Nathan Fillion
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Biography

Born: Nathan Christopher. Fillion
Height: 6′ 1½” (1.87 m)
Birthday: March 27th, 1971 (Aries)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1994—present

Early life
Fillion was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the son of Cookie and Bob Fillion, both of whom are retired English teachers. He has an older brother, Jeff, and attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and the University of Alberta. According to Fillion, he is descended from Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early.

Career
After working in several theatre, television and film productions, including Theatresports with Rapid Fire Theatre and the improvised soap opera Die-Nasty, Fillion moved to New York City in 1994 where he acted in the soap opera One Life to Live as Joey Buchanan, for which he was nominated in 1996 for a Daytime Emmy Award in the “Outstanding Younger Actor” category. In 1997, he left the series to pursue other projects (but would return for a brief guest appearance in 2007). After moving to Los Angeles, he played a supporting role in the sitcom Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place and was cast as “James Fredrick Ryan” or “The Minnesota Ryan” in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.

Fillion played Caleb in the final five episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. He also worked with Buffy creator Joss Whedon on “Firefly”.In 2002, Fillion starred as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the Joss Whedon science fiction television series Firefly, for which he won the “Cinescape Genre Face of the Future – Male” award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA. Fillion also won the Syfy Genre Awards in 2006 for Best Actor/Television and was runner-up for Best Actor/Movie. Although the show was cancelled, it was adapted to the big screen; Fillion reprised his role as Mal in Whedon’s movie Serenity (2005). He also had a recurring role as Caleb in the final season of Whedon’s series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fillion considered his time on Firefly to be the most fun he had on a television series.

Fillion has lent his voice to the animated series King of the Hill in 2001, the video game Jade Empire (as the voice of Gao the Lesser), and the animated series Justice League Unlimited (as Vigilante in the episodes “Hunter’s Moon” and “Patriot Act”) in 2005 and 2006. Fillion starred in James Gunn’s 2006 horror film Slither. For his starring role as Bill Pardy, he garnered a 2006 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards nomination in the category of Dude You Don’t Wanna Mess With. Fillion starred in the romantic comedy film Waitress, written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival January 21, 2007 and opened in theaters on May 2, 2007. According to Box Office Mojo, Waitress grossed $22,125,001 in worldwide sales as of May 13, 2008, and $29.22 million in rentals as of January 28, 2008. Fillion also starred in White Noise 2: The Light. He has made one appearance in the 2006-2007 season of the television show Lost, as Kevin, Kate’s ex-husband.

In October 2006, Fillion signed a talent holding contract with the Fox Broadcasting Company, and in December 2006, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Fillion was cast in the lead role of Alex Tully in the series Drive, which debuted on Fox in the spring of 2007. Drive was created by Fillion’s longtime friend and former Angel and Firefly writer Tim Minear. Ivan Sergei played Alex Tully in the original pilot episode of Drive. The first two Drive episodes premiered on April 13, 2007 in Canada (April 15, 2007 in the United States). However, the show did not deliver the ratings Fox desired, and on April 25, 2007, the network announced that the series was cancelled. The final two produced episodes were supposed to air back-to-back on Fox in July 2007, but did not actually become available until July 15 when they were posted on Drives MySpace page. Fox has since removed Drive episodes from that Myspace. All six episodes are now available for download from Amazon.com and iTunes.

Fillion reprised his 1990s role as One Life to Live’s Joey for the series’ 9,999th and 10,000th episodes, aired August 16, 2007 and August 17, 2007.

Fillion joined the cast of ABC’s Desperate Housewives at the beginning of the Fall 2007 season as Dr. Adam Mayfair, a gynecologist. His first appearance was in the episode “Now You Know”, which aired on September 30, 2007.

Fillion plays the voice of a Marine Sergeant in the Xbox 360 game Halo 3. He is joined by his Firefly co-stars Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk who both voice marines. At one point early in the first mission, he identifies himself as “[Sergeant] Reynolds” over the radio, referring to his character’s name from the TV series Firefly. All three actors are given personalities in the game that match those of their characters from Firefly. He is the voice actor for Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck in the Halo 3 expansion, Halo 3: ODST. Nathan Fillion discusses his Halo 3: ODST role and on playing Halo with msnbc. His character in ODST also looks like him.

The independent feature film Trucker in which Fillion plays the character Runner was premiered at the New York 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Trucker gets Theatrical Release Date: September 18, 2009.

On March 21, 2008 Fillion finished filming Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog which stars Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer, Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible and Felicia Day as Penny.

Fillion announced in 2008 that he had written a pilot and couple of episodes for a comedy with the working title Repo Brothers which has been picked up by ABC. Also in 2008, Fillion started working on a TV series for ABC called Castle, in which he plays Rick Castle, a mystery novelist who helps the NYPD solve crimes. In August 2008, ABC green-lit the production of the series, which started airing on March 9, 2009 and has been renewed for a second season. ABC is promoting Castle by releasing a Richard Castle novel ‘Heat Wave’ online and worldwide in hardback.

Nathan Fillion made EW’s The Must List: What’s Hot for the Week of Oct. 5, 2008.

Fillion also is featured in a spoof porn web video on Spike called “Nailing Your Wife”, part of the PG Porn series.

The Wonder Woman animated DVD in which he voice acted the character Steve Trevor debuted #5 on the 3/08/09 Numbers DVD Sales chart.

He has been recognized several times for his looks including in 2007 when Fillion was featured in People magazine’s Sexy Men issue under the “Domestic Bliss/Guys Worth Running Home to” section. As well, he was listed as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “50 Actors We’d Watch in Anything”.

Fillion co-founded the non-profit organization Kids Need to Read with author PJ Haarsma in 2007 to help inspire kids’ imagination by helping to get books into underfunded libraries. Fillion believes strongly in the importance of reading and believes every child deserves the chance to read good books. Haarsma discovered while speaking at schools around the country that many libraries cannot afford to purchase new books and children would plead with him to get a copy of his book. Fillion took the dedication of his fans and put it to good use by directing their energies into something he believed was a worthwhile cause.

  1. Performed improv with Theatresports at Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre.
  2. Briefly worked as a singing-telegram deliveryman.
  3. Initially planned to follow in his parents’ footsteps and become a high school English teacher, but dropped out of college after landing a role on One Life to Live.
  4. Received a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1996 for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on One Life to Live.
  5. Co-founder of the non-profit organization Kids Need to Read, which promotes childhood literacy.

  1. Cookie Fillion – Mother
  2. Bob Fillion – Father
  3. Kate Luyben – Ex-significant Other
  4. Jeff Fillion – Brother

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

2003 Won
Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award
Male
Firefly (2002)

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

2007 Nominated
EDA Special Mention Award
Best Seduction
Waitress (2007) 

Behind the Voice Actors Awards

2014 Nominated
BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award
Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film
Monsters University (2013) 
2013 Won
BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award
Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short
Justice League: Doom (2012) 
Won
BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award
Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short
Justice League: Doom (2012) 
2012 Nominated
BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award
Best Male Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)

As the voice of “Hal Jordan / Green Lantern”.

Daytime Emmy Awards

1996 Nominated
Daytime Emmy
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
One Life to Live (1968)

Empire Awards, UK

2006 Nominated
Empire Award
Best Newcomer
Serenity (2005)

Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

2006 Nominated
Chainsaw Award
Dude You Don’t Wanna Mess With (Best Hero)
Slither (2006)

Fright Meter Awards

2008 Nominated
Fright Meter Award
Best Actor
White Noise 2: The Light (2007)

Golden Schmoes Awards

2005 Nominated
Golden Schmoes
Breakthrough Performance of the Year
Serenity (2005)

NAVGTR Awards

2010 Nominated
NAVGTR Award
Outstanding Performance in a Drama, Lead
Halo 3: ODST (2009)

Newport Beach Film Festival

2007 Won
Feature Film Award
Acting
Waitress (2007)

Online Film Critics Society Awards

2006 Nominated
OFCS Award
Best Breakthrough Performance
Serenity (2005)

People’s Choice Awards, USA

2016 Won
People’s Choice Award
Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor
Castle (2009)
2015 Won
People’s Choice Award
Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor
Nominated
People’s Choice Award
Favorite TV Duo
Castle (2009) 
2014 Nominated
People’s Choice Award
Favorite On-Screen Chemistry
Castle (2009) 

Castle & Beckett
2013 Won
People’s Choice Award
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
2012 Won
People’s Choice Award
Favorite TV Drama Actor

Satellite Awards

2009 Nominated
Satellite Award
Best Actor in a Series, Drama
Castle (2009)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2008 Nominated
Actor
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Desperate Housewives (2004) 

SFX Awards, UK

2005 Won
SFX Award
Best Actor
Serenity (2005)

Soap Opera Digest Awards

1996 Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Award
Outstanding Younger Leading Actor
One Life to Live (1968)

Teen Choice Awards

2015 Nominated
Teen Choice Award
Choice TV Actor: Drama
Castle (2009)

The Streamy Awards

2010 Nominated
Streamy Award
Best Guest Star in a Web Series
PG Porn (2008)
2009 Nominated
Streamy Award
Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)

TV Guide Awards

2014 Won
TV Guide Award
Favorite Actor
Castle (2009)
Nominated
TV Guide Award
Favorite Duo
Castle (2009) 

As Castle & Beckett
2013 Won
TV Guide Award
Favorite TV Couple
Castle (2009)

2012 Won
TV Guide Award
Favorite TV Couple
Castle (2009)

2011 Won
TV Guide Award
Favorite Couple Who Should
Castle (2009)



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