Nathan Fillion

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Nathan Fillion
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Fillion at the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere in July 2014
Born(1971-03-27) March 27, 1971 (age 43)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Years active1993–present
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Nathan Fillion
Nathan Fillion - Guardians of the Galaxy premiere - July 2014 (cropped).jpg
Fillion at the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere in July 2014
Born(1971-03-27) March 27, 1971 (age 43)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Years active1993–present

Nathan Fillion (/ˈfɪljən/; born March 27, 1971)[1][2] is a Canadian actor best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle as well as his earlier portrayal of the lead role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the television series Firefly and its feature film continuation, Serenity.

He has acted in traditionally distributed films like Slither and Trucker, Internet-distributed films like Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, television soap operas and sitcoms, and theater. Fillion has also voiced several video games, including the Bungie titles Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach and Destiny.

Early life[edit]

Fillion was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the younger son of Cookie and Bob Fillion, both of whom are retired English teachers.[3] He has an older brother, Jeff,[4] and attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta, and the University of Alberta, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Society. According to Fillion, he is descended from Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early.[5]



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 for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. In 1997, he left the series to pursue other projects (but would return for a brief guest appearance in 2007).[6]

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 Frederick "The Minnesota" Ryan in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. Fillion had a recurring role as Caleb in 2003 in the final five episodes of the final season of Joss Whedon's series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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.[7] Fillion called his time on Firefly the best acting job he ever had,[8] and compares every job he has had to it.[9] Although the show was cancelled, it was adapted to the big screen; he reprised his role as Mal in Whedon's movie Serenity (2005).

Fillion at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Fillion 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.[10]

Fillion starred in the romantic comedy film Waitress, written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2007, and opened in theaters on May 2, 2007. Waitress grossed $22,125,001 in worldwide sales as of May 13, 2008, and $29.22 million in rentals as of January 28, 2008.[11][12] Fillion starred in White Noise 2: The Light. He 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[13] confirmed that Fillion was cast as 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.[14][15] 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 the Drive MySpace page.[16]

He reprised his 1990s role as One Life to Live's Joey for the series' 9,999th and 10,000th episodes, aired August 16 and 17, 2007.[17][18][19]

Fillion joined the cast of ABC's Desperate Housewives at the beginning of the fall 2007 season as Dr. Adam Mayfair. His first appearance was in the episode "Now You Know", which aired on September 30, 2007.

He voiced the role of an ODST Gunnery sergeant in the Xbox 360 game Halo 3, alongside fellow Firefly stars Alan Tudyk and Adam Baldwin. 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 provides the voice and portrayed likeness for Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck in Halo 3: ODST,[20] a role he briefly reprised in Halo: Reach.


Fillion at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon

In March 2009, the first episode of the ABC television series Castle aired, in which Fillion stars as the title character Richard Castle, a mystery novelist who helps the NYPD solve crimes. In May 2009, ABC green-lit the production of the series for a second season.[21] In 2009, Fillion was nominated for Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama for his performance in Castle. On March 30, 2010, ABC announced that Castle had been renewed for its third season with a 22-episode full-season order.[22] Castle was renewed for a fourth season on January 10, 2011,[23] a fifth season on May 10, 2012,[24] a sixth season on May 10, 2013,[25] and a seventh season on May 8, 2014.

BuddyTV ranked him #10 on its list of "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2009",[26] #19 in 2010,[27] #20 in 2011[28] and #39 in 2012;[29] #7 on its list of "The 15 Best Drama Lead Actors of the 2011-2012 TV Season";[30] named his character's relationship with the other main character as #18 (and the Best Flirting Relationship) on its list "Love Is All Around: Best TV Relationships of 2010",[31] #13 (and the Best Delayed Relationship) on its list of "The Best Relationships of 2011",[32] #15 on its list of "The Special Relationships: TV’s Top 50 Love Stories of the Past Decade",[33] #1 on its list "Love... Or Not: The Top 12 Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples of 2012"[34] and #2 on its list "Lip Smacking Good: The Best Kisses of 2012";[35] named Castle as #6 on its list of "The 11 Best Returning TV Shows of 2011",[36] #11 on "The 15 Best Dramas of the 2011-2012 TV Season"[37] and #12 on "The 12 Best Dramas of 2012".[38]

Fillion was featured in a spoof porn web video on Spike called "Nailing Your Wife", part of the PG Porn series.[39] Fillion made a brief cameo appearance in the season 5 episode "Revolving Doors" of the web series The Guild.[40] In late September 2011, Fillion guest starred as the Action Sports 1 anchor in the web series Husbands.[41] He played Dogberry in the independent film Much Ado About Nothing (2012), based on the Shakespeare play of the same name, written, directed and produced by Joss Whedon.[42][43]

In 2012, he appeared in the episode "The Daly Superheroes" of the web series The Daly Show.[44] On February 17, 2013, Fillion hosted the 2013 WGA West Coast Awards.[45]

In contemporary culture[edit]

Nathan Fillion in Metascifi, artist's impression 2014

Nathan Fillion has been associated with the public artist Martin Firrell since 2009. Fillion is the subject of two works of contemporary public art by the artist: Complete Hero (digital projections of text and video portraiture to the West and North elevations of the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London, 2009)[46] and Metascifi (digital app investigating American television science fiction series for ideas and strategies for living well).[47]

Fillion was the 'face' of Complete Hero. The artist explained the choice of Fillion as follows: "I wanted to make a piece of work that looked at all kinds of heroism, not just the usual derring-do of white square-jawed men. But I thought it would be interesting to start with a white, square-jawed man and Nathan Fillion agreed to take part." [46]

In Metascifi, Fillion discusses the deeper significance of his Firefly character Captain Mal Reynolds, reflecting on some of the universal preoccupations of any human life: death, love, evil, intimacy, power, vulnerability, violence and freedom.[47]

Charity work[edit]

Fillion co-founded the non-profit organization Kids Need to Read with author PJ Haarsma in 2007 to help inspire kids' imaginations by getting more books into underfunded libraries.[48]


Fillion at PaleyFest, March 2012


1993Ordeal in the ArcticMaster Warrant Officer Tom JardineTelevision film
1994Strange and RichWalter Hoade
1998Saving Private RyanPvt. James Frederick 'Minnesota' Ryan
1999Blast from the PastCliff
2000Dracula 2000Father David
2003Water's EdgeRobert Graves
2004Outing RileyLuke Riley
2005SerenityMalcolm 'Mal' Reynolds
2006SlitherBill Pardy
2007White Noise: The LightAbe Dale
2007WaitressDr. Jim Pomatter
2009Wonder WomanSteve Trevor (voice)Direct-to-video
2010SuperThe Holy Avenger
2011Green Lantern: Emerald KnightsHal Jordan/Green Lantern (voice)Direct-to-video
2012Justice League: DoomHal Jordan/Green Lantern (voice)Direct-to-video
2012Much Ado About NothingDogberry
2013Monsters UniversityJohnny J. Worthington III (voice)
2013Justice League: The Flashpoint ParadoxHal Jordan/Green Lantern (voice)Direct-to-video
2013Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersHermes
2014Party CentralJohnny J. Worthington III (voice)Short film
2014Guardians of the GalaxyMonstrous Inmate (voice)Cameo[49]
2015Justice League: Throne of AtlantisHal Jordan/Green Lantern (voice)Direct-to-video


1994–1997, 2007One Life to LiveJoey Riley Buchanan
1996Spin CityGuyUncredited
Episode: "A Star Is Born"
1997Total SecurityTroy LarsonEpisode: "Das Bootie"
1998Maggie WintersRonaldEpisode: "Mama's Got a Brand New Bag"
1998–2001Two Guys and a GirlJohnny Donnelly60 episodes
1999Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsMichael RyanEpisode: "Star Crossed"
2001King of the HillFrisbee Guy (voice)Episode: "Luanne Virgin 2.0"
2002PasadenaRev. Glenn Collins3 episodes
2002–2003FireflyMalcolm 'Mal' Reynolds14 episodes
2003Alligator PointBillPilot
2003Buffy the Vampire SlayerCaleb5 episodes
2003Miss MatchAdam Logan6 episodes
2004Hollywood DivisionDet. Tommy GarrettPilot
2005–2006Justice League UnlimitedVigilante (voice)3 episodes
2006LostKevin CallisEpisode: "I Do"
2007DriveAlex Tully6 episodes
2007–2014Robot ChickenVarious voices5 episodes
2007–2008Desperate HousewivesDr. Adam Mayfair12 episodes
2009–presentCastleRichard CastleMain role
2010Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros.Brown Widow (voice)Episode: "Bright Lights, Dean City"
2012American Dad!Joel Larson / Joe Kidney / American Businessman Klaus (voices)2 episodes
2013Writers Guild of America Awards 2012HostTV special
2014CommunityBob WaiteEpisode: "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking"
2014Gravity FallsPreston Northwest (voice)[50]


2008Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along BlogCaptain HammerInternet miniseries
2008James Gunn's PG PornChrisEpisode: "Nailing Your Wife"
2011The GuildHimselfEpisode: "Revolving Doors"
2011HusbandsAnchorEpisode: "Being Britney!"
2011Morning After, TheThe Morning AfterHimselfEpisode: "1.173"
2012The Daly ShowHimselfEpisode: "The Daly Superheroes"
2012Neil's Puppet DreamsDr. MayfairEpisode: "Doctor's Office"

Video games[edit]

2005Jade EmpireGao the Lesser (voice)
2007Halo 3Sergeant Reynolds (voice)
2009Halo 3: ODSTGunnery Sergeant Buck (voice)
2010Halo: ReachGunnery Sergeant Buck (voice)
2014Family Guy: The Quest for StuffHimself (voice)
2014DestinyCayde-6 (voice)


2013World War ZStanley McDonald (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workAwardResult
1996One Life to LiveDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
1996One Life to LiveSoap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Leading ActorNominated
2002FireflySaturn Award for Cinescape Genre Face of the Future - MaleWon
2005SerenitySFX Award for Best ActorWon
2005SerenityEmpire Award for Best NewcomerNominated
2005SerenityOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough PerformanceNominated
2007Desperate HousewivesScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2011CastleTV Guide Award for Favorite Couple Who Should Get Together (with Stana Katic)Won
2011CastleSatellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series DramaNominated
2012CastleTV Guide Award for Favorite TV Couple (with Stana Katic)Won


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