Nathaniel Faxon (born October 11, 1975) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and screenwriter. A frequent presence on comedic films and TV series, he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing The Descendants (2011) and starred in the Fox comedy series Ben and Kate (2012–2013), the FX comedy series Married (2014–2015) and voices Elfo in the Netflix adult animated television series Disenchantment (2018). He also co-wrote and co-directed The Way, Way Back (2013) with writing partner Jim Rash.
October 11, 1975
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter|
Meaghan Gadd (m. 2007)
Faxon's early years were spent in the seaside community of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where he attended the Brookwood School. He later graduated from the Holderness School near Plymouth, New Hampshire and then Hamilton College in 1997.
Faxon may be best known for his appearances in comedic films such as Orange County (2002), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Bad Teacher (2011), and several Broken Lizard films including Beerfest (2006). He co-starred in Darren Star's semi-autobiographical satire Grosse Pointe and had recurring roles in several television series such as The Cleveland Show, Joey, Up All Night and Reno 911!.
Faxon has been featured in a series of prominent Holiday Inn commercials featuring Joe Buck as well as an ad by Blockbuster. However, he did not get a significant lead role until 2012 when he was cast as the titular Ben in Ben and Kate, for which he received many positive reviews. Faxon starred alongside Judy Greer in the FX comedy series Married, which ran for two seasons.
Writing and directingEdit
Faxon and writing partner Jim Rash, whom he met while performing at The Groundlings, co-wrote the screenplay for the film The Descendants, starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne. On February 26, 2012, the screenplay for The Descendants won an Oscar, with Faxon, Rash, and Payne all receiving Oscars for their efforts. The duo made their directorial debut with The Way, Way Back (2013), based on their original screenplay, and starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, and Sam Rockwell, among others. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired it for $10 million, and was released domestically to acclaimed reviews that July.
Faxon is married to Meaghan Gadd and they have three children: Ruthie, Otis and Beatrice.
|Slackers||Karl, the Grad Student|
|2006||The TV Set||Reporter|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Awards Show Stage Manager|
|2008||Hamlet 2||Glenn from Copy Shop|
|Lower Learning||Turner Abernathy|
|2009||The Slammin' Salmon||Carl the Manager|
|The Descendants||Co-screenwriter only; Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay|
|2013||The Way, Way Back||Roddy||Also co-screenwriter and co-director|
|A Happening of Monumental Proportions||Paramedic #2|
|2018||Life of the Party||Lance|
|Father of the Year||Mardy|
|1999||Rude Awakening||Slackula||Episode: "Slackula"|
|2000–2001||Grosse Pointe||Kevin the P.A.||17 episodes|
|2003–2004||Reno 911!||Milk Shake||6 episodes|
|2004||Significant Others||Breck||Episode: "A Breck, a Brother & a Funeral"|
|2005||Romy and Michele: In the Beginning||Chad||TV movie|
|NCIS||Carter Finch||Episode: "The Voyeur's Web"|
|Reba||Elder Care Worker||Episode: "Grannies Gone Wild"|
|2005–2014||American Dad!||Various voices||4 episodes|
|2006–2008||Happy Hour||Brad Cooper||14 episodes|
|2008||Mad Men||Flatty||Episode: "The Benefactor"|
|2009||DJ & the Fro||The Fro (voice)||12 episodes|
|Glenn Martin DDS||Trailer Park Teen (voice)||Episode: "Halloween Hangover"|
|The Big D||Brady||Pilot|
|The Burr Effect||Dale||Pilot|
|2009–2012||The Cleveland Show||Raymond the Bear (voice)||10 episodes|
|2010||Party Down||Garlan Greenbush||Episode: "Party Down Company Picnic"|
|2011||Allen Gregory||Jeremy (voice)||7 episodes|
|Happy Endings||Chef Leslie||Episode: "Bo Fight"|
|2012||Are You There, Chelsea?||Tim Kornick||Episode: "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying"|
|Up All Night||Lawrence||Episode: "Couple Friends"|
|2012–2013||Ben and Kate||Ben Fox||Series lead, 16 episodes|
|2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Earl of Crathmore||Episode: "Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps"|
|2013–2014||Trophy Wife||Sad Steve||3 episodes|
|2014–2015||Married||Russ Bowman||Lead role, 23 episodes|
|2014||Robot Chicken||(voice)||Episode: "Noidstrom Rack"|
|Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||Sinjin Knightfire (voice)||Episode: "Julian's Birthday Surprise/True Bromance"|
|Marry Me||Scooby||Episode: "Win Me"|
|Benched||Harold||Episode: "Solitary Refinement"|
|2014–2016||TripTank||Various voices||8 episodes|
|2014–2017||Blaze and the Monster Machines||Pickle (voice)||45 episodes|
|2015||Community||Director, 2 episodes|
|The Grinder||Lyle||Episode: "Little Mitchard No More"|
|2015–2017||SuperMansion||Ivan Whiff (voice)||2 episodes|
|Family Guy||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2016||Black-ish||Joseph Everton||Episode: "Super Rich Kids"|
|Mike Tyson Mysteries||Will (voice)||Episode: "Save Me!"|
|2017||Dogs In A Park||Various Dogs (voice)||8 episodes|
|2017–2019||Friends From College||Nick||Main cast; 16 episodes|
|2018||The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants||Captain Underpants/Mr. Krupp (voice)||Main cast; 13 episodes|
|Disenchantment||Elfo (voice)||Main cast; 10 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|2011||Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||The Descendants||Won|
|Toronto Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|National Board of Review||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|2012||Writers Guild of America||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|USC Scripter Award||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Online Film Critics Society Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|London Critics Circle Film Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Golden Globe||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|BAFTA Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Australian Film Institute||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Academy Award||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|2013||Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award||Feature Film||The Way Way Back||Won|
|Filmfest Hamburg||Art Cinema Award||Nominated|
|2014||St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association||Best Comedy||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Comedy||Nominated|
- Faxon at Groundlings.com
- Adams, Erik (25 September 2012). "Nat Faxon ascends to leading man on Ben And Kate". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
- Goldberg, Lesley (28 February 2012). "Descendents Oscar Winner to Star in Fox Comedy Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- Itzkoff, Dave (24 August 2012). "The Writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Direct The Way, Way Back". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- "The Way, Way Back". Sundance Institute. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
- "Biography of Nat Faxon". FaxonRash.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23.
- "19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations". CriticsChoice.com. The Broadcast Films Critics Association. 16 December 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2013.