holds a respectable 63% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

This year, Seth Green joined the cast of Hulu’s animated stop-motion comedy, Crossing Swords. Also, he has been cast to star in Wednesday, the directorial debut of The Orville’s J. Lee. Seth Green is also voicing Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and other characters in Star Wars: Detours, a new animated series that looks at the mundanity of the regular lives of various Star Wars characters.


As for the future of Austin Powers, Seth Green has stated that he would be game to return. According to Observer, Green said, “I love those movies and it’s one of the most special and awesome things I’ve ever gotten to be a part of.” Green continued, “But the creation of new stuff rests solely on Mike Myers’ interest or willingness to make something and I don’t know that that’s something he wants to do. With that said, if there was an idea, I would go back for it. It was so much fun just to hang out with that gang. I think any of us would do it.” 

But even without insanely popular properties like Family Guy and Austin Powers, Seth Green has made a substantial career for himself, not only as an actor in front of the camera and as a voiceover actor, but as one of Hollywood’s most original creators, writers, and directors. Almost forty years into his entertainment career, Green shows no signs of stopping any time soon.