Nicholas Brendon

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Nicholas Brendon
Nicholas Brendon 2011.jpg
Brendon in San Diego Comic-Con 2011.
BornNicholas Brendon Schultz
(1971-04-12) April 12, 1971 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Tressa di Figlia (2001–2007)
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Nicholas Brendon
Nicholas Brendon 2011.jpg
Brendon in San Diego Comic-Con 2011.
BornNicholas Brendon Schultz
(1971-04-12) April 12, 1971 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Tressa di Figlia (2001–2007)

Nicholas Brendon (born April 12, 1971, as Nicholas Brendon Schultz in Los Angeles, California), is an American actor best known for his character Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003) and Kevin Lynch in Criminal Minds (2007–present).

Early life[edit]

Nicholas Brendon was born Nicholas Brendon Schultz on April 12, 1971 in Los Angeles,[1] three minutes after his identical twin brother, Kelly Donovan.[2]

As a child, he aspired to become a professional baseball player, but he "lost the passion for it" at 20.[3] Instead, he decided to pursue acting in an attempt to overcome his stuttering problem,[4] which had first become apparent at age seven or eight, and had made him so fearful of speaking or interacting with strangers that he did not begin dating until 21 or 22. Brendon comments, "Every day I still have to remind myself to slow down and concentrate. Constant repetition of tongue-twisters was like lifting weights for me, but patience and persistence have paid off."[5][6][7]

He gave up acting after two years because he "couldn't stand the politics in Hollywood." Brendon returned to school to study medicine, which didn’t work out; he also tried his hand at a variety of odd jobs, including plumber's assistant, veterinary janitor, day care counselor, waiter, and production assistant for the television show Dave's World.[8][9]


Brendon with Anthony Stewart Head at the 2004 Oakland Super SlayerCon.

At the age of 25, Brendon decided to return to acting. He signed with a manager and obtained the role of Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire Slayer three months later.[10] He appeared in all but one of the 144 episodes in the series, and even shared the screen with his twin, Kelly Donovan, when his character was split in two in the fifth-season episode "The Replacement".[11]

After the series ended in 2003, Brendon joined the cast of the Fox television pilot The Pool at Maddy Breakers. The series was not picked up by the network. In 2004, he co-starred in his first ABC Family movie, Celeste in the City. The following year, he returned to Fox as part of the cast of Kitchen Confidential, based on the book by chef Anthony Bourdain. Thirteen episodes were made, but the series was cancelled on December 9 of the same year, after the fourth episode aired with low ratings.

In 2006, he voiced Huntsboy #89 for season 2 of the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. That same year, he reunited with his former Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Charisma Carpenter in the ABC Family TV movie Relative Chaos.

From July 26 through August 30, 2006, Brendon co-starred with Noah Wyle in the play Lobster Alice at the Blank Theatre Company in Los Angeles. He subsequently appeared in the Blank Theatre’s annual Young Playwrights Festival[12] and its productions of The SantaLand Diaries (November 20 - December 20, 2009),[13] and Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.[14]

In 2007, Brendon began appearing on the TV series Criminal Minds in the recurring role of FBI technical analyst Kevin Lynch.[15] He has appeared in episodes in each season since, through the seventh-season finale.[16]

On September 29, 2010, he premiered his web comic Very Bad Koalas, co-created with animation director/producer Steve Loter. The comic follows the journey of two sheltered and innocent koalas experiencing a variety of people and places while on the run from the law in a 1958 Cadillac El Dorado.[17]

On October 28, 2010, Brendon began a four-episode arc on ABC's Private Practice playing Lee McHenry, a mentally disturbed man who assaults Charlotte King.

On 2014, Brendon was part of a summit for writers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, which included Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Drew Greenberg, Andrew Chambliss and the then-incoming Buffy writer Christos Gage. He is currently involved with the show's canonical comic book series Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten, on stories centering on his character.[18]

It was announced on August 27, 2014 that Brendon will star in the new "Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time" feature film along with Sylvester McCoy, Robert Picardo, Mayim Bialik, Chase Masterson, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Travis Richey, Eric Loya, and Carrie Keranen. [19]

Charity work[edit]

(From left to right) Alexis Denisof, Alyson Hannigan, Brendon, Nathan Fillion, Danny Strong and Tom Lenk at a John Kerry fund raiser.

Brendon has done work for the Stuttering Foundation of America, which approached him around 2001,[6] and made him its honorary chairperson for its National Stuttering Awareness Week in May 2001,[5] May 2002[20] and May 2003.[21]

Personal life[edit]

On April 25, 2004, at a Buffy fan convention in Cleveland, Ohio, he announced that he had voluntarily entered rehab for alcoholism.[22]

In the early morning of March 17, 2010 Brendon was tasered and arrested by Los Angeles police, who confronted Brendon in response to a call about an intoxicated individual. Brendon allegedly swung his fists at the officers and attempted to run away, and after being subdued, was arrested for felony vandalism. Brendon was initially held on $20,000 bail.[23][24][25] Brendon was later charged with four misdemeanors, including one count of resisting arrest, two counts of battery against a police officer, and one count of vandalism.[26]

In May 2010, Brendon checked himself into the SOBA Recovery Center in Malibu to address his addiction to alcohol and sleeping pills.[27] On June 19, 2010, Brendon pleaded no contest to all four charges and received a one-year suspended jail sentence, was placed on probation for 36 months, and was required to perform 10 days of community service.[28]



1995Children of the Corn III: Urban HarvestBasketball Player OneDimension Films
2000Psycho Beach PartyStarcatSundance Film Festival
2002Demon IslandKyleFirst Look Home Entertainment
2007UnholyLucasAnchor Bay Entertainment
2008Blood on the HighwayChase SinclairBOH Productions
2009A Golden ChristmasMichaelMaple Island Films
2009My Neighbor's SecretBrent KellerLifetime Television
2010The PortalPaulTiger Entertainment
2013Big Gay LoveAndyMargin Films
2013CoherenceMikeOscilloscope Laboratories


1993Married… with ChildrenGuy In Ray-Ray's GangEpisode: Hood 'n the Boyz
1995Dave's WorldEpisode: Do the Write Thing
1997–2003Buffy the Vampire SlayerXander Harris143 episodes
2003The Pool at Maddy Breaker'sTV movie
2004Celeste in the CityDana Blodgett/HarrisonTV-Movie ABC Family
2005–2006Kitchen ConfidentialSeth Richman13 episodes
2006Relative ChaosGil GilbertTV-Movie ABC Family
2006–2007American Dragon: Jake LongHuntsboy #89Voice Role
6 episodes
2007Fire SerpentJake RelmSyfy Pictures
Original Movie
2007–presentCriminal MindsKevin LynchRecurring character
2009Without a TraceEdgerEpisode: Undertow
2010–2011Private PracticeLee McHenryAll In Season 4
Episode: All In The Family (Brief appearance)
Episode: Did you hear what happened to Charlotte King?
Episode: Can't Find My Way Back Home
Episode: Blind Love
2012Hollywood HeightsDan TestaEpisode: Loren and Kelly Clash

Video games[edit]

2002Buffy the Vampire SlayerXander HarrisVoice Role
2003Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos BleedsVoice Role

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Nicholas Brendon News, Pictures and Videos". Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Donovan, Kelly (November 15, 1999). "Oh, Brother!". People. 
  3. ^ "Tough Talk". People 56 (16). October 15, 2001. 
  4. ^ "Goodbye Buffy". Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Moran, W. Reed (May 15, 2001). "Nicholas Brendon faces down stuttering demon". USA Today. 
  6. ^ a b Biegel, Alan (June 20, 2011). "An interview with Nicholas Brendon". Non-Sport Update. 
  7. ^ Carney, Kat (November 25, 2002). "Actor gets the word out on stuttering". CNN. 
  8. ^ "Nicholas Brendon". BuddyTV. July 17, 2007
  9. ^ "Biography". Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  10. ^ "Talking Confidential". Back Stage. 2005. 
  11. ^ "Oh, Brother! Nicholas Brendon, Kelly Donovan To Attend Philadelphia Comic Con!". Wizard World. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  12. ^ "About the Young Playwrights Festival"
  13. '^ Bacalzo, Dan (October 20, 2009). "Buffy the Vampire Slayers Nicholas Brendon to Star in Blank's Santaland Diaries". TheaterMania. 
  14. ^ Jette, D. (February 12, 2010). "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them at the Stella ADler Theatre". LA Theatre Review. 
  15. ^ "Nicholas Brendon back on 'Criminal Minds'". May 5, 2009
  16. ^ "Listings - Criminal Minds on CBS". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  17. ^ "About Very Bad Koalas". Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  18. ^ Glendenning, Daniel (October 11, 2013). "NYCC EXCLUSIVE: Dark Horse Comics Unveils 'Serenity' and 'Buffy: Season 10'". Comic Book Resources.
  19. ^ "The Inspector Chronicles: Untitled Motion Picture About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time". Retrieved August 27, 2014
  20. ^ "Back for 2002, Brendon Has Yearlong Impact on Stuttering Awareness" (Press release). Stuttering Foundation of America. Summer 2002. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Don't Take Speech For Granted: Stuttering Awareness Week, May 12-18" (Press release). Stuttering Foundation of America. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  22. ^ Susman, Gary (June 20, 2011). "Blood Alcohol". Entertainment Weekly. 
  23. ^ Moody, Mike (March 18, 2010). "'Buffy' star Nicholas Brendon 'arrested'". Digital Spy. 
  24. ^ "Nicholas Brendon Arrested". Hollywood Crush. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  25. ^ "'Buffy' star Brendon arrested". Canoe. March 17, 2010. 
  26. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (March 17, 2010). "'Buffy' Star Nicholas Brendon Arrested, Tased By Police". MTV. 
  27. ^ "'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' star Nicholas Brendon enters rehab, report claims". Fox News. May 11, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Actor Nicholas Brendon gets probation". UPI. June 20, 2010. 

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