|Occupation||Actor, comedian, screenwriter|
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).
Life and career
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.
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, 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. 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. 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.
- Orange County (2002) - Kip
- Slackers (2002) - Karl, the Grad Student
- Club Dread (2004) - Manny
- The TV Set (2006) - Reporter
- Beerfest (2006) - Rolf
- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) - Awards Show Stage Manager
- Hamlet 2 (2008) - Glenn from Copy Shop
- Lower Learning (2008) - Turner Abernathy
- The Slammin' Salmon (2009) - Carl the Manager
- Freeloaders (2011) - Fritz
- Bad Teacher (2011) - Mark
- Zookeeper (2011) - Dave
- The Descendants (2011) (co-screenwriter only; Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay)
- The Babymakers (2012) - Zig-Zag
- The Way, Way Back (2013) - Roddy (also co-screenwriter and co-director)
Notable Television Roles
- Grosse Pointe (2000-2001) - Kevin the P.A. (17 episodes)
- Reno 911! (2003-2004) - Milk Shake (6 episodes)
- Joey (2004-2005) - Bodie (3 episodes)
- Mad Men (2008) - Flatty (1 episode)
- Happy Hour (2006-2008) - Brad Cooper (14 episodes)
- Party Down (2010) - Garlan Greenbush (1 episode)
- Allen Gregory (2011) - Jeremy (voice- 7 episodes)
- The Cleveland Show (2009-2012) - Various (voice- 10 episodes)
- Ben and Kate (2012-2013) - Ben Fox (series lead- 16 episodes)
Faxon is married to Meaghan Gadd, with whom he has two children, Ruthie and Otis.
- Groundlings Page
- Lesley Goldberg (February 28, 2012). "Descendents Oscar Winner to Star in Fox Comedy Pilot". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- Dave Itzkoff (August 24, 2012). "The Writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Direct The Way, Way Back". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
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