Nat Faxon

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Nat Faxon
Born 1975 (age 38–39)
Occupation Actor, comedian, screenwriter
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Meaghan Gadd

Nathaniel "Nat" Faxon (born 1975) is an American actor, comedian and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. Though a frequent presence on comedic films and TV series, he is best known for winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing The Descendants (2011) and for his starring role in the FOX comedy series, Ben and Kate (2012-2013). He also co-wrote and co-directed the acclaimed The Way, Way Back (2013) with writing partner Jim Rash.

Life and career[edit]

Faxon's early years started in the seaside community of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where he attended the Brookwood School. He later graduated from the Holderness School in Plymouth, New Hampshire and then Hamilton College in 1997. Faxon is also an alumnus of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings, where he began performing in 2001.[1]

As an actor, Faxon is 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!. He was also 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,[2] for which he has received many positive reviews.

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.[3] The duo made their directorial debut with The Way, Way Back (2013), based on their original screenplay, and starring Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell, among others.[4] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired it for $10 million,[5] and was released domestically to acclaimed reviews that July.

Work[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Orange County Kip
Slackers Karl, the Grad Student
2004 Club Dread Manny
2006 The TV Set Reporter
Beerfest Rolf
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
2011 Freeloaders Fritz
Bad Teacher Mark
Zookeeper Dave
The Descendants co-screenwriter only; Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2012 The Babymakers Zig-Zag
2013 The Way, Way Back Roddy also co-screenwriter and co-director
2014 Tammy Greg

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Rude Awakening Slackula 1 episode
2000-2001 Grosse Pointe Kevin the P.A. 17 episodes
2003-2004 Reno 911! Milk Shake et al. 6 episodes
2004 Significant Others Breck 1 episode
2004-2005 Joey Bodie 3 episodes
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Chad TV movie
NCIS Carter Finch 1 episode
Reba Elder Care Worker 1 episode
2005-2009 American Dad! various (voice) 3 episodes
2006-2008 Happy Hour Brad Cooper 14 episodes
2008 Mad Men Flatty 1 episode
2009 DJ & the Fro The Fro et. al (voice) 12 episodes
Glen Martin DDS Trailer Park Teen (voice) 1 episode
The Big D Brady pilot
The Burr Effect Dale pilot
2009-2012 The Cleveland Show Raymond the Bear et al. (voice) 10 episodes
2010 Party Down Garlan Greenbush 1 episode
2011 Allen Gregory Jeremy (voice) 7 episodes
Happy Endings Chef Leslie 1 episode
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Tim Kornick 1 episode
Up All Night Lawrence 1 episode
2012-2013 Ben and Kate Ben Fox series lead, 16 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Earl of Crathmore 1 episode
Trophy Wife Sad Steve 2 episodes
Spy Alan pilot

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title of work Result
2011 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
2011 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2011 Satellite Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
2011 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2011 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2011 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
2011 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
2011 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
2011 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2011 National Board of Review Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
2012 Writers Guild of America Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
2012 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2012 USC Scripter Award Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
2012 Online Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2012 London Critics Circle Film Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
2012 Golden Globe Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2012 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2012 BAFTA Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2012 Australian Film Institute Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated
2012 Academy Award Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
2013 Audience Award Feature Film The Way Way Back Won
2013 Audience Award US Feature The Way Way Back Won
2013 Filmfest Hamburg Art Cinema Award The Way Way Back Nominated
2014 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Comedy The Way Way Back Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Movie Awards[6] Best Comedy The Way Way Back Nominated

Personal life[edit]

Faxon is married to Meaghan Gadd, with whom he has two children, Ruthie and Otis.[7]

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