Faxon at the series premieres of You're the Worst and Married in July 2014
October 11, 1975 |
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, screenwriter|
Nathaniel "Nat" Faxon (born October 11, 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. Faxon currently stars in the FX comedy series Married which premiered in July 2014.
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 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 has received many positive reviews. Faxon currently stars alongside Judy Greer in the FX comedy series Married.
Writing and directing
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, with whom he has 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|
|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|
|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||3 episodes|
|2014–present||Married||Russ Bowman||Lead role|
|2014||Marry Me||Scooby||1 episode|
|2015||Community||Director, 2 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|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||Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award||Feature Film||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||Best Comedy||The Way Way Back||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". 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 3 December 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
- "Biography of Nat Faxon". FaxonRash.com.
- "19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations". CriticsChoice.com. The Broadcast Films Critics Association. 16 December 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2013.