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 roles in the FOX comedy series Ben and Kate (2012–2013) and the FX comedy series Married (2014–2015). He also co-wrote and co-directed The Way, Way Back (2013) with writing partner Jim Rash.
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 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 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 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|
|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|
|2012–2013||Ben e Kate||Ben Fox||19 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||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"|
|2014–2015||Married||Russ Bowman||Lead role, 23 episodes|
|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|
|Friends From College||Nick||Main cast|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|2011||Washington D.C. 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". 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 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.