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Nathan Fillion

Biography

Achieved TV actor known for his role because the lead character Richard Castle within the ABC Television show Castle. He also starred as Mal within the sci-fi series Firefly and in its 2005 film sequel Serenity. In 2013, he made an appearance as Hermes within the film Percy Jackson: Ocean of Monsters. His 1st major part was as Joey Buchanan within the cleaning soap opera, One Existence to Live. He previously a small component within the award-winning film Keeping Personal Ryan. He briefly dated Castle co-star Stana Katic. Then began a romantic relationship with celebrity Krista Allen. He starred on the tv screen series Firefly alongside Alan Tudyk.

Quick Facts


Full Name Nathan Fillion
Date Of Birth March 27, 1971
Place Of Birth Edmonton, Canada
Height 1.87 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Holy Trinity Catholic High School, University of Alberta, Concordia University of Edmonton
Nationality Canadian
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1 "Castle: Flowers for Your Grave (2009)", the series premiere of Castle (2009), aired a couple of weeks before he turned 38. In 2016, "Castle: Crossfire (2016)", the series finale, aired a couple of weeks after Stana Katic turned 38.
2 Before Stana Katic was ultimately cast, he read with 125 actresses auditioning for the role of Kate Beckett.
3 Is an avid fan of video games and collects comic books.
4 Has voiced Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in three different animated features: Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011), Justice League: Doom (2012), Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) And Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015).
5 He is deaf in his left ear. He lost his hearing in that ear in 1977.
6 Was a popular fan choice for the role of the heroic pilot Hal Jordan in Green Lantern (2011), but the role went to Ryan Reynolds instead. Fillion voiced Jordan in the animated feature Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) as a replacement for Christopher Meloni, who had voiced Jordan in Green Lantern: First Flight (2009), but was unable to reprise the role due to scheduling conflicts.
7 He considers his time on Firefly (2002) to be the most fun he had on a TV series.
8 Auditioned for the role of Michael in Dawn of the Dead (2004).
9 Claims to be descended from Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early. When told this, Joss Whedon created a bounty hunter by the name of "Jubal Early" for the Firefly (2002) episode Firefly: Objects in Space (2002).
10 One of four actors from Firefly (2002) who voiced superheroes on Justice League (2001). He voiced the Western-themed "Vigilante" while Adam Baldwin voiced "Hal Jordan," the Silver Age-Green Lantern; Gina Torres voiced "Vixen"; and Morena Baccarin voiced "Black Canary.".
11 Attended Concordia University College of Alberta and the University of Alberta.
12 Has an older brother, Jeff Fillion, who decided to go into teaching. He taught in schools in Edmonton, Alberta, and became a principle at St. Richards Edmonton catholic school where he made a movie with the kids and got his brother Nathan to do the introduction. It was about the school going into space.
13 Parents are Cookie and Bob Fillion, both of whom are retired English teachers.
14 When he won Best Actor at the 2006 SyFy Genre Awards for his portrayal of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Firefly (2002), the show had been off the air for around three years.
15 Originally auditioned for the role of Angel for Joss Whedon's first television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). However, never met Joss Whedon until he auditioned for the part of Mal on Firefly (2002).
16 Wanted to be a high school drama teacher. In college he majored in art and minored in drama while pursuing an acting career on the side.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pasadena 2002 TV Series Rev. Glenn Collins
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place 1998-2001 TV Series Johnny Donnelly
King of the Hill 2001 TV Series Frisbee Guy
Dracula 2000 2000 Father David
The Outer Limits 1999 TV Series Michael Ryan
Blast from the Past 1999 Cliff
Maggie Winters 1998 TV Series Ronald
Saving Private Ryan 1998 Minnesota Ryan
Total Security 1997 TV Series Troy Larson
Strange and Rich 1994 Walter Hoade
Ordeal in the Arctic 1993 TV Movie Master Warrant Officer Tom Jardine
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 post-production Simon Williams
Yamasong: March of the Hollows 2016 post-production Shojun
Henchmen post-production Captain Superior (voice)
Modern Family 2016 TV Series Rainer Shine
Con Man: The Game 2016 Video Game Jack Moore (voice)
Castle 2009-2016 TV Series Richard Castle Joe Flynn
Gravity Falls 2014-2016 TV Series Preston Northwest
Con Man 2015-2016 TV Series Jack Moore
Drunk History 2015 TV Series Wernher Von Braun
Halo 5: Guardians 2015 Video Game Edward Buck (voice)
Destiny: The Taken King 2015 Video Game Cayde-6 (voice)
Community 2014-2015 TV Series Bob Waite
Thrilling Adventure Hour Live 2015 Cactoid Jim
Kroll Show 2015 TV Series Mountie McMinniman
The Big Bang Theory 2015 TV Series Nathan Fillion
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell 2015 Video Game God (voice)
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis 2015 Video Green Lantern (voice)
Assassin Banana 2015 TV Mini-Series Chick del Monte / Assassin Banana
Destiny 2014 Video Game Cayde-6, Hunter Vanguard (voice)
Robot Chicken 2007-2014 TV Series Bionic-1 Lieutenant Stone Lumiere ...
Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Monstrous Inmate (voice)
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff 2014 Video Game Nathan Fillion (voice)
Party Central 2014 Short Johnny (voice)
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2013 Hermes
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox 2013 Video Green Lantern Hal Jordan (voice)
Monsters University 2013 Johnny (voice)
Neil's Puppet Dreams 2012 TV Series Dr. Mayfair
American Dad! 2012 TV Series American Businessman Klaus / Liver / Joel Larson
Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special 2012 TV Movie Green Lantern Mr. Freeze (voice)
Much Ado About Nothing 2012/I Dogberry
Justice League: Doom 2012 Video Green Lantern (voice)
The Daly Show 2012 TV Series
Husbands 2011 TV Series Anchor
The Morning After 2011 TV Series short Nathan Fillion
The Guild 2011 TV Series Nathan Fillion
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights 2011 Video Hal Jordan Green Lantern (voice)
The Venture Bros. 2010 TV Series Brown Widow
Halo: Reach 2010 Video Game Gunnery Sgt Buck (voice)
Super 2010/I The Holy Avenger
Halo 3: ODST 2009 Video Game Buck (voice)
Wonder Woman 2009 Video Steve Trevor (voice)
PG Porn 2008 TV Series short Chris
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog 2008 TV Mini-Series Captain Hammer
Desperate Housewives 2007-2008 TV Series Dr. Adam Mayfair
Trucker 2008 Runner
Halo 3 2007 Video Game Sergeant Reynolds (voice)
One Life to Live 1995-2007 TV Series Joey Buchanan
Drive 2007 TV Series Alex Tully
Waitress 2007 Dr. Jim Pomatter
White Noise 2: The Light 2007 Abe Dale
Lost 2006 TV Series Kevin Callis
Slither 2006 Bill Pardy
Justice League 2005-2006 TV Series Vigilante Greg Saunders Spy Smasher ...
Serenity 2005 Mal
Jade Empire 2005 Video Game Gao the Lesser (voice)
Hollywood Division 2004 TV Movie Det. Tommy Garrett
If Dad Only Knew 2004 Luke Riley
Water's Edge 2003 Robert Graves
Firefly 2002-2003 TV Series Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2003 TV Series Caleb
Alligator Point 2003 TV Movie Bill
Miss Match 2003 TV Series Adam Logan

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Castle 2015-2016 TV Series producer - 22 episodes
Con Man 2015-2016 TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Castle 2010-2015 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special performer: "The Number in the Middle of the Show"
Commentary! The Musical 2008 Video short performer: "Better Than Neil", "Ninja Ropes"
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog 2008 TV Mini-Series performer - 2 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lust for Love 2014 special thanks
Lost: The Final Season - Beginning of the End 2010 TV Movie special thanks
The ABC Fall Preview Open House 2009 TV Movie special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Place Among the Undead 2016 TV Series documentary Himself (2016)
IMDb at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 TV Series Himself
HarmonQuest 2016 TV Series Himself / Tetter Spice
Talking Dead 2013-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2016 TV Series Himself
The Soup 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship 2015 TV Special Green Lantern (voice)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2009-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Castle
Last Call with Carson Daly 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Pre-Recorded Segment
GeekRockTV 2015 TV Series Himself
Being Canadian 2015 Documentary Himself
Highway of Tears 2015 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Larry King Now 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 2011-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Real History of Science Fiction 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Conan 2011-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise 2014 TV Special Green Lantern Black Adam (voice)
Dinner at Tiffani's 2014 TV Series Himself
American Music Awards 2013 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Performer
NerdHQ 2011-2013 TV Series Himself / Himself - Moderator / Himself - Host / ...
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
2013 Writers Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Firefly 10th Anniversary: Browncoats Unite 2012 TV Movie Himself
unCONventional 2012 TV Series Himself
Comic Con 2012 Live 2012 TV Movie Himself
Speakeasy: With Paul F. Tompkins 2012 TV Series Himself
Cocktails with Stan 2012 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 2011-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2011-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Durch die Nacht mit... 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
The Nerdist: End of the Year Special 2011 TV Movie Himself
The Nerdist: Year in Review 2011 TV Special Himself
A Sneek Peak at Justice League: Doom 2011 Video documentary short Himself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Spike TV VGA Video Game Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
2010 American Music Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Modern TV Dads: Father Doesn't Know Best 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweet-A-Thon for Haiti 2010 Video Himself
The View 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
Lost: The Final Season - Beginning of the End 2010 TV Movie Himself
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series Himself - Audience Member / Himself - Guest Appearance
Write-Along with Nathan Fillion 2009 Video short Himself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 TV Special Captain Hammer
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2007-2009 TV Series Himself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009 TV Series Himself
Commentary! The Musical 2008 Video short Himself (voice)
The Making of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Secret's Out 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2007 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Himself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet 2007 TV Series Himself
The Fringe: Acting Up 2006 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of 'Firefly' and 'Serenity' 2006 Video documentary Himself
HypaSpace 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The King of Cult Lloyd Kaufman's Video Diary 2006 Video documentary short Himself
A Filmmaker's Journey 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Take a Walk on 'Serenity' 2006 Video short Himself
Joss Whedon: The Master at Play 2006 Video Himself
Re-Lighting the Firefly 2005 Video documentary short Himself
GMTV 2005 TV Series Himself
Film '72 2005 TV Series Himself
Sci Fi Inside: 'Serenity' 2005 TV Movie Himself
Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins 2005 TV Series Himself / Panelist
Here's How It Was: The Making of 'Firefly' 2003 Video short documentary Himself
The Arrogant Worms: Three Worms and an Orchestra 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 2014 Video Game Sergeant Reynolds
Desperate Housewives 2012 TV Series Dr. Adam Mayfair

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor Castle (2009)
2015 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor
2014 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Actor Castle (2009)
2013 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
2013 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite TV Couple Castle (2009) · Stana Katic
2013 BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Justice League: Doom (2012) · Kevin Conroy
· Tim Daly
· Susan Eisenberg
· Carl Lumbly
· Michael Rosenbaum
· Bumper Robinson
· Phil Morris
· Carlos Alazraqui
· Claudia Black
· Paul Blackthorne
· Olivia d'Abo
· Alexis Denisof
· Robin Atkin Downes
· Grey DeLisle
2013 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Justice League: Doom (2012) · Kevin Conroy
· Tim Daly
· Susan Eisenberg
· Carl Lumbly
· Michael Rosenbaum
· Bumper Robinson
· Phil Morris
· Carlos Alazraqui
· Claudia Black
· Paul Blackthorne
· Olivia d'Abo
· Alexis Denisof
· Robin Atkin Downes
· Grey DeLisle
2012 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Drama Actor
2012 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite TV Couple Castle (2009) · Stana Katic
2011 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Couple Who Should Castle (2009) · Stana Katic
2007 Feature Film Award Newport Beach Film Festival Acting Waitress (2007)
2005 SFX Award SFX Awards, UK Best Actor Serenity (2005)
2003 Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Male Firefly (2002)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Duo Castle (2009) · Stana Katic
2015 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama Castle (2009)
2014 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite On-Screen Chemistry Castle (2009) · Stana Katic
2014 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Duo Castle (2009) · Stana Katic
2014 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Monsters University (2013) · Billy Crystal
· John Goodman
· Helen Mirren
· Steve Buscemi
· Joel Murray
· Peter Sohn
· Sean Hayes
· Dave Foley
· Charlie Day
· Alfred Molina
· Aubrey Plaza
· Tyler Labine
· Bill Hader
· John Ratzenberger
2012 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)
2010 Streamy Award The Streamy Awards Best Guest Star in a Web Series PG Porn (2008)
2009 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Drama Castle (2009)
2009 Streamy Award The Streamy Awards Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)
2008 Fright Meter Award Fright Meter Awards Best Actor White Noise 2: The Light (2007)
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives (2004) · Andrea Bowen
· Ricardo Chavira
· Marcia Cross
· Dana Delany
· James Denton
· Lyndsy Fonseca
· Rachel G. Fox
· Teri Hatcher
· Zane Huett
· Felicity Huffman
· Kathryn Joosten
· Brent Kinsman
· Shane Kinsman
· Joy Jorgensen
· Eva Longoria
· Kyle MacLachlan
· Shawn Pyfrom
· Doug Savant
· Dougray Scott
· Nicollette Sheridan
· John Slattery
· Brenda Strong
2007 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Seduction Waitress (2007) · Keri Russell
2006 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Dude You Don't Wanna Mess With (Best Hero) Slither (2006)
2006 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Serenity (2005)
2006 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Newcomer Serenity (2005)
2005 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Breakthrough Performance of the Year Serenity (2005)
1996 Soap Opera Digest Award Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Younger Leading Actor One Life to Live (1968)
1996 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series One Life to Live (1968)

TitleSalary
Castle (2009) $100,000 per episode

#Quote
1 [describing how he blew his chance at serving on a jury] We're talking to this judge who belonged on TV. He was handsome, had good hair. He was telling us about the importance of jury duty. I was riveted. He was funny, and at one point they call you back into the room and they're gonna decide whether or not they're gonna use you. I walk in. They're all charming, they're all nice, and one of them says, 'Hey, you're an actor!' I decided to have a little fun and I said, 'Yes, I'm a very good actor, which brings me to the point: I don't know which juror I'm playing. I still didn't get my script.' The judge didn't get it. He looks at me and he says, 'There's no script', I said, 'Oh, improv. Good. Let me give you a little back story to my character. I'm the guy, when they sequester the jury in the hotel, I tie the bedsheets together, I come out the window and I pit the plaintiffs against the defence attorney'. I got excused.
2 [on the DVD commentary for Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008), talking about his skill at portraying "Joey Buchanan" on One Life to Live (1968)] The only question you have to ask yourself is 'How good a Joey Buchanan was I?' A man's 'Buchananity' is what separates him from reptiles and lawn furniture.
3 [on Firefly (2002)] - It was my favorite job ever. What wasn't great about it? I got to wear a low-slung holster. I got to ride horses. I got to have a spaceship. I got to act mean and curmudgeonly. [Creator Joss Whedon] is really good at kicking characters in the nuts so the other characters would have laughs at my expense and that was great too. ... If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet. ... We're the most story-literate society the world has ever seen. What Joss tends to do is twist story conventions into reality. Whereas the story goes like this, real life goes like this, and that's what Joss has mastered.
4 (When asked if he would go back and do a Firefly (2002) TV series again after Serenity (2005)): I hope so. Daddy's got bills to pay!
5 (When asked what makes Caleb unique and threatening): His accent. Never trust a southerner. No, I'm kidding. They're wonderful. You want to believe in his niceness and his charm, but he's an evil kind of crazy man who's righteous. Fear the righteous.
6 (When asked what he likes about playing a villain): Being able to be evil. You can't do the evil things that you want to do in real life. You certainly can't because it's against the law and society says all that they have to say about being evil. You want to be bad everyday. You want to do the bad evil things that you can't get away with and now I'm able to be bad and super strong. It's a fantasy.
7 (About Serenity (2005)): There is nothing like a major motion picture to make you feel a little bit better about having your TV show canceled.
8 (When asked about his relationship with Joss Whedon): I'll tell you this. No one has ever shown the kind of faith in me that Joss Whedon has shown, in both giving me a lead on his sci-fi show Firefly (2002) and in letting me play a villain for the very first time. No one's ever let me play a villain before. So, I would say that I think he's done great things for my career and certainly my confidence in general.
9 (On Firefly fans attempts to save the show) It's very Jehovah's Witness. I'm not sure if anyone's actually going door to door, but it's not far off.
10 (Talking about the cancellation of Firefly (2002)): I broke the cardinal rule of don't fall in love with what you're doing, because the rug can get yanked out from underneath you, and when it did, I was heartbroken.
11 My favorite villains are the ones you don't see coming. What I enjoyed about playing Caleb was that he was so very, very clever, so very, very sweet, and so very, very twisted. I liked that he's not a typical villain. He's soft and sweet and righteous, and yet he's perverted and twisted in his head.
12 I've always fantasized about being on TV. And I was. Then I fantasized about being in the movies. What could be better than captain of a space ship? I get to ride horses, shoot guns, have adventures ...

#Trademark
1 Known for playing unusual but highly likeable characters

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