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What Opie From Family Guy Looks Like In Real Life

There aren't too many characters on "Family Guy" out there that you can call especially sharp-witted. But few reach the lows of quite possibly Quahog's most simple-minded resident, Opie Richardson. Introduced on the Season 4 episode "Jungle Fever," Opie was Peter Griffin's (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) longtime co-worker at the Pawtucket Brewery. With his bulging eyes, messed-up haircut, and blabbering speech pattern, Opie's wild idiocy has been the cause of many of the most memorably bizarre "Family Guy" jokes. While we later discover that his strange ramblings are the result of years of over-drinking, that does little to change the oddball character's place on the long-running series. 

Voicing Opie from the start has been none other than Mark Hentemann. In addition to Opie, Hentemann also plays several other notable side characters, such as Eddie the Ostrich and Phony Guy. But Hentemann's contributions to the iconic adult animated sitcom don't stop there. 

Mark Hentemann has worn a lot of hats on Family Guy

It's hard to imagine Opie taking on any responsibility with flying colors, but his voice actor, Mark Hentemann, is the very opposite. The prolific entertainment veteran has not only provided voices in all of Seth MacFarlane's animated projects, including "Family Guy," "American Dad," and "The Cleveland Show," but has also taken on important production roles. On "Family Guy," Hentemann has had his hands in several parts of the process, from acting as a story editor to a writer to an executive producer, a role he continues to hold onto to this day. His work on the show has been recognized over the years, with two Primetime Emmy nominations, his first being for the fan-favorite "Star Wars" parody episode "Blue Harvest." 

Having been with "Family Guy" for so long, what Hentemann cares most about is how fans continue to embrace the series. In a 2011 interview at San Diego Comic-Con, Hentemann describes an incident that occurred after the show came back on the air following its second cancellation. "I still remember we had maybe a year in after we had gotten canceled after we had come back," he shares. "They had set up for us to read a script on stage in LA ... and I was like, 'there are going to be like 100 people there, who's going to watch a table read?' And we got there and the line was around the corner."